Can you believe it's Friday already? This week blew by, and good thing, because there're plenty of new food and drink happenings this weekend, like the hotly anticipated Alter, which is finally open and ready to delight diners. Then there's the return of Daniel Boulud's DBGB to DB Bistro Moderne. Regardless of whether you want to indulge in Saturday brunch, cozy up with a good book and a cup of java, or get a taste of Maghreb, it's all happening in the next two days.
Weekend starts now!
Alter Now Open in Wynwood
You might not have been to Alter yet, considering it opened only this past Wednesday, but if you let this weekend go by without paying Jean-Georges Vongerichten protégé Brad Kilgore a visit at his first solo endeavor, you're seriously missing out. Think beet à l'orange salad with honeycomb-miso and local cheese, or the best house-made bread you'll ever eat served alongside top-secret umami butter. Whatever you do, order the grouper cheeks and soft egg. If you can't choose, let Kilgore decide with his chef's tasting menu, five courses for $65 per person.
DBGB at DB Bistro Moderne
Daniel Boulud is a man of many restaurants, and though he has only one in the Magic City, that'll change when his DBGB pops up now through the end of July. In case you're unfamiliar with DBGB, it's the chef's marriage of French bistro with American gastropub. What to expect? Lots of burgers, sundaes, and spaghetti so good it gives Scarpetta's oodles of noodles a run for their money.
Vagabond Saturday Brunch
Vagabond Restaurant & Bar is doing it big lately, serving lunch for the first time this week and adding yet another brunch period to its busy agenda. What used to be served only Sunday — such as soft-scrambled eggs topped with fresh herbs, pecorino cheese, and olive oil, and shakshouka chock full of rabbit merguez accompanied by beet bloody marys — is now also happening Saturday. Which is perfect timing considering you were just wondering where you would find beet bloody marys and rabbit merguez shakshouka tomorrow.
Panther Coffee in a New Setting
Just in case you're tired of drinking the best cup of java in town in a beautiful outdoor setting surrounded by Wynwood's hipsters, local roaster Panther Coffee now has a location in Coconut Grove. And during its soft opening this past Monday, hordes of cyclists and locals eager to get their morning fix filled the place. Chances are it'll be a bit quieter this weekend, so maybe swing by with a book or your laptop and let your creative juices flow while they brew one of their coffee infusions. You're guaranteed to get sh*t done.
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Saffron Dinner Club at Bocce Bar
Never been to Maghreb? No problem. Take your taste buds there this Sunday with the fifth installment of Saffron Dinner Club's On the Spice Trail: The Food of the Maghreb. If you don't know what to expect of the roving supper club, think a mélange of food (three courses in this case) and vino pairings (Zonin wines this time) with a dose of poetry, culture, music, and maybe even some sparkler-festooned platters. Bocce Bar, which will host this edition, is an ideal fit considering Arabic cuisine is very much ingrained in the culinary history of Sicily. To find out how, you'll just have to attend the dinner, which will kick off with a welcome cocktail and mozzarella bar and end with a saffron panna cotta and cookie assortment. Dinner is from 6 to 8:30 p.m. and costs $65 per person with wine pairings (not including tax and gratuity).