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Written by Geoffrey Anderson Jr. and Dianne Rubin, BT Contributors   
July 2019

When you think of summer foods, what usually comes to mind?

WPix_Dish_7-19hen you think of summer foods, what usually comes to mind? We typically associate the season with barbecue, like ribs, chicken, brisket…the works. But let’s be honest: It’s very hot outside. Manning the grill for even a few minutes could potentially leave you looking like you jumped into a pool.

That’s why you should let the experts handle it. While barbecue options in the city are lacking compared to other cuisines, there’s still delicious food waiting for you if you’re up for the drive.

In downtown Miami, Sparky’s Roadside Barbecue (204 NE 1st St., 305-377-2877) is cooking up its fair share, with plenty of air conditioning to go around. Since 2010 the local institution has been feeding the masses everything from jerk chicken and fried catfish to wet baby back ribs and pulled pork sandwiches. Aside from the massive portions, the restaurant is known for its extensive beer selection from Florida brewers and beyond. Pro tip: Don’t miss out on the mac and cheese, and sweet potato mash.

Less traditional items can be found at Bon Gout BBQ (99 NW 54th St., 305-381-5464), a Little Haiti storefront serving up big flavors. Haitian barbecue staples like griot are abundant and affordable, and you can easily feed a family with the size of some of these dishes. The fried fish dinner -- whole fried fish with two sides -- can easily double as lunch and dinner; for $20, it’s a steal. Sides like collard greens, fried plantains, cornbread, and baked beans will only set you back $3 each, so we suggest you stock up. Another popular item is the zakos, Bon Gout’s take on barbecued tacos.

Up north in Aventura, International Smoke (19565 Biscayne Blvd., Suite 946, 786-254-0422) is, unsurprisingly, all about internationally inspired BBQ. Compared with the other spots we’ve mentioned, International Smoke is much more upscale; many dishes clock in at $20 to $40. If you’re willing to spend the money, though, you’re in for a treat at this concept by celebrity personalities Michael Mina and Ayesha Curry. Selections like smoked Korean bone-in short rib, Moroccan lamb ribs, and smoked St. Louis-cut pork ribs are gigantic in both portion size and taste. The ribs are also versatile -- you can add sesame-gochujang for some kick or golden garlic sweet-and-sour for a flavor roller coaster. There is no wrong choice.

 

OPENINGS

We know barbecue isn’t for everyone, especially if you’re working on your summer body. Thankfully, summer has shown that many new restaurants can bloom even during Miami’s “slow” season. The Plantisserie (7316 NE 2nd Ave., 786-502-3363), a new Little River addition, focuses on plant-based cuisine like meatless shepherd’s pie, lasagna, quiche, and other bistro fare. Here food can be ordered à la carte or in bulk -- perfect for meal prep or a party. There’s only limited seating, though, so you may be better off ordering delivery or takeout.

Edgewater wine haunt Bunbury has reopened in a bigger space just a few blocks south of its original NE 2nd Avenue location (1420 NE Miami Pl., 305-333-6929). Because they have more room, Bunbury can now provide breakfast and lunch options in addition to its evening offerings. The eatery’s trademark empanadas haven’t gone anywhere, and guests will find a more extensive drink menu; a new liquor license means that Bunbury can now serve craft cocktails alongside its many wines.

It’s important that you stay hydrated during South Florida’s brutal summers, and Congelatte (2611 N. Miami Ave., 754-234-3244) in Wynwood is making sure that you do. The artisan pop shop and bakery sells an array of simple and gourmet popsicles to help you cool off. Expect to find fruit flavors like strawberry and kiwi along with more decadent creations like Nutella, cookies and cream, and gummy bear pops. Do not come here if you’re trying to eat healthy. Beautiful desserts like the walnut pavlova and mango trifle will have you eating with your eyes and mouth.

 

CLOSINGS

La Pollita’s Design District food truck is no more. The truck, which was known for its tacos and fried chicken sandwich, shut down to give the owners more time to focus on their newest venture: Boia De, a New American concept.

 

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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