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    September 22, 2014

    Best Eats and Drinks in Miami This Week: Bombers, Oyster Happy Hour, and a Whole Lotta Bourbon

    So much to do this week, so little time. Whether you want to go healthy, indulge in some 22-ounce bombers paired with caviar and truffle, or bourbon it up for Bourbon Month, there's something to satisfy every palate this week. And it includes $2 oysters at Mignonette, "Old Fashioned" ice cream at Lu ... More >>

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    September 1, 2014

    This Week's Best Eats and Drinks in Miami: Bar Wars, Spice Mash-Up Grand Finale

    Happy Labor Day! For everyone not in the industry, today means an extra day of eating and drinking. And for all those in the industry, today we pay tribute to you and your hard labor. From a Labor Day poolside barbecue to the last Miami Spice mash-up dinner, this is one busy week. And it starts now. ... More >>

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    August 11, 2014

    Miami's Best Eats and Drinks This Week: From Free Peach Bellinis and Recipes to the Regent's Cocktails

    Another day, another meal. Even though your weekend fun has come and gone, there's a whole new set of to-dos and places to eat -- perhaps scratching some Miami Spice spots off your list (might want to skip these places, though). This week, we're taking you on a little international tour, from eati ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2014

    River Oyster Bar Moving Out of Brickell in 2015

    David Bracha's River Seafood & Oyster Bar will make its long awaited move out of Brickell sometime in 2015. Bracha, who also owns Oak Tavern in the Design District, has leased spaced on the ground floor of the rising River Apartment Towers being built by Argentine developer the Melo Group. They hop ... More >>

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    June 18, 2014

    Best of Miami 2014: This Year's Winning Restaurants

    Best of Miami 2014 has finally arrived. You can pick up our epic guide to all things Miami on Thursday, or check out the full list of winners online now if you just can't contain yourself. This year's edition is filled with over 300 of our favorite bars, bites, and places to snack. Miami's culinary ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2014

    Oak Tavern Hosts David Bracha, Wynwood Brewing Company Beer Pairing Dinner Wednesday

    Executive chef and oystermind David Bracha has teamed up with the Brignonis of Wynwood Brewing Company for a special dinner tomorrow night that will be served family style at Oak Tavern's communal table. The dinner is a follow up to a beer dinner the restaurant and beer columnist Evan Benn hosted ... More >>

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    May 28, 2014

    Oak Tavern's Head Bartender Anthony "Tibor" Vecsesi Introduces New Cocktail Menu

    Miami's Oak Tavern is one of the few places, if not the only place, in the Design District where you can sip a watermelon martini, a drink that is part of the new cocktail menu. The menu is the creation of Anthony "Tibor" Vecsesi, who was recently hired as Oak Tavern's new head bartender. Having sp ... More >>

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    May 15, 2014

    Ten Best Brickell Restaurants

    Things are about to change in Brickell. Whether it will be for the better remains a mystery. At this moment, several stone-gray, nearly finished highrises loom on the skyline. Work is underway on Brickell City Centre, a massive, Hong Kong-financed gigaplex of shops, restaurants, offices, and hotels. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2014

    SOBEWFF: Oyster Bash Was on Fire, Top Chef Injured, and Bracha's Fire-Roasted Oysters

    Oyster bash, shuck yeah! Last night, on the Hotel Victor rooftop, five chefs with seafood in their soul joined forces serving up some Island Creek Oysters. Boston chefs, Ming Tsai with Jeremy Sewall played host for the event, but it was those with restaurants in Miami that brought the heat. David B ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2014

    The River Seafood & Oyster Bar's Brunch: We Get a First Bite

    Just two weeks into their new brunch, the River Seafood and Oyster Bar has already made changes to its menu. They've lowered prices and tailored dishes to the mutable wants of hungry patrons. Short Order was recently invited to sample their revamped Sunday feast. Check out the pictures after the ju ... More >>

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    January 17, 2014

    The River Seafood & Oyster Bar Launches Brunch This Sunday

    If someone asked you to describe your ideal brunch, your answer would probably involve eggs, oysters, charcuterie, and French toast. Oh, and of course, booze. Well, starting this Sunday, the River Seafood & Oyster Bar will be serving all of the above. There will also be a smorgasbord, an over-si ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 27, 2013

    Andrew Carmellini, David Bracha, Paula DaSilva, and Brian Nasajon's Thanksgiving Recipes

    Wednesdays suck -- except when it's the hump day before Thanksgiving. The five-day weekend is just around the corner. But this time can also be stressful, particularly if you're still scrambling for the perfect holiday recipes. Fret no longer. From organic turkey to butternut squash soup, Miami's l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2013

    Oaktoberfest at Oak Tavern: A Beautiful Beer Dinner (Photos)

    At last night's Oaktoberfest, Oak Tavern executive chef David Bracha and Esquire beer writer Evan Benn hosted a four-course, beer dinner. Some dishes were Oak Tavern staples, such as the deviled eggs, pork belly banh mi, and duck pizza. Other offerings were made especially for this brewtastic even ... More >>

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    October 17, 2013
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    October 16, 2013

    Oaktoberfest: Eat and Drink Like a Man at Oak Tavern

    Oktoberfest, Oaktoberfest. Kind of like potato, potahto -- except Oaktoberfest features beer, food, Esquire (and Miami Herald) writer Evan Benn, and Oak Tavern's David Bracha combining forces for a four-course meal next Wednesday, October 23. What's better than a four-course dinner? Not much we can ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2013

    Miami's Best Pho

    Nothing ruins a meal like qualifying its authenticity. You know the drill: You slurp down a big bowl of aromatic pho, you really enjoy it, and then your brain kicks into gear. It didn't take you to the streets of Ho Chi Minh City or Hanoi. You have become the Regina George of food, someone who bligh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2013

    Miami Spice: The Good, the Best, and the Misses (Part 3)

    If you love a restaurant, you'll probably love its Miami Spice menu too. But certain places succeed for reasons beyond personal taste. These spots proffer great deals, extensive choices, or special items such as complimentary wine. As part of our Miami Spice coverage, we've checked out all the me ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2013

    Miami's Top Ten Chefs

    Chefs love talking about one another. They discuss talent. They obsess over who cooks better, who lacks integrity, who sold out, who travels looking for recipes to replicate. They talk about hype. They chat about expectations. They know what their colleagues are cooking. They have opinions about eve ... More >>

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    March 21, 2013
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    March 19, 2013

    With Oak Tavern, David Bracha Takes Root in the Design District

    Oak Tavern's wooden tables are worn -- their faded chocolate surfaces fashioned out of reclaimed lumber, their corners burnt with the logo of a majestic oak. Outside, a courtyard envelops the eponymous tree. Inside, red brick walls guard a precarious past. In less than a decade, the Design District ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 5, 2013

    Miami's Ten Best Spots for Free Food

    Want access to our Best Of picks from your smartphone? Download our free Best Of app for the iPhone or Android phone from the App Store or Google Play. Don't forget to check out the full Best of Miami® online at don't know who first said, "Nothing is free except my love," ... More >>

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    January 17, 2013
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    January 15, 2013

    Praying for Better Brickell Restaurants

    It's enticing to bring friends, in town for vacation, to Brickell and show them Miami's progress as an action-packed metropolis. They can walk to one of three Publix stores or buy cigarettes, Red Bull or whatever stimulant tickles their fancy at the shiny new 7-Eleven. Yet when time comes to grab a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2013

    Miami Restaurants Make Their Own Bacon

    Chef David Bracha makes his way to a freestanding wine cooler located in the dining room of his Design District eatery, Oak Tavern. Nearby, cooks and waiters prepare for the Friday dinner rush. Burners are topped with pans of sautéed mushrooms. Pots are filled to the brim with slow-cooked sauces. I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2012

    November 2012 Restaurant Openings and Closings

    November in Miami saw many anticipated restaurants opening, and a few closings that had most people surprised, indeed.  Some welcome additions to our local food scene include Dena Marino's MC Kitchen, Myron Mixon's Pride and Joy, and David Bracha's Oak Tavern.Read also:- Florida Cookery: Every ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2012

    October 2012 Restaurant Openings and Closings

    Open your windows, turn off your air conditioner and enjoy this glorious weather! It's fall in Miami and as the temperature cools off, the restaurant scene heats up!Already we're seeing restaurants come onto the scene in anticipation of the arrival of snowbirds flying south for the winter, tourists ... More >>

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    October 24, 2012

    Miami's Best Team Up For March Of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction

    Miami's culinary elite will come together Thursday evening, October 25, at the Eden Roc Renaissance Miami Beach for the 15th annual March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction.The event, which begins at 6:30 p.m. with a special "meet the chefs" reception, sees chef chair Timon Balloo of Sugarcane Raw Bar ... More >>

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    October 18, 2012
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    November 12, 2010

    Paradise Farms Now Serving Lunch

    Timon Balloo headlines the first Dinner in Paradise​Paradise Farms Organic, under the elegant auspices of Gabriele Marewski, starts up another season of Dinners in Paradise. First lavish outdoor organic meal takes place December 12 with a chef lineup of Sugarcane's Timon Balloo, River Oyster Bar's ... More >>

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    November 5, 2010

    Five Miami Chefs Who Have Stayed Loyal To Their Patrons

    Jacob KatelPhilippe Ruiz -- He still works it.​There was a time when people became chefs because they loved to cook, and the only famous American chef went by the name of Boy-Ar-Dee. Nowadays those entering the profession not only love food and cooking, they also love, to an equal extent, fame, mo ... More >>

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    June 18, 2010

    Save the Date for Fairchild's Mango Culinary Conference

    Paula NiñoMango varieties at the Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden Mango Brunch​Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden will open this year's Annual International Mango Festival with a Mango Culinary Conference, a day of panel discussions that pairs Fairchild's tropical fruit experts and local chef ... More >>

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    December 31, 2009

    Top Ten Most Important Miami Restaurants of the Decade

    Photo by Simon HareMichael's Genuine pioneered fine dining in Miami's Design District.Let's end the year with a bang-bang look at the most important restaurants of the decade. Caveat: It must still be in business. And we're skipping those historically important places (like China Grill, Joe's Stone ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 12, 2009

    Oyster Lovers, Unite

    This Valentine's weekend might be your best chance in years to eat these aphrodisiacs.

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    February 28, 2008

    Shucking and Jiving

    Serve up and then slurp down everyone’s favorite salty aphrodisiac.

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    The River Oyster Bar

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    March 27, 2003

    Only Mind the Mollusks

    Hint: Skip the entrées and go straight for the oyster bar offerings...

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    April 13, 2000


    Dig In, It's Endangered Species!

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    July 29, 1999

    Dine by Your Sign

    Hints for dining under the stars

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