Restaurant Reviews

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    November 4, 2013

    French Spice: Miami Restaurants Offering Three-Course Meals for $39

    If you're anything like us, you're happy that the weather is getting cooler. But you're also sad because the next Miami Spice is ten months away. In the medium term, we have some good news. French Spice is going on through November 15. It works just like Miami Spice -- you choose an appetizer, mai ... More >>

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    August 19, 2013

    Chris Birnie-Visscher, Sommelier at db Bistro Moderne: "I Perform Michael Jackson's 'Beat It'"

    Wine sommeliers are the understated cool kids of the restaurant industry. Everyone forgets about them, but every high-end restaurant has one. Lurking in the corners of dark wine cellars, these experts are there to assist guests with the vino. You'd think the type of people who fall into this profes ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2013

    Miami Spice: The Ten Best Weekend Deals

    Ahh. Miami Spice. True, it's a great value but like everything in life, the two month-long promotion comes with a few catches -- like the fact that many restaurants don't offer the three-course prix fixe Spice menu on weekends. That sucks, because a lot of us simply have too many things "on our pla ... More >>

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    July 18, 2013

    Somm to Premiere at O Cinema Tonight: Think You Know Your Wine?

    "I cried when my parents died. I cried when my children were born. The only other time outside of that, that I cried, was when I passed this exam," says an American Master Sommelier on camera. Somm, a documentary, takes you into the lives of four men who will literally stop at nothing to have their ... More >>

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    June 19, 2013

    Joey's Cantina For Sale Tonight: Wine Specials and Four-Course Dinner (Photos)

    Sometimes in life we often take greatness for granted. Just because something or someone has been around for a while, we get complacent and do not feel the need to visit them or show just how special they are to us. That we need them.Joey's hasn't forgotten to show love to the Wynwood community. I ... More >>

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    May 30, 2013

    Wynwood Kitchen & Bar Launched "A Feast for the Eyes" Last Night

    Last night was the official launch of "A Feast for the Eyes" at Wynwood Kitchen & Bar and we were invited to check it out. In what Chef Miguel Aguilar hopes will become a monthly series, the restaurant exhibits the work of an artist and offers a four-course prix fixe menu that celebrates the artist' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2013

    SoBeWFF: Master Sommeliers Can Get It Wrong

    If you're reading this blog post, you probably like wine. But however well versed you think you are, we highly doubt you have the knowledge of a master sommelier. There are only 129 in North America. Well, whether you are a wino or a wine connoisseur, Delta's Taste Wine Like a Master Sommelier at th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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

    October 17, 2012

    Siga la Vaca Straight to Parrilla-style Dining in Coral Gables

    Carnivores take note: a new parrilla-style Argentinean grill is opening soon in Coral Gables. Siga la Vaca ("follow the cow") has taken over the old Novecento space on the ground floor of Alhambra Towers at 121 Alhambra Plaza and is scheduled to open by the end of October.According to Carlos Ba ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2012

    Miami Spice: Price Rise in 2012

    If it ain't broke, tinker with it.That's apparently the thinking at the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau in regards to its highly successful Miami Spice program. An email was sent out over the weekend by the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau that states, "Restaurants will ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2012

    Discounted Dishes for National Ravioli Day at Terrazza and Cafe Prima in Miami Beach

    ​Tomorrow, March 20, is ravioli day and there are at least two restaurants taking advantage of this pasta holiday, Terrazza at the Shore Club and Cafe Prima Pasta.For lunch and dinner at Terrazza, three house-made ravioli dishes crafted by executive chef Stefano Riccioletti. The three dishes are:

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2011

    Miami's Most Expensive New Year's Eve Dinners

    ​Earlier this week, we shared a list of restaurants that offer reasonably-priced ways to bid farewell to 2011.But what about if you're a Maybach-driving playa for whom money is no object? You're going to want to start your evening with a nice (i.e. expensive) New Year's Eve extravaganza. We've got ... More >>

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    December 27, 2011

    New Year's Eve 2012: Where to Eat in Miami Without Getting Gouged

    ​Wikipedia defines price gouging as a "pejorative term referring to a situation in which a seller prices goods or commodities much higher than is considered reasonable or fair." Sounds like New Year's Eve in Miami, when local restaurants dig deep into the pockets of tourists determined to pay fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2011

    Yardbird Wine List Dissection: Made In The USA

    ​South Beach newcomer Yardbird has us all thinking of fried chicken, bourbon, and biscuits. We gave you a brief preview of the food and a glimpse inside the opening party madness, but what you may not know is that they also cultivated an extremely user-friendly wine list. Offerings are separated i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2011

    Meat Market's Sarah Almand Gives Good Wine Advice

    Courtesy of Meat Market​When we hear sommelier we think well-suited-gentleman with a stiff upper lip who looks down his nose at you for ordering anything less than a $100 bottle of wine. Sarah Almand, Meat Market's delightfully spirited sommelier, is different.A Florida native, she was a geography ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2011

    Kane's Young Executive Chef Takes His Steak Seriously

    Photo by Andres Aravena​The addition of recently opened Kane Steakhouse to the SoFi restaurant landscape presented an opportunity for executive chef Daniel Ganem. When execs at the Glazier Group (Strip House in NYC, Michael Jordan's the Steak House) began searching for a head toque, they found th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2011

    Area 31 Dinner Benefits Common Threads (Updated)

    Foie gras fluff​Chefs E. Michael Reidt of Area 31, Sean Brasel of Meat Market, and Kris Wessel of Red Light are teaming up next week to raise money for Common Threads, an organization that teaches low-income children how to cook and eat healthy.The three chefs will prepare a five-course meal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2011

    Acqua to Close at Four Seasons; Last Brunch This Sunday

    Last oink this Sunday ​Acqua will be serving a "Farewell Brunch" at the Four Seasons Hotel Miami this Sunday, July 14. It's your last chance to indulge in the expansive buffet that includes a whole roasted pig, a sprawling raw bar, and a dessert display overflowing with 30-plus types of mini ... More >>

  • Dining

    April 7, 2011
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    March 29, 2011

    The Dining Room Packs Charm and Taste Onto Little Plates and Into a Tiny Space

    via The Dining Room​Appropriately nestled south of Fifth, in South Beach, The Dining Room is the two-month old, intimately-sized restaurant of OLA owner Brian Lieberman. Pulling double duty between Lieberman's kitchens is The Dining Room's executive chef, Horacio Rivadero. Sous chef, Christi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2010

    Pubbelly Finally Opens on November 23

    Jose Mendin, Sergio Navarra, Andreas Schreiner​Overly eager business owners and publicists are notorious for announcing new restaurant births only to have the public wait, and wait, and wait for an actual opening. Pubbelly, Miami's newest Asian-inspired gastropub, is no exception.We announce ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2010

    Two Deviously Delicious Halloween Menus on Lincoln Road​What are you eating this Halloween? Sure, candy is a must, but why not stock up on some hearty foods before you start chowing down on those Reese's Peanut Butter Cups and mini Snicker bars. Some restaurants on Lincoln Road will offer a Halloween prix fixe menu for your treat. ... More >>

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    July 27, 2010

    Miami Spice: Deal or No Deal? Coconut Grove

    Jacob KatelGibraltar's menu is bright.​In parts one, two (Asian), three (steakhouses), four (hotels), and five (Coral Gables, posted this morning), we perused Miami Spice deals from various participating restaurants and put in our two cents as to whether or not the deal was worth taking advantage ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2010

    Interview With Chef and TV Star To-Be Andrea Curto-Randazzo, Part One

    So is she the Top Chef or not? ​A lot has happened since we last interviewed Andrea Curto-Randazzo, co-owner and co-chef of Talula on Miami Beach. She and her husband began handling the kitchen at a second restaurant, The Water Club in North Miami. And she began preparing to compete on Top Chef Se ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2010

    Chef Paula DaSilva Leaving 3030 Ocean For New Eden Roc Restaurant

    ​Paula DaSilva, chef de cuisine at Dean Max's 3030 Ocean, will leave the Fort Lauderdale seafood restaurant in June to head a new restaurant at the Eden Roc. If you don't know DaSilva from 3030 Ocean, you may remember her for coming in a close second in season five of Gordon Ramsay's Hell's Kitche ... More >>

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    May 11, 2010

    Italian Party at Mai Tardi Will Feature Models, Maseratis and Sex and the City 2 Tickets

    Maitardi in the Design District. ​Get ready to live La Dolce Vita next week at Mai Tardi in the Design District. The Italian restaurant is hosting a "Look Sexy, Feel Sexy" event on Wednesday, May 19. The festivities will kick off with complimentary proseco in the courtyard. As you're downing the b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2010

    The Ivy at the Grove Opens and Aims High

    Could be a steep climb.​At one point during his career, Tim Powers simultaneously controlled six restaurants rated in the Top 10 for both Zagat and Harden's London Restaurant Guide. Two of these, The Ivy and Le Caprice, held either the number one or number two  spot for more than 12 years. Po ... More >>

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    December 17, 2009
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    October 29, 2009

    Sneak Review: Balans

    A teeny sneak preview of the New Times restaurant review for next week. Eating at Balans is like buying clothes at The GAP. It's like reading a novel by John Grisham. It's like being a Blue Dog Democrat. In a word: Meh.Balans 901 S. Miami Ave. 305-534-9191.

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    May 19, 2009

    Complimenti, Cioppino

    Jackie Sayet Rissoto that's the real dealIf your DNA contains X and Y chromosomes and you have a pulse, it's impossible to strut the streets of Italy without learning how to handle constant harrassment from cliques of brazen young Italian stallions. "Complimenti!" ... More >>

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    February 19, 2009

    Escopazzo Sommelier Rich DiGacomo Talks Wine & Food 2009

    I cold-called Escopazzo out of our restaurant database and said, "Hey, I'm from the newspaper, what are you doing for Wine & Food?" Sommelier Rich DiGacomo had great answers for me. He talked about the Food Network, Rachel Ray, Key West prawns and drinking. Here's what he had to say:

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    December 19, 2008

    Ebony, Ivory, and Plantain-Crusted Grouper... the answer to: What might you find at a Puerto Rican-owned piano bar/café? Merly Velazquez, niece of the late fashion designer David Fernandez, has partnered with Raymond Klein in opening Miami Arts Café across the street from the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts (255 NE 1 ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 6, 2008

    French Fare at Le P'tit Paris in Coconut Grove

    If you sit down for this sequel, don't think too hard about the original.

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    October 9, 2008

    Good Food at Fair Prices on Biscayne Boulevard

    Sabor a Perú and Burritos Grill Café offer bargains on the city's main drag.

  • Dining

    February 28, 2008

    Bourbon Buzz

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

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    January 3, 2008

    Escopazzo Goes Organic

    Italian restaurant shows slow-food roots.

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    December 27, 2007
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    December 27, 2007
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    September 27, 2007

    Sushi Takes a Leap Forward

    At Bouley Evolution, Mike serves raw fish with style

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    May 12, 2005


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    May 13, 2004


    Boaters' Grill

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    January 8, 2004

    Steel Appeal

    Once a haven for gangsters, the Forge took its time learning to serve steak bloody

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    November 6, 2003

    The Young Man and the Sea

    Reel in a great deal at Pilar, and enjoy your catch

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    February 20, 2003

    Don't Say It! Okay, La Broche!

    We've got two words for you that will really start a debate

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    September 12, 2002

    Unfinished Canvas

    The artist Britto designed the décor, the diner unknown is yet to fill the seats

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