Michelle Bernstein

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    July 25, 2014

    Loba in MiMo: Zesty "On Guard" Swordfish and Frida's Secret Brownie Brittle (Photos)

    Loba is Spanish for she-wolf, which is exactly what Jessica Sanchez is. "The name came to me in a moment in my life where I felt like I evolved into what my definition of a loba is," says the 28-year-old restaurant owner. "Someone who just fights and hunts for what they want. Someone who doesn't let ... More >>

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    July 1, 2014

    June 2014 Restaurant Openings and Closings

    Talk about one hot month. As spring turned into one wet summer, Miami restaurants decided to open like flowers in a garden! Most anticipated were the openings of L'Echon Brasserie, featuring French fare by the Pubbelly boys and Oolite, Kris Wessel's new restaurant just off Lincoln Road. June als ... More >>

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    May 30, 2014

    14. Bruce Ozga: School Pride Shines Through

    New Times' Best of Miami 2014 issue arrives June 19. To celebrate, Short Order is paying tribute to Miami's culinary all-stars. These people forged our city's food scene into what it is today -- a thriving amalgam of tastes and cultures. Through their insight and talent, they've given the city a uni ... More >>

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    October 23, 2013

    Michelle Bernstein Lists Her Five Favorite Restaurants in Miami

    Michelle Bernstein will drive for food. The James Beard Award-winning chef of Michy's ventures north to Lauderhill for Korean barbecue, down to South Miami for Middle Eastern fare, and east to Bal Harbour Shops for Japanese cuisine. Here, in her own words, are her favorite restaurants in town.

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    October 4, 2013

    Top Ten Influential Figures in Miami Dining

    This isn't a popularity contest. This is about influence. These people have shaped our city's dining scene. They operate fabled restaurants, mentor budding chefs, grow organic vegetables, and roast the best damn coffee in town. What follows is a list of the top ten influential figures in Miami din ... More >>

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    April 3, 2013

    Five Best Grilled Cheese Sandwiches for National You-Know-What Month

    Every edible item has its day of celebration: popcorn, burritos, even Fig Newtons (January 16, in case you were wondering). But some foods are so special, so memorable, so irresistible they get a whole month of commemoration. Grilled cheese is one such food. And April is its month. After all, who d ... More >>

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    March 13, 2013

    Dena Marino Launches Mercato: Casual Breakfast and Lunch in the Design District

    Michelle Bernstein must be feeling the heat. Last year, just a few months after the James Beard Award-winning chef closed her acclaimed restaurant Sra. Martinez, Dena Marino made her debut in the Design District with MC Kitchen, a fine-dining establishment serving craft beers and delectable Ita ... More >>

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    February 14, 2013

    Miami's Sweetest Couples: Marinos to Bernsteins to Martinezes... Or Something Like That

    A few weeks back, Short Order asked readers to vote for Miami's sweetest restaurant couple.We were looking for a couple that worked together in the same restaurant -- sharing the heat and the workload to make beautiful food together.We tabulated our Facebook votes, and Miami's sweetest couple is Den ... More >>

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    February 6, 2013

    South Beach Wine and Food Festival 2013: The Six Best Events Featuring Miami Chefs

    If you haven't purchased your tickets for the South Beach Wine & Food Festival, we suggest breaking out the credit card because many of the more famous events, like Burger Bash, are sold out.Luckily, the four-day long festival is filled with seminars, dinners, and parties -- ensuring there's an ... More >>

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    February 1, 2013

    Nominate Miami's Sweetest Culinary Couple, Win a Gift Card

    Throughout history there have been famous couples that have worked together. in just about every industry.Some duos that come to mind are Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall; Bonnie and Clyde; John Lennon and Yoko Ono; Hillary and Bill Clinton; Masters and Johnson; Irene and Frederic Joliot-Curie; Car ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2012

    Four Restaurants That Dish for a Cause

    Restaurants have always been part of a community's charitable scene, usually by either hosting fundraisers or donating gift certificates to be used in charity auctions. But we've been seeing a new wave of philanthropy in restaurants that we hope to see much more of. Restaurants have been increasingl ... More >>

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    July 25, 2012

    The Vegan & Vegetarian Guide to Miami Spice

    Miami Spice begins August 1. Like New York's Restaurant Week, it lets diners indulge in prix-fixe menus at the city's best restaurants at deeply discounted prices. We Miamians are actually even luckier than our friends up north, because our opportunity to "Spice" up our diets on a budget lasts ... More >>

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    June 13, 2012

    2. Sweetbreads at Michy's

    New Times' Best of Miami 2012 issue is here. To celebrate, Short Order is serving up 100 of our favorite dishes in the 305. If you want to vote on which restaurant has the best dish, click here.2. Sweetbreads at Michy'sThe ingredients that compose the "other" degrees of this dish tend to change eve ... More >>

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    June 8, 2012

    7. Egg Yolk Carpaccio at Sra. Martinez

    New Times' Best of Miami 2012 issue is coming June 14. Until then, Short Order will serve up 100 of our favorite dishes in the 305. If you want to vote on which restaurant has the best dish, click here.7. Egg Yolk Carpaccio at Sra. MartinezWho would think to take a pool of yolk and call it carpacc ... More >>

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    June 6, 2012

    All-You-Can-Eat Fried Chicken Returns to Michy's

    Starting one week from today, feed your fried chicken frenzy at Michy's; it's officially back on the menu. A summer tradition that began in 2009, the Wednesday night endless fried chicken feast rewards locals for coming out to dinner during the off-season, and in addition to giving hump day cuisine ... More >>

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    April 25, 2012

    Miami's Top Three Dining Streets

    The question was posed to me in an email from some food television media type for an unspecified project:What is the best restaurant street in Miami? Think in terms of diversity or history or kitchen talent -- whatever quality makes it interesting and worth eating one's way from one end of the stree ... More >>

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    February 24, 2012

    Gail Simmons: Let's Try an Eggstravaganza

    ​Gail Simmons has a lot on her plate, so to speak. She's just added author to her already insane resume as Top Chef judge, Top Chef:Just Desserts host, and special projects director for Food & Wine magazine.Gail's memoir, Talking With My Mouth Full: My Life As a Professional Eater was just rel ... More >>

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    February 23, 2012

    Palm Beach's Lindsay Autry Gets Booted Off Top Chef:Texas

    BravoLindsay Autry was eliminated from Top Chef:Texas last evening.​Before Top Chef:Texas, Lindsay Autry was best known for her duties as Executive Chef of Michelle Bernstein's at The Omphoy.  Being the protege of Michelle Bernstein and executive chef at one of the her restaurants (since then ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 2, 2012
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    January 18, 2012

    Melissa Cala, Chef at the Corner, Dies After Asthma Attack

    ​Melissa (Melie) Cala, chef at the Corner in downtown Miami, died over the weekend from complications following an asthma attack. The Corner issued the following statement on its Facebook page: It was a work day like any other, when Meli realized she had forgotten some cookies she had baked at h ... More >>

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    November 24, 2011
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    June 17, 2011

    Pied a Terre's Andrew Balick On Learning to Survive in the Kitchen, Part 2

    Andrew Balick (back left) and his kitchen crew ​After working at Azul for six years, Andrew Balick got the opportunity to head the kitchen at Pied a Terre, a small restaurant inside the Cadet Hotel in South Beach. In the first part of the interview, he spoke about why he wants people to try his ta ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2011

    Miami Heat Game 6: Top Five Places to Watch the Team on an Expense Account

    Morton's steak sandwich: better than bar wings. Trust us.​Here's the dilemma: if you stay home and watch Dirk Nowitzki in Sunday's Game 6, you'll swear at the TV set and probably break something. And your boss stuck you with the job of entertaining the new clients. You can't take them to the ... More >>

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    May 4, 2011

    A Miami Chef Timeline (1986-2008)

    Chef Allen helped launch the modern Miami dining scene in 1986The closing of Chef Allen's last week represented the end of an important chapter in Miami restaurant history. There was a time in the mid-'90s when the main restaurant debate at gatherings focused on whether Allen Susser, ... More >>

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    March 4, 2011

    12 Top Miami Chefs Who Were Not Too Big To Fail, Part Two

    Ben FinkIt was a genuine struggle to the top​In yesterday's installment, we listed six chefs, in alphabetical order, who at one point or another in their careers encountered a flop. We continue with the remaining half-dozen:7. Chef: Andrea Curto-Randazzo and Frank RandazzoFlop: Water ClubTalula fo ... More >>

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    March 3, 2011

    12 Top Miami Chefs Who Were Not Too Big To Fail, Part One

    Chef Sean Brasel missed with his fatal KISS​Financial institutions are too big to fail. Chefs are not. Almost all of our highly regarded toques have wiped out in spectacular fashion at one point or another in their careers. We present a dozen such flops, in alphabetical order. Young chefs, heed th ... More >>

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    January 25, 2011

    Miami Culinary Institute In Session; New Digs in April

    ​It seems everywhere you turn a new restaurant is popping up trying to get a foothold in a very competitive industry. Miami Dade College hopes to support this enthusiastic entrepreneurial spirit at the Miami Culinary Institute. A long awaited addition, the $22-million eight story building located ... More >>

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    December 1, 2010

    Mercadito's Tasty Taco with a Cause

    ​In October Mercadito Restaurants launched Tacos for Strength, a national campaign that supports Share Our Strength's fight to end hunger by 2015. Each month a new taco goes on the menu and five percent of the sales from these tasty bites go towards feeding hungry kids nationwide.Patricio Sandoval ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2010

    Blog Watch: Art Basel and New Markets

    D. Kehr​The best of South Florida food blogs last week. You know, in case you missed it while you were in a holiday food-induced coma.Food for Thought puts out a great guide on where to eat during Art Basel. Tinkering with Dinner prepares Monlar oo thoke with his first CSA delivery.Redland Rambles ... More >>

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    September 17, 2010

    Michael Bloise, Gonzalo Rivera, Michelle Bernstein Share Hurricane Food Wish Lists

    Photo by Jacob KatelGonzalo Rivera, executive chef at La Marea at The Tides.​If Miami had the rotten luck to get hit with a major storm and power was knocked out, what would chefs want in their hurricane pantries? From Michael Bloise, chef/owner of [soon open] American Noodle Bar:Fish sauce. It's ... More >>

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    April 2, 2010

    Crock of Gibraltar

    ​While perusing Paula's roundup on Easter specials yesterday morning, I couldn't help but notice the pricing strategies pursued by the various restaurants. For instance, at Essencia you can enjoy organic selections cooked up by one of Miami's really talented veteran chefs, Frank Jeanetti -- plus&n ... More >>

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    April 1, 2010

    Easter Brunch in Miami: Where to Go?

    ​Easter Sunday is not only about Easter bunnies, egg hunts and Hallmark greeting cards. It's also a time for festive meals in the company of family and many local restaurants have created special menus to celebrate the occasion. We've selected the best around town.(In alphabetical order) Angelique ... More >>

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    February 22, 2010

    Kris Wessel Interview, Part One

    ​Kris Wessel, a tall, lanky New Orleans native, is Miami's blue-collar superstar chef. He looks and acts it -- a laid-back demeanor, a hard work ethic, and a no-nonsense, populist approach to dining. His acclaimed Red Light Little River was carved from a ruinous space wedged in a formerly seedy mo ... More >>

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    February 15, 2010

    100 Favorite Dishes: Blue Cheese and Jamon Croquetas at Michy's

    ​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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    November 4, 2009

    Short Order Samples World's Strongest Beer, Survives

    Doesn't the dude above (video by Jake Katel) just look-and sound- like the human embodiment of a Boston-brewed beer with a whopping 27% alcohol content? All he needs is one of those colonial get-ups and, like, a drunk horse by his side.Sam Adams brewmaster Bob Cannon invited Short Order to a "beer d ... More >>

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    August 11, 2009

    The Hangover: Brian Antoni and Nick D'Annunzio's Totally '80s Birthday at Club 50

    Photo by Jipsy​Rewind your Walkman to Friday's totally '80s birthday party for aged-to-perfection Brian Antoni and Nick D'Annunzio at the The Viceroy at Club 50. This duo teamed up on a mission to resurrect their '80s glory days. One of the headline names was enough to drag me across the bridge ... More >>

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    June 8, 2009

    Best of Miami 2009 Preview: Best Chefs

    (New Times Best of Miami issue hits the streets this week. With this post, Riptide 2.0 provides an appetizer. The main course/entire issue will appear on the website Tuesday afternoon.)   Best ChefsCindy Hutson and Doug RodriguezPast honorees of this lifetime achievement-type award ... More >>

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    May 18, 2009

    La Camaronera, Media Darling

    PBS La Camaronera, happy as a... shrimpWe'd like to take the credit, having honored La Camaronera Fish Market with "Best Fish Sandwich" in last year's Best of Miami issue...  But the Garcia brothers, who have been fryin' up down home Cuban favorites at this Little Havana seafood joint fo ... More >>

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    April 3, 2009

    South Florida, South Pacific: The Kampong's Bali Ha'i Production

    Leave it to The Kampong, local botanical treasure and historic home of the late David Fairchild, to throw one of Miami's most anticipated events of the season this weekend. This Sunday, April 5,  will mark the 15th annual Bali Ha'i event, an outdoor soiree of culinary delights from restaurants ... More >>

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    March 9, 2009

    Check, Please! Two Debuts Tonight

    Season two of Check, Please! kicks off tonight on WPBT-2, with Michelle Bernstein returning to host and lead each week's panel discussion. The show features three dining enthusiasts who escort one another to their respective favorite restaurant, then afterward in the studio, make-believe they are re ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 25, 2008

    Miami's Dining Scene Goes Big League

    In 2008, our city's gastronomic curve trended sharply upward.

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    November 28, 2008

    Restaurant Preview 2

    Michelle Bernstein's Sra. Martinez will be debuting this Monday in the  Design District. On Tuesday the Wynwood hood, which has been quiet as an empty canvas concerning food, will finally have a restaurant: Joey's, a contemporary Italian café at 2506 N.W. 2nd Avenue. Developer Joey Goldman and ... More >>

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    August 13, 2008

    New Times Iron Fork at the Miami Science Museum

    Amazing what you'll find out reading Miami New Times. Apparently we're putting on a terribly cool culinary event on September 10th: Iron Fork, in which "Top Chefs Battle Head to Head for the Prestigious Golden Fork Award." Who knew? Celeb judges include Susser, Dean James Max, Clay Conley, Zach Bel ... More >>

  • Dining

    April 10, 2008

    Doug Rodriguez Is Back

    New Latin cuisine moves to the Beach.

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    January 29, 2008
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    February 23, 2006

    Tin Chefs

    The disconnect between a culinary student's white-collar dreams and the restaurant world's blue-collar reality

  • Dining

    October 30, 2003

    Season Opener Part II: The Comeback Kids

    Get ready, this season is dishing up a lot of new restaurants

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    May 15, 2003
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    October 4, 2001

    Dish TV

    Karetnick is convincing in this miniseries

  • Dining

    July 5, 2001

    A Rumi Rumination

    Rumors of its debut have been greatly exaggerated

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