Zachary Fagenson

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    October 6, 2014

    Honduran Baleadas: Three Great Places to Get Them

    Just how significant has Miami's Central American population become? In the Honduran capital, Tegucigalpa, there is a small chain of cafeteria-style restaurants called Coco Baleadas. The first U.S. location opened quietly on Coral Way last month, and it's the busiest the small space (which once held ... More >>

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    September 15, 2014

    This Week's Best Eats and Drinks in Miami: Bourbon Pairing Dinner and $1 Beer

    If you were one of the many at Broken Shaker's Bloody Mary competition yesterday, then we feel your pain this Monday. We hope you didn't say anything about no drinking till the weekend, because this week starts with bourbon and ends with beer. From a bourbon pairing dinner at Meat Market tomorrow ni ... More >>

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    September 5, 2014

    Ten Best Spicy Dishes in Miami

    Some do like it hot. And in Miami, we're bringin' the heat for real. When we are not quoting Marilyn Monroe movie titles and Will Smith lyrics, we are stuffing our faces with a rainbow of hot peppers thrown into every cuisine imaginable. It doesn't help that our beloved sports team is named the Hea ... More >>

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    August 28, 2014

    Goats and Toasts With Zak the Baker's Sasha Ullman

    Zak Stern, better known as Zak the Baker, didn't see his Wynwood bakery with a bustling café when he envisioned the place. Then, a line cook at Michy's told him about a woman who was into farming and goats.

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    August 28, 2014

    Ten Best Restaurants in North Miami Beach

    North Miami Beach is extremely confusing. First, its name is a misnomer. It is not part of Miami Beach (or North Beach) and no longer has a beach in its city limits. It is also distinctly different from neighboring, similarly named North Miami. Though Miami doesn't have a Chinatown, Thai Town, Jap ... More >>

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    August 22, 2014

    Miami's Six Best Blood and Guts Dishes: From Veal Kidney to Pig Stomach

    Conventional forms of meat consumption are so passe in our post- Andrew Zimmern world. Ever since Bizarre Foods came on the scene, budding foodies have been trying to outdo themselves in the consumption of exotic and stomach-churning meals. Along with insect larvae, and durian, offal (a euphemism fo ... More >>

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    August 11, 2014

    Yuri Sucart Faces a Decade in Prison After Years of Doing A-Rod's Dirty Work

    It would be hard to imagine a character less suited to Alex Rodriguez's luxury lifestyle of private jets and South of Fifth condos than the shackled man federal agents led into the DEA's Weston headquarters the morning of August 5. Yuri Sucart was clad in a baggy white T-shirt, ill-fitting black pa ... More >>

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    July 25, 2014

    One Empanada to Rule Them All: Where to Find Empanadas de Pabellon

    Argentineans, Cubans, Colombians, please accept my apologies. Your empanadas pale in comparison to Venezuela's beef, bean and sweet plantain-filled empanadas de pabellon. Yes, your empanadas are delicious. Their flaky crusts, either baked or friend, are tantalizing. The savory fillings -- from Cuba ... More >>

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    May 27, 2014

    La Moon's New Location Offers Delivery to Wynwood

    La Moon last week quietly opened a second outpost on 20th Street across from the University of Miami's Life Sciences Park, which means Wynwood, Overtown, and the surrounding areas can now have arepas, Supermoon perros, and salchipapas on demand. In one fell swoop, this humble, much-loved Colombian ... More >>

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    May 15, 2014
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    May 15, 2014

    Ten Best Brickell Restaurants

    Things are about to change in Brickell. Whether it will be for the better remains a mystery. At this moment, several stone-gray, nearly finished highrises loom on the skyline. Work is underway on Brickell City Centre, a massive, Hong Kong-financed gigaplex of shops, restaurants, offices, and hotels. ... More >>

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    March 7, 2014

    Miami's Best Eats and Drinks this Weekend: Chocolate, Beer, Wings, and Nuts vs. Wieners at Calle Ocho

    Wow! This weekend is chock-filled with festivals and parties and it's your choice. Whether you've got a major sweet tooth or beer's your thing, there's a party (or a fiesta) for you. From Sprung! to Calle Ocho, here's your weekend guide. See also: Mr. Peanut and the Nutmobile in Miami This Weekend

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    November 20, 2013

    Miami Lacks a Classic Egg and Cheese Sandwich

    A breakfast sandwich is not a complicated thing. Eggs, cheese, and meat are cooked and then stuffed between toasted bread. But in Miami, there aren't any classic versions of this dish.

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    November 7, 2013

    Miami's Top Ten Hidden Gems

    These places aren't made for out-of-towners. They're made for Miamians. And that's why we keep them a secret. We take our family, perhaps a friend or a date. But that's it. We don't want these places disrupted by rowdy crowds. What follows are the top ten hidden gems in Miami. See also: Gabose in ... More >>

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    September 13, 2013

    Miami's Best Eats and Drinks this Weekend: Free Beer, Barbecue, and Mezcal

    This weekend is all about getting your freebies on. The only thing that tastes better than the most expensive caviar is the most expensive caviar when it's given to you for free -- amiright? For the next few days, enjoy free suds at Gramps, free barbecue from Sparky's Roadside Barbecue, free Mezcal ... More >>

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    September 3, 2013

    Pao Town in Coral Gables Closes

    Pao Town, the fast-casual Asian concept by the owner of the highly successful Sushi Maki, closed its doors this past Friday. Owner Abe Ng had high hopes for Pao Town, which offered cuisine from different Asian countries divided into four sections: mains, salads, buns, and sides. In a First Bites p ... More >>

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    August 26, 2013

    Batch Gastropub: Drinking for Science

    Kevin Danilo does a good job keeping his chin up as work continues inside the 5300-square-foot space in Brickell that will in a few months open as Batch Gastropub. See also: Batch Promises Brickell a Real-Deal Gastropub

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    August 2, 2013

    Plenty of Beer and Choice at Biscayne Tavern During Miami Spice

    Miami Spice is imminent and if you haven't already taken the time to peruse the menus of participating restaurants it's high time you do so. Here's a couple quick pieces of advice: You're looking for menus that offer a wide array of choices for each of the three courses. You're looking for restaura ... More >>

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    July 17, 2013

    Preservation in Sunny Isles: Curing, Pickling and Smoking

    All photos by Zachary FagensonSmoked salmon ($18) at Preservation.At Preservation in Sunny Isles jars of Jersey Gina's Gems are for sale just next to a sprawling L-shaped bar. The pickle recipe comes from chef Ryan Harrison's mother. He says they contain garlic, dill, white vinegar, salt and sugar ... More >>

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    May 28, 2013

    Rincón Escondido: Affordable Tapas North of Downtown (Photos)

    At Rincón Escondido, a tiny tapas restaurant in Edgewater with cramped wooden tables and hanging pots and pans, things can get weird. When you visit a tapas restaurant and the menu lists $10 tortilla de chorizo, $7 croquetas de bacalao, and $7 montaditos de boquerones, you might order three tapas ... More >>

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    March 26, 2013

    Tikl Closes: Perfecto Mediterranean Restaurant to Open in its Place

    Tikl, Raw Bar and Grill, a small-plates restaurant in Brickell by the AltaMare team, has closed. The restaurant, which opened in August 2012, closed without much fanfare with executive chef Simon Stojanovic citing a lack of momentum, according to a review last October, Zachary Fagenson ... More >>

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    March 15, 2013

    Ten Best Late-Night Restaurants Post-Ultra

    As Miami gears up for its biggest weekend of the year, so do the businesses that will be affected by it. After a battle with the city, Ultra Music Festival begins today in a two-weekend extravaganza that will bring more revenue to Miami than LIV sees the entire year. That's a big deal, considering t ... More >>

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    March 14, 2013
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    March 7, 2013

    Ten Best Miami Brunches

    The debate over whether the best meal of the day is lunch or breakfast has been going on for millennia. Intense battles have broken out over the issue. But one day, a peaceful being came up with a compromise for the rivaling sides. The settlement was "brunch," a perfect middleman between the morning ... More >>

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    February 25, 2013

    Ms. Cheezious Wins Trucks at SoBeWFF... Again

    "You could put out sea urchin and conch ceviche and wine roasted short ribs that shit rainbows" and people will still pick comfort foods, Andrew Zimmern said just before announcing Ms. Cheezious as winner -- for the second year in a row -- of the People's Choice award at the South Beach Wine & F ... More >>

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    February 6, 2013

    Free Wine! Top Five Restaurants With No Corkage Fee

    For many grownups, wine is what gets us through a lousy workweek, a tough breakup -- hell, even life in general. Without it, we'd be reduced to whimpering infants, beaten down by the stress of everyday life. Thankfully, it's both intoxicating and socially acceptable. Vino is also a crucial compani ... More >>

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    January 31, 2013
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    January 9, 2013

    Miami's Five Best Jamaican Patties: The Power of a Proper Pastry

    ​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 history humankind has focused on what divides ... More >>

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    December 26, 2012

    The Best Pasta and Pastries On Calle Ocho

    Southwest Eighth Street, which runs from the edge of Brickell near Biscayne Bay straight west into the Everglades, is for many reasons considered the heart of Miami. In the latter half of the 20th century Little Havana grew up around it as hundreds of thousands of Cubans fled Cuban dictator Fidel Ca ... More >>

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    December 4, 2012

    Biltmore's Afternoon Tea: High-Class Living for Only $20

    More and more these days, we hear Miami touted as a "World-Class City." Putting marketing copy aside, it isn't really a town to which you'd attach adjectives like old world, el;egant, or classy. So it's not the kind of place you'd expect daily afternoon tea accompanied by live classical music from ... More >>

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    November 9, 2012

    Miami's Best Chicken Wings: Sakaya to Sparky's to Scully's

    ​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 you decide to go on a hunt for Miami's best chicken w ... More >>

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    November 6, 2012

    The Hoxton: Replicating New England in Miami

    In a matter of days The Hoxton emerged in the space formerly occupied by the now-closed Irish pub, Lucky Clover. It is a stripped down version of the former bar with a stark interior and a New England-inspired menu. All of the wood paneling and Irish flare was quickly pulled off the restaurant's fa ... More >>

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    November 6, 2012

    House of Dog: Craft Beers, Crazy Topping in a Kosher Hideaway

    Take a drive down 41st Street on Miami Beach and you'll notice something Kosher is afoot. Almost all the eateries and markets in this part of town boast their offerings conform with Kashrut, Jewish dietary laws. On weekends, starting Friday evenings, black-clad Orthodox and Hasidic families take ove ... More >>

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    October 31, 2012

    Lorna's Downtown: Caribbean Soul Food Comes to Downtown

    Miami Gardens is a mecca for interesting food. Consider for example Lorna's Restaurant, the Caribbean place that for the last six years has offered up a variety of fresh dishes influenced by Jamaican, Bahamain and American cooking. Thankfully restaurant matriarch Lorna Westmoreland's son, Mata ... More >>

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    October 29, 2012

    Miami's Five Best Offal Dishes for Halloween

    ​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 of bringing some insipid blood-covered body part ... More >>

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    October 24, 2012

    Shell Lumber: Hot Dogs Are Life

    By 8 a.m. crews are already lining up outside of Shell Lumber on the corner of U.S. 1 and 27th Avenue. Yet it's not plywood or tool parts they're after. It's hot dogs, bratwurst and mini hamburgers. The half-block-long hardware store has been in business 84 years and remains a popular supply shop f ... More >>

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    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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    September 26, 2012

    Casabe 305 Bistro: High-Priced Health Food on Coral Way

    Tucked inside what appears to be a small home along Coral Way near 17th Avenue, Casabe 305 Bistro looks like somebody ripped a cottage out of Nantucket or Martha's Vineyard, gave it a three week juice cleanse in San Francisco then dropped it off in Miami with a Latin menu in tow. The focus here is ... More >>

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    September 25, 2012

    Yom Kippur: Smoked Fish at Blue Marlin and Other Places to Break Fast

    Yom Kippur is in many ways similar to ripping off a band-aid. Unlike some of our Christian brethren who apologize for their wrongdoings throughout the year and flagellate themselves accordingly, we the Jewish people condense all of that into one depressing day of fasting, prayer and spending time wi ... More >>

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    September 11, 2012

    Pao Town: A Different Asian Concept for the Gables

    Sushi Maki owner Abe Ng opened his latest project, Pao Town, to much fanfare last week, and Short Order was there to taste some of the first dishes coming out of the kitchen. The short menu is divided into four sections: mains, salads, buns, and sides. It's a survey of Asian cuisine, bringing in el ... More >>

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    August 10, 2012

    Five Best Pasta Dishes in Miami For Under $20

    Sometimes you just want a big bowl of pasta, preferably the kind with cream or butter in the sauce along with some form of pig meat. You don't like sitting by the pool or beach all that much, anyway. In an image and health-obsessed world, rich pasta seems to have gone out of fashion. Backers of Ita ... More >>

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    August 2, 2012

    Delicias de España's $8 Lunch Special Delivers ... Sometimes

    I drove past the Delicias de España on the corner of Bird Road and 57th Avenue in Coral Gables for more than three years without even noticing it. Yet a nearby job forced me onto that awful stretch of road almost daily and not long after I wanted to know what I was passing each day. The most entic ... More >>

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    September 4, 2008

    Letters from the Issue of September 4, 2008

    "Maybe these crazed South Americans are simply twisted backward from childhoods of dodging bullets and finding cocaine mixed into the sugar bowl."