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Miami's Best Eats and Drinks This Weekend: Last Call for Miami Spice, Phuc Yea, and a Spanish Mercado

We made it through another Miami summer. The best thing about fall in South Florida are the calendar of activities that come with the (relatively) cooler weather. There are dinners, parties, pop-ups, and plenty of new restaurants and bars opening around town. Of course, the end of the hottest season also means saying goodbye to Miami Spice, but there are still a few more days to enjoy. 

Weekend starts now!

Phuc Yea Pop-Up
Phuc Yea, the Vietnamese pop-up is opening permanently soon at 7100 Biscayne Blvd., but before it does, partners Aniece Meinhold and Cesar Zapata want to take it out for a test spin around town. The duo are planning a series of mystery pop-up dinners, starting this weekend. You won't know where or what you'll be eating, but you will know the day and time. Once you purchase a ticket, you'll be notified where to show up for your meal. Intrigued? You should be. Dinners are scheduled for this Saturday, September 26, and Sunday, September 27, at 8 p.m. Each dinner is $40 per person, $25 additional for beverages (not including tax and gratuity). There's a maximum of 30 people per seating, so hurry up and reserve your tickets at 

La Feria del Mercado de San Miguel Opens at Bayfront Park
Madrid's famed El Mercado de San Miguel is popping up at Miami's Bayfront Park for the fall and winter. Starting Saturday, September 26 through January 31, Miamians will be able to shop for delicacies at the market and enjoy tapas in a gigantic 9,000-square-foot tent with outdoor dining area. The space has been designed to recreate the atmosphere of a traditional Spanish mercado, with numerous kiosks, counters, and carts offering fare to be enjoyed there or taken home. In addition, fresh ingredients will be sold, including fresh seafood, meat from a butcher shop, and fresh gazpachos. Look for the 5 Jotas Cart, featuring its famous Iberian jamón, made from pigs fed a diet of acorns, or nibble on a variety of croquetas and montaditos. The mercado will be open Sunday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to midnight. Average prices for tapas are $2 to $5 each, with paellas and meat dishes starting at $8. 

Last Call for Miami Spice
Have you had your fill of Miami Spice?  Chances are you probably didn't get to all the restaurants on your list — and this weekend is a perfect opportunity to visit some new places or go back to a few favorites. If you need some help suggestions, check out the five best Miami Spice restaurants for weekend brunch or go full throttle and peruse the complete list of participating restaurants. 

Celebrate National Bourbon Month The Old Fashioned Way
September is National Bourbon Month, and there's no better way to honor that great American spirit than with a toast. Dolce Italian at The Gale is offering a maple wood smoked old fashioned, featuring the classic cocktail with a hint of fall flavors. To obtain the smokiness, the glass is smoked over a Canadian maple wood tablet. Dolce Italian provided the recipe, if you're brave (just smoke the wood outside — OK?), or stop in and let a professional handle the job. 

The Maple Wood Smoked Old Fashioned
  • 2 oz. Bourbon
  • 3 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 2 dashes mole bitters
  • 0.33 oz. simple syrup
The glass should be smoked over a Canadian maple wood tablet. All the ingredients are well chilled in a mixing glass and stirred on the rocks.