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Contents Food & Wine z March 2014
DEPARTMENTS 46 E D I T O R’S L E T T E R 48 E D I T O R’S P I C K S 53 AV E N T U R I S T Jewelry Box 53 Delicate beauties you’ll want to charm their way into your collection. Hot Sheet 54 Jazz in the Gardens’ all-star lineup; BritWeek Miami is back for year two; Chippendales stays put; and more. Local Color 60 Trend Design + Build, Richard Goihman of The Goihman Group. Function & Style 64 Spruce up for spring with a new piece of furniture or a colorful accessory. 92
FEATURES 82 92 104
Miami’s Top Toque
Chef Nina Compton makes an island nation proud as fans around the world rally behind her.
The Mix 66 Sarah Jessica Parker’s pumps pop up at Nordstrom; a tribute to Women’s History Month; an investment opportunity in Israel Bonds; and more. The Last Wordy 74 March madness with Maria Tettamanti.
160 EATT H I S Oak Tavern.
While redesigning the historic Doral Hotel, Ivanka Trump divides her own life into timely vignettes.
163 D I N I N g g U I D E
Food, Glorious Food
180 S O C I A LST U D I E S
A roundup of the places and people—veterans and newbies alike— you can count on to come through with the ultimate South Florida dining experience.
A Tasty Trip
192 D I g I TA LAg E
Delicious days in the month of Munch—er, March.
From books to blogs and everything in between, food is taking over the world, one plate at a time. AA Arena’s “What’s Cooking Miami?!” program has become a total game changer by redefining the concept of tasting victory.
Stay Cool on the Fly
Cover Photo by Michael Pisarri.
9 things you need to have on hand for entertaining friends, family…or yourself. Travel through spring in colorful, carefree style, no matter where you’re going. magazine.com 41
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The bigger food becomes, The more mind-blowing it is to assemble these annual food & wine issues. The dining scene in south florida is no longer just about restaurants—what type of cuisine they serve, the price point, the quality of the dishes and the service. The scene in 2014 is a compendium of factors, all nearly equal in significance: the concept behind the eatery and its level of originality, the location (and, on a related note, the parking situation and whether it will lighten your wallet by $40), the view, the décor, the noise level, the hip factor, the hype factor, the wine list and cocktail menu, and last but not least, the chef and his or her résumé. That’s a big deal in the era of celebrity toques, many of whom have decided to plant a flag here in miami. so rather than focus on just a few spots, we’ve decided to try to include as many noteworthy places as possible in this year’s edition. i’ll stop short of calling our main feature a “best of,” because there would be no way we could include all of those in one issue—we’d need a book instead. rather, it’s a round-up that touches on the establishments that are more than worth a visit—food lovers really need to check them out—as well as some of the creative geniuses that make their kitchens rock. Any food snobs who have been holding fast to the belief that new York is the only place to find topnotch restaurants will either change their minds once they look this guide over—especially since it’s just scratching the surface of what south florida offers—or they’re simply in denial. so get out your phone and open up the “notes” section, because you’re sure to find at least a few spots in this issue that you’ll want to try out. when you do, let us know your thoughts. we love to get your feedback—in this case, on being fed. enjoy the issue.
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A Night at the
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We do love our Aventura Mall—that will never change. But there are some new fun spots at Town Center Aventura that make us happy, too. The 187,000-square-foot shopping center has been transformed with a new architectural design, landscaping, streetscapes, and Town Center Park, the heart of the center and a perfect place to take a shopping break. But the best part? New retailers, including Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th, Novecento, Peace Love World, Tupelo Honey, Buffalo Wild Wings and Café Cita, among others. 18995 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura; visit towncenteraventura.com.
The MuseuM of disCovery And sCienCe prepAres To hosT iTs 19Th AnnuAl wine, spiriTs And CulinAry CelebrATion.
It’s time for the 19th annual Museum of Discovery and Science Wine and Culinary Celebration, showcasing more than 45 restaurants from South Florida and 200 wines and spirits from around the world, plus craft beers. Last year’s event set an attendance record with more than 2,000 guests; this year, the museum expects to best that, attracting even more attendees to enjoy its showcase of wine and spirits with food pairings (there will be tastings from almost 50 top local restaurants). The event takes place April 4th and the night starts off with a VIP reception from 6 pm to 7 pm and winds up with dining, drinking and dancing on the Museum’s atrium. There’s also a silent auction and a complimentary Riedel wine glass for every guest. VIP tix are $150 per person and general admission tickets are $85; visit mods.org for more information. 54
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You’ve seen Dionea Orcini’s to-die-for jewels in the pages of Aventura again and again (we can’t help it—they’re so freaking gorgeous), but until recently they’ve only been available online. Now Orcini’s exquisitely crafted eye-catchers are available in-store at the ever-stylish Oxygene Boutique Bal Harbour and Vault on Lincoln Road in Miami Beach. And while Valentine’s Day has come and gone, you can always put a piece on your wish list for Mother’s Day. If you’re not a mom, then treat yourself just because. Any excuse is a good one to get your hands on these extraordinary pieces. To see all the offerings, visit dioneaorcini.com.
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The City of Miami Gardens’ 9th annual Jazz in the Gardens music festival at Sun Life Stadium has announced the final lineup of national artists for this year’s event, which will be hosted by D.L. Hughley and includes Grammy winners (and cool cats) LL Cool J, Jamie Foxx and Anthony Hamilton, bass guitar legend Stanley Clarke, and Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly. Also performing will be Trey Songz, original Destiny’s Child member Kelly Rowland, R&B funk group Mint Condition, six-octave vocal songstress Rachelle Farrell and 2014 Grammy nominee jazz artist Boney James. The event kicks off Friday, March 14th, with the Women’s Impact Conference & Luncheon at Shula’s Hotel & Golf Club; later that evening, Jazz in the Gardens will host an inaugural Friday night opening party at Calder Casino. Two-day tickets start at $80, single day tickets start at $50 and advance purchase tickets for the Friday night opening party are $45. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit jazzinthegardens.com. 56
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After getting lots of love, ChippendAles stiCks Around At MAnsion through the end of this Month. Chippendales—the number-one male revue in the world—is keeping the “man” in Mansion Nightclub by extending its South Beach residency through March 22nd. After opening in Miami on January 9th for a three-week engagement, sold-out shows and increased demand led to the decision to add five more weeks of shows to the Miami schedule. Miami New Times said it best: “Whether you’re a bachelorette celebrating your final days of singledom, a recent divorcee rejoicing in the end of a failed marriage or a gal just looking to get her Missy Elliott-style freak on, the Chippendales show is an experience worth having, especially in the 305. Because what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, but what happens in Miami… never happened.” Exactly. Nightly performances begin promptly at 9 pm; doors open at 8 pm. All guests holding a Chippendales ticket are granted complimentary access to Mansion and invited to meet and greet with the cast after the show. Tickets range from $49.95 to $99.95 and offer a mix of VIP tables, preferred banquettes, and traditional theatre-style seating. Bachelorettes and birthday girls in groups of six or more are invited as guests of the club. For more information, visit chippendales.com.
BritWeek MiAMi is BACk for A seCond yeAr to CeleBrAte—WhAt else?—British Business And Culture in south floridA.
Following the success of the last year’s inaugural event, BritWeek Miami, the annual celebration of British culture and industry excellence in South Florida, is back March 6th–12th. This year’s theme: design and innovation. Developed to highlight the achievements and impact of British business in Florida, BritWeek Miami has teamed up with UK Trade & Investment (UKTI), the British Consulate-General Miami and a series of strategic media, event and industry partners to bring a focus to the fast-growing cultural relationship between Britain and Florida. A portion of proceeds resulting from this year’s BritWeek Miami will benefit the Little Dreams Foundation, recording artist Phil Collins’ non-profit charity organization that recently started its operation in South Florida to help advance the youth and children with artistic and musical talent. BritWeek kicks off officially on Thursday, March 6th, with the GREAT Business Innovation Awards Gala at The Viceroy Hotel in downtown Miami, a private evening that honors the most innovative British companies conducting business in Florida, and Floridian companies and individuals making a positive contribution to the UK economy. Among the various subsequent events are the BritWeek Miami eMerge Americas Transatlantic Tech Bash on March 7th in Miami Beach, where local speakers, UK thought leaders and Tech City Global Innovators will engage in panel discussions and a live streaming between two Global Tech Centers, Miami and Tech City London; and The BritWeek Port Miami Business Conference 2014, which focuses on the relationship between The City of Miami, CAMACOL, World Trade Center Miami and key international economic powerhouses to explore Miami’s strategic location as an international business center and gateway for UK companies looking to do business in Central and South America and the Caribbean. Additional events include an innovation and architecture event at the new Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science; a British Afternoon Tea Party and fashion extravaganza in Miami Beach; a British Art showcase; a Miami International Film Festival (MIFF) British Film Screening hosted by Consul General Kevin McGurgan, and a Cruise Britain event to coincide with the SeaTrade exhibition at The Miami Beach Convention Center. For more information and a complete event schedule, visit britweek.org.
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A salesman at heart, Richard Goihman finds success by putting his clients first.
As the son of A successful developer, Richard Goihman came of age on construction sites, donning his first hard hat at the tender age of six. “I’ve been in the real estate business for as long as I can remember,” says Goihman. “My family has strong roots as developers as well, dating back to my grandfather in Venezuela, and it was the real estate market that lured my dad, who was also a developer, here from Venezuela. he bought a lot of real estate in Miami Beach, and as I grew up, I began hanging around the sales center, doing what I could. I ended up selling
quite a few units in the King David towers,” a 50-unit condo located on Miami Beach’s Indian creek Drive. Working together with his wife, Ivonn, who, he says, “runs the show,” Goihman established the Goihman Group within Douglas elliman, where he serves as the director of luxury sales. “they are one of the most progressive real estate companies in the u.s.,” remarks Goihman. “I simply didn’t see myself as an agent working for a company. Instead, I knew I wanted to develop my own company under a brokerage firm and they understood that. Many of the other companies I approached just didn’t get it. they were unaccustomed to my ideas and didn’t want to be flexible.” to date, the partnership has served both ends well. At the firm for a little more than a year, Goihman has already earned the top Producer Award for Aventura with the most deals over $1 million. he was also among the company’s top five producing agents in florida. having been in Miami for nearly 45 years, Goihman has witnessed the growth of the Magic city firsthand. “I like to think that I have played a small role in it. We have everything a city can have going for it, and I’ve been selling it to the world,” he says, referring to the new developments he has been pitching to clients around the globe. “Many of my clients are investors, and I tell them, ‘this is not your grandmother’s Miami’—a line I got from a client, actually, but it couldn’t be truer.” While Goihman is living proof that the real estate business is once again on solid ground in Miami, it’s impossible to forget the nosedive the market took a few years ago. “the market changes and you have to change with it,” he explains. “Instead of being paralyzed by it, I took it as an occasion to find other ways to assist my clients. I spent a lot of time forging solid relationships with the banks and finding opportunities. My clients were certainly conservative and apprehensive, but through our relationship they learned to trust me and they were able to invest properly and make money. I was very bullish at the time. In fact, looking back, I wish I would have been even more aggressive in my approach,” he admits. “those opportunities are gone now, but they have been replaced with ones that are equally enticing.” the market may be on the upswing, but Goihman knows there will always be challenges to overcome. “today we’re facing a lack of inventory,” he points out. “I have rosters of clients looking for the right properties, so when openings do come in, I sell them very quickly.” It’s a good problem to have, indeed. there’s no question that Goihman is a talented salesman. But what’s more noteworthy is the passion he brings to each and every deal. “It’s not enough to be great. You have to be outstanding, and I bring that passion and dedication to every single one of my clients,” he asserts. “You have to remember what a trusted role you take on as their realtor. You have to understand their wants and needs, their dreams and desires. When you sell them a home, you’re bringing them such happiness and personal satisfaction. It’s the largest investment a person makes, yes, but it’s so much more than that. It’s the beginning of a whole new life.” the Goihman Group at Douglas elliman Real estate, 18851 ne 29th Ave., ste. 108, Aventura, 305.728.2420; thegoihmanteam.elliman.com
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“This business is easy if you know what you’re doing. if not, it’s a nightmare,” says Troy Dean ippolito, a native south floridian and longtime resident of hallandale beach. The Ceo and creative director of Trend Design + build doesn’t mince words. “having the right partners, subcontractors, vendors and suppliers is key. as long as you tell customers the truth, there’s no problem. it’s not a magic show. we deliver perfection, but it’s a well-oiled machine.” ippolito knows a thing or two about real estate. as the son of a successful builder and developer, he grew up in the business, and after earning a bachelors of science in architectural and structural engineering from university of Miami, followed shortly thereafter by his general contractor’s license, he launched his own construction company. he soon made his mark on south florida, developing, designing, building and selling approximately 300 properties. but then the market tanked, and ippolito knew it was time for a hiatus. “i thought it was going to be an early retirement,” he recollects, “so i spent some time designing and building a custom home for myself. but once it was complete, i was bored out of my mind. There are only so many days you can spend on your yacht,” he laughs.
as friends and family continued to be wowed by the work ippolito did on his own home, he got back into the business, and although he wasn’t acting as a developer, he was flexing his design muscles. “at the time, i was focused on renovations and build-outs. one thing led to another and i was back to the grind, full-time.” while ippolito was happy to be back in the game, there were no rose-colored glasses. “i got so aggravated having to deal with woodworking companies and other subcontractors—they were careless and late and always upsetting my clients—that i thought it was time to start my own company,” he says. “i knew the only way i would be completely happy was if i could control it all, and that’s exactly what i’ve done at Trend Design.” in addition to the millwork and construction side of the business, Trend Design also provides architectural and interior design services. all of which wouldn’t be possible without design director eric Dyer, who also contributes an entire line of opulent furniture, the aRThuR Collection. following stints with Gucci, Parson Design Group (which developed the w hotels brand) and shuster Design associates, Dyer joined ippolito to create a boutique design department that would round out the existing divisions. working closely together, the pair oversees each and every project. “we have a great relationship; we finish each other’s sentences,” says Dyer. “we appreciate the same kind of aesthetic. Plus, i’m able to bring something unique to the table: 25 years of experience in ultra-highend design. This kind of knowledge and experience is key to attracting the type of clientele we want.” working with discerning clients who have an understanding and appreciation for design is one way Trend Design stays at the top of its game. “if we get any pushback from clients on pricing or timeframe, we know immediately they aren’t the right fit for us,” remarks ippolito. “our clients have been around the world. They know what their money can buy; they expect the best and we deliver.” as a thank you of sorts, pleased clients help spread the word. “we’ve never had an unhappy client, and it shows in the business we get. word of mouth and referrals are everything.” so what’s next for the company that has tripled sales in its first two years in business? “i’d love to get back to developing, preferably single-family residences,” says ippolito. “That’s my first love, and it’s only a matter of time before we’re engaged in such projects. There’s a purity of vision when nobody else is in your way, and that’s exactly what the market needs.” Trend Design + build, 23 nw 8th ave., hallandale beach, 954.458.6075; trenddesignbuild.com.
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Sarah Jessica Parker’s love for shoes materializes in a collection for Nordstrom.
Sex and The City may be “so 90s,” but even outside of her role as Carrie Bradshaw, Sarah Jessica Parker is always of the moment when it comes to style. So it’s only fitting that on February 28th, Parker launched her own shoe line in collaboration with Nordstrom. The colorful SJP Collection, which comprises more than 25 Italian-made shoes, handbags and a classic “Manhattan” trench coat, features a range of designs from canvas wedges to strappy sandals, flats and flip-flops, and even lace-up boots. The price range runs from $195 to $500. To promote her new venture, Parker will be making in-store appearances at Nordstroms around the country, including one at Aventura Mall on March 8th. For more information, visit shop.nordstrom.com.
Thierry Mugler’s new Source fragrance fountain makes perfect scents Angel may be one of the longest-running favorite fragrances of all time, but Thierry Mugler keeps up with the times. With four canisters, the brand’s new Source fragrance fountain—the original of which was designed in 1992—makes it easier than ever to keep your scent supply full. Refilling costs less than purchasing a new bottle and helps keep bottles from being discarded as often since they’re being reused. The Source is now available at most fine department stores throughout South Florida, so if you find yourself fighting for that last spritz, don’t despair—refills await.
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The first thing most readers will notice about Judy Condon’s new book, Nothing Tastes as Good as Skinny, is the statement on its cover: “This ain’t no diet book.” Why? Because according to Condon, the word “diet” implies a beginning and an end, and that’s not the case with Condon’s program for weight loss, which she describes as “a new way of eating you can live with forever.” After struggling with her own weight for 50 years before figuring it all out, Condon urges readers to adopt a new way of looking at themselves and their bodies; one based on total honesty and total accountability. “We can’t pull punches when we examine our bodies and the bodies of our loved ones,” she says. “We need a little blunt language, and blunt language can be painful.” In this book, Condon lays out the three essential stages of the plan she used to achieving lasting weight loss.” Successful weight loss often requires a lot of tough love,” Condon says. “Come along if you dare.” To order, visit asgoodasskinny.com. 68
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Arrivederci, Winter. Ciao, Spring. Yes, with Spring springing into action this month, let’s talk about the top trends, shall we? First, it’s all about denim. You can rock the blues from head to toe, and this Splendid romper (1) is just perfect for South Florida’s hot and humid days. Plus, it’s as cute as a baby panda bear. You may also binge on fringe—from shoes to bags to jackets, the dynamic effect adds pizzazz to any ensemble. Peep this Valentino clutch in Pantone’s 2013 color of the year, Emerald (2), and this Gucci python shopper (3) in Pantone’s 2014 color of the year, Radiant Orchid, for some instainspo. All eyes are on the wrist and neck, too. Layered bracelets such as this David Yurman “Cable Celebration” stack (4) and python Presmer bangles (5) create a bold and vibrant arm party. Statement necklaces are still experiencing a moment and Palm Beachbased designer Allegra Fanjul’s (6) pieces are whimsical and warrant an, “Oh my! Where did you buy that?” from friends and strangers alike. Also of note: avant-garde heels — and the funkier the better, as indicative on these Gucci (7) and Miu Miu (8) stunners. Over in the beauty department, I’ve been maintaining a deep tropical tan to rival that of the Dancing With the Stars cast, compliments of Clarins Radiance (9), a novel made-to-measure self-tanner that won’t have you channeling an Oompa Loompa. (Orange you glad about that?) And I’ve been keeping my hair frizz-free and pin straight thanks to José Eber’s new Therapy RX Moisture Boosting Tool (10), which uses no heat and deep conditions hair. I know—pure genius! CREDITS: 1. Splendid romper available at Splendid, Aventura Mall, 19501 Biscayne Blvd.; splendid.com. 2. Valentino clutch available at Valentino, Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Ave. 3. Gucci bag available at Gucci, Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Ave. 4. David Yurman bracelets available at Bloomingdale’s, Aventura Mall, and davidyurman.com. 5. Presmer bangles available at Hint and Sole Mate boutiques. 6. Allegra Fanjul necklaces available at allegrafanjul.com. 7. Gucci heels available at Gucci, Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Ave. 8. Miu Miu platforms available at Miu Miu, Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Ave. 9. Clarins Radiance available at Bloomingdale’s Aventura, 19501 Biscayne Blvd.; clarinsusa.com. 10. José Eber Therapy RX Moisture Boosting Tool available at joseeberhair.com.
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Chef Nina Compton makes an island nation proud as fans around the world rally behind her.
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By Jennifer Leslie Kramer “As A chef, you Are creAting memories. you can always touch somebody’s life with food.” so says nina compton, runner up of top chef season 11 and winner of the fan-favorite competition. Like many chefs, compton began cooking in the family kitchen. What started as a baking apprenticeship at her mother’s hip soon morphed into full-on holiday meals. “i loved seeing the response my food would get from people, and it all began back home around our kitchen table,” compton remarks. “there’s a huge connection people make with food. cooking is so personal; it brings back so many memories. you think about being a child and inevitably, the memory of that favorite meal your mom made surfaces, too. you can almost taste it.” compton has a few of her own food memories from “back home,” the manner in which she lovingly refers to her native island of st. Lucia. “they cook very simple food there, but i have so many wonderful memories,” she says. you can hear the smile spread across her face. “We used to eat grilled lobster on the beach; it was perfect. or when we would go hiking in the mountains, we’d bring a one-pot
picnic: lots of fresh veggies, some coconut milk, and a piece of fish or pork. it all takes me back.” While compton was the most consistent competitor on the show and a natural fit for the competition, a technological glitch nearly kept her from joining the cast. “i had been waiting for a follow-up email from a tV executive who had called to gauge my interest about being on a show,” compton recollects. At the time, the producer didn’t divulge which show, so compton and her husband, who also works in the restaurant industry, went back and forth guessing which one it might be, carefully weighing each option. After a few days had passed, the exec called again, anxiously awaiting compton’s response to the email that had never arrived. “once we finally connected, she immediately told me it was top chef, and there was no question in my mind. i knew i wanted to do it,” compton affirms. “two or three years ago, i would have never even entertained the idea, but now i thought, why not? We only have once chance, one shot, so what have i got to lose?” so what ever became of the ghost email? “it turns out she spelled fontainebleau wrong,” divulges nina. magazine.com 83
Lest you think Compton just showed up on Top Chef and took the whole world by storm, think again. She is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and has been working in the industry for more than a decade, cutting her culinary teeth alongside legends like Daniel Boulud and Norman Van Aken. As the Chef de Cuisine of Fontainebleau’s Scarpetta, she oversees the entire kitchen, developing new menu items and acting as quality control for the revered restaurant’s skyhigh standards. Having opened the restaurant five and a half years ago, she is hugely responsible for its continued success, and even before her star turn, she was well respected on the South Florida scene. In fact, it’s Scarpetta, along with chefowner Scott Conant, that kept Compton in Miami. “Before I met Scott and opened Scarpetta, I was ready to leave,” she admits. “At the time, Miami wasn’t the culinary powerhouse it is today. There were very few really excellent restaurants in town. I wanted a challenge; I needed something new, and when I met Scott, I knew that his vision for Scarpetta was right up my alley.”
Nina Compton wows the crowds with a riff on curry meatballs during Top Chef’s first episode of the season, “Soiree in the Swamps.”
Beyond Miami’s turn as a serious food town, “It’s the perfect cross between living at home and living in the U.S.,” says Compton. Having left New York City and her prestigious position at Daniel thanks in part to the unseasonable climate, Miami seems to be exactly what this island girl needs. “I’ve been here for 12 years,” exclaims Compton. “That’s what Miami does to you; it just sucks you in.” Despite the fact that Compton came in second, much to the uproar of fans not only in Miami and St. Lucia but also around the country, she doesn’t regret a moment of it. “Top Chef made me push myself and really enjoy life more,” she shares. “The process of filming made me take a step back, see the entire picture as a whole, and enjoy it for what it is. It’s so easy to get caught up in the rut of daily life and everything that needs to get done, but you need to take a moment and step back to really appreciate all that you have.” Reinforcing their support of their top chef, the St. Lucia Tourist Board recently named Compton the island’s first culinary ambassador, hoping to leverage her star power to bring attention to the culinary arts scene of the small Caribbean island. “The fact that they created this position for me means so much,” she says. “My success on Top Chef has spawned a great deal of interest in the culinary world for people at home and it’s been a wonderful way to demonstrate all that St. Lucians can achieve.” The honor is a fitting match for the cheftestant who exhibited her passion and pride for her country each and every week on the show. The day before the big finale, in a heartfelt Facebook note to her fans, she reminded them that St. Lucia always remained in heart. Quoting the last line of the national anthem, she wrote, “Wheresoever you may roam, love oh love your island home.” 84
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Top Chef made me push myself and really enjoy life more. It’s so easy to get caught up in the rut of daily life…but you need to take a moment and step back to appreciate all that you have.
Coming into 2014, Compton’s motto was “Make things happen,” and “Top Chef helped me do that,” she admits. In the first few months of this year, Compton has been flexing her culinary muscle in a variety of local events, including an offal dinner at Macchialina—one of her favorite neighborhood spots, run by former colleague Michael Pirolo—along with an appearance at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival. And then there’s Scarpetta, where she clocks long hours with her “second
family.” The restaurant will soon kick off an official celebration of their star chef with an exclusive prix-fixe menu highlighting many of the dishes Compton created on Top Chef. As the offers continue to roll in, she is taking it one day at a time. “When it feels right, I’ll jump on it,” she says, “but right now, I’m just going with the flow.” Compton’s attitude reinforces what she has shown us along: You can take girl out of the island, but you can’t take the island out of the girl.
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By Linda Marx Many Mothers want it all, but with her keen organizational skills, ivanka trump has managed to have it—and she deserves a PhD in planning. after the october birth of her second child, Joseph Frederick kushner, trump learned to divide her days so that work and parenting are given equal time. when the executive VP of development and acquisitions at the trump organization and branded global fashion designer is at work in new york or Miami—or anywhere else in the world—she’s completely focused on her projects. but when she’s at home with her family, trump is 100 percent attentive to 5-month-old Joseph and 2 1/2-year-old arabella rose. “i know there’s no perfect balance, so i try to focus on what’s in front of me,” says trump, 32, the able daughter of Donald trump and the wife of Jared kushner, a real estate developer and owner of the newspaper the new york observer. For the past year, trump, who is based in Manhattan, has spent a great deal of time in Miami redesigning the iconic 800-acre Doral golf and country club. now rebranded as trump national Doral Miami, the property has become part of the trump hotel Collection. this month, from March 5-9, the resort hosts the popular world Golf’s Cadillac Championship. magazine.com 93
The Trump family bought the Doral—home of the legendary Blue Monster golf course, site of the Doral Open for 44 years, from 1962-2006, and host of the WGC since 2007—for $150 million in 2012. It was in bankruptcy when the Trumps bought it from a group led by Paulson & Co. and Winthrop Realty Trust. At the time, Donald and Ivanka vowed to recreate the Doral’s former elegance. Certainly, to redesign such a legend was a daunting task. But not one that intimidated either Trump, both golfers. Once the closing formalities were signed and sealed, Ivanka promised to restore the aging legend to the “top golf resort in the world.” In addition to hiring prominent golf course architect Gil Hanse
to redesign the 7,608-yard Blue Monster with its long fairways, unusual water hazards and strategically placed bunkers, she has been at the helm of all of the Doral’s refurbishing, which includes the Royal Palm Pool with a 125-foot slide, the clubhouse, villas, restaurants—plus the launch of steakhouse BLT Prime—outdoor sections, and meeting facilities, as part of the $250 million renovation plan. (The Doral’s 50,000-square-foot spa was in good shape, so there wasn’t a lot to do there.) “Our vision for Doral has always been to create an ultra-luxurious golf resort in the heart of Miami,” says Trump of her inspiration. “The design concept is a combination of understated luxury with traditional accents paying homage to the great history of the Doral and to the game of golf.”
CLOCKWISE FROM OPPOSITE TOP: The interiors of BLT Prime Steakhouse; the Ivanka Ballroom; the terrace of BLT Prime; a view of the golf course.
For example, the interiors of her new villa guest rooms in cooperation with WATG are done in a quiet palette of elegant neutrals, like ivory, champagne and caramel accented with mahogany wood and gold leaf Spanish revival details. Classic furnishings are paired with contemporary details to create a modern spin on the resort’s rich history. Walls are covered with photographs of the world’s top golfers, from Sam Snead to Tiger Woods. Each villa has a balcony or lanai overlooking the golf course or a well landscaped garden. And the bathrooms look like in-room spas with frameless showers, rainfall showerheads, lots of marble and imported stone countertops and vanities. “We just unveiled the Gary Player Villa, which is the first of eight guestroom villas,” says Trump. “We are so happy that Gary was with us to help celebrate.” The remaining guestrooms will open soon. Each is named after another of the world’s most talented golfers: Bobby Jones, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Ben Hogan, Phil Mickelson, Snead and Woods. And what better fare to offer visiting golfers and sophisticated leisure travelers than top cuts of steak? Among other choices, BLT specializes in USDA Prime Certified Angus, including the 28-day dry aged New York strip, Kansas City bone-in-strip and Porterhouse for two. An interior bar and several private dining rooms add more buzz to the dining experience. Having BLT Prime as the signature restaurant also works well with the design renovation. Visible from the lobby in the resort’s main building and offering killer views of the Blue Monster, the popular steakhouse will be tripled in size thanks to enhancements that expand the building’s exterior toward the golf course. “These renovations have created a sweeping outdoor terrace,” says Trump. New meeting spaces and ballrooms total one million square feet, including the 8,100-square-foot Ivanka Trump, which was formerly called the Grand Ballroom. Her namesake will now seat 1,000 guests. “My brothers and I—and even our father—have memories of visiting the Doral as children,” she says of her enthusiasm for the renovation. “It is such a special place.” Trump is also working on another pet project for the Trump Hotel Collection: the iconic Old Post Office in Washington, DC. The plan is to recreate the Pennsylvania Ave. landmark via a $200 million redevelopment package to become the Trump International Hotel, The Old Post Office. It’s expected to open in two years. The grand design will respect its American heritage with a European feel brought to life by the use of Romanesque elements. It will also offer the trademarked 4,000-square-foot Mar-a-Lago Spa at Trump. “The building’s incredible architecture, coupled with its historic significance and location between The White House and the Capitol, made it irresistible to us,” she says. “We have a very clear vision for it, which is to create the finest hotel in the country while preserving its historical integrity.”
In addition to her consuming work for the Trump Organization, the busy executive has her own organic extension of the family brand. Her successful Ivanka Trump collections now offer retail shoppers fine jewelry, footwear, handbags, hats, outerwear, apparel, sunglasses, scarves, belts, perfume and designs for home decor. According to the New York Times, her brand did nearly $250 million at retail last year. “I am involved with interior design at all of our Trump properties, so my work in this area has inspired many of my own fashion and home products,” she says of her collections, which are available around the country, from department stores like Nordstrom and Macy’s to all types of specialty shops and boutiques. “Like with the Trump brand, my line offers the customer a lifestyle, not just a product.”
My brothers and I—and even of our father—have memories It visiting the Doral as children. is such a special place.
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Indeed, both competitive and driven, Trump is a chip off of the old block. When she began working for her father nine years ago, she tackled small, easy jobs to prove her worth. She handled leases and learned to be thorough in her dealings with others. But shortly after her orientation, she was tasked with a tremendous workload. Having been exposed to all aspects of real estate development from pre-planning, evaluating and analysis to construction, marketing, operations, sales and leasing, she was ahead of the game. Now she’s involved in all of the deal evaluation, development and decision making. Side by side with her dad and brothers, Donald, Jr., and Eric, Trump is a giant among men. “The work ethic my parents encouraged in my brothers and I is invaluable and something I hope to instill in my own children,” says Trump, who often takes Arabella and Joseph on longer business trips so she doesn’t have to be away from them for long periods of time. While in New York, a typical workday finds Trump rising at 5:45 am to check emails and plan her activity before the children are out of bed. She has breakfast and plays with them before heading to the office, where her chart is filled with meetings and calls regarding the Doral, the Old Post Office, future acquisitions and her fashion collections. “When I have a few minutes to spare, I try to stop home to see the kids,” she says. “And if I have a dinner or need to work late, I always try to come home first to put Arabella and Joseph to bed.” For recreation, Trump and Kushner take the children to museums, parks, the Central Park Zoo, and to a diversity of public art exhibits throughout New York City. “My husband and I started collecting a few years ago, and it has become a passion that we want to share with Arabella and Joseph,” she says, believing the more exposure they get now, the more they will understand and appreciate later. Whether it’s work or play with the children, Trump lives to her full potential. She believes in being passionate and challenging herself every single day. It works for her, and she “encourages others” to do the same.
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Whether you prefer to enjoy yours in a five-star establishment, a crowded diner or beside a cleverly painted food truck doesn’t really matter. It’s all about the experience—and here in South Florida, whatever experience you seek can be yours. Here are some of the places and people—veterans and newbies alike—you can count on to give it to you.
MOST BUZZWORTHY RESTAURANTS
In the heart of Wynwood, Shikany bills itself as a “creative culinary environment” where locals can turn to the eponymous chef for a range of culinarian delights, from privately catered dinners and cooking classes to nightly seatings of specially curated menus. The sky’s the limit for the 4,000-square-foot space that opened to great fanfare at the end of last year, and in the capable hands of Michael Shikany, who’s made an impressive career at Miami classics like Sushi Samba, Ortanique on the Mile and La Cofradia, we can’t wait to see what’s next. 251 NW 25th St., Miami, 305.979.8052; shikany.com.
Richard Hales has done it again. The chef/restaurateur/mastermind behind Sakaya Kitchen and its food truck counterpart, Dim Ssäm à gogo, both of which have received far-reaching praise from the likes of Anthony Bourdain and Bon Appétit magazine, has opened yet another Midtown eatery. This time, he’s taking on Chinese food, adding his modern twist we Miamians have come to know and love. The fastcasual counter service you’ve grown accustomed to at Sakaya has been replaced with wait staff, along with a daily five-course tasting menu as well as a variety of dishes like Twice-Cooked Kale, Char Siu Pork Buns and Spiced Cumin Lamb Fried Rice. 3451 NE 1st Ave., Miami, 305.573.8886; midtownchinese.com.
Seasalt and Pepper Seasalt and Pepper
The latest dining concept from tastemaker Stephane Dupoux (the man behind the success of local institutions Nikki Beach, Pearl and Opium) sits on the banks of the Miami River in a space that perfectly blends the Magic City’s industrial, nautical past with elements of its nouveau art and fine dining present. The menu is decidedly surf-and-turf, offering an extensive raw bar selection, seafood casseroles and a variety of steaks, chops and pizzas fired in a wood-burning oven. Celebs have already been flocking to this soon-to-be classic. Now it’s your turn. 422 NW River Dr., Miami, 305.440.4200; seasaltandpepper.com.
MC Kitchen If you haven’t met the reigning queen of the Design District yet, consider yourself on notice. Dena Marino, executive chef and partner behind the District’s newest restaurant, which was recently named among the Best New Restaurants of 2013 by Esquire magazine is making all the right moves. The menu focuses on modern Italian food with a seasonal sensibility, and pays attention to often overlooked details. Case in point: MC-branded glass water bottles, both sparking MC Kitchen and flat, along with super Tuscan olive oil, adorn tabletops. Go for the fresh pasta, squash-stuffed Burrata and stone-ovenroasted octopus. Stick around for the seven-layer tiramisu. 4141 NE 2nd Ave., #101A, Miami, 305.456.9948; mckitchenmiami.com.
Buns & Buns
Buns & Buns If you’ve ever thought about carb-loading—say, before running the Miami Marathon or the new season of Girls—Buns & Buns is the place to do it. A globally inspired menu focuses on freshly baked breads, because let’s be honest: who hasn’t thought about stuffing naan with fontina and cheddar? Diners are encouraged to mix and match a variety of buns with different grilled dishes, such as the pretzel bun stuffed with beer-battered snapper or a roasted pepper focaccia and tamarind lamb ribs sandwich. For those preferring something lighter, there’s plenty of salads and grilled veggie options, too; we’re eying the roasted Heirloom tomato with Burrata, avocado and watermelon. 5748 Sunset Dr., Miami, 786.216.7754; bunsandbuns.com.
Huahua’s Taqueria Sitting squarely on Lincoln Road, this fast-casual joint is the perfect people-watching perch. This taqueria is bringing a new name to budget-friendly bites on the beach, and the chef-driven menu includes authentic Mexican dishes with a bit of South Florida flair. Think tacos with fried chicken, jalapeño cornbread, cabbage and ancho ranch, and BBQ shortrib with pickled jalapeño and sweet-heat coleslaw. Don’t leave without picking up a bottle of homemade hot sauce, crafted by none other than Chef Todd Erickson, the top toque at this establishment, as well as its neighbor down the street, HaVen Gastro-Lounge. 1211 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach, 305.534.8226; huahuastacos.com. magazine.com 105
Khong River House Another hit from the 50 Eggs restaurant group (the team behind Yardbird and Swine Table & Bar), Khong River House pays homage to the flavors of Southeast Asia, offering diners traditional noodle and curry dishes from beloved family recipes that have been updated with local flair and unique protein choices, like the Short Rib Panang Curry. Named as a semifinalist for the James Beard Award for Best New Restaurant 2013, the Southeast Asian vibe is evident as soon as you enter the space, which incorporates reclaimed Thai fishing boats, old-school fish traps and plenty of aging crate wood. 1661 Meridian Ave., Miami Beach, 305.763.8147; khongriver.com.
Khong River House
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If you couldn’t surmise by the name alone, diners at this Coral Gables sweet spot have one thing on the brain: pork. From the Black Angus Burnt Ends and 12-hour Slow Smoked Pork Shoulder to the Country Fried Bacon & Waffles, there’s not a misstep on the menu, not to mention the house-made “Hooch” and hard-to-find
Tongue & Cheek
Tongue & Cheek
The name says it all. Executive chef Jaime DeRosa has carried over his whimsical approach to food that brought rave reviews to Tudor House, which, much to the dismay of the chef’s followers, only survived a year. It’s hard to keep from smiling when ordering creative, contemporary dishes like Lettuce Pig Ear Wraps and Cracker Jack milkshakes. As if things couldn’t get any better at this Miami Beach hot spot, the restaurant has brought back its popular weekend brunch service. Say it with me: Lemon Ricotta Pancakes. 431 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 305.704.2900; tandcmiami.com.
bourbons you’ll use to wash it all down. The décor is equally impressive with reclaimed wood walls, a corrugated tin ceiling and piles of cherrywood logs (they’re for the wood-burning grill, natch) setting the scene for the massive feeding frenzy about to occur. 2415 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Coral Gables, 786.360.6433; runpigrun.com.
The Cypress Room Consider Michael Schwartz the triple-crown winner of the Design District. In addition to Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink, which is almost entirely responsible for igniting the District’s rebirth, and Harry’s Pizzeria, the reliable pie joint with a local focus and impressive beer menu, now Schwartz groupies have a more upscale option to enjoy— white tablecloths, bone china and crystal chandeliers included. Inspired by the lavish meals of the 1920s and the ambiance of classic American taverns, dishes at the Cypress Room, including frogs legs, lamb tartare and braised antelope, are more refined than you’ll find at Schwartz’s neighboring restaurants, but equally thoughtful and composed. Hedy Goldsmith is still working her magic as executive pastry chef, so be to sure to save room for a sweet ending. 3620 NE 2nd Ave., Miami, 305.520.517; thecypressroom.com.
The Cypress Room
MOST INTRIGUING DINING CONCEPTS Dark Dining: Chef Adrianne’s Vineyard Restaurant & Wine Bar Once a month, guests are welcomed into this gem of a spot owned and run by Chef Adrianne Calvo, seated and blindfolded in a dark, candlelit dining room, and informed of the theme that night for Dark Dining— Calvo’s done everything from Western to Carnival. Over the course of the next two hours, starting with a
glass of champagne, diners begin tasting various courses as Calvo takes the microphone to dole out hints and eventually reveal what’s being served. The event has gotten rave reviews, despite the occasional spilled glass of wine or groped raw oyster. 11510 SW 147th Ave., Miami, 305.408.8386; chefadriannes.com.
This magical mystery is for truly adventurous gourmands who have no fear, for they never know what they’ll be eating, or for that matter, where they’ll be eating it. Let us explain: This “experiment,” as it is called by its creators, is all about getting talented chefs to cook extraordinary, creative repasts for “open-minded” diners. Sign up Adrianne Calvo online to be a “guinea pig,” and if you’re selected, you’ll receive an invitation bearing a disclaimer: there is no menu; there is no choice to be made. You will eat what you are served—so if you have allergies, aversions, or dietary restrictions of any kind, don’t bother. But if you don’t, and you’re intrigued, head over to cobayamiami.com and check it out.
Miami Culinary Tours
A group of food lovers got together to become epicurean guides for, well, more groups of food lovers, and today they take eaters through Miami neighborhoods like South Beach, Wynwood and Little Havana on 5- to 8-stop lunch and dinner tours (depending on the area) to sample and savor the various offerings in those parts of town. There are also private food tours, but the locations for those are disclosed only when you reserve. To do just that, visit miamiculinarytours.com.
RESTAURANTS WE WELCOME
Cavalli Restaurant & Lounge Cipriani Downtown Italy has come to Miami via New York, and we’re happy they’ve made the trip. With its gorgeous blue and white color scheme, water views, striped Venetian flooring, Murano glass chandeliers and menu of Italian classics, why wouldn’t we be? 465 Brickell Ave., Miami, 786.329.4090; cipriani.com. 108
Everything about this place identifies it as a creation of the designer whose name it bears, from animal-print chairs to bold floral-printed tablecloths and even tableware inspired by the patterns of his clothing. However, lest you think this is just another celebrity hangout, and assuming the patrons here actually do eat—unlike the starlets who squeeze into Roberto Cavalli’s frothy fashions—executive chef Stefano Mazzi offers up uncommon (in these parts) delights like chestnut pappardelle with white veal ragu, mascarpone and baby artichokes. 150 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach, 305.695.4191; miami.cavalliclub.com.
It seems a bit odd that Bocce Bar’s selling points would include “the City’s first official bocce court” and “rustic Italian fare by executive chef Timon Balloo,” but there’s nothing odd about this new hot spot in the heart of Midtown, which is hopping pretty much any night of the week you show up. From the cheese courses to the salumi menu, pastas, salads and greens, this is the sort of meal you’d experience on vacation in Italy— which is precisely where Balloo went for his inspiration—and it’s quite likely the repast will put you in the mood to toss a bocce ball or two afterward. 3252 NE 1st Ave., Miami, 786.245.6211; bocce-bar.com.
At press time, this much-anticipated addition to the triumvirate of Myles Chefetz’s “Prime” restaurants, to be located in the former Nemo space (a gem we still sometimes pine for) was not yet open, but based on our experiences with Prime One Twelve and Prime Italian, we needn’t wait around to try it before including it on this list. The official words it that it will offer “an extensive variety of fresh seafood and fish served à la carte and combined with innovative sauces and sides.” Also, blasts from Nemo’s pasts, such as wok-charred wild king salmon. Can’t wait. 100 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305.532.4550; mylesrestaurantgroup.com.
Lure Fish Bar at The Loews
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Yet another concept that’s come from the Big Apple, this clubby eatery in the massive Loews Miami Beach, though it seats 200, feels unexpectedly intimate—and is a seafood lover’s dream. From the extensive raw bar menu to the sushi and sashimi, appetizers like tuna tacos and entrées that run the gamut from a chilled lobster roll on Brioche to grilled sugar cane shrimp, it’s clear that the name of this place has less to do with the fishing term than it does to its power to attract. Tip: Make it your business to learn about the Wine Vault dinners. 1601 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305.604.1601; lurefishbar.com.
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OLD-TIME FAVORITES Joe’s Stone Crab
Joe’s Stone Crab
Unless you’ve been living in a vacuum, there’s not much to tell about this historic institution. Eager diners wait for October to arrive so they can happily wait in line for hours (that’s right; all these years later, Joe’s still doesn’t take reservations) to experience the shell shock that comes from biting into the tenderest stone crabs around. 11 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 305.673.0365; joesstonecrab.com.
Just like the name says, this place still specializes in sandwiches— dozens of them, hot, cold, simple or fancy, and sometimes, despite our continuous quest in Miami for The Next Great Meal, you just want to tuck into an amazing rendition of tuna on whole wheat. And during the 26 years this place has been around, they’ve perfected the art of making them. 229 14th St., Miami Beach, 305.532.8934; lasandwicherie.com.
Garcia’s Seafood Grille & Fish Market
Garcia’s Seafood Grille & Fish Market Having fished since childhood in their native Cuba, the Garcia brothers clearly know what they’re doing. For 40 years now, their rustic, open-air waterfront spot alongside the Miami River has been a favorite of seafood lovers who like to chill in their shorts, tees and sandals while tucking into a big fried yellowtail or a melt-in-your-mouth tender lobster dipped in drawn butter. 398 NW North River Dr., Miami, 305.375.0765; garciasmiami.com.
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For 43 years, this hub in the center of Little Havana has been drawing not just locals but presidents and pop stars from around the country to its elaborately mirrored and chandeliered dining room for authentic Cuban favorites, from a medianoche sandwich to vaca frita to flan and café con leche. There’s never been anything like it in Miami. 3555 SW 8th St., Miami, 305.444.0240; versaillesrestaurant.com.
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Shareef Malnik has kept this legendary glamorama of the South Florida dining scene relevant with interior renovations and menu redos while maintaining the same lofty standards for food, wine and ambience that have made his restaurant world famous and his wine cellar an award winner that celebs like Dwayne Johnson happily pay thousands of dollars to dine in. 432 Forty First St., Miami Beach, 305.538.8533; theforge.com.
The library, the lantern-lit trees in a lush garden, the homey feeling that comes from this little spot being nestled inside a cozy hotel all add to the appeal of this restaurant that feels as if it were plucked straight from Northern Italy and transplanted in our midst. Tip: If you want reservations, call loooong in advance. 1700 James Ave., Miami Beach, 305.673.1010; casatualifestyle.com.
Myles Chefetz has given to and taken away from the South Beach dining scene (we still miss Nemo, but fortunately, there’s always Prime One Twelve) but for 18 years—a lifetime in South Beach restaurant terms—this retro diner has been thriving, thanks in no small part to the kitschy décor and novelty items on the 200-entry menu like the Big Pink TV Dinner. It also helps that it’s open until 5 am on Fridays and Saturdays—prime time in these partying parts of town. 157 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305.532.4700; mylesrestaurantgroup.com. 112
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Even though it’s been more than 10 years since customers were first wowed by the sky-high towers of seafood in gigantic martini glasses, lobster pop tarts peeking out from a vintage toaster brought to the table, and the first-in-town Below Zero Nitro Bar, Barton G. Weiss’s devotion to perfecting his customers’ experience has ensured that this is one trip diners never get tired of taking. 1427 West Ave., Miami Beach, 305.672.8881; bartongtherestaurant.com.
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The food is the star here, without a doubt, but the view is spectacular and an integral part of the dining experience. So when you reserve, ask for a table on the outdoor terrace, where you’ll be able to drink in the sparkle from the city lights downtown along with your delicious Hemingway Daiquiri. 270 Biscayne Blvd. Way, Miami, 305.424.5234; area31restaurant.com.
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Azul at Mandarin Oriental The elegant signature restaurant of the Mandarin Oriental, which has been known for years for exceptional food—regardless of which chef has been at the helm, as there have been a few—and service, but the view from its perch on Brickell Key deserves as much credit for making the overall experience here one that you’ll recall again and again in conversations…and want to revisit. 500 Brickell Key Drive. Miami, 305.913.8358; mandarinoriental.com/miami/fine-dining/azul
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You don’t have to travel too far to drink in a lovely water view, but should you be so motivated, this is the place to go. Tucked away in Matheson Hammock Park, the ambience in this historic building perched on the marina would be worth the drive time (or you can take your boat) even if they were serving up PB&J instead of just-caught seafood cooked with just-picked fresh ingredients. 9610 Old Cutler Rd., Miami, 305.668.8788; redfishgrill.net. 114
Blue Moon Fish Co. This is one of those places you spot all awash in blue and purple lights reflecting off the water as you drive by it at night and say, “I want to eat there, now.” And you do, because whether it’s a remarkable seafood dinner or a memorable Sunday brunch, a dockside dine at this Fort Lauderdale landmark is always a feast—for the belly and the eyes. 4405 West Tradewinds Ave., Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, 954.267.9888; bluemoonfishco.com.
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The Miami skyline and the nearby Government Cut Channel set the scene for a pleasurable business lunch, a romantic dinner à deux or a relaxing night out with friends— the prime steaks and topnotch wine list could almost be considered bonuses. Almost. 1 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 305.673.2800; smithandwollensky.com.
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Todd Erickson One of Miami’s hottest culinary commodities, the brains behind HaVen Gastro-Lounge and HuaHua’s Taqueria answers our most burning questions. When did you first know you wanted to be a chef? “I have loved cooking since I was 3, watching my mom and grandma cook. I didn’t watch cartoons; I watched Julia Child and The Galloping Gourmet on PBS.”
What do you love most about cooking? “I meet incredible people and get instant gratification. I know on the spot how the food is because people react immediately. Creativity and ingredients, which I love, are the backbone of cooking. And food has a color palette. I love the aesthetics of it.”
How do HaVen and HuaHua’s differ from anything you’ve done before? “At HaVen, we’re very ingredient-driven and stylized, but more tapas-style, with a focus on sushi, in a cool and relaxed environment. It’s all about good ‘ol Southern hospitality at HaVen. Huahua’s is fast and casual. The space is small, so we asked ourselves, what can we do here? Tacos seemed like a natural fit. I’m from the Southwest, and I’ve worked with some of the greatest Southwestern chefs, but I never had a chance to apply any of that knowledge. It was just a little side project that took off like wildfire. We now have hot sauce for sale, too!”
What trend are you over already? “There’s a lot of pork belly. For the first year and a half at HaVen, I didn’t put pork belly or shishito peppers on the plate because they were everywhere.” 118
What’s next? “We’ve just ordered hydraulic tables that will be raised at dinner service. They will be at normal table height, so guests have the ability to have a more complete meal. Dishes will evolve, and new items will be presented. And as the night goes on, diners can lower their table when it becomes more of a lounge atmosphere. This opens up a whole new world of possibilities. Also, the next location for HaVen is Fort Myers—we’re designing the kitchen now. There will be a big patio, a rooftop VIP area, and it will be more dining heavy than HaVen Miami. It will still have a nightclub lounge aspect, but a softer, gentler version for the demographic there.”
HaVen Gastro-Lounge is located at 1237 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, 305.987.8885, havenlounge.com; HuaHua’s Taqueria is located at 1211 Lincoln Road; 305.534.8339, huahuastaco.com.
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VIPS OF THE INDUSTRY Michael Mina
Michael Mina’s got a lot of restaurants, but this is no Emeril Lagasse. With two of those eateries in Florida—the long-beloved and highly respected Bourbon Steak in Aventura and the recently opened (to rave reviews) Michael Mina 74 in Miami Beach—and we hear from a reliable source, a third on the agenda, Mina somehow manages to avoid being formulaic and routine and keep coming up with more ways to knock our culinary socks off with his originality.
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You may know him as the founder and director of the South Beach Wine & Food Festival, but this pioneer wears many hats, including that of VP of Corporate Communications & Events for Southern Wine & Spirits of America and director of the New York City Wine & Food Festival. By his own account, he tries out approximately 300 restaurants a year. The onetime nightclub owner— of Torpedo, a late 80s/early 90s hangout—is now hailed for what he’s done for Miami’s food scene.
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A former ballerina, Michelle Bernstein made her name at Azul in the Mandarin Oriental Hotel 13 years ago, where she captured the attention of national food critics with her Latin-inspired fusion cuisine—and that was before “fusion” became a common part of the culinary lexicon. Since 2005, when she left Azul to go on her own with her husband, David, Bernstein’s culinary adventures have benefited diners who’ve supped at her Michy’s (one of the Top 50 restaurants in the country, said Gourmet), SRA. Martinez, a tapas spot in the Design District, and her restaurants at The Omphoy in Palm Beach. Her perpetual grin and mop top of curls have become a familiar sight to fans of shows like Iron Chef America (where she beat Bobby Flay on his own turf) and even TV viewers who have seen her in commercials for Lean Cuisine Salad Additions, which she helped create. But make no mistake: this girl is all ours.
It started with Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink. Michael Schwartz became one of the few chefs who was able to get Miamians clamoring for a seat at his diminutive Design District hotspot where the experience was all about bold flavors rather than the flash and panache most Miami (and Miami Beach) eateries look to achieve. Today, he’s no longer behind the burners every day—although he still tries to cook at least one day a week—but instead oversees four restaurants, including his fancier Cypress Room, Michael Schwartz at the Raleigh Hotel and Harry’s Pizzeria, named after one of his three children. Oh, and then there’s his Cayman Islands outpost. The 2010 James Beard Award winner is a bona fide celebrity in these parts, for sure—and it couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy.
Chefetz’s eponymous Myles Restaurant Group comprises Big Pink, Prime One Twelve, Prime Italian, and the most recent addition, Prime Fish, all of which are known for being fabulous. But along with the fabled Truffled Lobster Mac and Cheese, Kobe Beef Sliders and a killer Chopped Salad, it’s Prime One Twelve’s sexy scene and tendency to draw in superstar athletes, rappers and celebrities like Cameron Diaz and Kim Kardashian that has made it one of the most coveted reservations in South Beach. And Chefetz is often right there in the midst of the action. At 54, he still gets a kick out of what he’s created here, and like his patrons, he’s enjoying every minute of it. 120
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Dolce Pecatti Gelato Three years ago, this self-dubbed “sweetest truck on the road” founded by the 20-something Yepes sisters won the Miami New Times’ “Best of” award for gelato, and it’s as sweet today as it’s ever been. They’ve got the formula down exactly right, too—not too thick but not too melty, with the dense consistency one craves when choosing gelato over ice cream. And be sure to try their signature topping, a sweet-savory balsamic sauce. Dolce, indeed. At various locations; call 954.632.8551 or visit dolcipeccatigelato.com.
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Blue Willy’s Barbecue This resto started as a food truck, but is now a brick-and-mortar location in Pompano Beach. Owner Will Banks is serious about his food—he mans the knife at lunchtime, handing out tastes and talking with the crowd (and it is a crowd). Banks gathered a following when he used to park his food truck across from the courthouse in Fort Lauderdale; today, he’s dishing up brisket, pulled pork, ribs, chicken and even pastrami in an eatery that bears a take on his name—and once you try it, you’ll be as happy as he is that he’s decided to stay parked. 1386 S. Federal Hwy., Pompano Beach, 954.224.6120. 122
Who doesn’t appreciate a good taco? Or perhaps a better question would be, who doesn’t appreciate a good taco so much that he or she would chase it down to a different location depending on what day of the week it is? Even if you scoff at that notion, with offerings on its menu like their specialty, The Caveman—more than a quarter pound of beef patty, steak and braised short ribs with lettuce and cheddar in a hard taco wrapped in a flour tortilla—B.C. tacos could just change your mind. And if that doesn’t do it for you, consider this: their Dino Delight is a s’mores dessert taco. Enough said. At various locations; visit bctacos.com.
Dim Ssäm à gogo Sakaya Kitchen’s owners have taken their mouthwateringly good Korean barbecue to the streets with its food truck, Dim Ssäm à gogo—and it’s deliciousness on wheels. Just ask Anthony Bourdain, the ultimate critic, who gave it his seal of approval. Try the crispy duck sandwich and short rib tater tots, a bahn mi or bulgogi—really, just about anything— and then stick a GPS tracker on this baby, because you won’t want to lose track of this truck. Sakaya Kitchen, 3401 N. Miami Ave., Miami Design District, 305.576.8096; sakayakitchen.com.
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Jefe’s Original Fish Taco & Burgers The real “Jefe” was a California surfer who attributed his prowess on the waves to his mother’s fish tacos. Today, the original recipe for those “Ensenada-style” tacos is the secret behind the goodness of Jefe’s Original Fish Tacos, made with crispy, light beer-battered fish. And if for some bizarre reason the idea of these toothsome treats doesn’t inspire your tastebuds, no worries—you can always grab a burger and some fries. At various Jefe’s Original locations; visit jefesoriginal.com. Fish Taco & Burgers
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With neighborhood pioneer and stronghold, Joey’s, paving the way, it’s nearly impossible to keep up with the new eateries popping up on the daily in Miami’s artistic, and still gritty, gallery district. Second Saturday art walks, and its myriad food truck companions, keep the crowds coming. TAKE YOUR PICK: Joey’s, Wynwood Kitchen and Bar, Morgan’s Restaurant, Jimmy’s Kitchen, Pride & Joy BBQ, Wynwood Brewing Co., R House, Gigi, Shikany.
There was a time when it was hard to imagine the empty lofts and neighboring retail space at Miami’s Midtown would ever amount to anything more than a traffic jam and an eyesore. But times have changed, and now you’re lucky to snag a reservation, not to mention a parking spot, at this bustling outdoor mall chock full of creative cuisine, unique retailers and a few big box stores for good measure. TAKE YOUR PICK: Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill, Salumeria 104, Mercadito Midtown, Sakaya Kitchen, Bocce Bar, Bar Louie, Blackbrick Chinese & Dim Sum, Daily Melt, George’s Kitchen, Bin No. 18.
Miami’s bustling business nabe is finally coming into its own and welcoming the city’s gastronomes to indulge in a number of new restaurants. Thanks to Mary Brickell Village, which reignited the area’s passion for all things food and fun, there’s plenty to do downtown after dark. TAKE YOUR PICK: OTC, Sumi Yakitori, Spris, Biscayne Tavern, L’Entrecote de Paris, Toscana Divino, Burger & Beer Joint; SuViche, The River Oyster Bar, Edge Steak & Bar, Area 31, Zuma, DB Bistro Modern, Oceanaire, Touché Restaurant & Lounge.
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Once you’ve finished pounding the pavement looking for designer décor and haute couture, you wont have to go far to refuel. Between bites, make a mental note to thank Chef Michael Schwartz for setting off a wave of culinary adventure in the area locals now refer to as “The District.” TAKE YOUR PICK: Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink, MC Kitchen, Oak Tavern, Harry’s Pizzeria, Crumb on Parchment, The Cypress Room, Mandolin Aegean Bistro, Buena Vista Bistro, The News Lounge, The District Miami.
Sure, South Beach has plenty of can’tmiss restaurants, but one neighborhood in particular brings home the win. This quieter, residential ‘hood on the island’s west end is home to a vibrant restaurant scene, nearly all of them within walking distance, an advantage you’ll appreciate after stuffing yourself silly at one of the local eateries. TAKE YOUR PICK: Lucali, Sardinia, Pubbelly, Panther Coffee, PB Steak, Icebox, Burger & Beer Joint, Barceloneta.
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From books to blogs and everything in between, food is taking over the world, one plate at a time. By Jennifer Leslie Kramer
These days, all The world’s a foodie—and Thanks to the myriad ways they can indulge their passion, it’s pretty easy to pick them out in a crowd. from the television shows they dVr and the food photos flooding their instagram accounts to their habit of checking in at the hottest new restaurants, today’s gourmands prove it’s possible to construct an entire life centered around an all-abiding
love for food. not only is it possible, it’s probable. a Google search for the word “foodie” brings up almost 11 million results. Thanks to the encouragement provided by the entertainment world, practically anyone can be 100 percent food-focused. whether that means throwing lavish dinner parties, following the latest blogs or buying memoirs of top toques, there’s a foodie fit for every person.
Meryl Streep as Julia Child in the movie Julie & Julia.
Ree Drummond started blogging in 2006 about her life on a working cattle farm in rural Oklahoma. In the years since, she’s become a Food Network star, host of her own show, The Pioneer Woman, and a New York Times bestselling author.
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There are a handful of epicureans that have been following the food blog trend since its inception with The Julie/Julia Project in 2002—deemed by Saveur.com to be the first cook-through blog and later made into a movie starring Meryl Streep and Amy Adams. But the majority of fans of the online food scene, whether they are blogging firsthand or devotees of a few specific pages, are relative newcomers. Those who got in on the action early—and proved good enough to stick around— have made out like bandits. Case in point: Ree Drummond started blogging in 2006 about her life on a working cattle farm in rural Oklahoma. In the years since, she’s become a Food Network star, host of her own television show, The Pioneer Woman, and a New York Times bestselling author. While The Pioneer Woman’s blog covers a variety of topics, the cooking pages are by far the most popular, and whatever your cooking needs may be—her famous Knock You Naked Brownies or the Perfect Pot Roast—you’re sure to find it there, accompanied with slick, step-bystep photos and detailed descriptions. Other, more food-focused blogs, such as Smitten Kitchen and Joy the Baker, also prove the power of the masses. Deb Perelman and Joy Wilson, the respective women behind each blog, have found such success blogging that not only is their habit self-supporting, but they have each published cookbooks, complete with book tours that garnered around-the-block lines. But it didn’t start off that way. In an interview with Martha Stewarts’s Everyday Food website-cum-blog (a necessity for even the Number One domestic diva herself) Perelman admitted that she started blogging because, “I thought it might be fun to share the recipes I was trying and collecting.” Little did she know that seven years later she would be stopped in her local coffee shop by adoring fans dying to know what she ate for breakfast. Combined, Deb and Joy have nearly 300,000 Facebook friends and hundreds of thousands of comments on their sites. The Smitten Kitchen site gets close to 10,000,000 hits daily. These are serious numbers. Taking them into consideration, along with the other 21,000-plus sites that exist, according to Technorati.com, and the surveys, conferences and social media efforts that surround them, there’s no doubt that blogging has become big business. magazine.com 129
The Television Takeover First there was Food Network, the pioneering cable channel that broadcast cooking shows ‘round the clock. The network powerhouse created gourmands out of all of us, as we eagerly waited to see what Emeril, Rachael and Giada would create. And fittingly, the hosts of these cooking shows—all of whom need only one name today—became part of the first wave of celebrity chefs. Most have subsequently created entire lifestyle brands that included any cooking and kitchen accessories you could imagine, from spices, pastas and jarred sauces to entire lines of kitchenware, gadgets and utensils. Not to mention the cookbooks. Ina Garten, better known as The Barefoot Contessa, has eight. By the end of 2013, nearly 100 million American households were receiving Food Network, and a recent Harris Poll revealed that 8 in 10 Americans watch some form of food television.
By the end of 2013, nearly 100 million American households were receiving Food Network, and a recent Harris Poll revealed that 8 in 10 Americans watch some form of food television. Outside of purely instructive cooking shows, a plethora of programs have focused on the concept of gourmet television with a twist. It’s no secret that reality shows have taken over the airwaves, and one of the most popular formats is one centering on cutthroat cooking competitions, especially if the cheftestants are being ridiculed and embarrassed. Top Chef, Top Chef Master, Kitchen Nightmares, Restaurant Impossible, Cupcake Wars, Iron Chef, The Next Iron Chef, Chopped, The Great Food Truck Race, Worst Cooks in America, Throwdown! With Bobby Flay, Food Network Star, The Taste, Hell’s Kitchen; the list is neverending. Even MTV is hopping on the bandwagon with its House of Food and Snackdown. And yet, these formats remain incredibly popular, gaining enough viewership to create numerous spin-offs and even win Emmy Awards; Top Chef recently won for Outstanding Editing in a Reality Series and Outstanding Reality-Competition Program. So what’s behind the onslaught of competitive cooking shows? Rocco DiSpirito, chef and star of NBC’s short-lived reality show, The Restaurant, succinctly summed up the impetus behind much of the reality show success: “We’re trying to inspire people to be creative in the kitchen.” Enough said.
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More Than Just Cookbooks Despite the prevalence of the World Wide Web offering food fanatics high-tech treats like Giada De Laurentiis’ new eponymous digital weekly e-zine, the more traditional and old-school food fans among us can still be clued in on what our favorite chefs have to say, oftentimes directly from the source. Whether that means picking up the latest issue of Food & Wine or Anthony Bourdain’s autobiography, the options are endless. Beginning in 2000 with the publication of Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly, in which Bourdain revealed his personal story, along with a never-beforeexposed searing look at the inner workings of a professional kitchen, a new genre in publishing was created. In a feature in New York magazine, writer Michael Idov recognized the power of Bourdain’s pen: “Kitchen Confidential destroyed the archetype of the foofy French chef in a toque and replaced it with an image of cooks as young tattooed badasses.” Since then, Bourdain has done nothing but live up to that image. Perhaps inspired by the success of Bourdain’s book, top toques from around the world were encouraged to share their stories via memoirs, compilations, and behind-the-scenes tell-alls that reveal
exactly what life is like working in the culinary industry. Much lauded favorites include Julia Child’s My Life in France, published posthumously in 2006; The Man who Ate Everything by Vogue’s legendary food critic, Jeffrey Steingarten, and Tender at the Bone by Ruth Reichl, the former restaurant critic of The New York Times and past editor of the now defunct Gourmet magazine. Today, there’s no arguing the fact that the majority of society lives to eat. The blogs, cookbooks, television shows and memoirs barely scratch the surface of all the ephemera that comprises a gastronome’s world. There will always be a new restaurant to try or an event to attend. Just last month, the 13th iteration of The South Beach Wine & Food Festival took over South Florida, with more than 60 individual events and approximately 70,000 attendees. Whether or not you’re leading the parade of epicureans, you might as well join in. Chances are it’s going to be a tasty trip.
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American Airlines Arena’s new “What’s Cooking Miami?!” program has become a total game changer by redefining the concept of tasting victory. RemembeR the days when one of the things you looked forward to most about going to a basketball game was grabbing a beer and a hot dog? you still can, but if you’re heading out to watch the heat, you might want to save your appetite for something a little more substantial—and gourmet. american airlines arena—the fourth most popular arena in the country when it comes to drawing fans—has increased its appeal as of the 2013-14 season with its dining program, “what’s Cooking miami?!” and it really is about dining. the concept is to provide choices for everyone from Value to ViP for fans who want to make a night of it, starting with a meal. that could mean grabbing a delicious offering from the concession menu—like plum and sesame-glazed spare ribs on radicchio from taste of asia, a brisket cheesesteak with melted cheddar from Pride & Joy, or miami fongo, smashed plantains with pork cracklins served with jicama slaw from blue moon bar—or, for those who are flagship-seat
ticketholders, enjoying a complete sit-down dinner at the new flagship Lounges. having undergone $3.5 million in renovations during the last offseason, the flagships serve as a stage for celebrity chefs who bring their fabled signature restaurant experiences to the arena on a rotating basis on Celebrity Chef Partner nights. (at a recent heat-Pacers game, the exhilaration of a dinner prepared by Richard sandoval, including pictureperfect offerings like his signature ceviches from his downtown miami restaurant toro toro was surpassed only by the game-winning shot by Lebron James with less than five seconds left on the game clock.) other superstars who have worked their magic as part of the program are mC Kitchen’s dena marino, alba’s Ralph Pagano and Zuma’s michael Lewis. it’s a pregame treat that also serves to tease the palates and introduce fans to the food they’d find if they venture out to any of these chefs’ restaurants. on “house nights”, the menu caters to King James, offering Lebron’s favorite dishes, while “street eats” comprise fan favorites like
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the aforementioned hot dog—only here, it’s a “haute dog” (hey, it’s Miami, after all)—burgers, tacos, beer and margaritas. Fancier fare comes in the form of kale salad, tuna poke tacos and filet mignon. There’s also an impressive wine list that rivals that of many a standalone SoFlo eatery, with selections by the glass as well as by the bottle. And it’s not just about food: the contemporary décor, mood lighting, hip music and, yes, sexy hostesses all scream, “Welcome to Miami.” So while you’re dining in a sports arena, technically, for a while you feel like you’ve been transported to a South Beach hotspot. “We wanted to bring almost a pop-up restaurant feel on the nights when we’re showcasing other chefs,” Tim Arnold, the arena’s director of operations for food-service provider Levy Restaurants, told the Herald in October. Until, that is, it’s time for the shoot-around and you hustle to your seat. (And if you’re dining here, that means you have either courtside or Flagship seats, the two most expensive places to sit in the arena, so the dinner check of $64-$105 for the chef-prepared buffet probably won’t mean much to your wallet.) Those lucky enough to have access to the Dewar’s Clubhouse on the Suite Level get to savor a kicked-up-a-notch experience, with two gigantic bars and a bird’s-eye view of the action taking place below on the court. The menu there varies by theme and local specialty items each game, and members can scope out the menus in advance online at aaarena.com/DewarsClub. As for the rest of us, there are still tons of options aside from the pizza, soft pretzels and hot dogs—including healthy ones. American Airlines Arena executive chef John Nicely, in a live TV appearance on NBC in November, educated reporter Kelly Craig about his healthy fit foods concepts on the arena’s main concourse, including a fresh veggie burger made with brown rice, black beans, spices, and beets. “We’ve also got grilled veggie wraps served with red pepper hummus, or you can build your own salad,” Nicely pointed out; he also showed artistically presented cups stacked with fresh fruits and vegetables “you can carry around and munch on.” And, he added, “All these are not just available at HEAT games, but also other events at the Arena, including concerts.” Then there is the Daily Deal of the Game (or Event). For ten bucks, it includes a combo meal, meaning pizza, chicken tenders or dogs with a soda (add $2 to switch out the soda for a beer). And because this is Miami (how many times have we said this so far?), libations are as important as food. That’s obvious by checking out the aforementioned wine list at the Flagship Lounges—where, by the way, a Wine Cruvinet preserving and dispensing system ensures the vino remains temperature-controlled and fresh—along with six specialty Grey Goose cocktails. And if that’s not enough, and you want to continue celebrating that HEAT win after the clock has run out, you can always head to Hyde, the in-house supper club/lounge for the first three quarters that transitions in the fourth quarter to a nightclub, complete with a DJ, state-of-the-art sound and lighting, bottle service and pretty much guaranteed celeb-spotting fun. (Don’t show up without a valid ticket to whatever event took place that night, though— you won’t get in.) So while on any given night you’re most likely not venturing to AA Arena thinking about what delicious dish you’re going to sink your teeth into, it’s cool to know that you don’t have to try to cram in a decent dinner after work, but before the game or concert starts. The “What’s Cooking Miami?!” program has rounded out the sporting experience by making a memorable meal (and cocktail or two) a part of the night out—and without a doubt, the program is a slam dunk. 140
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A rustic menu and laser focus on ingredients keeps Oak Tavern at the top of everyone’s list. By Jennifer Leslie Kramer THErE ArE HEirLOOM TOMATOES EvErywHErE: AN OvErSizEd black and white photograph hangs from the exposed brick back wall; boxes from Teena’s Pride are stacked within reach of the open kitchen; individual red and yellow gems are positioned on shelves-cum-altars throughout the restaurant, and they make an appearance in at least three different dinner dishes on a mid-winter’s night—all good omens for a meal at Oak Tavern, one of the design district’s latest darlings that boasts a rustic, modern American menu by celebrated local chef david Bracha. The earthy menu, which highlights the hit makers of Florida’s best produce, matches the décor. A brick archway leads to a large outdoor patio that sparkles with draped lights and lanterns woven into the branches of an old oak tree. Once inside, exposed brick walls and a quartet of oversized lamps pieced together with recycled wood create a cozy space and a clever contrast with the stark industrial bulbs that hang over the bar. while the ambience is at once romantic and relaxed, the food is the star here. A quick glance at the menu, composed of small and large plates, along with selections from the wood-burning oven and perfectly paired charcuterie platters, confirms the Heirloom hunch: you’re in for a treat, and it starts from the moment you take your place at the table. Bread—or in this case, biscuit—service is complemented with bacon honey butter. The slivers of salty bacon offer a perfect foil to the sweetness of the honey; the only problem may come when you run out. The menu is always a work in progress, as it changes to accommodate the season’s freshest items, but the use of unique proteins and local produce remains. Although the large plates are tempting—dishes like wagyu short ribs with mac and cheese, horseradish gremolata and braising jus, and wood-roasted goat with creamy polenta, roasted veggies and chimichurri are indeed hard to resist—the small plates offer a balanced and varied taste of just what the kitchen is capable of at Oak. The octopus à la plancha, served with a smoked potato salad, is the perfect tender bite. Pimentón, or Spanish paprika, adds heat and a slight char to the tasty tentacle that 160
is certainly among Miami’s best octopus dishes. Bison carpaccio is another homerun. Crunchy fried Shiitakes add the perfect texture, and the thin, nearly transparent shavings of bison allow the truffle cream to shine. An Heirloom tomato salad with a creamy French feta, olive vinaigrette and herbaceous wild oregano is a no-brainer. After all, decorating with Florida’s local delicacy is a direct call to action and one should never shirk his responsibilities. Looking for something heartier? Gnocchi and beef cheek ragout, with Hedgehog mushrooms, Sardo shavings and a perfectly poached egg is the path to heaven. The pillowy pasta and tender pieces of meat are an unbeatable match; you’d better order two. No meal is complete without a sweet ending, and Oak Tavern understands the importance of follow through. Chocolate-peanut butter mousse pie; Key lime tart; butterscotch pot de crème—it’s a difficult decision to make. But at the end of the night, you can rest easy knowing you made the right one from the beginning: simply showing up. Oak Tavern is open for lunch Mon.-Fri. from 12 pm to 3 pm and dinner Mon.-Thurs. from 6 pm to 10:30 pm; Fri. & Sat. 6 pm to midnight, and Sun. from 4:30 pm to 9:30 pm. The restaurant also serves Sunday brunch from 11 am to 3 pm. The bar is open for drinks and lite bites Mon.-Fri. 4 pm to 6 pm. 35 NE 40th St., Miami, 786.391.1818; oaktavernmiami.com.
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aMeriCan soCial This is your quintessential friendly, rollicking neighborhood bar—only it’s in the middle of Downtown Fort Lauderdale, offers a lot more beers than your average bar, and serves up gourmet food to rival that of any five-star restaurant. You can still grab a burger or sandwich if that’s what you’re hankering for—though they’re far from average here—but you can also order up a sublime appetizer of creamy foie gras on French toast, a perfectly prepared miso-marinated sea bass with bok choy and wasabi mashed potatoes, or lobster and crab lasagna in pink sauce with Shiitake mushrooms and thyme. And then there are the drinks: dozens of craft beers to choose from, bottled and on draft, along with a self-serve “walltender” and specialty cocktails (adventurous types, try The Social Salute: Grey Goose, fresh lime juice, simple syrup, strawberries, basil and balsamic vinegar reduction). All this served up in a well-designed, comfortable space ideal for socializing or, if you choose, just gazing at sports on the big-screen TVs while you’re there. American Social, 721 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954.764.7005; americansocialbar.com.
American & Continental Barton g. — 1427 West Ave.,, Miami Beach, 305.672.8881; bartongtherestaurant.com. If you’ve ever been to BGR, you know that this restaurant promises more than delicious fare, with an exciting and dramatic dining experience that tantalizes all your senses. Jaw-dropping appetizers, over-the-top entrees, and a dessert menu that literally sparkles and shines—firecrackers included. BurgerFi — 18139 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura, 305.466.0350; burgerfi.com. Natural Angus burgers with no hormones or antibiotics, all natural hot dogs (try the chicken apple), fresh cut fries and yummy cupcakes for dessert make this a must-stop for old-fashioned flavors made the modern way.
BourBon steak — At Turnberry Isle Resort, 19999 W. Country Club Drive, Aventura; 786.279.6600. Michael Mina’s contemporary American steakhouse serving topnotch cuts of meat as well as delectable lobster pot pie, truffle mac and cheese and barbecue pork short ribs, along with outstanding desserts.
inside Turnberry Isle focuses on Mediterranean-style cuisine with island influences infusing fresh herbs, fruits and vegetables from the resort’s on-site chef’s garden. Picturesque views of the property’s golf course and cascading waterfall are an added bonus.
Big City tavern — 609 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954.727.0307; bigtimerestaurants.com. Smack in the heart of Downtown Fort Lauderdale, Big City Tavern is one of those places where you love to hang out and watch the world—and people—go by while indulging in some good food.
eating House — 804 Ponce De Leon Blvd., Coral Gables, 305.448.6524; eatinghousemiami.com. The permanent answer to the pop-up restaurant’s popularity, this brunch and dinner spot redefines inventiveness with Cap’n Crunch pancakes, General Tso’s Oxtail, and desserts like the Dirt Cup, containing whipped Nutella, pretzels, salted caramel, chocolate crumbs and vanilla ice cream.
CasCata grill — 19999 West Country Club Drive, Aventura; 786.279.6800. This gem located
FisH FisH — 13488 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 786.732.3124; fishfishmiami.com. Chef Oscar Quezada magazine.com 163
from Mexico serves up wild caught, sustainable fish, clams, oysters, crab and Maine lobsters cooked any way you like, plus there’s a raw bar and happy hour. gili’s Beach cluB — 18001 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach, 305.692.5777; Delights on the menu here include a variety of caviars, salads with everything from scallops to tropical fruits and marshmallow sauce, South African lobster tail with drawn butter, and sweets, plus lots of wine and champagne by the bottle or the glass, specialty cocktails and full bottle service. haven gastropuB — 1237 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach, 305.987.8885; havenlounge.com. Famous for its libations, including a vast selection of wine and beers, this little eatery is a local favorite and a draw for its light fare including crudos, skewers, innovative sliders (including lamburger, with lavender-coriander honey, apple-fennel slaw and ouzo mustard) and sweets like nitro ice cream with mix-ins.
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houston’s — 17355 Biscayne Blvd., North Miami Beach, 305.947.2000; hillstone.com. Bustling, popular spot on the water that’s a favorite of the business crowd for lunch and families for dinner. Chicago-style spinach dip, delicious burgers, and roast chicken are among the stars. howie’s top dog — 5021 S. State Road 7, Suite 209, Davie, 954.792.8686; howiestopdog.com. Casual Chicago-style eatery serving up classic Chicago fare that explodes with flavor. Indulge in the famous Chicago Dog and Italian beef sandwich, gyros, salads, burgers, sausages and more, but the hot dogs are the star here. Kitchen 305 — In the Newport Beachside Resort, 16701 Collins Ave., N. Miami Beach, 305.749.2110; kitchen305miami.com. Trendy, clubby, and throbbing with activity, this place serves up good food, too— including all-you-can-eat stone crabs in season as well as salads, flatbreads, pastas, seafood, ribs and burgers. Meat MarKet MiaMi Beach — 1915 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach, 305.532.0088; meatmarketmiami. com. Chic, contemporary décor sets the scene for top cuts of meat, fresh seafood (including delicious, cedar-scented hamachi), exotic offerings like WoodRoasted African Pheasant and creative sides. Don’t miss the pistachio crème brulee for dessert. 164
catch MiaMi Helmed by executive chef Hung Huynh, Catch Miami just celebrated its first successful year this past December, and here’s to many more: the 4,000-squarefoot, two-story eatery located at The James Royal Palm (and with most of its original Art Deco interiors still intact) belies its unassuming exterior, and the food and drink only adds to the surprise. From “Big Cocktails” like the $25 Kane—Deleon Diamante Tequila, pineapple, sage leaves, bell pepper powder and Elemakule bitters—to entrées that range from sourdough-crusted halibut cioppino to a $72 crispy whole snapper with peppers, oyster mushrooms, chili and garlic—the flavors and the prices are big, but so is the payoff you get from this experience. And the proof comes in the rave reviews this place has been garnering in its past 14 months. Splurge—this is one Catch worth bragging about. Catch Miami, at The James Royal Palm, 1545 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 786.224.7200 or visit emmgrp.com/restaurants/catch-miami/.
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MICHAEL’S GENUINE FOOD & DRINK — 130 NE 40th St., Miami, 305.573.5550; michaelsgenuine.com. James Beard Foundation Award Winner for Best Chef Michael Schwartz never loses steam, offering up inventive, bold, flavorful dishes for brunch and dinner, innovative cocktails and jaw-droppingly good desserts courtesy of pastry chef Hedy Goldsmith. MIStER COLLINS — ONE Bal Harbour Resort & Spa, 10295 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour, 305.455.5460; mistercollins.com. Focus is on American classics like Prime New York strip, Pop’s Pork Chop, and True Maryland Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes. Noteworthy starters include the basket of cheese biscuits and cornbread, guacamole with yuca chips and crispy baby artichokes. MICHY’S — 6927 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305.759.2001; michysmiami.com. Upscale bistro from celebrated chef Michelle Bernstein who serves what she calls “luxurious comfort food” including crispy fried poussin, ceviche, and braised short ribs using local, seasonal ingredients. 168
PILAR — 20475 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura, 305.937.2777; pilarrestaurant.com. Salads, pastas, seafood and beef dishes with an interesting twist, such as jumbo spinach and tofu ravioli and eggbattered tilapia fillet served with golden yucca salad and key lime coconut cream. PRIME 112 — 112 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach, 305.532.8112; mylesrestaurantgroup.com. Myles Chefetz’s famed steakhouse has been around for eight years, a lifetime for any South Beach restaurant, and it’s still always packed. Locals, tourists and celebrities alike come for the famed chopped salad, truffled lobster mac ‘n cheese, rum-baked sweet plantains and even the chopped salad. But beef is the star here, from an 8-oz. filet mignon to a 48-oz. Porterhouse, served with savory sauces and butters to drive up the crazygood meter a notch. RED, tHE StEAKHOUSE — 119 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 305.534.3688; redthesteakhouse. com. Top-of-the-line steaks and chops so tender you can cut them with your fork come with sauces
and toppings like Horseradish Crème Fraiche and seared foie gras and black truffle demi; sides stand out, particularly green beans with pepper flakes, pancetta and pine nuts. And that’s barely scratching the surface. REStAURANt MICHAEL SCHwARtz At tHE RALEIGH — 1775 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305.612.1163; sbe.com. James Beard-winning Schwartz does it again. expect high-quality ingredients whipped into pleasures such as Harvey Cedars Fish Stew, Pan-Roasted Indian-Spiced Tenderloin with mango chutney, grilled local swordfish, sides like braised greens with pine nuts and currants, and snacks such as crispy hominy with chili and lime. Five-star cocktails and Hedy Goldsmith’s desserts. SANtA FE NEwS & ESPRESSO — 9700 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour, 305.861.0938; santafebalharbour. com. Specializing in appetizers, delicious continental meals, paninis, salads and sandwiches. Relax with a glass of wine or an acclaimed espresso while reading from the selection of international newspapers and
magazines available. A great open-air terrace is ideal for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Swine Southern table & bar — 2415 Ponce De Leon Blvd., Coral Gables, 786.360.6433; runpigrun.com. Food and fun go hand in hand in this rustic spot in the heart of Coral Gables where pork is the star. Items of note include a Pulled Pork Caesar, Smoked Brisket Sliders, and on the side, Crispy Brussels Sprouts with green apple and bacon vinaigrette. the cheeSe courSe — 19575 Biscayne Blvd. in Aventura Mall, 305.466.2223,; thecheesecourse.com. Bistro that doubles as a cheese shop, offering 100+ varieties of cheese as well as salads and sandwiches modeled after Europe’s popular bistros. the Grill on the alley — 19501 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura, 305.466.7195; thegrill.com. Stylish spot for brunch, lunch, happy hour and dinner, with a menu that goes on for days. Soups, salads, steaks, chops, seafood, chicken, ribs, potpies and more are available, plus amazing cocktails like the Basil Drop Martini and The Grill Signature Margarita. tonGue & cheek — 431 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 305.704.2900; tandcmiami.com. Highlights of this hangout-style eatery include snacks such as cauliflower panna cotta and a salad of grilled and fresh peaches with French feta and chopped hazelnuts, plus hearty menu items like crispy grouper cheeks ‘n’ chips with malt vinegar and a beef cheek burger with cheddar pimiento cheese and sweet onions served on housemade brioche.
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tudor houSe reStaurant — 1111 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305.534.8455; tudorhousemiami. com. Simple yet fantastic flavor profiles imbue everything from a side of Brussels sprouts with shaved apple and prosciutto to ricotta gnudi with heirloom beets, to sweet endings like housemade Oreos with coffee hazelnut milk and Johnnie Walker Black Label and a popcorn milkshake with salted brown butter and chocolate hazelnut crisps. VeSPer aMerican braSSerie — 1801 Collins Ave., The Shelborne, Miami Beach, 305.341.1500; shelborne.com. Borrowing its name from one of James Bond’s choice-cocktails, this casual fine dining escape is a mix of ‘50s glamour and mysterious charm. Guests can dine indoors at the café or poolside patio. At night, Vesper transitions into an elite dining spot. Notes of exclusivity, seduction and salacious comfort food waft throughout. wynwood kitchen & bar — 2550 NW 2nd Ave., Miami, 305.722.8959. Artsy and affordable, this mural-embellished eatery in the Arts District offers up creative salads, Latin delights like Ropa Vieja empanadas, grilled chicken, pan-seared fish and artist-inspired cocktails, including including the Kenny Scharf: dry gin, Cointreau, blueberry jam, lemon juice, simple syrup, a splash of soda, thyme and blueberries. yard houSe — 601 Silks Run, The Village at Gulfstream Park, Hallandale Beach, 954.454.9950, yardhouse.com. An upscale-casual eatery featuring 130 taps of imported, craft and specialty ales and lagers. Whether you’re in the mood for a grilled burger and a pint of your favorite ale, or seared ahi and a chilled martini, they have something for everyone. yardbird Southern table & bar — 1600 Lenox Ave., Miami Beach, 305.538.5220; runchickenrun.com. Killer Southern specialties like Shrimp and Grits, Fried Chicken and Waffles, Fried Green Tomato BLT and to-die-for macaroni and cheese are only made more scrumptious when paired with one of the outrageously good Bourbon drinks, like The Porkchop: citrus juice, apple cider, Benchmark Bourbon, Dijon mustard and fresh thyme.
iii ForkS — 501 Silks Run, Suite 1130, The Village at Gulfstream Park, Hallandale Beach, 954.457.3920; iiiforks.com. Modern steakhouse with a stylish decor and lively bar and lounge. Beef, chops and seafood are the foundation of the menu, which also offers burgers and salads for lunch.
Chinese china biStro at waterwayS — 3565 NE 207th St., Aventura; 305.936.0755. Glatt Kosher eatery with an extensive selection of appetizers, soups and salads, meat, fish, chicken and duck, noodles and rice dishes, sushi and desserts, including low-carb offerings, wines and drinks. chriStine lee’S — 901 South Federal Hwy., The Village at Gulfstream Park, Hallandale Beach, 954.457.6255, christinelees.com. Christine Lee’s became famous for its Miami Beach location, but this menu has some modern, non-traditional fare on it such as a Gulfstream salad with grilled shrimp and feta cheese and open prime steak sandwich. draGon city — 6708 Stirling Road, Hollywood, 954.894-8393. Looks can be very deceiving. If you’e not concerned with decor, this place is perfect for a foodie who wants authentic Chinese food. Choose from an Americanized menu or one with authentic specialties (ask for the red one). Mr. cheF’S — 18800 NE 29th Ave., Suite 10, Aventura, 786.787.9030; aventurachef.com. This newly renovated eatery serves authentic Chinese cuisine with dishes from the north and south regions of China, including Peking duck, Dim Sum, Mongolian beef, lettuce wraps and more. Open for lunch and dinner daily. P.F. chanG’S — 117455 Biscayne Blvd., N. Miami Beach, 305.957.1966; pfchangs.com. Gourmet Chinese for vegetarians, carnivores, children and everyone in between. Gluten-free choices available, a kids’ menu, desserts (try The Great Wall of Chocolate, or Banana Spring Rolls), Happy Hour, and a huge menu.
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BRASSERIE LA GOULUE — 9700 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour, 305.865.2181; lagouluebalharbour.com. French bistro serving authentic French fare in an intimate European atmosphere, from bites like a classic Croque Monsieur to prixe fixe dinners and lunches.
BAGEL wORkS — 18729 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura, 305.937.7727; bagelworks.com. Bagels here are made daily from scratch, their smoked fish is hand selected, and fresh, chopped salads are nothing short of huge. And don’t forget to check out their beautifully assembled platters.
DB BISTRO MODERNE — 255 Biscayne Blvd. Way, Miami, 305.421.8800; dbbistro.com/miami. Daniel Boulud has won the hearts of Miamians by combining his mastery of traditional French dishes with a modern twist, including a $34 burger that consistently wins rave reviews—and repeat customers.
MO’S BAGEL & DELI — 2780 NE 187th St., Aventura; 305.936.8555. Known as Aventura‘s unoffiical meeting hot-spot, this New York Kosher-style bagel and deli joint boasts delicious hand-rolled bagels, delectable Israeli salad, stacked sandwiches, and a case full of fresh baked goodies to take with you. Private room for parties, and specialty catering also available.
JUVIA — 1111 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach, 305.763.8272; juviamiami.com. A trinity of French, Japanese and Peruvian cooking styles merge under the collaboration of three talented chefs using the freshest ingredients they can find. Sip a cocktail at the beautiful backlit amethyst gemstone bar, nosh on warm or cold appetizers, and enjoy creatively designed entrees.
PAUL BAkERY — 450 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach, 305.531.1200 and 1800 Sawgrass Mills Circle, Sunrise, 954.846.0344; paulusa.com. Paul was founded in France back in the 19th century and today maintains the tradition of serving topnotch French style savory and sweet pastries, salads, soups and sandwiches all prepared fresh on the premises. RENDEZ-VOUS BAkERY & BISTRO — 17851 Biscayne Blvd., Sunny Isles Beach; 305.936.1440. Baked goods, sandwiches and salads served in an indoor/outdoor French-style cafe. VILLA AZUR — 309 23rd St., Miami Beach, 305.763.8688; villaazurmiami.com. Dazzling interiors, a cozy courtyard, a tucked-away wine room (La Cave D’Azur), and authentic Frenchinspired fare make for a memorable dining experience, whether with friends or a deux. Beef tartar, foie gras with strawberry marmalade and toasted brioche and veal filet mignon are among the many choices, all of them perfectly prepared.
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International Barock MiaMi — 1412 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, 786.691.1020. A sleek décor, refreshing and creative cocktails, and delicious offerings like crispy pork confit and filet mignon served with purple mashed potatoes make this spot a winner. LE PiNE — 1052 Kane Concourse, Bay Harbour Islands, 305.861.1059; lepinerestaurant.net. Mediterranean specialties including falafel, baba ghannouge, shawarma and fried kibbeh. Also features traditional Lebanese cuisine including foul moudamas, malfouf, and labneh to name a few. rougE — 3957 NE 163rd St., North Miami Beach, 305.944.9997; rougewaterfront.com. Enjoy global cuisine with a beautiful view of the Intracoastal, whether for dinner any night of the week or weekend champagne brunch. Worth trying: the aphrodisiac-infused desserts and specialty cocktails. SugarcaNE — 3250 N.E. 1st Ave., Miami, 786.369.0353; sugarcanerawbargrill.com. Executive
Chef and partner, Timon Balloo, was recently nominated by Food & Wine as “The People’s Best New Chef,” while the restaurant itself was tapped as a semi-finalist for Best New Restaurant by the James Beard Foundation. If that’s not reason enough to check it out, we don’t know what is! Toro Toro — 100 Chopin Plaza, Miami, 305.372.4710; torotoromiami.com. Chef Richard Sandoval combines Latin American dining with a trendy NY ambience, serving up luscious cocktails, ceviche, croquettes and other small plates both hot and cold, and grilled meats, seafood, lamb chops and more..
Italian 163 PoNTE — 3933 NE 163rd St., North Miami Beach; 855.434.3095; sopranocafe.com. Italian/steak/ seafood family-style restaurant situated on the waterfront in North Miami, with an open kitchen, extensive wine list and warm environment.
aLBa SEaSidE iTaLiaN —17315 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach, 786.923.9305. Chef Ralph Pagano and his team create fresh pastas, seafood and prime steaks in an oceanfront setting. Don’t miss out on the “Affogato,” the house signature dessert. Enjoy specialty cocktails made by one of the pool bartenders, where the rum float is always available. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. aNTHoNY’S coaL-FirEd PiZZa — 17901 Biscayne Blvd., 305.830.2625; anthonyscoalfiredpizza. com. Sandwiches, salads, chicken wings and burgers are available, but pizza is the star for lunch and dinner. Specialty pies include the Philly Cheesesteak and the Eggplant Marino. BELLa LuNa — In the Aventura Mall, 19575 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura; 305.792.9330. Salads, pastas, beef, chicken and fish dishes have been the staple for the past 10 years; there’s also a bar where you can enjoy drinks and appetizers. Brio TuScaN griLLE — In the Village at Gulfstream Park, 600 Silks Run, Suite 1205,
Hallandale Beach, 954.362.1600; brioitalian.com. Popular spot for lunch and dinner serving up Tuscan-inspired pastas, seafood risotto, chops, beef, salmon and yummy Chicken Under the Brick. For $2.95, enjoy The Tuscan Taster Bar Menu (check the website for dates and times available) in the bar.
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CARPACCIO — In the Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Ave.; 305.867.7777, carpacciobalharbour.com. A longtime favorite of the well-heeled crowd, with consistent favorites such as angel hair pomodoro and Caesar salad.
Il MulInO new yORk — Inside Acqualina Resort and Spa, 17875 Collins, Ave., Sunny Isles Beach, 305.466.9191; ilmulino.com. The South Florida outpost of the famed New York eatery brings us the impeccable service, ambience and cooking techniques it built its reputation on, for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
DOlCe ItAlIAn — In the Gale Hotel, 1690 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 786.975.2550; dolceitalianrestaurant.com. Classic Italian eats such as pizzas and pastas fill up the extensive menu, along with modern twists on old favorites, such as short rib ravioli. Steaks, roasted fish, seafood and antipasti round it out.
luCA bellA — 19088 NE 29th Ave., Aventura; 305.792.2222. Mickey Maltese, former owner of Matteo’s, brings New York family-style dining to Aventura. Enjoy classics like baked clams and chicken scarparello, or try new creations by Chef Hugo such as wild mushroom ravioli in porcini cream sauce or baked stuffed mussels Luciano.
HARRy’s PIzzeRIA — 3918 N. Miami Ave., Miami, 786.275.4963; harryspizzeria.tumblr.com. Housemade dough is spun into discs of delight and
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select products that are imported exclusively for preparation here in this warm and elegant yet social atmosphere. PIzzA ROMA — 19090 NE 29th Ave., Aventura, 305.937.4884; PizzaRomaAventura.net. This casual neighborhood favorite is known for its huge selection of pizzas, but there’s plenty more to choose from as well including wings, salads, hot and cold “bullet” sandwiches, pastas, chicken dishes and seafood. For a sweet Italian finish, try a Zeppole, fried dough that’s light as a feather. PRIMe ItAlIAn — 101 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, 305.695.8484; mylesrestaurantgroup.com. Just across the street from its sister resto and hipster scene Prime 112, this represents the elegant dining experience at its best, with pastas, seafood, and its famous softball-sized Kobe meatballs stuffed with sausage and ricotta. As it should be in a place such as this, Sinatra serenades in the background and the martini list is as extensive as Old Blue Eyes’ appeal.
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SICILIAN OVEN — In the Promenade Shops on Biscayne and Ives Dairy Road; 305.682.1890; The sicilianoven.com. An extensive menu of Sicilian specialties includes wood fire and gourmet pizzas, pastas, pannettas, wood oven roasted chicken wings, and authentic specials such as Eggplant Reggiano and Fire Roasted Shrimp Palermo. Full wine list and beer selection available. SOLItA — 1032 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954.357.2616; solitalasolas.com. Traditional Italian specialties such as antipasti, salads, pizzas, pastas, chops, beef and seafood are served in a romantic, modehere in the heart of Downtown Las Olas. tIMO REStAURANt & BAR — 17624 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach, 305.936.1008; timorestaurant.com. A cozy favorite hangout of locals and visitors alike, where Chef Tim Andreola whips up simple but flavorful small and large plates from fried oyster salad to lobster risotto, wood-oven fired pizzas, whole roasted yellowtail and pasta specialties. A lively bar is always buzzing. tRAttORIA IL MIGLIORE — 2576 Miami Gardens Drive, Aventura; 305.792.2902; ilmig.com. Handpainted murals on the walls, cozy ambiance and delicious Tuscan-style bread start you out; finish with entrées such as snapper francese and fresh fettuccine with mushrooms and white truffle oil followed by authentic Italian zuccotto for dessert. tRAttORIA ROSALIA — 19501 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura, 305.792.2006. Authentic and simple but delicious Italian dishes such as spaghetti and meatballs, seafood salad dressed in olive oil and lemon, minestrone, pizzas, and chicken marsala. VIC & ANGELO’S — 150 Ocean Drive, Miami, 305.531.0911; vicandangelos.com. The restaurant’s signature coal oven pizza, formulated from ancient starter dough that includes natural Maldon salt, natural cane sugar and Grana Padano cheese imported from Italy, has won awards. VItA REStAURANt & LOUNGE — 1906 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305.674.8822; vita-miami.com. Surrounded by trees strung with garden lanterns, it’s isolated from the hubbub of the busy streets that surround it and is as ideal a choice for dinner a deux as it is for a group night out.
Japanese & Thai EDDIE HILLS SUSHI & tHAI — 134 N. Federal Hwy., Hallandale, 954.454.0023; eddiehills.com. Hotspot for lunch and dinner offering Thai and Japanese dishes both hot and cold, including beef, seafood, chicken and vegetarian selections.. FUJI HANA — 2775 NE 187th Street, Aventura, 305.932.8080; Japanese/ Thai restaurant with a lavish, wood-appointed décor and boat-shaped sushi bar; serving hot and cold entrées, super fresh sashimi and sushi, teriyaki and tempura. magazine.com 175
KAMPAI JAPANESE RESTAURANT — 3575 NE 207th St., Aventura; 305.931.6410. Known for the freshness of their sushi and pleasant, efficient service rather than the decor and ambience. Carryout available. KhoNg RIvER hoUSE — 1661 Meridian Ave., Miami Beach, 305.763.8147; khongriver. com. From the 50 Eggs group that brought the town Yardbird Southern Table and Swine, this comfortable haven amid the madness of South Beach serves up excellent Thai offerings, from curries to whole fish roasted in a banana leaf to Thai doughnuts, along with a host of creative gin-based cocktails and a full wine list. MIYAKo — 18090 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach; 305.931.0455. Best known for its all-youcan-eat quality sushi at a very reasonable price; an à la carte menu is also offered as are tempura and Chinese dishes.
PoC AMERICAN FUSIoN BUFFET & SUShI — 2121 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Coral Gables, 305.529.0882; pocbuffet.com. A buffet experience like no other, blending culinary traditions from Asia and Europe with modern American influences. Over 100 items to choose from. SUMo SUShI BAR & gRILL — 17630 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach, 305.682.1243; sumosushibar. com. Choose from Japanese, Thai or Chinese cuisine, all off one menu, including more than 40 different sushi rolls, an assortment of curry dishes, and Chinese classics such as Chop Suey and Pan Fried Noodles. Open for lunch and dinner Mon.Sat.and for dinner on Sundays. YAKKo-SAN — 3881 NE 163rd St., North Miami Beach; 305.947.0064; yakko-san.com. Hot pots, hot and cold Japanese dishes such as donburi (meatfilled omelets over rice) and sushi plus noodle dishes and a variety of desserts are on the menu at this longtime favorite spot.
ZUMA — 270 Biscayne Blvd. Way, Miami, 305.577.0277; zumarestaurant.com. All hipsters know this is the place to go for the ultimate dining-out experience: people-watching, extraordinary cocktails, fantastic food based on izakaya—the Japanese sake shops that also serve food—and a fabulous view. Sunday brunch is an event not to be missed.
Kosher ETZEL-ITZIK DELI — 18757 W. Dixie Hwy., Miami, 305.937.1546. Looks can be deceiving, and this small spot is the proof, with authentic Israeli food, falafel, beef soup, chicken pita and more. Fun atmosphere, good food, and attentive service. gRILL TIME — 16145 Biscayne Blvd., North Miami Beach; 786.274.8935. This Glatt Kosher restaurant has interesting offerings like a sweet chili cauliflower appetizer, entrées such as Chilean sea bass broiled in Sambuca and Hawaiian tropical
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ribeye, and Bavarian cream with sweet biscuits and chocolate for dessert. LUL GRILL CAFE — 18288 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach; 305.933.0199, lulcafe.com. Specializing in Middle Eastern dishes, and the Lul Mukpatzim, a stir-fry that can be prepared with Asian, Middle Eastern or Moroccan spices, or the house lul style, with garlic, basil and olive oil. PITA PLUS OF AVENTURA — 18833 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura; 305.935.0761. Falafels, stuff grape leaves and shawarma wraps are among the attractions at this very busy, family-friendly, indoor/outdoor eatery.
Mexican CANTINA LAREdO — In The Village at Gulfstream Park, 501 Silks Run, Hallandale Beach; 954.457.7662, cantinalaredo.com. Authentic Mexican dishes such as hand-rolled enchiladas are on the menu here
along with fish specials, grilled chicken and steaks, served up in a sophisticated, cozy atmosphere. And don’t forget the huevos rancheros and chicken fajita omelet for Sunday brunch. MERCAdITO — 3252 NE 1st Ave., Miami, 786.369.0430; mercaditorestaurants.com/ midtown This gourmet Mexican joint in Midtown doesn’t disappoint with their creative twist on typical Mexican dishes. With nearly a dozen taco varieties, four kinds of guac, and three ceviche options, there’s something for everyone. Their hand-crafted cocktails and lengthy list of tequilas are a can’t-miss! MEXICO BRAVO AUTHENTIC MEXICAN — 16850 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach; 305.948.1158; mexicobravo.com. Come for the genuine Mexican food cooked by Mexican chefs, such as their trademarked “Califlorida” burrito and sizzling fajita taco salad. Check out the weekday lunch specials and ongoing drink specials.
ROSA MEXICANO — 1111 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach, 305.695.1005; rosamexicano.com.. Whether you opt for Crab Cakes with Poached Eggs for brunch, mouth-watering Chicken Tortilla Pie for lunch, Mole Xico beef enchiladas for dinner, or over-the-top dessert, your tastebuds will be doing a Mexican hat dance.
Mediterranean JUVIA — 1111 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach, 305.763.8272; juviamiami.com. Beautiful views and elegant surroundings set the tone for this popular South Beach spot, where Japanese-inspired crudos, distinctive charcoal-smoked entrees such as chops, duck and roast chicken, and superb cocktails await. EGG & dART — 4029 North Miami Ave., Miami Design District, 786.431.1022; egganddartmiami. com. Rustoc Greek dining destination named after the iconic decorative moulding found on much
diningguide of Greece’s architecture. Enjoy a sumptuous array of mezze (small plates) including calamari, grilled and stuffed with a trio of cheeses; Greek staples like hummus, and main courses of impeccably grilled meats, and seafood. Mazza Mediterranean Cuisine — 15749 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines, 954.436.9997; mazzarestaurant.com. This little space inside a strip center belies the dining experience to be had here, from the pita triangles with an addictive garlic dip to shawarma, kabobs, moussaka, and lamb chops.
Seafood aLtaMare — 1233 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach, 305.532.3061; altamarerestaurant.com. Enjoy the freshest seafood offerings from Chef Simon Stojanovic, along with delectable desserts, in the cozy dining room in front of the open kitchen or outdoors on the sidewalk amid the pedestrian action of Miami Beach. Delicious cocktails and an excellent wine list round out the experience.
seasaLt and pepper — 422 NW N. River Drive, Miami, 305.606.1413; seasaltandpepper.com. This seafood brasserie on the Miami River is the collective vision of Stephane Dupoux, fom NYC’s Buddha Bar, Miami’s Pearl, and London’s Cocoon; Carlos Miranda of Starwood, Hilton and Mandarin Oriental; and Chef Alfredo Alvarez, whose culinary career includes stints at Giacosa in Coral Gables as well as Tratoria Dopo Teatro in New York. WiLd sea Oyster Bar & GriLLe — 620 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954.467.0671; riversidehotel.com. Organic and sustainable ingredients, fresh seafood and steaks, and of course, a raw bar with East and West Coast oysters plus Royal Red Shrimp Ceviche.
South American BarriO LatinO — In the Shoppes at the Waterways, 3585 NE 207th St., Aventura, 305.692.4455; barriolatinoaventura.com. A selection of Mexican fajitas, steaks from the Argentine grill, Cuban dishes like lechon asado and seafood.
the Bazaar By JOse andres—1701 Collins Ave. in the SLS Hotel, Miami Beach, 305.455.2999; the bazaar.com. A tiny, cool space in the Philippe Starck-Lenny Kravitz designed hotel is devoted to this eatery where guests can enjoy a unique culinary experience, with a Spanish-influenced menu of items such as yuca churros served with homemade peanut butter (in a squeeze tube), a frozen blue cheese sandwich with lemon marmalade and walnut bread, and Jose’s taco, containing caviar and Iberico ham. ChOLO’s CeviChe GriLL — 1127 NE 163rd St., North Miami Beach, 305.947.3338; choloscevichegrill.com. An intriguing blend of Spanish, Italian and Peruvian cuisines, including ceviches, tiraditos, stir fries, pastas and more. Try the chicha morada, deep purple corn “tea” spiked with cloves, cinnamon and sugar. neW san teLMO arGentinean steak hOuse — 16850 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach; 305.957.0006. Steaks, chicken, veal and specialty dishes like blood sausage and sweetbreads served in the classic Argentine style.
diningguide TEXAS DE BRAZIL — In The Village at Gulfstream Park, 800 Silks Run, Hallandale Beach; 954.843.7600, texasdebrazil.com. This authentic Brazilian churrascaria starts you off with a 50-item “salad” bar and continues with skewers of hand-carved beef, sausages and chicken that continue to be served until you say enough—a true experience in culinary overload.
Specialty ALASkA CoffEE RoASTIng Co — 13130 Biscayne Blvd, North Miami; 786.332.4254; acrcmiami.com. In addition to roasting organic and wild beans in house, a full menu offers diners a wide array of options, from sanwiches, salads and quiche to pizzas fired in a wood-burning oven. Don’t leave without picking up a pastry. What else goes better with a fresh cup of coffee?
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C LoungE CIgAR AnD HookAH BAR —3945 NE 163rd St., North Miami Beach, 305.354.9300; c-loungemiami.com. The sister venue to Rouge Waterfront offers a lengthy selection of premium cigars and hookahs plus specialty cocktails. CAVIAR & MoRE — 19575 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura Mall, 305.936.8554; caviarmore.com. Delicious offerings such as caviars, smoked salmon, foie gras, truffles, cheeses and chocolates along with accoutrements such as butters, oils and vinegars. Stop by the kiosk in the Aventura Mall, have a snack and leave with some goodies. EXQuISITE CATERIng BY RoBERT — 1800 NE 150th St., North Miami, 305.622.FOOD (3663). Professional service and attention to detail are paramount, with a wide variety of catering services to meet all types of event needs. Whether you’re planning an intimate gathering in your home, a corporate lunch or a full-blown wedding, they provide everything from servers and bartenders to specialty menus and unique cuisine. pEEk-A-Boo pLAYgRounD & CAfé — 18821 NE 29th Ave., Aventura, 305.974.0189; peekaboo-cafe.com. An upscale European-style café where parents can relax with delicious specialties, while children play in an indoor playground with arts & crafts and Wii facility. THE SwEET TooTH — 18435 NE 19th Ave., N. Miami Beach, 305.682.1400; thesweettooth.com. The name says it all: for 28 years this chocolatier offers fabulous custom chocolates (chocolate stilettos and handbags included) and fresh baked goodies like brownies, rugelach and cookies for parties, gift baskets, holidays or any other special occasion.
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