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Refreshing Treats for Hot Summer Days PDF Print E-mail
Written by Geoffrey Anderson Jr. and Dianne Rubin, BT Contributors   
July 2017

Food news we know you can use

SPix_Dish_7-17ummer can be brutal in Miami: record-setting temperatures and uncomfortable humidity are practically the norm throughout the season. Lucky for you, refreshing and cooling treats are never too far away.

In North Miami Beach, Raw Republic (14871 Biscayne Blvd., 305-957-5226) is helping guests stay hydrated with healthy smoothies like the Coconut Twister, a mix of Spirulina, almond milk, banana, peanut butter and coconut oil. Creations like this, coupled with an extensive list of cold-pressed juices, give customers several ways to “chill” while keeping one’s summer body top of mind.

Cream (18719 Biscayne Blvd., 786-657-7905) in Aventura has also come to South Floridians’ aid, but its vast offerings aren’t focused on getting you a beach-ready physique. Ice cream sandwiches constitute most of this sweet spot’s menu, and even the pickiest of eaters will find a favorite flavor among a laundry list of selections, including strawberry cheesecake and banana walnut fudge.

For a less traditional take on the beloved frozen food, Wynwood’s Mr. Bing (56 NW 29th St., 888-606-2464) has curious eaters covered. Dubbed “ice cream with a fork,” the popular food truck at Wynwood Yard serves up refreshing shaved ice-cream concoctions with more than 20 available toppings, such as Buncha Crunch bites and Lucky Charms cereal.

At Coyo Taco in Brickell (1111 SW 1st Ave., 786-773-3337), opt for the taco shop’s non-alcoholic aqua fresca -- a light beverage sold by street vendors and bodegas in Mexico. Literally meaning “fresh water” in English, the drink is typically made with fresh fruit, seeds, sugar, and water. Here, thirsty patrons can enjoy chia-lime, strawberry, and a few other tasty versions of the popular beverage.

Diners aren’t the only ones feeling the heat this time of year. Summer has always been a tough time for eateries, as many prospective customers leave town or return home for the season. That’s why local establishments rely on Miami Spice and other promotions to stay afloat until business picks up again.

It’s still early, but the season has yet to claim many victims along the Biscayne Corridor (and hopefully it stays that way). One of the more notable closings was La Pollita, a Mexican food truck in Wynwood helmed by duo Luciana Giangrandi and Alex Meyer. The two chefs worked together at multiple Michelin-starred restaurants throughout New York and decided to venture out and open La Pollita in 2015. Meanwhile in Brickell, Italian restaurant Tamarina quietly called it quits after two and a half years in business.

Given the season, announcements for upcoming projects have also been sparse. Cielito Artisan Pops (2750 NW 3rd Ave. #20A) will soon be joining the fight against South Florida summers with an army of all-natural paletas (gourmet ice pops) leading the charge. The store will be located inside Wynwood’s famous “zebra building,” where visitors can pop in and order a paleta for themselves (and a dog-friendly one for their furry friend).

Speaking of Wynwood: Elia Gourmet (900 Biscayne Blvd. #105, 786-558-3542), a downtown Miami Mediterranean restaurant, is expanding its footprint with a new market concept in the area. The 3000-square-foot space -- set to open this season -- will offer Elia menu favorites, as well as products for sale.



Upcoming restaurant news may be slow, but that doesn't mean diners will spend summer hungry.

Todd Erickson, the chef behind Huahua’s Taqueria and the now-defunct Haven on Miami Beach, is trying his hand at vegan cuisine in the former Midtown Oyster Bar location (3301 NE 1st Ave. #103-1). The new concept -- GLAM (Green Living Animals Matter) -- embraces a fast-casual approach to plant-based cuisine, so expect items like a charred pear and onion flatbread, chilled kelp noodles, and jackfruit tacos when stopping by.

A little further north, the Upper Eastside has welcomed another Italian restaurant: Terramia (4770 Biscayne Blvd., 786-801-1854). Wood-oven pizzas are its claim to fame, but the café also boasts plenty of pastas and lower-carb alternatives for the taking.

Aventura folks saw a new addition to their neighborhood, too. UMA (18851 NE 29th Ave., 305-974-0288) pulls influences from across the Mediterranean and uses a small-plates format that’s ideal for its diverse menu. Crispy salmon belly, pistachio goat cheese fritters, and Moroccan lamb stew are just a few of the highlights.


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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