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Written by Mandy Baca, BT Contributor   
February 2016

Food news we know you can use

Mbigstock-Seafood-platter-76858856ignonette (210 NE 18th St., 305-374-4635) has spiced things up with Big Easy-style additions to its menus. Items include the Sweet Stuff Waffle and Conch Fritter Benedict for brunch and the P-Muffuletta served on its famed Portuguese muffin and Fancy Swordfish for dinner.

How about weekday deals? Sliderz (1817 NE 123rd St., 786-703-7493) offers a $10 lunch special of two sliders, a side, and a drink. The eatery also has happy hour deals on drinks from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

The Super Bowl is really all about the food, right? As you prep for the big game, make sure to ring Rosa Mexicano (900 S. Miami Ave., 786-425-1001) by February 5. The restaurant is offering a Guac-to-Go Party Pack that includes a “Super BOWL” of its signature guacamole, house-made tortillas, corn tortilla chips, and delivery on game day. Big enough for ten people, and it will only set you back $50.

Your Valentine’s Day plans are set. Restaurants all around town -- Azul, La Mar by Gastón Acurio, Marion, Toscana Divino, Area 31, Fooq’s, Bocce, Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill, Cypress Tavern, Chef Rolf’s Tuna’s Seafood Restaurant, Bourbon Steak, Corsair -- are offering special menus. Going all out, however, is Seaspice (422 NW N. River Dr., 305-440-4200) with its grand poobah Seafood Carnival: two two-pound lobsters, eight jumbo prawns, 24 oysters, Alaskan king crab, Florida stone crab, tuna sashimi, salmon sashimi, Hamachi sashimi, salmon coconut ceviche, and two ounces of caviar. All for a mere $600 to $700.

If you’re looking for something unique, Johnson & Wales University is offering a monthly series of university-level classes for beginners. Priced at $225 per couple, Cupid’s Roast on February 13 will be a four-course Valentine’s Day-themed class. Call 305-892-7578 for more details or to make your reservation. Gift-wise, Concrete Beach Brewery (325 NW 24th St., 305-796-2727) has you covered with growlers of Tropic of Passion, a passion fruit wheat ale.

Kick back and drink up. Cafeina (297 NW 23rd St., 305-438-0792) has launched a weekly Beer Garden on Thursdays called Cerveceria 23, which features $5 craft beers and $2 barbecue. In downtown, the guys behind the recently closed Grand Central have opened 1306 (1306 N. Miami Ave., 305-377-2277), a new, 1920s-styled neighborhood go-to for craft cocktails by Broken Shaker alum Virginia King. Mmmm restaurant is out and The Bar Next Door (2519 NW 2nd Ave., 305-748-2828) is in, with colorful burger wallpaper and graffiti-painted ceilings. Part of the Wood Tavern Group, there are burgers, wings, and fries on the menu -- which means you can eat while you drink.



In Aventura, at the Waterways, the blue-outfitted Acqua Trattoria (3585 NE 207th St., 305-690-7103) offers a fusion of American, Italian, Asian, and Latin, all under the supervision of Kosher Miami.

Keep those eyes and ears peeled because the following restaurants are expected to open any day now: Chef Cindy Hutson has been teasing us about her upcoming restaurant Zest (200 S. Biscayne Blvd., 305-374-9378) of sunshine cuisine since late 2014, but it’s finally nearing the finish line. While Zest is on the fancy end, its sister operation, Zest MRKT, will cater to the grab-and-go downtown crowd.

Located inside the Four Seasons Tower, Caviar Russe (1441 Brickell Ave., 305-902-6969) is the Miami outpost of the New York institution. The restaurant will eventually be dishing out its Michelin-starred caviar and crudos, but for now the retail boutique is open.

Taking over the former Shikany space in Wynwood is KYU (251 NW 25th St.), a wood-fired, Asian-inspired restaurant by Steven Haigh and former Zuma chef Michael Lewis. Expect dishes like duck breast “burnt ends” and wagyu beef brisket.

Over on the Miami River, Garcia’s and Casablanca are getting some stiff competition by way of a new luxury complex set to feature a marina, lounge, and a seafood-heavy upscale restaurant, River Yacht Club (401 SW 3rd Ave., 305-200-5716), with modern nautical motifs.


Bread pudding withdrawals have commenced. Steve Haas’s City Hall Restaurant (2004 Biscayne Blvd.) served its last meal on Sunday, January 24. The restaurant and Mr. Haas may have lost their lease, but they’re not done with us yet. The search is on for a new location. In the meantime, we’ll need that recipe, chef.

After a two-and-a-half-year run, Perfecto in Brickell, the transplant from Barcelona, closed up shop on the first day of the New Year.


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