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Written by Mandy Baca, BT Contributor   
April 2016

Food news we know you can use

PPix_Dish_4-16atios are apparently the new norm in Wynwood. Foodie favorite Alter has opened a new outdoor bar outfitted in lush greenery and stools at the intimate bar. Some standout cocktails include the Bob Thai Coconut with infused Plantation rum, coconut syrup, and lime; the Miraflores with pineapple infused La Diablada pisco, Cocchi, and chicha morada; and the Bandit with Woodford Reserve cooked with shitake, cocoa nibs, and maple. Happy hour is available Tuesday through Friday from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

You can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but you can show it how to eat and drink better. The Miami Shores Country Club has updated its lunch menu to feature new lighter and vegetarian options, such as more salads and more fresh tuna -- none of that canned variety.

You can learn how to make your own beer with Concrete Beach Brewing’s Cicerone Jesse during its monthly learning series, scheduled this month for Monday, April 4. Call 305-796-2727 for more info.

Coming up in Brickell and downtown: Expected to open sometime in the spring and helmed by chef Michael Beltran, restaurant Baby Jane will offer “New World American” cuisine in a “laid-back bungalow atmosphere.” Most exciting at the bar is a focus on house-made bitters, tonics, and shrubs.

Across the Miami River, PB Station (rooftop restaurant) and Pawnbroker (lounge) are much closer to service, now that The Langford Hotel (121 SE 1st St., 305-420-2200) has officially opened its doors.

Miami is full-on doughnut obsessed. Not only does Salty Donuts consistently have round-the-clock lines, but last month Miami hosted its first-ever doughnut festival, which included doughnuteers like Donut Divas, Beaker & Gray, Bunnie Cakes, Mojo Donuts, and Dunkin’ Donuts. It all went down in none other than Wynwood.



The highly anticipated Bachour Bakery + Bistro (600 Brickell Ave., 305-330-6310) by acclaimed pastry chef Antonio Bachour opened its doors in late March to great fanfare. If you haven’t stopped in already, you’re slacking in the foodie scene. In fact, expect to wait in line for your Nutella croissant and coffee. But we imagine it’s oh so worth your time and the extra calories, at which point you should just bite the bullet and order more than one pastry.

Say hello to the new neighbors. SoCal Taco Co. (141 SW 7th St., 305-747-7400) opened on the same street as American Social. Open for lunch and dinner, the specialties are tequila, margaritas, and tacos -- lots of queso fresco-topped tacos.

Greek favorite Elia Gourmet (900 Biscayne Blvd., Suite 105, 786-558-9328) has a new home right across from the American Airlines Arena. It’s a welcome casual addition to that part of downtown, which overall has a shortage of food options. It’s open early enough for breakfast; the extensive menu spans the gamut from pastries to entrées.

Over in Wynwood, Plant Food + Life (105 NE 24th St., 305-814-5365) quietly opened a few weeks ago and is dishing out upscale vegetarian food, with an emphasis on the raw movement. The more important thing to note, however, is that there is a raw food culinary school next door -- Matthew Kenney Culinary Miami -- operated by the same owner.

A new outdoor workspace called Mortar & Pistil by Tactivate that’s also a bar has popped up inside The Wynwood Yard (56 NW 29th St.). You can even make yourself “a self-powered coffee smoothie on the bike blending station.”

Dry your eyes. Many of us were upset when Magnum Lounge closed its doors. But the newly opened Anderson (709 NE 79th St., 305-757-3368) by the Bar Lab guys (and a little help from chef Alex Chang in the small bar bites department) is making up big time for the loss. It’s outfitted in all-over vintage décor, and we hear that there are even frozen drinks. Just make sure to head over early because parking can be tricky.


More changes are a-brewing in Brickell. The Oceanaire Seafood Room closed its doors the last week of March. Landry’s is taking over the space.

Finally, up north in Aventura Mall, the food court closed for renovations that are expected to go on for more than a year. More shops and full-service restaurants will replace it. You’ll have to go elsewhere for your free samples.


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