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Miami's Best Eats and Drinks This Week: Rum, Burgers, and Beer

Got a case of the Mondays? Nothing a little rum, burgers, and beer can't fix. Luckily, all three are happening this week in Miami. Cocktail whiz Isaac Grillo is shaking things up at Repour with Afrohead Tuesdays. Chef Jose Mendin is flipping patties at Pubbelly every Wednesday. Devotees of J. Wakefield's sour and fruity brews might want to save their livers for Thursday, when his New Belgium collaboration, a grilled pineapple Berliner Weisse, is released.

If that's not enough, Coral Gables Restaurant Week starts today too, with 30-plus restaurants dishing out prix-fixe menus at a bargain. 


Coral Gables Restaurant Week
Coral Gables Restaurant Week starts today, which means you've got the next three weeks (never mind the misleading name) to eat your way through the city of Coral Gables. A slew of the city's (Coral Gables in this case) eateries (30+) will be serving up three-course, prix-fixe meals for a reduced cost. Participating restaurants include Bulla, Uvaggio, Ortanique on the Mile, Bread + Butter, Café Vialetto, Swine, Threefold Café, The Local Craft Food & Drink, and more. To see the full list of participating restaurants, menus, and events taking place throughout Coral Gables Restaurant Week, visit


Afrohead Tuesdays at Repour
If you really want to turn it up on a Tuesday, head to Isaac Grillo's '70s-style meets Mad Men cocktail cave, Repour (1650 James Ave. at the Albion). In addition to being one of the best barkeeps in town and having a strong beard game, Grillo is also the rum ambassador for Afrohead. Every Tuesday through the end of June, he'll be mixing up a bevy of different Afrohead libations to go with the rocking sounds of local musician and guitarist Brandon O'Hara. Drinking starts at 10 p.m.


Burger Wednesdays at Pubbelly 
Think you can eat five quarter-pounders? Test yourself at Pubbelly's new burger night. Every Wednesday from 9 p.m. to midnight, chef Jose Mendin will be flipping five distinct quarter-pound-sized patties. Starting at $10, the concoctions range from onion and fig marmalade with foie gras and gruyere truffle jus to spicy short-rib tartare with a sunny-side-up egg, crispy potato, and green mustard. Want to double your patty game? You can do so for $5 extra. 


J. Wakefield and New Belgium Bar Crawl 
It's no secret that master brewer Jonathan Wakefield has a way with fruit. Have you tried his sour suds? If not, you really ought to check out his digs in Wynwood. And this could be the week to do it. This Thursday is the release party for his newest brew — a grilled pineapple Berliner Weisse collaboration with New Belgium. The event naturally kicks off at J. Wakefield Brewing with a meet-and-greet and toast before moving on to Butcher Shop, where there will be a food spread (think sausages, pretzels and cheese) as well as a limitless tap supply of the new brew. The night continues with a curated walk of Wynwood Walls and final stop at Wood Tavern for even more grilled pineapple Berliner Weisse drinking, as well as sampling other of J. Wakefield and New Belgium beers. Tickets cost $40 via Drinking starts at 7 and goes through 11 p.m.

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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. She balances passions for wine, sweets, yoga, and kayaking.