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5 Guys, Table 8, Bond Street, Waxing On Waxy, and A Diss At The Polls

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Bond Street, one of our best sushi establishments, is opening a branch in the tony Thompson Beverly Hills hotel (the flagship Bond Street is in NY - SoBe's opened in 2001). One of the cooler treats at the new place will be soy sauce "caviar", tiny dots of the dark liquid encased in thin-skinned membranes -- although once you factor in the price of a plane ticket, the cost becomes somewhat prohibitive.

Five Guys Burgers and Fries debuted its' new South Beach branch (1500 Washington Avenue) on Sunday. Fatburger has lost so much weight worrying about this it's now being called "Chubbyburger".

From 5 Guys to Table 8, which has been deep-sixed after filing for Chapter 7. Well, they do say the restaurant biz is a numbers game. Govind Armstrong is a fine chef, but unfortunately he does his cooking thousands of miles away in Los Angeles (meaning he'll be able to enjoy that soy sauce caviar). The folks from Table 8 were not the first, and won't be the last, of carpetbagging restaurateurs coming to Miami for a slice of our tourist dollars -- and caring little about the people who actually live here. To their credit, the owners are doing much better by locals with their 8-oz. Burger Bars.

The Huffington Post cites the ten best US cities for local food -- and no, Miami is not one of them. In no particular order: Seattle, Portland, Chapel Hill, New Orleans, New York, Albuquerque, Minneapolis, Denver, San Francisco, and Washington D.C.

Waxy O'Connor's Irish Pub and Eatery is slated to open Waxy's on the River early next month. Lucky us -- a chain restaurant that specializes in booze, sports TV, and DJ's, taking up precious waterfront space that could have gone to a real fish joint. You know, like Garcia's but bigger, the sort Miami is so sorely lacking. Guess we'll have to be satisfied with "acclaimed chef" Michael Jacobs' pub grub menu -- shepherd's pie with a side of chicken wings anyone? Waxy promises an Irish "authenticity", which is no doubt why they are installing 11 large flat screen TV's. As you know, one cannot find an inn or pub in all of Ireland that doesn't have at least that many hanging from the rafters.

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