Ethnic and Regional Cuisines

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2014

    Wynwood's Coyo Taco Taps Scott Linquist for Executive Chef Position

    Coyo Taco, the soon-to-open Wynwood taqueria, is serious about its cuisine. The small Mexican eatery, located next door to Panther Coffee, has tapped Scott Linquist as its executive chef. See also: Coyo Taco: Mexican Street Food and Margaritas Coming to Wynwood in November

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2014

    Thanksgiving 2014: Guide to Restaurant Dinners in Miami

    It's nearly impossible to believe it, but Thanksgiving is just a couple of weeks away. As always, you can shop for days, spend hundreds of dollars, and still never get that damn bird right (how could it possibly be both dry and raw?). Or you can take the family out to one of the many restaurants se ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2014

    Morimoto's Miami Debut Is Cool, Collected, and Full of Surprises

    Masaharu Morimoto's latest outpost is so understated that a bellhop might have to steer you toward its discreet hiding place in the Shelborne Wyndham Grand's starchy white lobby, which is spotless after its recent $90 million face-lift.

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2014

    Hannya's Vietnamese Brunch: Korean Pancake, Flash-Fried Spring Rolls, and Pho

    Miami has grown accustomed to the idea that brunch means bottomless booze and putting an egg on things, but in Vietnamese cooking, egg isn't a big part of the cuisine. Instead, pho and tea is the typical Sunday ritual. At Hannya, the Japanese restaurant in Brickell from the duo behind Akashi and Ric ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2014

    Thirty Years of Tropical Chinese: "Chinese Way Is to Fill the Tummy"

    A five-year restaurant run in this city is quite an accomplishment. Now multiply that times six and you'll get the magic number of years Tropical Chinese has seen steamed dim sum carts roll throughout its crimson, lantern-lit interior. The 30th anniversary came with a celebration last night that in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2014

    Doral Japanese-Peruvian Gem Tira.D.Toss Hides in Plain Sight

    Take a pull of chicha morada -- a sweet, bluish drink made with Peruvian purple corn, pineapple, and orange accented by the spicy aroma of cinnamon and cloves. Nibble an anticucho of a half-dozen juicy, glistening chunks of beef heart seasoned with little more than garlic, salt, and a good sear. Rel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2014

    Katsuya Revamps Menu: "We're Getting Fish From Japan and Locally"

    It's been two years that Katsuya has been serving up sashimi to the health-conscious crowd of South Beach. The brand, which opened in Los Angeles in 1997 and expanded outside of the Golden State just two years ago, is spreading rather quickly. In just two years, chef Katsuya Uechi has opened outpos ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2014

    Via Emilia: Northern Italian in the Style of Bologna and Modena

    Francheso Pradini and chef Giancarlo "Wendy" Cacciatori provide a small peek into the cuisines of Bologna and Modena at their South Beach restaurant, Via Emilia. The name reflects their idea of establishing a non-Americanized Italian restaurant in Miami. When asked what makes them different from al ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2014

    Croquetapalooza 2014: Barley & Swine Wins People's Choice

    Yesterday, hundreds of croqueta lovers gathered to celebrate Miami's quintessential finger food: 10,000 of them. The brainchild of Sef Gonzalez (Burger Beast), the first-ever Croquetapalooza brought together the city's best fried cylinders under one roof to vie for the title of Best Croquetica. To ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2014

    Hannya Opens in Brickell: Larry Chi Continues the Akashi Legacy and Then Some (Photos)

    Larry Chi has been working with fish in raw form since his early 20s. His restaurant, Akashi, which opened in 1993 near Sunset Place was among the first sushi bars in South Miami. Twenty-one years later, it is a landmark of the local culinary scene. Two decades, two Akashi's, and one renovation la ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2014

    Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove's Indian Series Launches Today

    It is no easy feat to find sensational Indian food in Miami. The profound level of spices and ingredients in Indian dishes are quite difficult to replicate and perfect. Luckily, the Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove is bringing back its Indian cuisine with a six-week long experience. Executive chef Ramesh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2014

    Ten Best Falafel Places in Miami

    Falafel is at its best when it has the yin and the yang. Crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. These meatless wonders show the depth of rich flavors that are possible in snackable form. You can dip them in a tahini or tzatziki bath, stuff them in a pita, or display them on a platter with hu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2014

    Ironside Pizza: Italian Off the Beaten Path

    Just south of NE 79th Street and west of Biscayne Boulevard is a soon-to-be-hot neighborhood called Ironside. Started by a local visionary, Ofer Mizrahi, it is still mostly warehouses and commercial space on the railroad tracks. But it is becoming a trendy, unique, and green-friendly atmosphere of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2014

    Bon Appétit! Celebrate Julia Child's Birthday with a Quiche Lorraine

    "I think every woman should have a blowtorch." Today marks what would have been Julia Child's 102nd birthday. If not for Julia -- chef, cookbook author, television host, accidental feminist -- the food world wouldn't be what it is today. If not for Julia, Americans might still be eating TV dinners ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2014

    Miami Mediterranean Cuisine Is the Best Place for a Gyro in SoBe

    If you're going to Sultan Mediterranean Cuisine in SoBe for your gyro, kebab, and falafel fix, you're doing it wrong. The far lesser-known place Miami Mediterranean Cuisine has tastier food, is open late (2 a.m.), offers free delivery (if the order is over $15), and costs about half the price. It m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2014

    Top Five Most Miami Nachos: Marlins Helmet Dips and Tostones for Chips

    The stamp of most nachos, beyond the chips and cheese, are the three dollops that showcase the colors of the Mexican flag: guacamole, sour cream, and salsa. Although in Miami, we let our own freak flag fly atop our nachos because we do them a little differently than everywhere else. Naturally, our ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2014

    Porfirio's Offers Upscale Mexican Classics: Enchiladas, Taquitos, and Manchego Cheesecake

    With Viva Mexico, the Magic City got a taste of authentic Mexican tacos and incomparable carnitas, but what about upscale Mexican food that still has a touch of homestyle cooking? And no, Rosa Mexicano doesn't count. Enter Porfirio's, SoFi's newest addition to the neighborhood from Grupo Anderson, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2014

    Tapas y Taps: Whole Foods Coral Gables' New Boozy Hangout

    Have you ever walked through Whole Foods and thought, "I really need a drink"? Maybe that feeling comes while perusing their extensive wine selection. Perhaps it hits when your shopping companion won't stop complaining about that awesome soccer match he's missing at home. Well now, there's a spot wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2014

    Aoki in Dadeland Continues Benihana Legacy

    Chances are you've heard of Benihana, the famous teppanyaki chain that spread like wildfire across America. Well, did you know that the son of Rocky Aoki (the founder of Benihana) is the founder of Doraku, and that he's related to the global superstar DJ Steve Aoki, and that the new teppanyaki joint ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 26, 2014
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    June 26, 2014

    L'echon Brasserie: The Pubbelly Mafia Kill With French Cuisine

    The Pubbelly boys are as dangerous to the Miami food scene as the Corleone family was to the New York crime scene. It all began in 2010, with the opening of the Asian gastropub Pubbelly (heard of it?). Jose Mendin, Sergio Navarro, and Andreas Schreiner were first-time owners, dewey-eyed and confiden ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2014

    La Mar: Peruvian Classics Elevated to Haute Cuisine

    The unmistakable snapping of rice in a superheated stone bowl hints at what's to come. The heavy gray-and-white-flecked basin typical of Japanese eateries seems misplaced at first in a Peruvian restaurant. But the nutty, charred scent of crisping grains soon dispenses any concerns about eating a Kor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2014

    Father's Day Brunch in Miami: A Guide to Meat, Beer, and Cigars for Dad

    Father's Day is this Sunday, and chances are your dad might want nothing more than to stay on the La-Z-Boy and watch the game. But the recliner will always be there -- these Father's Day brunch specials will not. This Sunday, forgo buying yet another tie and show Dad some love by treating him at one ... More >>

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    June 5, 2014
  • Blogs

    June 4, 2014

    L'Echon Brasserie to Open Summer 2014 (Photos)

    L'Echon Brasserie, the French bistro by the Pubbelly team, has announced it will open summer 2014, to correlate with the completed renovation of the Hilton Cabana Miami Beach hotel. See also: Ten Miami Restaurants We're Looking Forward to in 2014

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2014

    Sushi & Sake 101: How Hot Sake Came About and What Ginger Is Really For

    Making sushi is an art, and Sushi Samba Coral Gables' executive sushi chef, Eric Ou, paints a blank canvas with brilliant colors. Red, orange, white, and green all come alive in his vibrant preparations, which take him no longer than 45 seconds to roll. For newbies who recently made sushi during the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2014

    How to Make a Vegan Crunchwrap Supreme (Photos)

    Since I became a kale-carrying vegan, there are but a few things I've missed: pumpkin ice cream, egg sandwiches, and Taco Bell. Sadly, though TB's beans are vegan, its menu items aren't the same without cheese and sour cream. So I pine for an occasional Crunchwrap Supreme. Is it the healthiest foo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2014

    Five Best Mexican Restaurants in Miami

    In the age of Dorito-shell tacos, burrito bowls, and mango margaritas, it's no wonder most people have no idea what constitutes authentic Mexican cuisine. To celebrate Cinco de Mayo, the anniversary of Mexico's 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla (not the nation's independence, whose an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2014

    Asian Thai Kitchen: From Bangkok to a Grove Convenience Store

    Homeless men mutter to themselves outside the Kwik Stop on Grand Avenue in Coconut Grove. Yet tucked inside the convenience store, KT Mongkolthalang and her mother, Toya, stand behind a glass case stacked high with cans of Mae Ploy coconut milk and amber bottles of fish sauce while they toss pearl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2014

    Quattro Extends Lunch Hours, Adds Lower-Priced Special Menu

    Eating out can get expensive, especially when you don't cook. It can be tough when you want a nice and decadent meal, but you don't want to break the bank. Quattro Gastronomia, Lincoln Rd's upscale Northern Italian eatery has introduced weekly lunch specials to the menu, giving guests the option of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2014

    Blackbrick Launches Brunch: Peking Duck and Waffles, Breakfast Fried Rice

    What do you get when your favorite Chinese dishes and American classic brunch items have a love child? We're picturing Peking duck and waffles; fried rice with scrambled eggs and sausage; and an omelet stuffed with Szechuan beef. Blackbrick's Richard Hales must be reading minds, because that's exa ... More >>

  • Dining

    April 3, 2014
  • Blogs

    April 2, 2014

    PepperJelly Co.'s Kickstarter Campaign for Cuban Sriracha

    Hot sauce is a staple on the Cuban table and Michael Diaz's family is no exception to that rule. His grandfather, who recently passed away, left behind a hot sauce legacy. What he didn't leave behind? The recipe. That prompted Diaz to hit the kitchen with hopes of recreating it. "One day I mixed sr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2014

    Shaddai Fine Lebanese Cuisine: A Culinary Oasis in a Pinecrest Strip Mall

    Tucked away in the corner of a Pinecrest strip mall is the urban culinary oasis Shaddai Fine Lebanese Cuisine. You'll find three floor lamps of varying heights and colors, three wooden camel statues, and a wall adorned with three swords. Nearby are three booths. Are these trios symbolic of the Holy ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2014

    Ethiopian Food Is Back in Miami -- for Awhile, Anyway

    Rejoice, lovers of Ethiopian eats! The East African cuisine has finally made its way back to Miami. For a limited time, anyway. Beginning today, Whole Foods locales statewide are rolling out a hot food lineup featuring Ethiopian cuisine in all its glory. From wats to stews, Ethiopian fare is well r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2014

    Sumi Yakitori Sold to New Owners, Now Serving Sushi

    Sumi Yakitori was unlike any other restaurant in Miami. Its hamachi was shipped daily from Tokyo's Tsukiji fish market. Its menu featured sautéed tofu skin, whole deep-fried quail, skewered chicken hearts, and wild mushroom kamameshi. There was yakitori -- meats skewered on bamboo sticks and cooke ... More >>

  • Dining

    January 30, 2014
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    January 30, 2014

    Barmeli Miami: Wine and Tapas in the Upper Eastside

    When Liza Meli closes one restaurant door, she doesn't waste any time opening another one. The former owner of the now-closed Ouzo's Greek Island Taverna, Meli is currently at Barmeli Miami -- a wine shop that serves Mediterranean tapas in Miami's Upper Eastside. Fans of Ouzo's will be pleased to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2014

    Blackbrick in Midtown Serves the Chinese Food You've Been Waiting For

    The best place to sit at Blackbrick is certainly the kitchen bar. From there, you can watch the 63-year-old chef from Hong Kong stir-fry mustard greens in his red-hot wok. The way he works is soothing -- how swiftly he moves and how intently he waits, hands behind his back, while you eat. He hopes f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2014

    Jerusalem Deli & Cafe in North Miami: Try the Hummus and Baklava

    Cruising on Biscayne Boulevard towards 163rd street in North Miami, Jerusalem Deli & Cafe is undetectable in its strip mall location. But once you discover this holy city-named cafe, you'll be drawn to it forever. After our first encounter, we revisited three times that same week. Now we have plans ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2014

    Five Reasons Miami Sushi Sucks

    On the outside, it seems like Miami has all the necessary ingredients for fantastic sushi: a seaside location, an international culture, and a love of food. It turns out that's not enough. We're seriously lacking in the sushi department. Here are five reasons Miami sushi isn't up to snuff. See als ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2013

    Top Five Places To Get Chinese Food on Christmas

    For those of us who are not gentiles, Christmas usually involves Chinese food and, of course, Peking duck. Or as Ralphie in A Christmas Story calls it, "Chinese turkey." Lately, our chopsticks have gotten a lot of exercise in the 305. We've been looking for Chinese restaurants open on Christmas t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2013

    Miyako Japanese Restaurant: Eat Sushi off a Naked Model's Body for $40

    This year, the sixteen-year-old Miyako Japanese Restaurant in Doral experienced big changes: new ownership, new chef, and new menu. Short Order was invited to try the latest food additions. Owner Adrian Arguelles sat down and spoke to us about the concept and dishes that he dreamt up with chef Adri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2013

    Nile Ethiopian in Orlando Is Worth the Three-Hour Drive

    When I tell people Ethiopian food is my favorite, I'm often met with a blank stare. It's understandable, particularly in Miami, where you can't find this kind of cuisine within a 200-mile radius. The closest eatery is Nile Ethiopian in Orlando, tucked away off the madness of International Drive. So ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2013

    The Fare Field: Mandolin Aegean Bistro's Anastasia Koutsioukis Cooks a Fresh Feast

    With Thanksgiving in the wind and a few weeks of detox time before holiday feasts begin again, now's the perfect time to commit (at least temporarily) to eating clean, fresh, and local food. And that's what the Fare Field, Miami's local, farm-based cooking show, is all about. The third four-minute ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2013

    John's Tacos in Surfside: Fish, Chorizo, and Duck Chicharrón Tacos

    In Surfside, a small town packed with kosher restaurants, Josh's Deli stands out for its unique (and often unkosher) deli food. Things get even funkier from 6 p.m. to midnight. At night, John's Tacos takes over the cozy space. John O'Connell is the man behind the tacos. With festive flag decorati ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 21, 2013

    Primo Trattoria Italiana in North Miami: Try the Homemade Gnocchi

    The best neighborhood Italian restaurants offer good food, fresh pasta, reasonable prices, and a homey environment. Primo Trattoria Italiana in North Miami proffers all of these. It boasts a hefty menu featuring pizza, pasta, and main courses. You might notice the teenage boy pictured on the menu. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2013

    Lorenzo: Tony Mantuano's SoBe Restaurant Opens Today (We Get a First Bite)

    Lorenzo, chef Tony Mantuano's casual-classic Italian restaurant opens for dinner today at the soon-to-open Redbury hotel on South Beach. Mantuano is the chef/partner of Chicago's Michelin-starred Spiaggia restaurant, along with restaurateur Larry Levy. The team has partnered again with Lorenzo. T ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 7, 2013
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