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Miami's Best Eats and Drinks This Week: Cinco de Mayo, Tacos, Pig Roasts, and Morimoto's Greatest Hits

Pretty much the only thing that matters this week — at least until Mother's Day on Sunday — is Cinco de Mayo tomorrow. As far as how you'll be celebrating, we hope with a taco and beer in hand. Get both at Coyo or Taquiza's pop-up at Pubbelly. 

Keeping it healthy? So is Basil Park tonight with a special Conscious Bite Out five-course supper presented by Whole Foods. On the flip side, if you want to indulge, Morimoto's introduced a greatest hits menu, so you can get a taste of the Iron Chef's favorite dishes for yourself. 

Week starts now. 

Morimoto's Greatest Hits
You surely know Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto, but have bitten into his famous tuna pizza? If you answered no, Morimoto South Beach has introduced a special four-course greatest hits menu of the chef's favorite dishes, and it's available every night of the week. In it: rock shrimp tempura, hamachi tacos, angry chicken, braised black cod, and of course the tuna pizza. Also included are chef's choice sushi and dessert for the evening. Get the special menu for $65 or order dishes a la carte. 


Cinco De Mayo at Pubbelly
While most places are celebrating America's biggest excuse to get drunk tomorrow in one way or another, you'll want to Cinco de Mayo by knocking back some tacos, beer, and tequila at one of the hippest new Mexican places in town. Coyo Taco is having a block party with $5 tacos and margaritas, a pig roast, mariachis, and even luchador matches with Blue Demon Jr. from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. Admission to the block party costs $10 and you can get tickets via For the ultimate Cinco de Mayo foodie affair, head to Pubbelly for a Taquiza pop-up. Jose Mendin and Steve Santana are cooking up 11 courses (think tostada de lengua, chapulines, uni tamales, and more). Of course Mexican inspired libation will be available for purchase. Choose from one of two seatings (7:00 and 9:30 p.m.). Tickets ($60 plus tax and gratuity) are available via


Bartending for a Cause at Lilt Lounge
There's a good chance you'll be hung-over on Wednesday, so what better way than to aid you with a bit of hair of the dog. Get it at Lilt Lounge's new "bartending for a cause" monthly series, kicking off this Wednesday. It benefits a different charitable organization every time. Join the Exhale Spa team as they step behind the bar to mix things up. Fifty percent of proceeds will go to the Daniel Copans Pediatric Cancer Foundation. Cocktails are $14.

Conscious Bite Out at Basil Park
If you like eating Whole Foods but don’t feel like cooking, tonight is your time. Everyone's favorite grocer has teamed up with Basil Park for a Conscious Bite (and night) Out. If you haven't been to Tim Andriola's plant kingdom yet, this five-course feast is the perfect excuse to drive up to Sunny Isles and indulge in salubrious fare. On the menu: a plethora of passed hors d'oeuvres; heirloom tomato and golden beet salad with red romaine, avocado vinaigrette, and Brazil "nut" cheese; steamed wild ramp dumplings with fiddlehead ferns, edamame, baby bok choy, toasted nori, and red miso broth; sous vide porcini mushrooms with roasted Vidalia onions, spring vegetable ragout, and black garlic "aioli"; and raw chocolate lasagna with cacao, hazelnuts, frozen and macerated raspberries. Dinner starts at 7:30 p.m. and costs $125 a person, including cocktails and organic wines from Whole Foods. Cheers to eating healthy!

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Carla Torres found her inner gourmand voice while writing for Miami New Times in 2012. She has also worked with Travel & Leisure and Ocean Drive and today is involved with a tech startup. She balances passions for wine, sweets, yoga, and kayaking.