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Eating Out

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2014

    Has Mercadito Midtown Closed? UPDATED

    Mercadito Midtown, the taco restaurant that served custom margaritas, has closed. Locations in Chicago and New York remain open. The website, which still boasts taco Tuesday and happy hour specials, also succinctly states: We are temporarily closed, we apologize for the inconvenience. Thank you. ... More >>

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    March 14, 2014

    Chicago's Bar Toma to Pop Up at Lorenzo for Brunch

    Tony Mantuano, the chef/partner at Lorenzo, realizes Miamians are unlikely to come to Chicago this time of year. Therefore, the James Beard Award winning chef has decided to bring his popular Windy City trattoria, Bar Toma, to South Beach. Starting Saturday March 15, Lorenzo will play host to a Ba ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2014

    I Know the Chef Mobile App Launches in Miami, We Know the Founder

    Miami is a city with people who want to feel like ballers. For food enthusiasts, it is the magic four little words, "I know the chef" that unlocks the key for hard to get reservations and perhaps some sweet (or drinkable) perks. To satisfy this desire for VIP access, and that "special feeling," the ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 13, 2014
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    March 13, 2014

    Earls Kitchen Bar: Solid Food, Cocktails in Honey Bears at Dadeland Mall

    Earls Kitchen Bar, another addition to Dadeland Mall's new terrace dining wing, opened this week. The restaurant joins Bobby's Burger Palace, Aroma Espresso Bar, and Balans (which is set to open today). If you haven't heard of Earls, it's probably because you haven't spent much time in Canada or ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2014

    Finka Table & Tap: CubanCube Fusion Food and Bar Lab Cocktails, Opening in April

    Jon and Eileen Andrade, the brother-and-sister team behind the CubanCube food truck are turning brick and mortar when Finka Table & Tap opens this April. The restaurant, located at 14690 SW 26th St., is farther south than what most consider the fine-dining area of Miami. Eileen Andrade says the duo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2014

    Saint Patrick's Day in Miami: Here's Where to Get Your Shamrock On

    Since the early 17th century, Saint Patrick's Day, or the Feast of Saint Patrick, is celebrated on March 17 with feasts and parades to honor the patron saint of Ireland. The celebration is so huge and generally accepted, that in the Emerald Isles, the church lifts Lent restrictions on food and alcoh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2014

    Via Verdi Cucina Rustica Lends Italian Charm to the Upper Eastside

    Outfitted in black suits without ties, Fabrizio Carro and Cristiano Vezzoli dart from table to table to inquire about their patrons' meals and to extol the virtues of various regional Italian dishes. As they maneuver between the restaurant's interior and the terrace, their tousled black curls and ma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2014

    Eden in Eden French Cafe: Try the Vegan Croque-Monsieur

    As comfort foods go, the croque-monsieur is hard to beat. The richly satisfying French snack consists of thickly cut bread loaded with ham and cheese, topped with even more cheese, and grilled to a hot, melted finale. Eden in Eden, a newly opened vegetarian French café in the Roads, offers a vegan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2014

    Buns & Buns: Value-Priced Fresh Bread and Grilled Meats

    Buns & Buns was something of a mystery for a while. Not much was known about the restaurant except its location, name, and a vague concept including bread and grilled meats. In fact, even the public relations firm hired to work with the place couldn't get a menu before it opened. See also: Buns & B ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2014

    Carla Pellegrino's Touche Rooftop Restaurant and Lounge: Intimate Dining Above E11even

    Simply watching Carla Pellegrino can be exhausting. Although diminutive, Pellegrino is nothing less than a force of nature. A second after meeting, she asks if we've seen her dining room yet. Hearing no, she's off like a shot, ordering us to follow her at a near-run and gracefully avoiding a head ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 6, 2014
  • Dining

    March 6, 2014
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    March 6, 2014

    Why Do Miamians Hate Eating Whole Fish?

    Few things are more enjoyable than eating a whole fish. Cooked on the bone, its flesh stays flavorful and succulent -- a far cry from most dry, overcooked fillets. All a whole fish needs is a bit of lemon. All you need alongside it is a cold beer. Sure, not everyone agrees with me. Commentators on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2014

    Giorgio Rapicavoli to Open Taperia Raca in MiMo

    MiMo/Biscayne Corridor's culinary scene is blowing up with the addition of Taperia Raca later this month. The restaurant, opening at the end of March, will be helmed be none other than Giorgio Rapicavoli and Alex Casanova, the adventurous team behind Eating House in Coral Gables. In fact the "Raca" ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2014

    Ten Reasons North Beach is Miami's Best Dining Neighborhood

    If you want fine dining, there are other neighborhoods to try. For reasonably priced Latin American fare with a beach setting, there is North Beach. Somewhere in between the trendiness and overpriced hotel restaurants of South Beach and ritzy Bal Harbour lies this unassuming neighborhood. While ot ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2014

    Choices Café on the Upper Eastside: Try the Vegan Collard Wrap

    It looks too good to be healthful. The "mental lentil" collard wrap ($16) at Choices Café is crammed with black beans, lentils, onion, pico de gallo, bell pepper, avocado, plantain, and vegan cheese. Collard greens replace the wheat tortilla. The wrap is vibrant, its colorful filling stacked like s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2014

    Michael Schwartz Announces Waterfront Restaurant and Beach Club at Paraiso Bay

    Chef Michael Schwartz and Jorge Perez, the CEO and Chariman of The Related Group, have just announced a collaboration for a waterfront restaurant and beach club at Paraiso Bay and One Paraiso. Located in the East Edgewater neighborhood, this new collaboration is still in the early, early phases. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2014

    Miami Restaurateurs Weigh in on Central Florida Restaurant's Obamacare Surcharge

    Gator's Dockside, a restaurant group in Lake Mary, Florida, has gotten a lot of press lately. It seems the corporate-owned restaurants are charging a 1 percent Affordable Care Act surcharge to compensate for the restaurants' additional costs associated with providing health care to their full-time e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2014

    Fish Fish: Old-School Fried Goodness in North Miami

    The singer sways his hips and croons an indistinguishable tune. In almost all circumstances, he'd be considered unusual: a thin man with a floppy fishing hat, blue shirt, and pleated khakis pulled too high on his waist. He looks like Gilligan in a cruise ship's karaoke bar. Gyrating in the back of F ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2014

    Konata's Restaurant Serves Inexpensive, Delicious Vegan Food

    Chef-owned Konata's in North Miami has been sating locals with tasty fare made from handpicked, fresh ingredients for more than four years. Mr. Konata makes his Jamaican heritage quite apparent with the décor and cuisine. It is a spare but quirky shack filled with colorful photos of Rastafarian lea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2014

    February 2014 Openings and Closings

    February was a huge month for the Miami food scene. The South Beach Wine & Food Festival brought a slew of celebrity chefs -- all wanting to be enchanted by our city's restaurants and bars. And if the likes of Geoffrey Zakarian, Martha Stewart, and Rachael Ray were feeling peckish, they had a host o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2014

    Florida Restaurant Chain Charging Obamacare Surcharge

    A Florida restaurant chain is out to make your bill political. Eight restaurants that are part of the Gator's Dockside chain are adding a one percent surcharge to customer's bills and clearly marking it as an "ACA surcharge" on customers' receipts. Signs, doors and tables at the restaurants also tru ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2014

    Raw Guru Matthew Kenney on His Upcoming Wynwood Restaurant and Culinary Academy

    Matthew Kenney recently visited five countries in the span of a week. It was an educational trip for the American chef, and Kenney's eager to put his unique spin on the knowledge he's accumulated. One of his stops was in Denmark, as Copenhagen is home to some of the world's most innovative chefs, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2014

    Fabio Viviani Dishes About Siena Tavern Miami

    Top Chef alum and Italian heartthrob Fabio Viviani is closer than ever to opening Siena Tavern in Miami. The restaurant, a partnership between Viviani and DineAmic Group of Chicago, are bringing the successful Siena Tavern to the former China Grill space on 5th and Washington. Though Viviani hail ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 26, 2014

    Aventura Chili's Installing Computer Kiosks to Take Your Order

    Have you ever been to a restaurant and wished the ordering process were more futuristic? Soon you'll be able to order right from your table at a local Chili's. The Ziosk tabletop ordering system has been installed at Chili's locations in Hollywood and Homestead, along with 248 other locations acros ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 26, 2014

    Try Vegan Bubble Tea at North Miami's Shing Wang

    When I made the decision to go vegan, I was as mentally prepared as possible to sacrifice milk and dairy, but there were a few favorite items that made the choice more challenging. Namely, cheese, Wet Willie's Bahama Mamas, and boba milk tea. For anyone not lucky enough to have experienced the wo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 26, 2014

    Noa Café in Wynwood Is a Hidden Gem of a Lunch Spot

    The 30-something gentleman leaning against the counter said it best: "Such a cute little place. I'm so glad I found it," he told the waiter. Sporting a newsboy cap, a T-shirt, and jeans, he hummed along to UB40's "Red Red Wine" while waiting to grab his take-out from Noa Café. It was lunchtime, a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2014

    Daniel Boulud Cooks Four-Course Meal at DB Bistro Moderne (Photos)

    On Saturday afternoon, one of the world's most talented chefs dropped into his Miami outpost to cook lunch for his fans. Daniel Boulud joined his DB Bistro Moderne executive chef, Jason Pringle, and team to cook a meal straight out of his latest book, Daniel: My French Cuisine. The book celebrates t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2014

    Danny Grant's 1826 Restaurant Opens Tonight

    At 1826 Restaurant, expect to indulge in intricate dishes. Sure, some sound ordinary at first: ratatouille, seared scallops, and roast chicken. But here, classics are finished with sea urchin emulsion, caviar, and Alba white truffles. And then after your dinner, you move from the dining room to th ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 20, 2014
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    February 20, 2014

    SOBEWFF: Dinners and Pop-Ups During the Festival

    With about 70 different parties, dinners, and seminars to choose from, you'd think there wasn't room on your culinary dance card to fit in one more morsel of food or one more sip of a delicious libation. Of course, to the truly insatiable foodie, there's always a bit of wiggle space for just one mo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2014

    Boulud's Daniel: My French Cuisine Book Signing and Recipe-Inspired Lunch This Saturday at DB Bistro Moderne

    Today kicks off the most exciting weekend of the year in food. Thousands of visitors will make their way to the Magic City to eat, drink, and partake in revelry with the nation's top culinary toques. But in case that's not enough, Daniel Boulud is giving foodies another reason: an exclusive meet-a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2014

    Jennifer's Cafeteria: Baleada Beats Breakfast Burrito

    There's nothing worse than driving around aimlessly and starving on a Sunday afternoon. You want to stay clear of the brunch crowds and at the same time find something filling and affordable. Thankfully, on a recent Sunday we found Jennifer's Cafeteria in North Miami Beach. We walked into a pretty, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2014

    Alfred Portale's Advice for Vegetarian Diners: "Call the Restaurant in Advance"

    Considering he's the dude behind Gotham Steak, Chef Alfred Portale's expertise on all things vegetable might surprise more than a few people. But expertise, he has. So much so that he recently released a vegetarian recipe journal, Greenmarket to Gotham, and he's hosting a vegetarian dinner at the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2014

    Lure Fishbar Excels at the Simple Things

    Find a yellowtail jalapeño roll at your neighborhood sushi joint and compare it to the one served at Lure Fishbar. They look similar enough: Coiled nori and rice are crammed with wasabi-spiked fish and then topped with jalapeño. But inside the grand Loews Miami Beach Hotel, the yellowtail tastes d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2014

    Ten Reasons the Design District Is Miami's Best Dining Neighborhood

    Dear Design District: Thank you. On any given day, your restaurants know what I want and have what I need. Although I'm not in the habit of picking favorite neighborhoods, your eateries have impressed me the most. And they've done so consistently, which is no simple feat. It's no secret your small ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2014

    Tom Colicchio to Open Farm-to-Table Restaurant at 1 Hotel & Homes South Beach

    Top Chef mentor/judge Tom Colicchio will officially join the roster of celebrity chefs with Miami Beach restaurants when his new restaurant opens at the 1 Hotel & Homes South Beach in fall 2014. The chef co-founded Gramercy Tavern with Danny Meyer in 1994, then opened Craft in 2001. He also owns s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2014

    Cavalli Restaurant & Lounge: Animal Prints, Italian Fare, and Pink Drinks

    An homage to both the striking patterns the designer is known for, as well as the man itself, Cavalli Restaurant & Lounge is visual overload. Zebras, leopards, and flowers play together on the tables, seats, and the servers' uniforms. Roberto Cavalli's image is plastered all over the walls, and gi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2014

    Five Awesome SoBeWFF Events That Aren't Sold Out

    The biggest boozy, bon vivant blowout of the year is almost upon us. Hello South Beach Wine and Food Festival, we've missed your many charms. Even if you're been procrastinating like crazy ahead of the big affair, you're in luck. There are still tickets available to some of the best events. Here ar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2014

    Mmmm to Open in Wynwood

    "It's somewhat of a miracle," Cathy Vedovi says of the way her new endeavor, Mmmm, came about so quickly. The cafe, located in the former Lester's space at 2519 NW Second Ave. in Wynwood, is set to open any day now. "Hopefully by the weekend," she says as she nearly avoids a head-on collision with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2014

    Versailles Cited For 52 Safety Violations During Routine Inspection

    Of the many cultural artifacts one would think to find at Versailles perched in the heart of Little Havana -- ventanitas, ropa vieja, a strong disdain for Fidel Castro -- mold growing in the ice machine likely isn't one of them. But that, according to a safety report late last month, is just what ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2014

    Valentine's Day Dinners in Miami

    Valentine's Day is this Friday, February 14 and if you haven't made your dinner reservations, we suggest you stop whatever you're doing and get on that! Luckily, just about every restaurant in Miami has a special offering. From complimentary champagne to dining in the dark, here's a rundown of roma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2014

    Hong Kong Noodles and Hitching Post BBQ Among Six Dade Restaurants Closed for Health Violations

    Hong Kong Noodles in North Miami Beach and Hitching Post BBQ in Hialeah were among six restaurants in Miami-Dade closed last week for health violations. Other restaurants ordered to close include Jennifer's Cafeteria in North Miami Beach, Mindy Supermarket in Hialeah, Nacha Cafeteria in Allapattah, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2014

    Bocce Bar Is Midtown's New Italian Darling

    Timon Balloo doesn't want to dazzle you. At Bocce Bar, he cooks things simply -- braising duck legs in stock before plunging them into a pan with orecchiette, squash, and Parmesan. They are finished in a sauce that's thick enough to coat a wooden spoon and tastes of sage and thyme. They are unencumb ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2014

    Eats N Beats Caters To Locals During SoBeWFF; Short Order Readers Get Discount

    Anyone who has spent any significant amount of time in Miami knows what areas to avoid during certain times of the year. Unless you are in the mood to dodge obnoxious tourists and pay exorbitant amounts of money, South Beach is a no-no during the upcoming SoBe Wine and Food Festival February 20-23. ... More >>

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    February 10, 2014

    Bacon Jam at Crackers Casual Dining in Miami Springs

    A trip to Miami Springs requires maneuvering over one way canals and a circle park, but it is so worth it. We came for the deep fried bread pudding and fried chicken at Crackers Casual Dining but we stayed for the bacon jam. This homey restaurant serving delicious Southern comfort food is run by a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2014

    Brunch at Soyka: Live Music, Bottomless Booze, and Sunny-Side Up Egg Pizza

    Before the Design District became what it is today, few restaurants dared open north of 36th Street in Miami. Soyka took a chance. In 1999, the restaurant began operating after its owner, the legendary Mark Soyka, purchased the space as a garage for his vintage car collection and then realized the E ... More >>

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    February 10, 2014

    Kitchen Hop Takes Off at Mary Brickell Village

    A new concept put together by Zevents called Kitchen Hop kicked off its first event Saturday in Mary Brickell Village. For just $35, guests enjoyed a dish from seven different restaurants: Delores, Brother Jimmy's, Tapas Benidorm, Toscana Divino, Oceanaire, Balan's and Taverna Opa from 2 to 4 p.m.. ... More >>

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    February 7, 2014

    Five Reasons Brunch Is So Overrated

    Express your unpopular opinion. That Twitter hashtag gave me the courage to admit the unthinkable: I really hate brunch. OK, I know what you're thinking. Whenever I admit this to someone, I'm confronted with looks of disbelief and the follow-up question, "Do you hate puppies?" Though I dressed up ... More >>

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