Happy Super Bowl weekend, Miami. Dessert Wars and WakeFest Invitational return, the Lincoln Eatery in South Beach hosts three days of opening events, and more than a dozen restaurants offer game-day deals.
Café Versailles and La Carreta Now Available on UberEats. This week, UberEats launched delivery service for Café Versailles and all nine La Carreta locations, sending cafecito and croquetas straight to your door. To celebrate, UberEats is offering free delivery on all Café Versailles and La Carreta orders through Friday. Enter the promo code VERSAILLES19 at checkout. The full menu at La Carreta and the café menu at Versailles will be available for delivery, including yuca croquetas, vaca frita, medianoche sandwiches, pastelitos, and Cuban-style flan. Prices will be the same as those on the restaurants' regular menus plus a delivery fee.
The Lincoln Eatery Opens in Miami Beach. Quick on the heels of last weekend's Citadel preview, the Lincoln Eatery, Miami's newest food hall, is hosting grand-opening events all weekend. Friday, DJ Lolo Reskin will spin from 5 to 7 p.m., followed by live music by Leslie Cartaya from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday is family fun day, with arts and crafts, face painting, and balloon animals from 1 to 4 p.m., followed by drag queen bingo from 6 to 8 p.m. Then, Sunday is sports-themed, with appearances by the Miami Heat cheerleaders and live music, followed by a street-side Super Bowl viewing party. 723 Lincoln Ln., Miami Beach; thelincolneatery.com. Daily 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.
WakeFest Invitational at J. Wakefield. Get ready to drink up, because the WakeFest Invitational, the annual festival that celebrates the craft of independent brewers, is back. More than 120 independently owned craft breweries from across the globe are expected to participate. Included in those anticipated attendees are eight of the top ten craft brewers in the world (according to RateBeer). Almost all of the breweries are from out of state and have been selected and invited by the J. Wakefield Brewing team, and most brewers pouring at WakeFest come to South Florida only for this festival. General-admission tickets include unlimited samples and a collectible acrylic sample glass. Noon to 5 p.m. Saturday at Mana Wynwood, 318 NW 23rd St., Miami. Tickets cost $75 to $350 via jwakefieldbrewing.com.
Dessert Wars at Ocean Bank Convocation Center. Dessert Wars is set to return with more than 20,000 sweets ready to be devoured. Expect about 50 vendors and numerous stands piled with cupcakes, cookies, brownies, doughnuts, and other confections. Several vendors will offer gluten-free and vegan options. Participants include One Love Cakes, Twice as Sweet Cakes & Cupcakes, and Sweetz by Niyaah. Guests will receive a ballot to rank every vendor on a scale of one to three; the highest-scoring vendor will win. Tickets include a limited number of vouchers that can be traded for dessert samplings. VIP tickets include samplings from all vendors and early entrance at 4 p.m. Each guest also gets a to-go box to stash a few treats for the road. 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday at Ocean Bank Convocation Center, 1180 SW 113th Ave., Miami; dessertwarsmiami.com. Tickets cost $20 to $40 via eventbrite.com.
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Late-Night Happy Hour at Ariete. As if you needed another reason to look forward to the weekend, try this: late-night happy hour at Ariete. Before heading home Fridays and Saturdays, hit up the Coconut Grove restaurant, the home of killer drink specials, comfort-food-inspired bites (think fritas and burgers), and a rotating selection of pastries by Miami's own Pastelito Papi. No need to be limited to the bar, either — after-hours specials are available in the dining room and on the patio too. 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays at Ariete, 3540 Main Hwy., Coconut Grove; 305-640-5862; arietemiami.com.
Super Bowl Watch Parties in Miami. This Sunday, the New England Patriots battle the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII. That means an afternoon of wings, nachos, and beer with your best friends. Though your local sports bar is a fine place to watch the game, Miami restaurants are getting creative with waterfront barbecues, paella parties, and more. From Miami Beach to Brickell to Coral Gables, here are some of the best game-day deals in Miami-Dade.