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    September 30, 2014

    Danny Serfer's Mignonette Is Edgewater's Pearl

    It's 9 p.m. and it's raining in sheets outside Mignonette, a new oyster bar and seafood eatery off NE Second Avenue across from the City of Miami Cemetery. Gentlemen pull their cars onto the sidewalk to let their ladies scurry in (relatively) dry. But there's nevertheless a wait to be seated at this ... More >>

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    September 30, 2014

    Michael Mina on Chefs Needing Social Skills, Miami's Strip Steak

    Pretend for a moment you're chef de cuisine at one of Michael Mina's 22 restaurants and want to add something to the menu. You must first face the "Recipe Exchange." You conceptualize, execute, and sell the dish as a special for three days. Still like it? Good. Next, you upload a picture of it, the ... More >>

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    September 29, 2014

    Pubbelly Going Vegan for One Night Only October 2

    In a sign that the times are most definitely a' changin', the kings of pork are embracing plants. Notable Miami Beach eatery Pubbelly (whose owners were once called the Sovereigns of Swine by the New Times), is going vegan. In partnership with Jugofresh, the team is hosting a pop-up vegan spread on ... More >>

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    September 29, 2014

    Lure Fishbar to Host Botran Rum Mixology Showdown Today

    The Botran Rum Mixology Showdown pits mixologist versus mixologist at Lure Fishbar in a competition to make the best cocktail with Botran rum. Today's competition is open to the public and runs from noon to 3 p.m. Simone Caporale, who was named International Bartender of the Year at this year's Ta ... More >>

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    September 29, 2014

    Miami Gastropubs Risk Steering the Trend the Wrong Way

    Miami today is replete with truffle oil fries, Brussels sprouts studded with pork bits, and fried-egg-crowned burgers. From the beach to the suburbs, from north to south, scores of restaurants all serve the same predictably heavy fare under the gastropub banner. The concept was borne of England's p ... More >>

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    September 26, 2014

    National Coffee Day Is Monday: Where to Get Free Java

    There's not much that can make a Monday morning much better. After a weekend of too much sun, too many cocktails, and that brunch buffet that you're now regretting (why, oh why, did you go back for thirds?), the alarm clock is screeching and you've got to prepare for five days of monotony with occas ... More >>

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    September 26, 2014

    Miami's Best Eats and Drinks This Weekend: Parties, Brunch, and Miami Spice Last Call

    This week was pretty exciting in the Miami food scene, rainy days notwithstanding. This weekend is no slouch, either, with a host of free events, openings, and, of course, the last weekend in which to indulge in a three-course Miami Spice meal. Weekend starts now! See also: Miami Spice 2014: Ten B ... More >>

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    September 26, 2014

    Batch Gastropub Brunch: All-You-Can-Drink and Chicken & Waffles for $20

    What do you say to chicken and waffles at Batch Gastropub in Brickell along with all-you-can-drink for $20? See also: Ten Best Chicken & Waffles in Miami

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    September 26, 2014

    Ted's at YoungArts, a Gastro-Entertainment Venue, to Open in December

    The YoungArts campus is launching an interesting space, come December. Ted's at YoungArts is being billed as an "intimate cultural lounge and eatery," by Paul T. Lehr, the National YoungArts Foundation's president and CEO. See also: Bacardi Buildings Sold to National YoungArts Foundation for $10 M ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    September 25, 2014

    Gaston Acurio's Leche de Tigre Gang Makes Ceviche at La Mar

    On Tuesday, world-acclaimed chef Gaston Acurio was joined by his leche de tigre gang and they continued their ceviche tour with a stop in one of the chef's outpost -- La Mar -- where Miami chefs and industry folks gathered for the chance to be in the presence of the culinary mastermind. The Astrid ... More >>

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    September 25, 2014

    Chef Adrianne Calvo: "I've Never Been One to Follow Trends"

    It's been seven and a half years since Adrianne Calvo first opened Chef Adrianne's Vineyard Restaurant & Bar and much has changed, both in terms of her culinary development and the industry. "When I opened we had a similar menu to the one we have now where everything was farm-to-table, organic, an ... More >>

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    September 25, 2014

    Jen Karetnick, Lee Schrager, Fabio Viviani Represent at Book Fair 2014

    The Miami Book Fair International is a big deal. Not just for book nerds and wannabe authors, but for foodies, too, since the lineup of chefs, food writers and edible events gets more impressive every year. The roster for November's fair, announced on Friday night, includes a whole host of Miami's ... More >>

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    September 24, 2014

    Seasalt and Pepper Chef Alfredo Alvarez Walks Out

    The drama at chic Seasalt and Pepper continued this week when executive chef Alfredo Alvarez along with his sous and pastry chefs walked out over the weekend. Someone should pitch this as a telenovela. Odio y Comida might be a good working title. See also: Seasalt and Pepper to Open Modern Garden; ... More >>

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    September 23, 2014

    Uvaggio and Touche: Top Chef Alums in Miami Have a Spotty Record

    Bravo's hit reality cooking show, Top Chef, which debuted in 2006, changed the way we look at chefs and the people who prepare high-end dishes. Its judges have included culinary luminaries like Anthony Bourdain and Food & Wine magazine editor Dana Cowin. And it has thrust more chefs before a nationa ... More >>

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    September 23, 2014

    Seasalt and Pepper to Open Modern Garden; Partners' Lawsuit Settled

    The lawsuit between Seasalt and Pepper owners has been settled, with partner Carlos Miranda taking sole charge of the restaurant. It also seems that Miranda is already moving forward with plans for an expansion of the tony seafood restaurant. Modern Garden at Seasalt and Pepper is scheduled to open ... More >>

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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 19, 2014

    Miami Brewers Alliance Unites Craft Beer Scene

    Take a break from bottled imports and domestic beer drudgery. Craft beer has joined the party. The Miami Brewers Alliance aims to bring the word to the street by educating vendors, consumers, and local government officials about the emerging craft brewing industry. Ross Appel, executive director a ... More >>

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    September 19, 2014

    Pubbelly Brunch Fare: Media Noche McBelly and Granola With Yuzu

    The Pubbelly boys might be growing an empire, but that's not keeping them from keeping the location that started it all fresh and exciting. Since opening in 2010, Pubbelly has lacked one thing: brunch. If you wanted the breakfast-meets-lunch indulgence in the form of French toast sticks, you headed ... More >>

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    September 19, 2014

    Gaston Acurio at La Mar for James Beard Benefit Next Tuesday

    If you have yet to make it to La Mar and try Gaston Acurio's Peruvian fare, you might want to mark your calendar for next Tuesday, September 23, because the celebrity chef will be making an appearance at Brickell Key's snazzy cebicheria. In benefit of the James Beard Foundation, La Mar and executi ... More >>

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    September 18, 2014

    Michelle Bernstein to Host Michy's Pop-Up Dinner at Crumb on Parchment

    Miami's culinary darling is hosting a special pop-up dinner this Friday, and it looks like it's been flying under the radar. This Friday, at 7:30 p.m., Bernstein will put on the four-course tasting menu with table-side plating at her Design District bistro, Crumb on Parchment. She will personally e ... More >>

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    September 18, 2014

    New Times' Pairings Is Tonight: Five Reasons to Go

    New Times' Pairings is here! South Florida's best foodie event happens this evening when the Broward Center for the Performing Arts hosts over 40 restaurant, each serving amazing food paired with a fine wine or craft beer. If you haven't already snagged tickets, don't worry. Tickets available onli ... More >>

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    September 17, 2014

    J. Wakefield Tap Room to Open Next Month: "It's About Growing the Community"

    J. Wakefield Brewing Company is finally set to open in the coming weeks. According to founder Jonathan Wakefield, the brewery will start production at the end of September in anticipation of an October opening of the tap room. "We are in our last leg of the completion process," Wakefield says. "W ... More >>

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    September 17, 2014

    La Gazzetta in Mary Brickell: Try the Pizzettes and Desserts in Jars (Photos)

    Sit down in La Gazzetta and you'll be welcomed with a monthly newspaper -- or actually a menu. The modern Italian restaurant, which quietly opened three months ago in Mary Brickell Village where El Vato used to be, boasts an outdoor terrace and a large indoor space occupied by booths, high tops, and ... More >>

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    September 17, 2014

    Montefiore Café: Kosher with a Twist of Lemon and Parsley

    The atmosphere is what you might expect from a kosher restaurant in Mid Beach: an Israeli having a pressed bagel sandwich while talking business on his cell phone, two Orthodox women wearing tichels (kerchiefs) on their heads and donning casual uniforms of long denim skirts. Located at 41st Street ... More >>

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    September 16, 2014

    Basil Park: Tim Andriola's Long-Awaited Follow-Up Will Change How You Eat

    Things aren't what they seem at Basil Park, the airy 4-month-old bistro in Sunny Isles Beach. A dollop of sour cream atop some tacos has no dairy. It's made from cashews soaked overnight in water, puréed with yeast and live bacteria, and then fermented for 12 hours to create a tangy, rich blend. ... More >>

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    September 16, 2014

    Morimoto South Beach to Open October 1

    Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto has finally picked a date for the opening of his Miami Beach restaurant. Morimoto South Beach opens October 1 at the newly renovated Shelborne Wyndham South Beach Hotel. See also: Iron Chef Morimoto to Open Restaurant at Shelborne South Beach

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    September 15, 2014

    Babylon Turkish Restaurant: Authentic Cuisine and Belly Dancing

    The Hanging Gardens of Babylon remain the most mysterious of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Unlike the Great Pyramid of Giza, which can still be visited, scholars and historians are still debating over whether the gardens ever existed at all. Whether fact or fiction, the gardens are legenda ... More >>

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    September 12, 2014

    Five Best September Miami Spice Menus

    Have you been late to indulge in Miami Spice meals? Have no fear, some of the September menus were worth waiting for. While it isn't necessary to change up your spice menu from August to September, some restaurants choose to do so, and we are grateful. (There are even those who do it weekly -- wink ... More >>

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    September 12, 2014

    Miam Cafe & Boutique: European Cafe Life Comes to Wynwood

    Two years ago, Miam Cafe's owner, Alexis Jacot, was on vacation with his wife from Switzerland, when he fell in love with the idea of opening a cafe in Wynwood. The former Proctor & Gamble executive noticed a vacancy inside the Wynwood Building and, right then and there, made a deal to snag the spac ... More >>

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    September 11, 2014

    Ten Best $5 Lunches in Miami

    After previously covering Top Ten Lunch Specials in Miami for Under $10 and Best Food Items in Miami for $1 it was time to find some middle ground with that midday meal. A $5 lunch should leave you just full enough and with the sweet satisfaction that you got a good deal. The following meals don't ... More >>

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    September 11, 2014

    Tamarina to Replace Lippi in Brickell

    The husband-and-wife team of Yona and Tunu Puri are opening Tamarina, a new restaurant-bar concept at 600 Brickell Ave., in the former Lippi space. See also: Ten Best Brickell Restaurants

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    September 10, 2014

    The Vagabond Hotel's Pool Bar Is Open for Business

    The much-anticipated pool bar at Vagabond Hotel is officially open for business. The place received its liquor license just this week and is ready to welcome the neighborhood and hotel guests in the newly renovated, retro-luxe space. While the pool is open to hotel guests only, the hotel's bar will ... More >>

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    September 9, 2014

    Brickell's Bistro BE Brings Cold-Weather Comfort to a Hot Neighborhood

    The rust-hued gravy enveloping tender, slightly gamey braised rabbit is a textbook winter dish. The salty bacon matchsticks and tangy, sweet prunes are intensely satisfying, especially paired with a Belgian tripel ale so deeply colored that sunlight doesn't pass through. But on a Miami summer night, ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    September 8, 2014

    Marlins Park Hosting Miami Octoberfest October 4

    Marlins Park is turning out to be a handy location to host a beer festival. The baseball team announced that the stadium will host the Beck's 2014 Miami Octoberfest, formerly known as Brickellfest, October 4. The worldwide beer festival celebrating the fall harvest will be an extravaganza of Germ ... More >>

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    September 8, 2014

    This Week's Best Eats and Drinks in Miami: Five Wines in Two Hours, Half-Off Tapas, Ceviche Delivery

    How is it September already? With only a couple of more weeks's left of Miami Spice and 174 restaurants serving up three-course meals, you have plenty to do this week. But just in case you're craving ceviche or copious amounts of wine for $10, we've rounded up this week's best eats and drinks. See ... More >>

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    September 8, 2014

    Lee Schrager on SOBEWFF 2015: Meatopia, Tiki Cocktails, and the Cronut King

    The South Beach Wine & Food Festival returns to the sands of South Beach February 19 through 22, 2015, and this time, expect to choose from more then 75 dinners, tastings, seminars, and parties over the four-day span. The official SOBEWFF website goes live today, featuring the entire celebrity-fil ... More >>

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    September 5, 2014

    Ten Best Spicy Dishes in Miami

    Some do like it hot. And in Miami, we're bringin' the heat for real. When we are not quoting Marilyn Monroe movie titles and Will Smith lyrics, we are stuffing our faces with a rainbow of hot peppers thrown into every cuisine imaginable. It doesn't help that our beloved sports team is named the Hea ... More >>

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    September 5, 2014

    Miami's Best Eats and Drinks This Weekend: Beer, Baseball, and a Toast to Summer

    Summer may be unofficially over, but there's still plenty of life left in the 'ole girl. This weekend is all about getting in those last summer-related activities. So, whether you enjoy a tail-wagging yappy hour that benefits puppies, sample craft beers and take in a ball game, or savor a Miami Spi ... More >>

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    September 5, 2014

    Cafe Mistral Brunch: Bottomless Mimosas or Passion Fruit Bellinis for $5

    Last month we discovered the best mimosa brunch deal in town over at Love is Blind where a dollar gets you a long way. But over at Café Mistral, an extra $5 will get you unlimited mimosas poured throughout your entire meal all weekend long. Did we mention the orange juice is freshly squeezed (that ... More >>

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    September 5, 2014

    Best Places to Watch the Dolphins Opener

    The Miami Dolphins open the season this Sunday at home against the New England Patriots at 1 p.m. And it seems the same old questions loom: Will quarterback Ryan Tannehill improve? Will the offensive line hold it together? Do we have a running game? Is Bill Lazor's new offense going to bring some e ... More >>

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    September 5, 2014

    My Ceviche and George Stone Crab to Open at Miami International Airport

    Grabbing a bite at Miami International Airport is improving vastly from the usual pre-made sandwich with the announcement of My Ceviche and George Stone Crab inking a deal to open a location there. The co-branding, a seafood lover's dream, will be located at American Airlines Terminal's new marketp ... More >>

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    September 4, 2014

    Is Scott Conant Opening a Second Miami Restaurant?

    Celebrity Chef Scott Conant has a lot on his plate. The chef, who is frequently seen on many Food Network shows including Chopped, is a successful cookbook author and restaurateur. His Scarpetta first opened in New York City in spring 2008. A Miami Beach location, at the Fontainebleau, opened late ... More >>

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    September 3, 2014

    The Seven Dials in Coral Gables: Foie Gras on Zak the Baker Toast and Fried Kalamata Olives

    Coral Gables isn't nationally known as a dining destination, but the place is actually swarming with hidden gems and restaurants that have put the area on the map. Sure, you have the ever-popular Ortanique on the Mile, Eating House, and Swine. But there are also lesser-known options like Uvaggio and ... More >>

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    September 2, 2014

    August 2014 Miami Restaurant Openings and Closings

    August may be traditionally a slow month for Miami's restaurant industry, but you could hardly tell from the extensive list of openings. Notable openings include Mignonette, the intimate oyster bar by chef Danny Serfer (Blue Collar) and blogger Ryan Roman; and Cantina la Veinte, the first foray int ... More >>

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    September 2, 2014

    Drunken Dragon Fires Up Trendy Korean Barbecue in South Beach

    The waiter says he can't leave the ripping-hot, onyx-colored stone bowl on the table. There's some kind of legal/insurance issue. Someone might get burned. He has to spoon its contents into serving bowls and take the hot pot away.

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    September 2, 2014

    Estrella Damm Tapas Journey: Three Tapas and a Beer For $20 Through September

    When was the last time you had three plates and a beer for $20? If this sounds familiar, you probably participated in last year's Estrella Damm Tapas Journey, which took lovers of the Barcelona beer through Wynwood for a taste of Spanish culture. Estrella Damm has brought back the tour, extending ... More >>

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    August 28, 2014

    Ten Best Restaurants in North Miami Beach

    North Miami Beach is extremely confusing. First, its name is a misnomer. It is not part of Miami Beach (or North Beach) and no longer has a beach in its city limits. It is also distinctly different from neighboring, similarly named North Miami. Though Miami doesn't have a Chinatown, Thai Town, Jap ... More >>

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    August 28, 2014

    Mojito Madness Now Available at TK's at the Villa Mayfair

    Cuba is the birthplace of the mojito, so it should be no surprise that the cocktail can be found almost anywhere in Miami, especially at TK's at the Villa Mayfair where Mojito Madness is now available. Mojito Madness is an all-mojito cocktail menu. It includes at least 20 flavors: classic, watermel ... More >>

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