Before Barton G the restaurant existed, corporations raved about the culinary artistry of event-planner Barton G. Weiss and his over-the-top event productions for Fortune 500 companies. In 2002 he opened Barton G, serving dishes such as Popcorn Shrimp, spilling out of a cinema container onto a bed of real popcorn, or Swordfish served on a sword. The restaurant has been a hit since head chef Ted Mendez arrived and attracts the Miami’s big-spenders. Refreshingly located away from the current South Beach hotspots, it’s housed in the former Starfish restaurant that featured so heavily in the SoBe renaissance. The onyx bar by the entrance backed by a glass wall of 100 test tubes filled with flowers gives a hint of what’s to come. Barton G prides itself on being over-the-top in every department. The atmosphere is relaxed as Miami’s hip crowd drink as many cocktails as they can before enjoying a really good supper with a twist of American kitsch.