Miami's Best Eats and Drinks This Weekend: Ice Cream, Hot Dogs, and Fourth of July

Fourth of July is here and it's packed with all kinds of fun. From special brunches to hot dog eating contests to backyard barbecues, there's a way to celebrate our nation's birthday for everyone. 

Independence Day weekend starts now!

Rosa Mexicano Ice Cream Festival
Rosa Mexicano's annual ice cream festival returns with offerings for the adventurous. Not content with the everyday vanilla, chocolate, or strawberry dilemma, the restaurant offers ice creams inspired by classic savory Mexican dishes like guacamole, empanadas with mole, and sweet corn. 

From now through July 31, try out-the-box ice cream flavors like avocado,vanilla mole swirl, cinnamon-chile spices chocolate, sea sealted cajeta, and prickly pear-blueberry sorbet. Or try the guacamole sundae — avocado ice cream served in a frozen molcajete with raspberries, white chocolate shavings, coconut crunch and mint. Served with piloncillo-chocolate sauce and cinnamon sugar buñuelos.

Freddo Helado Delivers
A steamy Fourth of July backyard barbecue just screams for ice cream to cool you off. The only problem, of course, is who has to leave the party to make a store run? Freddo Helado, voted New Times' best gelato, makes it easy to enjoy some of their famous dulce de leche or choco chip flavors without ever leaving the house with their new delivery service. Just call Freddo's at 305-604-0065 and they'll bring their helado to you. Delivery is available in Downtown Miami; Brickell; Key Biscayne; most of Miami Beach; Star, Hibiscus, and the Venetian Islands; and Aventura. Helado for delivery is available in three sizes — just for me (for one); you and me (perfect for two); and family and friends (enough for four people), and delivery fees range from $3-$25. If you order a family and friends size now through July 31, you'll get a you and me size free.

Delivery is available Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to midnight.

Fourth of July Cookout
Planning a Fourth of July cookout? You're going to need some good meat and fixin's. Proper Sausages has a good selection of sausages for your holiday grilling including their All-American, a beef sausage that way better than that supermarket dog. There's also the Dub, the Romagna, the Proper chorizo, tank rye stout, fig and blue cheese, lamb and rosemary, whiskey cherry venison, and black truffle sausage. Pick up some bacon burgers, house-made pickles, and mustard to complete your meal. Proper Sausages is open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, July 3, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on July 4. They will be closed Sunday, July 5, and Monday, July 6.

Coconut Grove's Hot Dog Eating Contest
Forget about baseball — the most all-American sport has got to be hot dog eating competitions. The big one, of course, is the Nathan's hot dog eating championships, held on July 4 at noon (with the women's competition at 11 a.m.). If you can't get to Coney Island, the action is broadcast live on ESPN3 for the women's competition and ESPN2 for the men's title bout. 

If you want to see hot dog eating up close and personal, head over to CocoWalk in Coconut Grove for the seventh-annual hot dog eating competition. Five local eating champions will try to eat as many hot dogs as they can in ten minutes for the coveted spot as Top Dog!  The competition starts at 6 p.m. Beer more your thing? CocoWalk is also hosting beer pong at 6 p.m. and kid's pong at 4 p.m. Live music starts at 7 p.m. and leads up to Coconut Grove's fireworks at 9 p.m. 

Fourth of July Dining
If you're looking for dinner and a show this Independence Day (and by show, we mean fireworks), check out New Times' list of restaurants hosting special dinners, brunches, and other Fourth of July celebrations. 

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