Miami's Best Eats and Drinks This Weekend

Let's face the facts: This is the last weekend to cram everything in before some of us go into "Basel Hibernation" and before some of us turn into Basel Butterflies.

Miami's art scene is already beginning to burst at the lady seams all over the Wynwood, Design District and South Beach parts of town, so best to steer clear of those this weekend, no?

We've got traffic-proof options for you all weekend long, guaranteed to give you a good time until a) you go into hiding for the next week, or b) you don't see your house for the next week.

Check out the Magic City's best eats and drinks this weekend.


Knaus Berry Farm The deeper we go into the end of the year, the deeper we drive head first into strawberry season. What better way to spend a cool Friday evening picking strawberries for tomorrow morning's milkshake? Well, cinnamon rolls would be better than that. But lucky for all of us, Knaus Berry Farm has us covered on both bases. Don't deny indulgence. It's bad for you.

Cheese Course Have a date Friday night but forgot to make reservations? No worries. Have some cheese with that whine. Hah! See what we did there? The Cheese Course has opened in Aventura and as a celebratory event, they're offering free cheese and wine all weekend long. This probably won't solve your date problems, but at least you know you have a backup that won't cost you a dime.

Luckyrice Festival Soho Beach House is throwing a killer Asian-inspired food and drink party tonight. Menu highlights include "tataki" popped rice, Kobe beef tataki, wasabi cream and micro wasabi from Makoto; a salt crusted whole fish, pickled slaws, spiced condiments and dipping sauces from Todd English; a steamed mini truffle with chicken bun from Hakkasan; Nantucket bay scallops ceviche, celery root and black garlic by Susur Lee and Douglas Rodriguez and plenty more.


Homestead Rock'n Rib Fest See the greatest thing about Miami is that it's practically summer all year long. OK, sometimes the temperature drops to the 50s and 60s, but to us, that's considered unusual circumstances. That being said, barbecue, corn, and ribs go hand in hand with summer. See because a rib fest evokes thoughts of cold sweet tea, and juicy watermelon -- whereas people everywhere else in the country get that kind of party for two months out of the year. We're better than that.


Tailgate Since the Miami Dolphins v New England Patriots game is this Sunday (and chances are really low that we'll come out on top), we might as well go in at the start and make the most of it. Bust out the Kosher franks, all-beef patties, and beer kegs. Dust the sand off of your pull-out beach chairs and empty out the bed of those trucks. We're going tailgating, y'all. And if we're gonna lose, we might as well do it with ketchup and mustard and a belly full of beer.

Check out the places we visited this week:

-Paladar: New Entry at Gulfstream Park Serves Up Winning Latin Fare

-At Acme Bakery & Coffee and Lee & Marie's Cakery, Nothing Is Selling Like Hotcakes

-Oak Tavern: A Warm New Dining Spot in the Design District

-Over the Counter: Brickell's Grab-and-Go Gastropub

-Florida Cookery: Every Dish Tells a Story (Photos)

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