Happy Friday! This weekend is about taking some culinary journeys without having to leave Miami. Offerings include a Jamaican jerk barbecue, an exploration of Mediterranean food paired with beer from Barcelona, and a Japanese-Spanish food truck by a Michelin-starred chef.
Weekend starts now!
Brickell Restaurant Week
Brickell's dining scene is vibrant and rich thanks to restaurants such as Area 31 and Marion. To celebrate, Brickell Living Inc. will host its first Brickell Restaurant Week, featuring special prix-fixe lunches ($20) and/or dinners ($35) at a cadre of Brickell and downtown Miami favorites Area 31, Marion, Dolores but You Can Call Me Lolita, and Zest, and others. Restaurant week is going on now and continues through May 19. Prices exclude tax, gratuities, and alcohol. For a complete list of participating restaurants, visit brickellrestaurantweek.com.
Estrella Damm Chef's Choice Returns
Estrella Damm's Chef's Choice returns this Saturday, May 14, with its special three-course meal and beer deals. A staggering 46 of Miami's best restaurants are participating in the series, each offering its own special take on a three-course meal that includes an appetizer, an entrée featuring rice, and a dessert — all paired with Estrella Damm beer. Prices vary by restaurant and range from $30 to $70. Participating restaurants include Bulla Gastrobar, Cena by Michy, Coya, Finka Table & Tap, La Mar by Gaston Acurio, Pinch Kitchen, Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill, and Vagabond Restaurant & Bar. The Estrella Damm Chef's Choice special runs through May 29. For more details and menus for each participating restaurant, visit chefschoicemiami.com.
Friday-Night Karaoke at Schnebly
Everyone loves karaoke — it's the chance to show off your undeniable talent as a chanteuse to all of your friends. Head to Schnebly Redland's Winery & Brewery this Friday, May 13, for some beer and a sing-along. From 6 to 11 p.m., karaoke DJ Todd will lead the crowd for rousing renditions of karaoke classics such as "Paradise by the Dashboard Light" and "Don't Stop Believin'." Plenty of fresh beer from Miami Brewing, Schnebly's famous tropical wine, and delicious food from chef Dewey LoSasso will make this a fun evening with friends.
The Wynwood Yard's Fiesta Loca
This Friday night, May 13, the Wynwood Yard will host La Fiesta Loca, a monthly theme night that features live music combined with good food and drinks in the Yard's charming outdoor setting.
The main draw is the new Kuenko food truck featuring Japanese-Spanish cuisine from Michelin-starred chef Ricardo Sanz. The chef, best known for his Madrid restaurant, Kabuki, developed all the recipes for the truck, which features donburi for less than $11 each.
The Wynwood Yard's food trucks will offer specials including a black corn tortilla tostaguac with refried black beans, cashew queso, charred jalapeño salsa verde, guacamole, tomato, and cilantro cabbage slaw from Della Test Kitchen and Korean fried shrimp tacos with kimchee slaw from Dim Ssäm à Gogo. A live performance by Locos por Juana with special guest Elastic Bond from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m., giveaways, and a pop-up by Coyo Taco from 10 p.m. to midnight will round out your evening.
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Talde's Buju Brunchton Brunch
Dale Talde's brunch life series continues with a reggae-themed brunch this Saturday afternoon, May 14. From 1 to 5 p.m., chow down on bites from the all-you-can-eat jerk bar, including pork, chicken, whole fish for $30 per person. Wash it down with unlimited "cool rummings" punch or tropical bellinis for an additional $30. Reservations are suggested and can be made by calling 786-605-4094 or visiting taldemiamibeach.com.
Saffron Supper Club at Byblos
On Sunday, May 15 the Saffron Supper Club hosts a dinner inspired by the Persian New Year (Nowruz) at Byblos. Chef Nelson Fernandez has created a special menu with dishes including eggplant rolls with braised lamb, crispy artichokes with labneh, branzino with harissa and rose, and Persian Rabzi rice. $65 per person (not including gratuity) includes a welcome cocktail reception with Arfohead rum, the dinner with wine pairings, and Persian music and poetry to set the mood. Dress in "Persian opulence" and enjoy. To reserve guests must RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.