Miami's Best Eats and Drinks This Week: Croqueta Day, Seed Restaurant Week, and Iron Fork
Courtesy of Sergio's

Miami's Best Eats and Drinks This Week: Croqueta Day, Seed Restaurant Week, and Iron Fork

This week, Sergio's celebrates Croqueta Day with a free party, the Standard's Lido Bar hosts a Nashville hot-chicken pop-up, Seed Food & Wine's restaurant week launches across South Florida, and New Times' Iron Fork returns.

Croqueta Day at Sergio's Coral Way. Sergio's will celebrate 20 million croquetas sold when Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez proclaims Monday, October 1, Croqueta Day. From 4 to 8 p.m., enjoy croquetas, cafecitos by Bustelo, mojitos by Havana Club, and brews by Hatuey Beer — all free — as well as live music and other entertainment. 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, October 1, at Sergio's Coral Way, 3252 Coral Way, Miami; 305-529-0047; sergioscuban.com.

Miami's Best Eats and Drinks This Week: Croqueta Day, Seed Restaurant Week, and Iron ForkEXPAND
Courtesy of the Standard

Nashville Hot-Chicken Pop-Up at the Standard. Every first Monday of the month, the Standard's Lido Bar will offer a hot-chicken special complete with pimento mac and cheese, baked beans, and skillet cornbread. Order a half or whole bird ($12 to $24) with $6 sides. Seating is first come, first served. 7 p.m. to close Monday, October 1, at the Standard, 40 Island Ave., Miami Beach; 305-673-1717; standardhotels.com. RSVP via hotchicken.splashthat.com.

Burgers by Love Life Cafe.
Burgers by Love Life Cafe.
Courtesy of Love Life Cafe

Seed Restaurant Week in Miami. Seed Food & Wine is adding another milestone to its lengthy lineup of plant-based firsts: Seed Restaurant Week. The vegan restaurant week launches Monday across Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties. More than 20 venues, ranging from juice bars and fast-casual spots to upscale restaurants, are set to participate. They include Love Life Cafe, Manna Life Food, Raw Juce, Green Bar Kitchen, Soul Tavern, Plant, Parlour Bakery, and Green Wave. Like Miami Spice, Seed Restaurant Week presents eateries offering three-course prix fixes, including appetizer, entrée, and dessert. The difference with Seed Restaurant Week is that all of the dishes are plant-based. Fast-casual options cost $18 for lunch and $26 for dinner; dine-in options run $22 for lunch and $36 for dinner. Monday, October 1, through Monday, October 15, at various locations; seedfoodandwine.com/restaurant-week.

Miami's Best Eats and Drinks This Week: Croqueta Day, Seed Restaurant Week, and Iron Fork
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Three-Course, $23 Lunch at Novikov. Now that Miami Spice 2018 has come to a close, Novikov has launched a $23 discounted lunch menu available Monday through Friday. Begin with miso soup or a seaweed salad, followed by appetizers such as saffron sweet corn dumplings or a salmon avocado roll. Entrées include tofu with seasonal vegetables and mango cashew chicken. Make it a four-course affair with a $6 dessert. Noon to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday at Novikov, 300 S Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-489-1000; novikovmiami.com.

New Times' Iron Fork at the Hyatt Regency Miami. Thursday, New Times' Iron Fork will take over the Hyatt Regency Miami with an evening of delicious food from favorite local restaurants, as well as two exciting culinary showdowns. Ben Goldman of Planta South Beach will take on Jorge Ramos of Barley: An American Brasserie in a head-to-head battle. The competition, hosted by chef Ralph Pagano of Naked Taco, will include a two-round cooking competition for the Iron Fork Skillet of Excellence and bragging rights. WSVN news anchor and Bite With Belkys host Belkys Nerey will host the second-annual student showdown, in which two Johnson & Wales students will compete for the Michael Shikany Knife of Excellence Award and a scholarship to help them continue their education in culinary arts. In addition to watching the competitions, Iron Fork attendees can feast on offerings from favorites such as Amore de Miami, Toro Toro, Taula Fresh Mediterranean Grill, Finka Table & Tap, Amelia’s 1931, Edukos Tavern Miami, and other restaurants. 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday, October 4, at James L. Knight Center and Hyatt Regency Miami, 400 SE Second Ave., Miami. Tickets cost $40 to $90 via newtimesironfork.com.

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