Michael Mina

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    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 >>

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    November 10, 2014

    Michael Mina's Stripsteak Opens on Thursday

    Michael Mina's third Miami-area restaurant is slated to open this Thursday, November 13, at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach Resort. Stripsteak takes over the 12,000-square-foot space formerly held by Gotham Steak. The two-story, 350-seat restaurant will offer both indoor and outdoor dining, as well a ... More >>

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    November 6, 2014

    Proof Pizza & Pasta: Homemade Fennel Sausage, Oxtail Pizza, and Macaron Ice Cream Sandwiches

    There's something great about Neapolitan-style pizza. Perhaps it's the cloud-like dough that improves after every bite. Or the molten center that forms from the marriage of cheese and sauce. It's a unique style of pizza, and at Proof Pizza & Pasta in Midtown, it's the specialty. Executive chef and ... More >>

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    October 16, 2014

    Michael Mina's Stripsteak to Open at Fontainebleau in November

    Celebrity chef Michael Mina is "doubling down" on his Fontainebleau presence when Stripsteak, his second venue at the Miami Beach resort opens sometime in November. The new restaurant, described as "an innovative and contemporary steakhouse concept", replaces Gotham Steak as the major carnivorous d ... More >>

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    October 13, 2014

    This Week's Best Eats and Drinks in Miami: Save the Tatas, Omakase Dinner, J. Wakefield Beer Pairing, One-Dollar Stone Crab

    There are two kinds of people in Miami today: those who are working on this glorious Columbus Day and with nothing much to look forward to besides lunch and those who have the day off and thus need somewhere to revel. Either way, the week starts now and the forecast includes an omakase dinner with ... More >>

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    October 6, 2014

    This Week's Best Eats and Drinks in Miami: Yardbird Turns 3 and a Whole Lotta Wine-Tasting

    If you don't have plans for eating and drinking this week, that's about to change. There's plenty to do, from a five-course wine-pairing dinner at BLT Prime, featuring vintage wines personally selected from one of the world's 219 master sommeliers, to Yardbird turning 3 years old and celebrating wit ... 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 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 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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    June 3, 2014

    King Crab City: Inside the Fontainebleau's "Water World"

    The Fontainebleau has crabs, and it's exactly the type you're thinking -- king crab. These bad boys are the rulers of all crustaceans and an extreme delicacy not just in the states, but around the world. They make their way from the Nordic and Berin Seas down to South Florida and currently reside in ... More >>

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    May 30, 2014

    Michael Mina 74 Keeps National Burger Month Going with Four New Burgers

    Burger month is almost over, which means you need to consume as many burgers as possible by the week's end. If that sounds difficult to do, don't fret -- Michael Mina 74 is setting out to make the task feasible. Not only did the restaurant roll out four burgers (one a week) for the special month, bu ... More >>

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    May 28, 2014

    Michelle Bernstein to Open Restaurant at Thompson Miami Beach Hotel

    It seems that Michelle Bernstein has another project on her hands. The Miami chef who recently announced the temporary closing of her Upper Eastside Michy's for a concept change and facelift, is also working on her first Miami Beach restaurant. Prior to this announcement, Bernstein had a small Sout ... More >>

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    May 22, 2014

    El'eat in North Miami Beach: '70s Excess Meets Decadent Comfort Food

    At a recent media dinner, El'eat Restaurant & Lounge in North Miami Beach opened its doors to local journalists, bloggers, and some slightly suspicious Eastern-European socialites. Needless to say, the writers were the odd men out. Walking into El'eat is like walking onto the set of American Hustle; ... More >>

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    May 8, 2014

    Five Unconventional Mother's Day Meals in Miami

    Let's face it: Mother's Day can get a bit, well, stale. This Sunday, instead of treating Ma to a manicure or an overpriced brunch, why not hit her with the best meal of her life? Here are the top five unconventional places in Miami for every type of lady, from the domestic goddess to the big-shot la ... More >>

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    March 26, 2014

    Roots & Freens: Gourmet, Organic Food Delivered To Your Doorstep

    At Roots & Freens, organic all the way is the motto. Chef and co-partner Carlos Torres has a resume that spans a decade in the kitchens of top toques Douglas Rodriguez, Michelle Bernstein, and Michael Mina. Now, he's bringing healthful and gourmet cuisine and cold pressed juices right to your door ... More >>

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    March 19, 2014

    James Beard Finalists Announced: Miami Snubbed

    No need to book a trip to New York City for the 2014 James Beard Foundation's awards gala on May 5th, because there will be no South Florida chefs or restaurateurs to root for when the awards are announced. The James Beard finalists were announced yesterday and not one Miami connection was among th ... More >>

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    February 6, 2014
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    February 5, 2014

    Dolce Italian Celebrates Anniversary With Menu Change

    In celebration of its first anniversary, Dolce Italian has revamped its menu and added tasty new offerings to showcase chef Paolo Dorigato's skills. Located in the Gale Hotel, the Italian restaurant is unassuming yet charming. Short Order sampled the new offerings in celebration of the anniversary ... More >>

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    February 4, 2014

    Michael Mina 74: Like You're at the Club, But With Really Fancy Food

    Michael Mina 74 might remind you of a nightclub. Lingering behind the ivory counter in the Fontainebleau Miami Beach lobby, a leggy hostess in a tiny red dress is the restaurant's gatekeeper. She subtly eyes you and then escorts you downstairs, her black heels clacking on the marble steps. Inside th ... More >>

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    February 3, 2014

    Michael Mina's Five Favorite Restaurants in Miami

    To say Michael Mina knows good food is an understatement. Last year, the Egyptian-born chef was named to the James Beard Foundation's Who's Who of Food and Beverage in America. He owns 20 restaurants across the nation, including the Michelin-starred Michael Mina in San Francisco. His empire encomp ... More >>

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    January 6, 2014

    Will Michael Mina Take Over Gotham Steak at Fontainebleau?

    It seems as though Michael Mina is very bullish about restaurant opportunities at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach Resort. The chef recently opened Michael Mina 74, an upscale restaurant/lounge at the mega-resort, where diners can feast on burgers with duck fat fries and fresh seafood straight off a d ... More >>

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    January 1, 2014

    December 2013 Restaurant Openings and Closings

    Goodbye 2013, hello 2014. If you're reading this, you've made it through yet another New Year's eve and are probably enjoying a nice cleansing juice after a five mile run (let's see how long this healthy resolution will last). In this past year, we've said hello to some great new restaurants like ... More >>

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    December 16, 2013

    Michael Mina 74 Is Open: We Get a First Bite (Photos)

    What do you get when you cross a celebrity-chef-driven restaurant with a Miami-style nightlife joint? The answer: Michael Mina 74 at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach. Located in the space once home to Arkadia below LIV, Michael Mina 74 opened quietly two weeks ago. Short Order was recently invited ... More >>

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    December 13, 2013

    Michael Mina Chats About Michael Mina 74 at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach

    Michael Mina's new restaurant, Michael Mina 74 at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach, opened in time for the crush of people flocking to Art Basel. The new restaurant, bar, ultra-lounge is a departure from his classic and reserved Bourbon Steak at Turnberry Isle Resort & Club. But, as the chef and resta ... More >>

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    November 1, 2013

    October 2013 Restaurant Openings and Closings

    Here we go... The official end of hurricane season, the start of cooler weather, and an influx of restaurants opening in Miami. With tourist season and Art Basel coming down the pipeline sooner than we realize, restaurants are clamoring to finish that paint job, install those burners, and open the ... More >>

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    October 4, 2013

    Michael Mina 74 to Open at Fontainebleau

    Michael Mina's new restaurant at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach is scheduled to open in November 2013 -- in time for the rush that Art Basel and the holiday season brings. Michael Mina 74 will open in the iconic resort's lobby, in the Arkadia space and is quite a departure from Mina's reserved Bourb ... More >>

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    July 2, 2013

    Michael Mina Opening Restaurant at Fontainebleau Miami Beach

    A rep for the Fontainebleau Miami Beach Hotel has confirmed that "Michael Mina will be opening a new restaurant in the Arkadia space." We called the Mina Group in San Francisco, and were told that no further information was available at this time. See also: Michael Mina On Local Product and Miami' ... More >>

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    March 18, 2013

    Jeff McInnis and Hedy Goldsmith Finalists for James Beard Awards

    The James Beard Foundation has announced its finalists for the 2013 James Beard Awards, and two Miami toques have made the list within the restaurant and chef categories. Jeff McInnis, executive chef and partner at Yardbird Southern Table & Bar, and Hedy Goldsmith, executive pastry chef at Michael' ... More >>

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    February 23, 2013

    SoBeWFF: The Best of Best of The Best 2013

    If you felt slightly overwhelmed walking into last evening's Best of The Best at the Fontainebleau Hotel, you weren't alone.After receiving your complimentary Riedel glass, you were accosted by nearly 50 of the world's best chefs serving the most decadent dishes you could wrap your head and your lip ... More >>

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    November 27, 2012

    Best French Fries in U.S. Are at Bourbon Steak, Says CNN

    In 2008, Bourbon Steak, located on the ground lobby of the Turnberry Isle Hotel & Resort in Aventura served greater Miami the finest upscale steakhouse its seen in ages. In 2011, it was named one of Miami's top five steakhouses by New Times. We've told you about their jerk chicken, fried chicken ... More >>

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    July 11, 2012

    A Vegan in Vegas: Thai Basil Salad, Beautiful Beets, and More

    See also Vegans Can Carbo Load in LA, Beet Reporter Finds Vegan Glory in LA Yesterday, my friends and I were walking up the Las Vegas strip in desiccating 115-degree heat. My skin felt deflated, dehydrated and stretched to my bones. I looked to my left and to my right and saw nothing but i ... More >>

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    July 3, 2012

    Preview: Miami Spice at Bourbon Steak Gets a Check Plus

    Miami Spice couldn't come fast enough for restaurants in the slow, slow Miami summer, particularly for places like Michael Mina's Bourbon Steak, tucked out of the way for many South Florida foodies. But the staffers at Bourbon Steak aren't the only ones who should be excited for the upcoming August ... More >>

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    June 15, 2012

    Michael Mina On Local Product and Miami's "Crazy" Seasons

    Michael Mina is the only chef to have a restaurant in both Miami (Bourbon Steak in Aventura) and Seattle (RN74), a fact relevant to last week's Seattle-Miami comparison. The celebrated toque will be in town at the end of this month, in order to help kick off Bourbon Steak's Miami Spice 2012 menu. We ... More >>

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    February 4, 2011

    More Reasons We're Sweet on Mommy-To-Be Andrea Sans Araiza

    We're still counting down the days until Chef Andrea from Bourbon Steak pops. See yesterday's interview for her She'll whip the kitchen into shape before baby arrives​thoughts on being pregnant and unable to eat sweets.New Times: Which dessert is seen way too often on American menus ... More >>

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    October 15, 2010

    Chef Gonzalo Rivera Says Adios to La Marea

    Photo by Riki AltmanSave that last empanada for us, amigo!Though most of the crowd at last night's March of Dimes Signature Chefs Event was all smiles, yours truly suffered a broken heart when La Marea's executive chef, Gonzalo Rivera, mentioned he has given notice and won't be at the restaurant aft ... More >>

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    April 26, 2010

    Three Flavors of Fries and Sauces at Bourbon Steak

    ​Bourbon Steak, located in Aventura at the Fairmont Turnberry Isle Resort & Club, is a restaurant created by celebrity chef Michael Mina. It's situated just off the lobby of the clubhouse and offers a modern and sophisticated atmosphere. Yes, there are steaks, seafood, and a complete menu ... More >>

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    April 16, 2010

    100 Favorite Dishes: Passion Fruit Panna Cotta at Bourbon Steak

    Jacob Katel​As a countdown to New Times' "Best of Miami" 2010, Short Order is serving up 100 of our favorite dishes in the 305. Send your nominations to

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    February 9, 2010

    Michael Mina Cooks It Up at Bourbon Steak

    Photo by Lee KleinMiso glazed sea bass, toasted pearl pasta, mushroom consommé; with Clos Uroulat Jurançon Sec, France 2006​One of the things I liked about a media dinner attended last Friday at Bourbon Steak Miami is that nothing in particular was being plugged. Nothing, that is, other than del ... More >>

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    December 14, 2009

    Behind the Line: La Marea at the Tides South Beach

    Jacob KatelLa Marea's executive chef, Gonzalo Rivera, in the kitchen.​Chef Gonzalo Rivera says Miami is on its way to becoming a real food city. The well-traveled Michael Mina protégé from Northern Cali says, "Homestead is the new California."Rivera is from Chico, "about an hour north of Sacrame ... More >>

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    November 18, 2009

    New Chef's New Menu at La Marea at The Tides

    ​Gonzalo Rivera didn't garner much attention when he took over as executive chef at the Tides South Beach last spring. A first generation Mexican-American, Rivera graduated the California Culinary Academy in 2004 and promptly got work in Michael Mina's restaurants, including a four year stint as e ... More >>

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    November 16, 2009

    Catching Up: Hello Eater Miami, Vidal at Soleá, and Beaujolais; Goodbye Bancroft

    ​Eater GreeterWhile I was away, Lesley Abravanel and Eater Miami gracefully traipsed into our incestuous little food blog world. So far it has been an interesting and visually arresting blog, a bit of original snark sandwiched between the sort of local linking that South Florida Menu Pages Blog us ... More >>

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    August 28, 2009

    Miami Food Scene Is Stalled

    ​ For a while there, when Michy's, Michael's, Fratelli Lyon, North One 10, Pacific Time 2 and Red Light were all newish news, it looked as though Miami was on its way to becoming a cool food town -- the sort with a community of chefs who open restaurants that reflect their vision, and that, t ... More >>

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    May 28, 2009

    Burger Battle '09

    Where can the best burger for the buck be bought?

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    March 26, 2009

    Bourbon and Blues -- Drink Up, Eat Right, Jam Out

    Here's what you missed last night if you weren't at the Fairmont Turnberry Isle Resort & Club at Michael Mina's Bourbon Steak in Aventura: 25 percent off whiskey and bourbon from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. with live blues by local legend Albert Castiglia.No problemo. They're doin' it again next week, an ... More >>

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    February 28, 2008

    Bourbon Buzz

    The latest Michael Mina venture is as fine as fine dining gets around here.

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    December 27, 2007

    The Year in Dining

    2007 might go down as pivotal for Miami gastronomy.

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    August 16, 2007

    Here's the Beef

    PrimeBlue sets out to become a national meatery, starting in Miami

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    July 27, 2007
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    July 27, 2007
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