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Written by Geoffrey Anderson Jr. and Dianne Rubin, BT Contributors   
June 2017

Food news we know you can use

EPix_Dish_6-17very Sunday diners descend upon their favorite restaurants to enjoy a relaxed midday meal. Brunch service is not only a good excuse to day drink, but it’s also a chance for hungry guests to take a break from the usual dinner fare. It also lets restaurants showcase a different side of their cuisine and get creative. Everyone wins.

The one downside to brunch? It has usually been limited to one day. More and more eateries, however, are capitalizing on brunch’s popularity and offering it on Saturdays as well.

Downtown Miami’s Area 31 (270 Biscayne Boulevard Way, 305-424-5234) is a prime example. The Mediterranean restaurant inside the towering Epic Hotel offers a balanced menu with lighter items like tropical fruit plates and granola alongside heavier selections like chilaquiles and steak and eggs.

In Brickell, American Social (690 SW 1st Ct., 305-223-7004) throws diets to the wind with indulgent bites like a pork belly benedict, apple walnut French toast, and chicken and waffles; the American restaurant holds nothing back, especially calories.

Meanwhile, MiMo’s Blue Collar (6730 Biscayne Blvd., 305-756-0366) is also doing its part to turn your Saturday into a “Funday.” The duck muffin, an elevated twist on McDonald’s McMuffin sandwiches, is a must at this casual eatery created by Chef Daniel Serfer, and you’ll need a nap after trying the Big Ragout sandwich: brisket, veal shoulder, pork shoulder, provolone, and Parmesan.

Up in Aventura, Corsair (19999 W. Country Club Dr., 786-279-6800) has launched a unique brunch concept that provides a different experience every week of the year. Dubbed “The 52,” the meal service offers a regular rotation of brunch classics like french toast, skillets, and macaroni and cheese. Corsair adds a new spin to these classics each week to ensure the menu stays fresh.

Brunch can be a filling experience, so don’t forget to save room for the next crop of exciting Miami restaurants popping up soon. In our last column, we talked about upcoming food halls, and now we can add another to the list: St. Roch Market Miami (140 NE 39th St.). Early next year, the beloved New Orleans market is setting up shop inside the Design District’s Palm Court, where patrons can enjoy bites from a variety of local vendors looking to expand or experiment with new ideas.

Not too far away, renowned chef Michael Solomonov is bringing his popular Israeli hummus restaurant Dizengoff to Wynwood (250 NW 24th St.). This latest outpost will be the eatery’s first foray into the Southeast. Guests can expect a simple yet flavorful menu: freshly made hummus, seasonal garnishes, and just a few other goodies.

The long-awaited MiMo version of Panther Coffee (6405 Biscayne Blvd.) is finally set to open this month, roughly four years after it was first announced. Its larger Little Haiti counterpart (5934 NW 2nd Ave.) will open around the same time; in addition to the coffee bar, this latter location will feature a grocery, cold-brew room, and training lab.

 

OPENINGS 

May was a month of expansion for several local favorites, including Tap 42 (3252 NE 1st Ave., 786-800-5389), whose Midtown Miami satellite welcomed guests with dozens of craft beers on draft and location-specific fare like rainbow sushi bowls, and fish and chips.

Sushi Sake (900 Biscayne Blvd., 786-472-8168) also grew its culinary footprint with a new location in downtown Miami across from the American Airlines Arena. Sports fans and concertgoers can now stop in before or after their event to order rolls and Asian specialties, plus take advantage of the full bar.

Taula (1657 N. Miami Ave., 786-536-4846), an entirely new Mediterranean concept, has moved into the first floor of the Filling Station Lofts in Miami’s Arts and Entertainment District (located between Wynwood and downtown). The fast-casual establishment offers Za’atar eggplant, shawarma beef, and more Middle Eastern staples to whet the appetites of residents and visitors alike.

 

CLOSINGS 

Midtown Miami bade farewell to Midtown Oyster Bar, which closed quietly last month. The restaurant opened three years ago to much fanfare but faced stiff competition from nearby player Mignonette. Just a stone’s throw away, French Mediterranean restaurant Brasserie Azur ceased operations, as well. Made in Italy, an Italian market and restaurant in Wynwood, also decided to call it quits.

 

Geoffrey Anderson Jr. and Dianne Rubin are co-founders of Miami Food Pug, an award-winning South Florida food blog that fuses the couple’s love of dogs and food.

 

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