Best Eats and Drinks This Weekend: From Clambake to Beer Benefit to Pop-Up
In a world where plastic surgery is as easy as running to your nearest Whole Foods and picking up a quart of milk, we have one thing to say: America, girl, you are looking good for 237 years. And with virtually little work done!
Really, she doesn't look a day over 200.
So while celebrating the independence of our great country with fireworks, friends, and family, we'll also eat and drink.
New Times named Lucali the best pizza in 2013. New Times food critic Emily Codik says it's the best pizza in Miami. So what, pray tell, is holding you back from visiting? Is it the price? OK, we'll give you that. Prices are a little steep. But if you're smart about your visit, it can cost the same as any other restaurant in South Beach. So the only difference would be that you'd pay the same price for the best pizza in town. Hell, that sounds like a great deal.
The Forge Restaurant will host its weekly Friday hand-crafted clambake from 6 to 11 p.m. The prix fixe, priced at $49 per person, features a selection of dishes, including steamed clams and mussels, crispy chicken wings, oyster po'boys, and New England clam chowder to start; New England-style entrées such as grilled Maine lobster with candied garlic, grilled salmon with basil mashed potatoes, palm hearts and greens salad, grilled and sliced hanger steak with tomato jam and leek chutney, and pomegranate barbecue chicken with cheddar grits and tomato chutney. For dessert, choose from a creamy and rich banana bread pudding with butterscotch sauce or lemon panna cotta. The $49 includes roasted corn on the cob and boiled Red Bliss potatoes for the table to share, and two-for-one draft beers throughout the evening.
Sip suds to help this family. Ryan, 9 (left), and Connor, 6, with newborn sisters Amelia and Zoe.
Image courtesy Gene Devaney
Even if you have something better to do on a Saturday afternoon, this recommendation is probably a lot better. Help a Florida father and kids who recently lost a wife and mother shortly after delivering twin girls. You can read the whole story here. MIA Brewing Company is helping out and hosting a fundraiser beginning tomorrow at 1 p.m. There, you can sample their brews, along with Fourth Age Brewing suds and others. The brewing company will dedicate the afternoon to collect donations for a fellow beer-lover and family that lost too much too quickly.
Courtesy Mister Wolfe
Summer is Miami's friendly reminder that great weather year-round comes at a hefty price. The price includes pesky mosquitoes, 95 percent humidity, daily afternoon showers, and a wardrobe in which cotton is the only bearable fabric. But summer in Miami is not all upper lip sweat and heat exhaustion. It's also the season for pop-up bars. Mister Wolfe, a pop-up bar/lounge/restaurant, is officially open. Taking over the space that Bond Street once occupied inside the Townhouse Hotel, Mister Wolfe is sleek and sexy, and perfect for a chic night with your main squeeze. Nibble on spicy yellowfin tuna tartare with red onions, capers, and fresh parsley on crostini ($15) or smoked salmon mousse served in mini-crêpes ($15). Sip the Townhouse Secret ($13), which fuses the sweet/tart tastes of fresh lemonade and raspberries with the floral notes of gin, topped with champagne and a powdered-sugar-dusted raspberry. Mister Wolfe is open Monday through Thursday from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., Friday and Saturday from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m., and Sunday from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. The kitchen serves until 1 a.m. daily.
José Andrés is arguably one of the most idoled chefs in the industry. There is probably no feat too big for a culinarian with his experience and expertise. And being from Spain, he probably knows a thing or two about sangria. So let that be your motivation to check out the Bazaar by José Andrés at the SLS this Sunday at 5 p.m. Experience the art of making the perfect sangria, curated with the help of a master. Bar Centro will hold the red-and-white affair every Sunday. Pitchers cost $25. Signature snacks by Andrés will also be available. Visit the Bazaar's Facebook for more info.
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