Table Fifty-TwoNear North
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Art Smith, Oprah's personal chef, cookbook author and TV personality, is the force behind this Gold Coast spot. The restaurant offers a menu of refined Southern decadance, including dishes inspired by Smith's cookbook, "Back to the Table." Look for faves such as fried chicken and waffles and pan-seared catfish, plus seasonally-minded entreees, wood-fired pizzas and sides such as braised collard greens. But the best treat isn't on the menu: It's a sizzling skillet of parmesan cheese biscuits that arrives right after you sit down. The main floor has a shabby-chic cottage look with a stone bar, hickory flooring and a copper tin-punch ceiling. The second floor dining room features a more formal vibe with Venetian wallpaper and chandeliers.