Ethnic and Regional Cuisines

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    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
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    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 >>

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    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
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    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 >>

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    September 5, 2013
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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    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
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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    April 4, 2013
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    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
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    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 >>

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    February 7, 2013
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    January 31, 2013
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    January 31, 2013

    Great Finds at Brickell's Oriental Bakery & Grocery, but Don't Tell Them You're With New Times

    The wafting smell of shawarma and freshly baked pita bread greets customers as they mosey into Oriental Bakery and Grocery. It's one of just a handful of Middle Eastern specialty markets in Greater Miami. In fact, it was the first of its kind in South Florida, having opened 41 years ago. It's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2013

    Acropolis Greek Taverna to Bring Ouzo and Belly Dancing to Coconut Grove

    Coconut Grove residents get ready for an influx of belly dancing, live Greek music, flowing rivers of ouzo, and fresh seafood. Acropolis Taverna, the Florida-based small chain of Greek tavernas is planning on opening in Coconut Grove sometime late winter.The restaurant will be located on Main Highwa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2012

    Momi In Brickell: Good Noodles Out of the Gate

    After more than a year of construction, Momi, the mysterious Brickell ramen shop, opened its doors about two weeks ago. You may have heard or read ramen enthusiasts wax about the endless lines stretching out of legendary Tokyo or Osaka shops. We found no such queue on a weekday afternoon, although t ... More >>

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    December 6, 2012

    Safi Restaurant & Gourmet Market Attempts to Leave Mark Among Difficult Downtown Competition

    When 50 Biscayne was completed on the corner of Flagler Street and US-1 as Miami's fourth tallest building, it was supposed to quickly fill ground level storefronts with bustling enterprises. Now as the city's 14th tallest building, the massive 554-foot structure may have finally reached that goal. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2012

    Maoz Vegetarian Debuts in South Beach: Vegan, Gluten-Free, Kosher Falafel For Under $6 (Photos)

    Last summer, while walking through Paris's trendy neighborhood, Sainte-Germaine-du-Prés, I came across a petite falafel shop named Maoz Vegetarian. Inside, there was a long line of Parisians, loading up falafel sandwiches with tabouli, tahini and greenery from an expansive salad bar. And it cost le ... More >>

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    December 4, 2012

    Secret Curry Near Florida International University South Campus

    Jai Mazumddar earned a master's degree in finance from the University of Florida in 2002. He spent more than half decade crunching numbers, mostly as a stockbroker for Continental Securities, which the Securities and Exchange Commission shut down, and later as a financial analyst for a real estate c ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 15, 2012
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    November 15, 2012

    Thanksgiving 2012: Miami Restaurant Brunch, Lunch, and Dinner Guide

    While the rest of Miami hurries to Publix and Fresh Market for last minute shopping lists, the smart people of this good city will stare good and hard at this list -- and with just a quick phone call (or click of the mouse), Thanksgiving dinner will be taken care of without so much as breaking a swe ... More >>

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    October 22, 2012

    Italian Gelato is Full of Artificial Ingredients

    A five-foot fluorescent sign depicts an ice cream cone topped with pink, green and ivory gelato. Across many of Rome's narrow cobble-stone streets, gelato shops announce their presence with illuminated signs that also list words like artisanal and natural. Inside the shops, displays feature overflow ... More >>

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    October 9, 2012

    Yuga: My Favorite Miami Restaurant

    "What's your favorite restaurant?" That question got us all thinking. If we had to choose one top dog at gunpoint, what would it be and why? Each week, a different Short Order blogger will celebrate his or her favorite eatery -- be it celebrity-chef-driven or a neighborhood hole-in-the-wall. For a ... More >>

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    October 3, 2012

    Buddha Sushi Bar: Now Floating Fish Your Way

    Buddha Sushi Bar soft-opened a few weeks ago, quietly launching on the Upper Eastside amid the September restaurant craze. After throwing a grand-opening party this past weekend, the restaurant is officially ready and willing to serve you fresh fish (but you'll have to catch it yourself). Decide wha ... More >>

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    October 1, 2012

    Jeff McInnis Melds Farming, Cooking, and Southern Cuisine, Part One

    Jeff McInnis was raised in Niceville, a small town in the Florida Panhandle. He spent his childhood on fishing boats and, in the summertime, on his family's working farms. "Southern food was introduced to me at a young age at my grandparents' farm in Tunnel Springs, Alabama," he explains. His gastr ... More >>

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    September 28, 2012

    Sushi Sake Opens New Location in the Hammocks

    Miami likes its sushi like its women - sleek and sexy. Hence the popularity of Sushi Sake, a rapidly expanding South Florida sushi empire that just opened its seventh location.This chic local chain is known for late-night hours, an expansive menu and a dramatic, lounge-inspired atmosphere.The newest ... More >>

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    August 29, 2012

    Pho Thang: A Solid Hole In the Wall With the Finest of Pho

    It's become standard to judge any ethnic restaurant by the number of people from a specific ethnicity sitting at its tables. However it was the sound of people sucking air through runny noses that assured me Pho Thang, the unassuming Vietnamese restaurant only a few miles from ZooMiami, was the rea ... More >>

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    August 17, 2012

    Miss Saigon's Vegan Pho

    Miss Saigon's location shifted north a few blocks from its former spot on Fifth Street and Washington Avenue about a year ago, but the element that gave the Vietnamese restaurant its character has remained. That's the owner, Hali Nguien. The garrulous and diplomatic lady of the house can still be fo ... More >>

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    August 17, 2012

    Giancarla Bodoni of Escopazzo: How to Master Risotto

    All photos by Emily CodikIf making perfect risotto were a race, it would be a marathon, not a sprint. The cooking process is all about maintaining a watchful hand, and a careful dedication to teasing the starch out of each rice grain. In fact, if a restaurant serves a risotto less than fifteen minut ... More >>

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    August 15, 2012

    Julia Child Turns 100: Larger Than Life and Full of Joy

    Read also: "Juila Child Birthday Events in Miami: Pascal's, Copperbox, and the Federal"Julia Child would have been 100 today. Child, who's name is synonymous with French cuisine and uber-long cookbooks, wasn't even into food until she and her husband, Paul Child, moved to France when Child was in he ... More >>

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