5 Restaurants That Are Revamping Classic Food in Bold New Ways
Every so often you hear a song that sounds both brand new and like it came from another era. It’s somehow got novelty and timelessness, hand-in-hand -- and more often than not, it ends up being a hit. Restaurants sometimes do this, too, taking a classic culinary style and updating it for the current era, adding modern touches and techniques to traditional cuisine to create something new and delightful. We found a fistful of such places around the country, starting with Cafe La Trova in Miami (the subject of our updated-classics video), which echoes 1950s Cuba in its vibrant cocktail program and inspired riffs on Cuban fare. We’re also shining a light on a Mexican restaurant where they use masa, an ancient ingredient, alongside modern, locally sourced touches; an Upstate New York diner that is unlike -- and somehow also still very much like -- any diner you’ve ever eaten in; and a Miami spot taking traditional Southern food to tasty new places, to name a few. Whichever of these restaurants you choose to visit, you’re guaranteed to find the old and the new combining in ingenious, delicious fashion.