Bravo's Best New Restaurant returns to the screen tonight at 10, and the next Miami restaurant to go under Tom Colicchio's knife, so to speak, is the Federal Food Drink & Provisions.
The homey restaurant, helmed by Cesar Zapata and Aniece Meinhold, goes up against the Austin restaurant Swift's Attic for a chance to advance to the show's semifinals. Last week, Dolce Italian beat Doma in Beverly Hills to move up in the ranks.
Bravo has a pretty strong gag order in place with the competing restaurants, and the Federal's Meinhold couldn't say much when we grilled her for intel. She did confide that the experience was great. "I'd do it all over again, partly because I know what we went through was real -- not scripted, not bogus -- and partly because it was such an incredible experience for us. [Judges] Tom, Maggie, and Jeffrey really did serve as mentors and gave us honest feedback -- not dramatic or hypercritical.
"If only we had mentors like them on speed dial 24/7, it would make it all just a little bit easier. This way they'd be a sounding board, a support system, or just someone to tell you: ' You're fucking it up!' We're forever grateful to chef Tom, his team, and his show."
What better way to "watch what happens live" than at the Federal? Tonight, the crew will host a special dinner and viewing party. For $39 per person, guests can enjoy a four-course menu featuring the dishes Zapata prepares on tonight's episode. What's on the menu? It's a secret, of course. The dinner is available all evening beginning at 5 p.m. and for the rest of the week.
In addition, the restaurant will offer a late-night happy hour from 9:30 p.m. till close, including $15 bottomless house wines and bubbly, $5 cocktails, $4 beers, and a limited snacks menu. The show airs at 10 p.m. Here's a little sneak preview of what to expect: