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    October 20, 2014

    This Week's Best Eats and Drinks in Miami: Daniel Boulud, Virginia King, and Michael Pirolo

    Plenty to do this week, so let's get to it. We'll start off by letting you know Daniel Boulud is in town, and he's cooking up all new fall dishes with locally sourced produce. And, hey, there's a dinner to try the new menu. Then we'll keep it going by informing you of Broken Shaker veteran Virgin ... More >>

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    September 9, 2014

    Ferran Adria's Master Class on Creativity and Culinary Arts

    Last evening, an intimate group of people gathered at the SLS Hotel South Beach, not for a cocktail party or to fête a supermodel, but for an evening that was much more cerebral -- although food and drink were certainly involved. Ferran Adrià, arguably the world's most award-winning chef and head ... More >>

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    July 23, 2014

    Five Reasons You Need to Go to New Times' Iron Fork 2014

    On Thursday, July 31, New Times' Iron Fork Miami Spice Kickoff, presented by the Miami Downtown Development Authority, will take place at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Miami, and you don't want to miss all the excitement. There's much to do at Iron Fork. Of course, there will be lots of noshing on ... More >>

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    July 15, 2014

    Iron Fork: Aaron Brooks and Todd Erickson Talk Strategy

    On Thursday, July 31, chef Aaron Brooks (Edge Steak & Bar) will face off against chef Todd Erickson (Huahua's Taqueria and Haven) at New Times' Iron Fork/Miami Spice kickoff, presented by the Miami Downtown Development Authority. It all goes down at the Hyatt Regency Miami, where the two toques wil ... More >>

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    June 26, 2014

    Fit to Fight: Miami Chefs Compete in Weight Loss Challenge for Charity

    Last year Top Chef and Top Chef All-Stars alum Mike Isabella participated in a challenge to save lives and shed pounds in Washington, D.C. dubbed Fit for Hope. The fundraiser pitted 12 chefs against each other over the course of 12 weeks and raised over $30,000 that went towards the American Cancer ... More >>

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    June 12, 2014
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    March 20, 2014

    Timon Balloo Big Winner at JWU's Zest Awards

    Miami's finest chefs and most enterprising restaurateurs gathered at Johnson & Wales University last evening for the third annual Zest Awards. The awards, which were created in 2012 by the university to recognize leaders in the Miami culinary industry. The awards were presented in six categories ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2014

    Why Do Miamians Hate Eating Whole Fish?

    Few things are more enjoyable than eating a whole fish. Cooked on the bone, its flesh stays flavorful and succulent -- a far cry from most dry, overcooked fillets. All a whole fish needs is a bit of lemon. All you need alongside it is a cold beer. Sure, not everyone agrees with me. Commentators on ... More >>

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    February 24, 2014

    SOBEWFF: Jorge Padrón Wins Peoples Choice Award at Swine & Wine

    At an event titled Swine & Wine, you'd expect plenty of pork fat and rivers of alcohol flowing. This was most certainly the case last night at the Goya-sponsored, Michelle Bernstein-hosted event at the Biltmore Hotel. The porcine-centric evening brought some of the best chefs from all around the c ... More >>

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    February 23, 2014

    SOBEWFF: Barbecue, the Blues, and the Deens (Photos)

    Bobby Deen played host at last night's BBQ & the Blues event at Eden Roc. However, it was his mother and "hero" that caused the most "hullabaloo." All the meaty goodness prepared by top Miami chefs couldn't compete with the crowds or commotion caused when Paula Deen stepped into this hog heaven. E ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2014

    Valentine's Day Dinners in Miami

    Valentine's Day is this Friday, February 14 and if you haven't made your dinner reservations, we suggest you stop whatever you're doing and get on that! Luckily, just about every restaurant in Miami has a special offering. From complimentary champagne to dining in the dark, here's a rundown of roma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2014

    Timon Balloo Talks Negronis, Italy, and Bocce Bar

    At Bocce Bar, Timon Balloo doesn't replicate Italian dishes. "My goal wasn't to see a recipe and repeat it, but to learn about the culture behind it," he explains. Before opening the two-month-old restaurant in midtown, he took two research trips to Italy. There, he explored markets, ate copious ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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

    Bocce Bar Opens in Miami: We Get a First Bite

    Bocce Bar, the much-anticipated Italian concept from Samba Brands Management, opened this past Friday and Short Order was invited for a taste. The restaurant decor, in the former Sustain space in Midtown, captures Italy's duality of clean, modern drama and classic, rustic style. A giant, lit Bocce ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2013

    Ten Best Thanksgiving Dinners at Miami Restaurants

    Repeat after us: Sanksgiving. It's the proper way to pronounce Thanksgiving in Spanglish. (Please don't call it día de acción de gracias, you dweeb.) Anyway, have you begun prepping for the big day? Because it takes a long time. You have to brine the bird, mix the stuffing, peel the potatoes, min ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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

    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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    October 1, 2013

    September 2013 Restaurant Openings and Closings

    September marks the beginning of the busy fall season. All over Miami, life renews as shops, restaurants, and hotels spiffy up for the winter season. Retooled menus, chef changes, and reworked decor are all par for the course -- as are the openings of a plethora of new and interesting restaurants. ... More >>

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    September 4, 2013

    August 2013 Restaurant Openings and Closings

    Though August is probably the most uncomfortable and lethargic of all times in our fair city, we manage to survive, bolstered by frequent trips to the beach and fortified by Miami Spice meals. Though few restaurants opened and closed, they were memorable. Enriqueta's Sandwich Shop, which was closed ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2013

    Iron Fork Chefs DeRosa, Rapicavoli Get Into Twitter War

    We'll admit it. We kinda started it when we asked a few questions of Giorgio Rapicavoli and Jamie DeRosa, the two chefs set to compete in this year's Iron Fork and Miami Spice kickoff event, presented by the Downtown Development Authority, on August 1 at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing ... More >>

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    July 19, 2013

    Taste of the Nation South Florida: Save 40% on Tickets With Voice Daily Deals

    If you want to dine on culinary creations from some of South Florida's best chefs and help fight childhood hunger at the same time, then come out to Share Our Strength's Taste of the Nation South Florida Thursday, July 25, from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel. Taste of the Nation featur ... More >>

  • Dining

    July 11, 2013
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    July 9, 2013

    John Kunkel's Five Favorite Restaurants in Miami

    Chefs and restaurant owners spend their days dedicated to the fryer, the office, and the dining room. Which means that when they have time to dine out, they stick to the places they love. John Kunkel has opened three successful restaurants in the past two years: Yardbird Southern Table & Bar, Khong ... More >>

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    June 19, 2013

    Iron Fork and Miami Spice Kickoff: DeRosa, Rapicavoli to Compete

    The super-mega Iron Fork/Miami Spice Kickoff, presented by the Miami Downtown Development Authority, is getting closer, and two chefs are training hard for a battle of skills and wit in a challenge that is so intense that only one can make it out alive. What two Miami chefs are brave enough to acc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2013

    Mother's Day in Miami: Six Chefs Pay Tribute to Their Moms

    Chefs must be strong enough to do back-breaking on-your-feet labor for upwards of 12 hours a day. They play with knives and fire. And yet, they must also tap into their sensitive and creative side, working with the most delicate ingredients, using all their senses to perfect a dish. What, on earth ... More >>

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    April 19, 2013

    Miami's Five Best Eats and Drinks this Weekend

    If you think eating and drinking all week is irresponsible behavior, think again. While we all might be broke, underfed, and over-stressed, taking part in any kind of food-centric events helps us come back down to earth. Hanging out with friends, sipping a fine wine, drinking a good craft, and nos ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2013

    Cochon 555: Aaron Brooks to Bring A-Game Sunday

    With just a few days left until Miami's best event of the year, Aaron Brooks is busily chucking away in a secret kitchen at Edge Steak & Bar -- carefully formulating his master plan to win this year's Cochon. Michelle Bernstein was queen at 2012's pork-centric affair, but Brooks thought he'd broug ... More >>

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    March 25, 2013

    Best Chefs in America: A Peer Review For Chefs Names Miami's Finest Toques

    There's nothing new about peer reviews. Many professions, most notably attorneys, scientists and physicians, frequently evaluate their peers in an effort to maintain a standard level of competence and acknowledge outstanding members of their field. With the publication of Best Chefs America, add che ... More >>

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    February 25, 2013

    SoBeWFF: Guy Fieri Mingles While Ziggy Marley Rocks the Closing Party

    If last night was any indication, SoBeWFF proud papa Lee Schrager might have to rename the festival the South Beach Wine, Food & Reggae Festival, because Ziggy Marley rocked the tents with a full-length concert that appealed to everyone of every age and degree of sobriety during Guy Fieri's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2012

    Monday's "Dinner with Friends" Will Be Last Of 2012

    Dinner with Friends at Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill is an event that every foodie must experience at least once. Fortunately, this coming Monday, December 17, Sugarcane will once again delight a small group of diners to a gastronomic gala. Unfortunately, it will be the last DwF of the year.We attended a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2012

    Jeff McInnis Mentors Students, Cooks Family-Style at Johnson & Wales University

    Yardbird Southern Table & Bar's executive chef, Jeff McInnis, served a family-style Southern meal at Johnson & Wales University as part of the school's distinguished visiting chef series of dinners.See Also: Lindsay Autry Schools Students at Johnson & Wales DinnerTimon Balloo at Joh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2012

    TIKL in Brickell Tastes Good So Far

    Simon Stojanovic's TIKL was bustling with business types from nearby office towers on recent weekday. Though it's only officially been open since September 21, the restaurant's design, menu format and location seem to indicate that it will be a success. Read also Altamare Team to Open Tikl on Brick ... More >>

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    August 22, 2012

    Johnson & Wales Restaurant Giveaway: Tweet and Win

    Johnson & Wales University graduates hang their toques at some of South Florida's best restaurants. Chefs like Timon Balloo, Michelle Bernstein, and Jose Mendin have gone from JWU's campus to some of the finest and most lauded kitchens in Miami.

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    July 31, 2012

    Eat, Tweet, and Win With Miami Spice and JWU

    Johnson & Wales University and Miami Spice have gotten together to reward you for what's probably your most annoying habit ...taking pictures of your dinner and then tweeting them. Hey, we do it all the time, under the pretense of "it's our job".Here's how it works: Just enjoy a meal at one of t ... More >>

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    June 28, 2012
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    June 27, 2012

    Miami's Ten Best Meatballs

    ​Want access to our Best Of picks from your smartphone? Download our free Best Of app for the iPhone or Android phone from the App Store or Google Play. Don't forget to check out the full Best of Miami® 2012 online at are so deceptively simple to make: some ground ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2012

    John Kunkel of 50 Eggs Restaurant Group on Swine, Lime, and New Concept

    When John Kunkel started a small burrito joint in South Beach in 2004, he didn't think it would turn into a $24 million buyout by Tennessee-based Ruby Tuesday, Inc. or that he would strike gold in a southern restaurant concept in South Beach. But Kunkel and his 50 Eggs Restaurant Group have a knack ... More >>

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    May 8, 2012

    Chef Allen Susser Celebrates James Beard Awards With Alumni Dinner

    For decades, Chef Allen Susser has made an impact on the South Florida culinary scene, but rarely do you see a chef's legacy in person. Last evening's alumni dinner to benefit the James Beard Foundation saw more than a dozen of Miami's best chefs celebrating the Beard Awards at Trio on the B ... More >>

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    February 25, 2012

    SoBeWFF Burger Bash: Michael Symon's Three-Peat

    ​View photos of Burger Bash at the Ritz-Carlton South Beach here.Although we had grand dreams that a local chef would take the prize, Symon's B Spot Burgers claimed the People's Choice Award yet again this year at last night's Burger Bash (that's a third consecutive win for him). Fellow Iron Chefs ... More >>

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    January 18, 2012

    Despite Fears, Adrienne Grenier Triumphed On Chopped Last Night

    ​Planning a meal in seconds with limited ingredients, based upon a food mystery in a basket, is no easy feat, even for a seasoned professional.Last night on Chopped, Adrienne Grenier beat out a bunch of guys with more experience, who talked a lot of trash, each claiming with bravado that he was c ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 29, 2011
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    December 21, 2011

    Nothing Says Holiday Celebration Like a Caipirinha Throwdown

    Lesley ElliottAll in favor of decapitation, say "aye." ​When you think of a bunch of the city's top chefs getting together to celebrate the holidays, what do you picture? A whole roasted pig and caipirinhas? No? Well, at Sugarcane in Midtown, Timon Balloo pulled out all the stops Monday evening to ... More >>

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    October 18, 2011

    New Times' Iron Fork is Thursday, Are You Prepared?

    Iron Fork is coming...are you prepared?​New Times' Fourth Annual Iron Fork is this Thursday at Ice Palace Film Studios in downtown Miami from 7 to 10 p.m., so we gotta ask -- are you prepared for the awesomeness of watching chefs do battle in head-to-head competition?Have you trained to get your s ... More >>

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    August 18, 2011

    Fourth Annual Iron Fork October 20

    Miami New Times presents Iron Fork: a duel with knives and fire.​If you're like us, your favorite competitive sport consists of two chefs engaged in kitchen combat. We're talking sharp knives, open flames, and meat -- this is one dangerous battle to the finish. The best part: You get to eat the sp ... More >>

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    August 4, 2011

    Fill The Grill Competition, Part Two: Jacobs Wins Second Round (Photos)

    Lesley ElliottChefs Michael Jacobs and Samuel Gorenstein. ​Last night marked the second face off between chefs for the title of champion of the grill at Whole Foods in Coral Gables. Chef Samuel Gorenstein of BLT Steak at The Betsy Hotel was pitted against Chef Michael Jacobs, who caters to the whi ... More >>

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    March 7, 2011

    Morimoto Disciple To Open Eatery, Balloo To Cook At Beard Bash, and The Kosta Is Clear

    Lee KleinWill Morimoto chef serve Morimoto sake?​Restaurateur Stephen Starr (Steak 954 in Fort Lauderdale) is set to debut his second South Florida Restaurant, Makoto at Bal Harbour Shops, in late March. Why are we genuinely optimistic? Namesake chef Makoto Okuwa is a disciple of the famed Chef Mo ... More >>

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    August 23, 2010

    De Rodriguez Ocean Set For Sneak Peek Benefit Night

    Lee Klein15 ceviches will be found at De Ocean​There has been surprisingly little hoopla over De Rodriguez Ocean, due to open at The Hilton Bentley at the tip of South Beach "late next month" (translation: October if we're lucky). Maybe folks figure it's just another branch of D. Rodriguez Cuba, a ... 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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    January 8, 2010

    First Look At Sugarcane Raw Bar

    The robata assortment at Sugarcane Raw Bar​We first reported the imminent opening of the SushiSamba offshoot called Sugarcane Raw Bar one month ago. It was to be an Art Basel affair. Now Sugarcane is imminently debuting in Midtown Miami once more, this time a week from today -- all 4,000 glorious ... More >>

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    November 13, 2009

    Sugarcane Raw Bar & Grill Coming to Midtown via Sushi Samba Creators

    The raw space for Sushi Samba presents Graffiti Gone Global for Art Basel Miami '09.​The Sugarcane Raw Bar and Grill is a new concept from the creators of Sushi Samba that will premiere during Art Basel 2009 in Midtown Miami and function in coercion with the Sushi Samba presented Graffiti Gone Glo ... More >>

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