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Written by Geoffrey Anderson Jr. and Dianne Rubin, BT Contributors   
May 2020

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Food news we know you can use

APix_Dish_5-20pril was another strange month in the restaurant industry. Dining rooms remained shut across South Florida, limiting eateries to takeout or delivery -- or full-on closure. And while May looks hopeful for some sort of reopening, there’s no clear timeline for when businesses will be at 100 percent capacity again.

Because dining rooms are still shuttered, the BT’s Dining Guide (next page) continues to focus on restaurants that offer takeout and/or delivery services. Since last month, some restaurants that provided these services have decided to close until things get back to a (new) normal; the Dining Guide has been updated accordingly. This continues to be a fluid situation, so call the restaurant for the latest information.

You can help your local establishments in a variety of ways. Buying takeout or ordering delivery -- ideally directly from the restaurant -- and leaving generous tips can go a long way. So can the purchase of merchandise and gift cards whenever available. All these sales can add up and at least keep the lights on, increasing the chance that your favorite restaurant survives this crisis.

We’ve done our fair share of takeout these past weeks to support local business, and we’re in awe of how creative some places are getting. Here’s a look at what some of our most beloved restaurants are doing to stay open during these tumultuous times:

The Brickell pizzeria Stanzione 87 (87 SW 8th St., 786-360-1852) recently celebrated seven years. That’s quite the milestone, considering how often eateries open and close in the area. Franco and Ashley Stanzione, the couple behind the concept, don’t plan on going anywhere; they’re open for takeout and delivery, and they’re constantly rotating their menu to keep things fresh -- and in some cases, frozen. The duo now offer their signature pies frozen, so you can store them and enjoy at your leisure. At-home pizza kits are also for sale, so you can re-create the restaurant experience in your dining room.

Up north in Wynwood, fine-dining establishment Alter (223 NW 23rd St., 305-573-5996) has transformed into a more casual BBQ concept called AlterQ. Customers can get their fill of hearty sandwiches stuffed with pulled pork, boneless smoked ribs, and other delicious proteins. AlterQ is also a grocery store of sorts: You can load up on items like dairy, dry goods, and household items. This pivot is especially helpful for those who haven’t had any luck at their local supermarkets, where empty shelves are commonplace. The next time you need to stock up on supplies, consider this option to skip the lines.

MiMo’s Phuc Yea (7100 Biscayne Blvd., 305-602-3710) is making sure guests have the proper libations to ride out this pandemic. The Vietnamese Cajun restaurant is serving up its signature cocktails to go in large-format bottles. Among the selections are Tuk Beep (spicy margarita) and the Patio Pounder (mojito), which can serve between three and four people -- or one very thirsty individual. All that alcohol will likely whet the appetite, and bites like hot-buttered crabby noodles and crispy imperial rolls won’t disappoint. Look out for fun specials, too, such as fried chicken and short rib pho.


No new restaurants are opening right now, but once this is over -- and it will end -- Miami diners have a lot to look forward to. One of the biggest openings that was put on hold: Hiyakawa (2700 N. Miami Ave.) from Wabi Sabi’s Shuji Hiyakawa. His namesake Wynwood restaurant will expand on the offerings found at his Upper Eastside establishment, which is known for sushi and healthy bowls. This Asian eatery will feature a bevy of cooked selections, as well as an omakase menu.

Another eatery on hold is Marabú (701 S. Miami Ave., 4th floor) in Brickell City Centre. Leading the kitchen at this coal-fired Cuban restaurant is Albert Cabrera, who’s no stranger to the cuisine. Cabrera has opened several Cuban eateries throughout Miami, including Little Bread in Coral Gables and The Local Cuban in Miami Beach. Unlike those casual spots, Marabú will skew a little more high-end, given the location. Diners can expect an array of family-style dishes as well as classics like churrasco (skirt steak) and lechón (pork).


Geoffrey Anderson Jr. and Dianne Rubin-Anderson 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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