Restaurant Reviews

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    May 14, 2014

    Biscayne Tavern Offers New Weekday Lunch Special, Plus a Chocolate Chip Cookie

    If you're looking for a meal deal that doesn't skimp on service or flavor, check out the new "speedy weekday lunch special" at Biscayne Tavern in downtown Miami. Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., the casual eatery is offering your choice of one of its seasonal salads or savory sandwi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2014

    Easter Brunch in Miami

    Easter is Sunday, April 20, and whether you attend sunrise services, go on a hunt for colored eggs, visit the Easter Bunny, or sleep in, one thing is for certain: You'll need some fuel afterward. Luckily, many of Miami's best restaurants serve Easter brunch. We're talking elaborate spreads filled w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2014

    The Cypress Room Turns 1 Year Old With a Poem

    On March 25, 2013, Michael Schwartz opened his first fine-dining concept, the Cypress Room. Many restaurants mark their first anniversary with a dinner special or perhaps a signature cocktail created for the occasion. But how many celebrate it with a poem? When you think about it, though, a literar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 5, 2014

    Ten Valentine's Day Dinners in Miami Under $100 Per Person

    Maybe it's fitting that Valentine's Day's beginnings were filled with tales of saints and martyrs. If you feel forced to celebrate the day with poems, hearts, and flowers, blame it on 18th-century England, where the day evolved into what we now recognize as the opportunity for confectioners and flor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2014

    Ten Best Lunch Specials Under $10

    Lunch is your afternoon delight, your hump meal, the moment that sets the tone for the second half of your day. It's not something that should be taken lightly or skipped. And most important, during the workweek, it should never cost more than $10. What follows are the top ten lunch specials in Mi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2013

    The Forge's Miami Spice Dinner Menu: Best Bargain?

    It is not unheard of to spend $100 to $200 (or more) per person on dinner at the Forge, which makes the restaurant's Miami Spice menu that much more appealing. The place has been around since 1969 -- much longer than the term foodie has been part of our vernacular. It is an iconic piece of Miami hi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2013

    L'Entrecote de Paris: One Main Course, But a Good One

    More than a half century ago, Paul Gineste de Saurs purchased the Venice Inn in the 17th arrondissement of Paris. He wanted to sell his family's wine, and so made a weird choice: Offer but one dish -- steak. Soon, the place had a nickname: L'Entrecote -- which translates roughly to a very nice cut o ... More >>

  • Film

    July 18, 2013
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    December 31, 2012

    Miami New Year's Eve For Procrastinators: These Restaurants Still Accepting Reservations UPDATED

    It's New Year's Eve and even though you swore that you and your cat were happy ordering pizza and downing a bottle of prosecco, you decided against the "It's-just-another-night-so-why-should-I-get-all-dressed-up-and-go-out" crap and are now scrambling to find a place to party.Break out your party du ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2012

    Miami Spice 2012: The Good, The Great and The Grudging, Part Two

    See also: "Miami Spice 2012: The Good"This three-part look at Miami Spice comes just as the dining program gets set to begin on August 1. There has been a split in price categories this year, meaning there is now a "fine dining" grouping as well as a "luxury" grouping. The fine dining price point dr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2012

    Johnson & Wales Zest Nominees Include McInnis, Erickson, Phillip Ho

    This Wednesday evening, pretty much every top chef in town will gather for what's turning out to be the Academy Awards of Miami dining: Johnson & Wales University's first annual Zest Awards.The invitation-only fete, to take place at the university's Academic & Student Center, is part of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2011

    Mare Nostrum Officially Opens On Monday

    Jonah GouinMare Nostrum's "wine cube."​The Romans used to call the Mediterranean Mare Nostrum (Latin for "our sea"), so it makes sense that most of the menu at this new restaurant in Brickell is inspired by the coastal regional cuisines of Italy, France and Spain. Mare Nostrum (1111 SW First Ave.) ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2011

    Life After Spice: Restaurants Offer Meal Deals in October

    Fried chicken at Tudor House is offered at a "like spice" price​It's October, which means restaurants are gearing up for a busy season as tourists make reservations and snowbirds plan their imminent arrival. For locals, October means a break in the weather, with cool nights enticing us into going ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2011

    Capital Grille's Generous Pour Offers Custom Wine Tasting Experience

    It's wine time at Capital Grille​The Capital Grille's Generous Pour promotion, which runs through September 4th, offers patrons the opportunity to sample up to nine wines picked by master sommelier, George Miliotes, especially for the event They include the Tarima Hill Monastrell, which is o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 17, 2011

    Area 31, db Moderne, Sustain: Bar Bites For Foodies Make A Truly Happy Hour

    Soho Beach HouseCecconi's pizzetta with burrata and zucchini blossoms.​It's amazing what summertime brings. Restaurants pick up their hula hoops and spin in circles trying to attract patrons. We get great happy hour deals, new menu offerings, and a sampling of summer seasonal produce. At  hap ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2011

    Miss Saigon Bistro's Desserts Include Thai Donuts to Die For

    John Zur Miss Saigon's Thai donuts. ​Miss Saigon Bistro has a dessert menu shrouded in secrecy. The little Vietnamese restaurant located in Coral Gables (there's also a location in Pinecrest) offers sweet treats that are sure to please.The place's look is a bit hokey and the service staff did ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2011

    Angelique Euro Cafe: Four-Course, Prix Fixe Menu a Definite Deal

    John Zur Lobster ravioli.​Located on Miracle Mile in Coral Gables, Angelique Euro Cafe is both cool and a pleasurable place to eat. There's ample illumination, comfortable spacing between tables, and live entertainment (that takes requests), but the most enticing aspect of the restaurant is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2011

    Route 9 Now Open For Lunch; Brunch Starts This Weekend

    ​When we checked in with new Coral Gables restaurant Route 9 a few weeks ago, before it officially opened, owners Jeremy and Paola Goldberg promised full dinner, lunch, and weekend brunch service upon opening. Befitting the independent, casual neighborhood feel of the place, Route 9 opened last we ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2010

    Cool Restaurant Interiors: Scarpetta

    Scarpetta's bar​Step aboard Scarpetta. So maybe chef Scott Conant's restaurant at the Fontainebleau doesn't sit on water, but the restaurant's nautical decor and water views will make you feel like you're dining aboard a luxurious ship.

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2009

    Dinner at Côté Gourmet: $23.95

    The summer prix fixe menu at Côté Gourmet has been as easy to miss as Côté Gourmet. In case you have indeed missed both: Côté opened a couple of years ago as a lunch spot tucked into a Miami Shores office building. Afterwards an outdoor patio was added, which opens up the space and makes it mo ... More >>

  • Dining

    July 30, 2009

    Au Pied de Cochon: Big-City Brasserie in Miami Beach

    This brassy 24-hour eatery is just what we needed.

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2009

    Dinner with Wine for $27.50 at Cacao

    Uh-oh -- I think all the info needed is in the headline. This is unfortunate in many ways, not the least being that I get paid by the word. (I won't say how much, but if I can stretch this post to the approximate length of War and Peace, I'm pretty sure I'll break into double figures -- which, not t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2009

    Mother's Day Restaurant Roundup, Part II

    via basyke's flickr some random picture I found on the internet on a "mother's day" image searchThis post is dedicated to the time I got arrested on Mother's Day when I was 15. Do not -- I repeat -- do not, get high with your friends on the roof of a parking garage in Coral Gables and throw r ... More >>

  • Calendar

    February 26, 2009

    Crash Your Glasses

    And toast to Tuesdays at Palme D’Or.

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2009

    OLA At Sanctuary Sommelier Albert Omahen Talks Wine & Food 2009

    I cold-called OLA at Sanctuary to find out if they got anything going on for the Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival 2009. I spoke to a real cool dude, sommelier Albert Omahen about fish tacos, wine, and the smoker's palette. Here's what he had to say:

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2008

    Epic Opening Tonight

    Area 31 makes its' debut tonight on the 16th floor of Brickell Avenue's Epic Hotel. Executive chef is John Critchley, who trained under Boston's renowned chef Ken Oringer (Clio) and was known to make a mean morcilla at his own Beantown tapas bar. The sommelier is Emily Wines (from San Franciscos's F ... More >>

  • Calendar

    July 31, 2008

    The Spice Scene

    Eat your fill for less during Miami Spice restaurant month.

  • Music

    May 29, 2008

    Denny's Adopts Rock Bands

    The diner chain now serves up a little rock on the side.

  • Dining

    July 19, 2007

    Gumbo Limbo

    Christabelle's Quarter serves up the Very Big Easy in the Grove

  • Dining

    April 19, 2007

    Having Seconds

    A pair of high-end hotel restaurants gets a second look

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    March 15, 2007
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    May 12, 2005
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    May 12, 2005
  • News

    October 7, 2004

    Letters from the Issue of October 7-13, 2004

    Green space versus museum space, and one very pissed-off waitress

  • Calendar

    December 25, 2003

    New Year's 2004 Guide

    How to navigate your big night

  • Dining

    August 1, 2002

    The Teté Offensive

    And the trend continues -- five-star prices for three-star quality

  • Dining

    March 28, 2002

    Food Fight, Part 2

    Careful, New Yorkers, with your attitude -- you might get busted

  • Dining

    January 17, 2002

    Romeo in Love

    Wherefore art thou more restaurants like these?

  • Restaurants

    May 17, 2001

    Best French Restaurant

    Pascal's on Ponce

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    May 11, 2000
  • Dining

    December 23, 1999

    Reach for the Stars

    La Palme d'Or

  • Dining

    December 16, 1999

    Kosher Sushi at Last

    Tani Guchi's Place

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    April 29, 1999
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    August 27, 1998
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    May 28, 1998
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    September 25, 1997
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    September 19, 1996
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    March 2, 1995
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    July 20, 1994
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