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pilarNamed after Ernest Hemingway’s famed fishing boat, Pilar Local Restaurant & Bar focuses of seafood and the Texas-born executive chef Erica Nicholl – former Chef de Cuisine at the GW Bush  Presidential Library and Museum  and at the Crescent Hotel by Rosewood Hotels & Resorts – fits in like a fish in the water.

The new Fall menu at Pilar is a showcase of Erica’s talent. Her contemporary American cuisine melds modern and comforting with Texan pizzazz, Florida’s fresh bounty and local produce.  

After bar bites as good as crispy Fish Tacos with the fish of the day, arugula, pico de gallo and a drizzle of chipotle, the menu begins with “Start Here” items like a  plate of Say Cheese, Please ($15) with homemade ricotta, aged Spanish Manchego, and Humboldt Fog

served with candied pecans, tomato jam, olive tapenade and crostini; Mama’s Latkas ($9) with housemade cinnamon applesauce and sour cream fraiche;  Lobster Mac & Cheese ($23) with fusilli pasta and a four-cheese blend.

pilar photoMust-have “Entrees” include Pan-Seared Scottish Salmon ($25) with citrus herb quinoa, oven roasted tomato, chive beurre blanc; a 14oz. Churrasco Skirt Steak ($28) with housemade chimichurri and French fries; Fish of the Day (MP) a seasonal, chef-inspired creation; Chicken Parm ($21) with linguine marinara; and Sautéed Shrimp ($25) with smoked mozzarella polenta, heirloom tomatoes and romesco. “Sides” ( $4)  and include Lyonnaise Potatoes, Potato Au Gratin, Sweet Fries, Quinoa Salad, Grilled Asparagus or Seasonal Vegetables.

Desserts  ($10) are all make in house such as Petite Key Lime Pie or  fluffy Fried Oreos  with Dutch chocolate sauce and vanilla ice cream.

A “Business Lunch” special is available Monday – Friday from 11:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. offering a three course meal for $13.95.

Pilar Local Restaurant & Bar is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner from 11:30 a.m. until 10 p.m., Private events with custom-catered menus are also available upon request. 20475 Biscayne Boulevard in the Promenade Shops, steps away from Aventura Mall.   305.937.2777 www.pilarrestaurantandbar.com