Some restaurants are lauded for their cuisine, their decor, and their outrageous profits, but how about for the best bathrooms? Cintas Corporation is taking nominations now for America’s Best Restroom. Winner will be announced in September and win the coveted ABR plaque of recognition during a formal ceremony. Top five vote getters will win a place in the America’s Best Restroom Hall of Fame. Nothing to sniff at. Past winners include the WC at the University of Notre Dame, Wendell’s Restaurant in Westerville, Ohio and Jungle Jim’s International Market in Fairfield, OH. We nominate newly reopened The Forge Restaurant I Wine Bar for the lighting, decor (Helmut Newton on the wall!), modular toilets, well lit makeup mirrors, sleek sinks with one touch hot and cold buttons, and high tech trash cans that automatically open for you so you don’t have an unpleasant encounter with someone else’s throwaways. To nominate your pick, click here. [EaterWire]
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Status: After almost a year of renovations, rumors and revamps, The Forge, or, rather, The Forge Restaurant I Wine Bar, is finally reopening on Wednesday, March 31. And although the stalwart, 40-year-old Miami Beach landmark is opening on a day which used to be its most popular, when nubile models, bedazzled beauties and assorted celebrities mixed with creaky octogenarians over Super Steaks consumed well past midnight amidst a sonic boom of disco, there’s nothing remotely old Forge about the new Forge. Even the restaurant’s staunchest disciples likely had a nip/tuck here and there during the restaurant’s absence from the scene. And like them, The Forge is ready for its close up. Say goodbye to that whole Dynasty meets 90210 vibe and say hello to the Kardashians, maybe The City, but by no means Jersey Shore. Ok, well maybe just a tad. The scripted reality that is the new Forge, featuring Dewey LoSasso in the kitchen, has already begun taking reservations.
As for the restaurant’s new look, it’s modern with earthy elements and like many in Miami, the dark woods have gone blond. There are still some remnants of Alvin Malnik’s Forge, including some stained glass, main dining room chandelier, large brick wall and oversized mirror. But what used to be the bar is now an extension of the main dining room and the (oxymoron alert) old Nouveau Room and the Dome Room are now one, huge 30-person rectangular bar/table. The former Wine Dining Room is now a large 12-person table with oversized tufted chairs and enclosed by glass doors.
A peak at the menu shows that while some of the signature dishes of dinners past remain—the aforementioned Super Steak and the U2 Shrimp are still there – there are also lots of new dishes a la LoSasso. Among them: Lobster Peanut Butter & Jelly (toasted brioche, chopped fresh peanuts, onion marmalade, diced chilled lobster), “Burger and Bordeaux” (grilled Angus sirloin burger topped with boneless short ribs and lobster marmalade, truffle French fries, pomegranate ketchup, served with a tasting of Bordeaux), and Grilled Whole Branzino (wild mushroom/miso broth). Also new: an 80-bottle, wine-by-the-glass Enomatic System allowing the option to sample a variety of vintages from the restaurant’s extensive cellar collection. We’re sure a variety of vintages of Forge diners will appreciate that, too. [EaterWire]