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March 2016

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NPix_Dish_3-16ominations for semifinalists in the James Beard Awards, the Oscars of the food world, were recently announced and a handful of Miamians made the list -- José Mendin (Pubbelly Restaurant Group), Giorgio Rapicavoli (Eating House), Michael Pirolo (Macchialina), Deme Lomas (NIU Kitchen), Antonio Bachour (St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort), and both Bradley Kilgore and his restaurant, Alter.

This comes at the perfect time, since the highly anticipated Bachour Bakery & Bistro (600 Brickell Ave.) by Antonio Bachour is finally opening its doors this month at Brickell World Plaza.

New hotel offerings. Azul at the Mandarin Oriental and executive chef Benjamin Murray have premiered a Thursday Izakaya Night priced at $55 prix fixe menu. Taking a departure from the traditional, the menu rotates on a weekly basis, and has included short rib gyoza and cotton cheesecake.

The recently renovated poolside restaurant at the Four Seasons, Bahia, will host a series of monthly events. First up on the last Friday of the month is Bahia Nights. From 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., enjoy specialty bites and a cocktail menu around the $9 mark. On the first Saturday of the month, enjoy local craft beer specials and BBQ during Hops & Hammocks, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Muffins, brownies, and cupcakes straight to your doorstep? Miami-based Jarly has gotten into the subscription box game, offering a monthly selection of fresh baked goods. You can choose from once monthly ($20) or twice monthly ($40) plus $5 delivery. Sign up at


A new waterfront trattoria overlooking Biscayne Bay? Sign us up. Italian for ancient sea, Antica Mare (7999 NE Bayshore Ct., 305-398-1001) is the sister restaurant of Atlanta favorite Antica Posta. Located inside the new Shorecrest Club twin apartment towers at the foot of the 79th Street Causeway, Marco Betti’s newest baby takes inspiration from the Tuscan region of his homeland, including fresh-made gnocchi, risotto, filetto di manzo, and what they tout as the best octopus recipe in the world -- polpo alla griglia. Closed Mondays.

More upscale restaurants are popping up in Brickell. Continuing the newest trend of uber-expensive restaurants in the neighborhood, chef Walter Martino a.k.a. the “Million Dollar Chef,” hopes to up the game with a full-sensory experience of edible sprays and immersive art at Kaori (1250 S. Miami Ave., 786-805-6006). Keeping true to his name, Martino will offer a few tasting menus ranging from $300 to $700. As for the cuisine, expect a fusion of Japanese and Italian. The restaurant is now open, just be sure to make reservations as there is limited seating.

Move over fro yo, a new frozen treat is taking center stage. Well, at least in Miami. Say hello to Mr. Bing, a colorful food truck making Taiwanese ice cream that resembles shaved ice cream (not to be confused with shaved ice) in flavors like original sweet milk, green tea, coconut, chocolate, strawberry, and peanut butter. Follow the truck at


Back in October, we told you that our childhood favorite, Velvet Creme Doughnuts, was opening up shop in the Little River district. It turns out that specific location didn’t work out, and now they’re moving a little farther north to Miami Shores. If you don’t want to wait the three months until the shop opens, they are selling frozen donuts the first two weeks of the month at BJ’s Wholesale Clubs around the county.

An Israeli company signed a contract to purchase an entire block on NE 2nd Avenue that includes S&S Diner. It is unclear as to how this will affect the restaurant’s future.

Further uptown, we are finally getting our own version of the food hall -- The Citadel -- in the burgeoning neighborhood of north Little Haiti. The 10,000-square-foot space expects to house 20+ stalls. We don’t have much more information, but we’ll keep an eye on both for you.

Things are still not well in paradise over at Michael’s Genuine. In November, you heard all about the shakeups at Cypress Room, now Cypress Tavern. Now we learn about a class-action lawsuit against Genuine Hospitality Group, chef Michael Schwartz’s holding company. Dating back to August 2015, the lawsuit alleged withheld wages, illegal tip-sharing, and unpaid overtime. It has been settled, with the company agreeing to pay up to $475,000 to some 60 current and former employees.

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