Lightkeepers

By: Dana Rozansky

I consider myself pretty lucky to live in a city like Miami. While you’ll never hear the narcissistic phrase “I live where you vacation” escape my lips, it doesn’t mean I’m not thinkin’ it…

There are certain days, however, where this sentiment rings especially true. One such occasion occurred at the newest restaurant at the swanky Ritz Carlton on Key Biscayne: Lightkeepers.

As a local, heading over to Key Biscayne for a classy dinner at the Ritz on a “school night” felt like a giddy indulgence after a long day at work. The views from the terrace alone are enough to make you forget about your day and immediately switch gears into vacation mode. 

After drinking in the views, it was time for the real drinks to start flowing. You can call me a lush or you could call me a very thorough “researcher” because I made sure to try it all, from various wines to Mr. Thompson’s Smoked Old Fashioned to “El Farito” which is expertly mixed with gin, elderflower liqueur, fresh pressed lime juice, house made mint, cranberry and cucumber syrup and fever tree soda. Let the games begin!

With ambiance and drinks on point, I was ready for the star of the show: the food, of course. Being that Lightkeepers calls its home the Ritz, naturally I prepared myself to be impressed. Oftentimes, this mentality can set you up for failure if you set the bar too high. In this case, however, my expectations were not just met, but exceeded. Below you’ll find just a few of my favorite items from the evening, and you’ll understand why.

Pork Belly Chicharon with salsa picante and garlic aioli

Pork Belly Chicharon with salsa picante and garlic aioli

Tomato fondue- goat cheese, garlic oil, crisp rosemary

Tomato fondue- goat cheese, garlic oil, crisp rosemary

So next time you’re itching for a vacation, there’s no need to go far. Head on over to Lightkeepers at the Ritz on Key Biscayne for the most adult version of a “lit” night you’ll ever have.