Ethnic and Regional Cuisines

  • 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
  • Blogs

    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
  • Blogs

    November 6, 2013

    Gabose, Best Korean Restaurant in South Florida, Looking to Open in Miami

    Korean cuisine is all about the heat. "If a soup's not bubbling, then it's not fresh," explains Fred Kim, co-owner of the fabled Korean barbecue restaurant Gabose in Lauderhill. "I've probably generated some scar tissue on my tongue. We have a high tolerance to really hot liquid. It tastes better t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2013

    Gabose in Lauderhill: Best Korean Restaurant in South Florida

    The beef tongue arrives raw and slivered, its flesh marbled with strips of fat. You cook it on a wire grate over charcoal, which burns crimson in a pit on your table. In seconds, the meat turns from pink and slick to charred and shriveled. "It's too hot," exclaims the waitress at Gabose in Lauderhil ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2013

    Miami's Top Ten Wackiest Sushi Rolls

    Miami, you take food fusions to a whole other level. You have pastelito hamburgers, sweet plantain ice cream, and Chinese bao buns stuffed with lechón asado. But you're even crazier when it comes to sushi. What follows are the top ten wackiest sushi rolls in Miami. In this list, you'll find bage ... More >>

  • Dining

    October 17, 2013
  • 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

    October 8, 2013

    How to Navigate Whole Foods' Cafeteria Without Getting Burned

    It's noon on a weekday. You're running late. Alton Road traffic has sparked you to make wild, violent hand gestures. Suddenly, in the distance, you espy solar panels, pumpkins, and a Prius. It's the smallest freaking Whole Foods in the entire world! (AKA the South Beach store.) You go inside. Surr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2013

    Richard Hales on Blackbrick: "Let's Make it Good First and Then Worry About Being Authentic Later"

    When Richard Hales opened Sakaya Kitchen in 2009, the "fast-casual, Asian-inspired, organic-conscious restaurant" quickly became an obsession of many Miamians who craved flavorful food that wouldn't break their budgets. The restaurant served everything from Korean-style barbecue to "chunk'd" tater ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 19, 2013
  • Blogs

    September 17, 2013

    Chef Bee Is Happy at Oishi Thai

    Piyarat Arreeratn is not in the kitchen. Tonight, the boyish chef with spiky hair roams the dining room at his family-run restaurant, Oishi Thai. He pats a blond kid on the head, wipes down an empty table, and bounces around asking guests if everything is all right. Chef Bee, as he is commonly known ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 5, 2013
  • Blogs

    September 4, 2013

    Huahua's Taqueria: Quirky Late-Night Eats in South Beach

    The pretty cashier at Huahua's Taqueria wears a sombrero. It's bulky, with a wide brim and fuschia splotches that match the chalkboard menu hanging above her head. Some nights, she opts for plastic Wayfarers instead. Stamped with the restaurant's name, the specs have clear lenses, thick rims, and co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2013

    At Etzel Itzik in Aventura, Home Is Where the Hummus Is

    Moments after taking your seat inside Etzel Itzik Deli a barrage of food in small white plastic bowls clacks down on your table. There are hot, fluffy pitas, a beet salad, pasta salad, tart shredded cabbage, and shucked corn in a cream sauce. A green chalkboard sign above the kitchen reads "At Itzi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2013

    Makoto for Miami Spice: Glitzy With Vegetarian Options

    There's no shortage of glamour at Makoto Okuwa's Bal Harbour restaurant. It hits you before you step inside the dimly lit, black and light brown space. You've schlepped yourself clear across town for a chance to taste the Morimoto protégé's fare at a reasonable price. Miami Spice is that oh-so-s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2013

    The Dutch BBQ Tonight: Talkin' Kimchi and Barbecue

    In Korea, every meal includes from two to twelve side dishes, also known as banchan. The most important and well-known of all is kimchi -- spicy pickled cabbage. It is the national dish of Korea. One restaurant in Miami that we know of goes through 60 cabbage heads a week. Meet executive sous che ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2013

    Taco Belly: A Summer Pop-Up at PB Steak

    What do you do when your temporary sandwich place, Pirolo's Panino Pop-Up, turns out more successful than you thought? You turn your steak house into a taco shop by day, of course. That's what the Pubbelly boys have decided to do with their new Taco Belly pop-up. Beginning July 3, PB Steak will tur ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2013

    Tosca on Collins Avenue Now Offers Sunday Brunch Menu

    Tosca, the fine-dining eatery on 23rd Street and Collins Avenue in South Beach, has hopped onto the brunch bandwagon. Now offering a new menu on Sundays, from noon to 5 p.m., Tosca offers everything from bacon and eggs to Hamachi crudo to cucumber risotto. There is a wide range of appetizers, brea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2013

    International Sushi Day Deals in Miami

    For those of you keeping track of food holidays, happy International Sushi Day. The "holiday" was first listed in Chase's Calendar of Events in 2010. Restaurant chain RA Sushi was actually responsible for making this holiday official, declaring the day a "holiday" in 2010 and having the sushi-cent ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2013

    Soi Chinese Kitchen: Duck Buns, Short-Rib Dumplings, and a Chinese Prayer

    Imagine you want to open a Chinese restaurant. The idea is to take standard, Americanized Chinese food; add a few epicurean ingredients like foie gras, pork belly (a Chinese favorite for centuries), and yuzu; and offer it all in a graffiti-covered, mostly take-away building that straddles Wynwood, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2013

    Mangia Mondays at Quattro Highlights Regional Italian at a Discount

    With summer quickly approaching, local foodies are practically foaming at mouth for discounted fare to finally arrive. No need to wait until Miami Spice, Quattro Gastronomia Italiana on South Beach has got you covered. Each Monday for the next three months, you can nab a three-course meal for $39 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2013

    Bond St. Lounge at Townhouse Hotel is Closing

    Bond St. Lounge, the sexy sushi spot at the Townhouse Hotel in South Beach is closing on June 2. According to, the intimate lounge, which opened over a decade ago, will shutter on Sunday, making way for an upscale European pub. Even though a call to the Townhouse Hotel confirmed that Bond ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2013

    Rincón Escondido: Affordable Tapas North of Downtown (Photos)

    At Rincón Escondido, a tiny tapas restaurant in Edgewater with cramped wooden tables and hanging pots and pans, things can get weird. When you visit a tapas restaurant and the menu lists $10 tortilla de chorizo, $7 croquetas de bacalao, and $7 montaditos de boquerones, you might order three tapas ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 23, 2013
  • Blogs

    May 22, 2013

    Making Sushi at Home Is Easy (Recipe & Photos)

    For amateur chefs, sushi might seem an insurmountable endeavor -- like the perfect puffy cheese soufflé or meringue-wrapped baked Alaska. But surprisingly, it's not as difficult as it might seem, and with a few simple tools, even the most bumbling of kitchen klutzes can pull off some tasty rolls. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2013

    Bulla in Coral Gables: Instagram Beckons!

    There was a time, not long ago, when boys in khaki swarmed Coral Gables. They sauntered down avenues while gossiping about the latest venture capitalist to move to New York. Ageless women, hair blow-dried and legs strangled by skin-tight white pants, muttered words like "supposebly." There were gold ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2013

    Wynwood Kitchen & Bar: Taste of the Americas Thursdays

    Miami's all about Latin flavor. Haven't you seen Pain & Gain? If you haven't we recommend you go watch it. Like tonight, or maybe Thursday, so that afterward you can head over to Wynwood Kitchen & Bar, where you can admire some of the city's most popular murals and have a "Taste of the Americas." S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2013

    Acropolis Greek Taverna to Host Grand OPA-ning Party: Free Food and Drink

    Walk into Acropolis Greek Taverna and you might swear you've just become an extra in the comedy favorite "My Big Fat Greek Wedding. The small Tampa-based restaurant chain, which has locations in New Tampa; Ybor City; Riverview; and St. Petersburg, has just opened in Coconut Grove, serving a dose of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2013

    Authentically EATalian Restaurants Weekend Features Twelve Popular Local Eateries

    Authentically EATalian Restaurants Weekend takes place this weekend -- Friday, April 26, through Sunday, April 28 -- and features 12 popular Miami restaurants. The Italy-America Chamber of Commerce wants to introduce Americans to the true Mediterranean diet, considered by experts to be one of the m ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 4, 2013
  • Blogs

    February 28, 2013

    John's Tacos: Nighttime Co-Op With Josh's Deli Brings Mexican Fare to Surfside

    John O'Connell studied classic French cuisine at the Culinary Institute of America, but it's his zeal for Mexican fare that led to John's Tacos, a nighttime co-op with Joshua Marcus, owner of Josh's Deli in Surfside. O'Connell, who moved to Miami from New York three years ago, takes over the accla ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 14, 2013
  • Blogs

    February 8, 2013

    Best Tapas Restaurants in Miami

    Although originally from Spain, tapas have taken on a whole new identity in the past couple of years, becoming a global phenomenon. The word tapa comes from the act of covering (tapar). Eateries long displayed delectable Spanish meats like chorizo, lomo, and jamon Serrano beside their cheesy sideki ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 7, 2013
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