04 Dec 2015
A Beaker is a vessel used by bartenders to mix drinks. A Gray spoon is a high quality utensil used for plating and serving. Both are tools used by industry professionals who place emphasis on the quality of their product. Beaker & Gray is a collaboration between Executive Chef Brian Nasajon and Bar Manager Ben Potts. Having grown up together, Brian and Ben shared a vision of creating a fertile environment for a team that works with them, not for them. They believe that their commitment to their staff will encourage their staff’s commitment to Beaker & Gray and its guests. Have just opened at Wynwood, Beaker & Gray is a 120-seat eatery with an inventive, playful, globally-inspired menu and vibrant bar scene. Here is more information about Beaker & Gray :   According to Eater : "After months, and months... and months of waiting, bar slash eatery Beaker & Gray finally opens to the public tonight — just in time for Miami Art Week. The 3,600-square-foot, 120-seat concept features a "globally-inspired menu" by chef Brian Nasajon with dishes like shrimp and chorizo churros, grilled oxtail and risotto. The beverage program is spearheaded by Broken Shaker and Blackbird Ordinary alum,…
27 Nov 2015

Dirt opens at South Beach Featured

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DIRT is a new "fine food fast" restaurant located in the heart of South Beach. They are a farm-to-counter eatery and wellness bar that brings food back to its roots. Their chef-driven menu includes local, sustainable, and healthy ingredients that are cultivated from the ground and masterfully prepared to bring out the beauty of their natural flavors. Fresh fruits and vegetables, pasture-raised and grass-fed meats, wild-caught seafood, hearty baked goods and more all come together in a destination that’s friendly, approachable, and enjoyable, proving that "good food," "good for you," and "good for the planet" can co-exist in a casual, comfortable atmosphere. Here is more information about DIRT :   According to New Times : "Though offering healthful options, the menu remains full of flavor with dishes such as the purity bowl ($12) — filled with açaí, strawberries, chia seeds, goji berries, almond and Brazil nut mylk, kiwi, banana, and granola — and the detox salad ($9), which starts with a base of grains or greens and adds roasted beets, shaved fennel, orange wedges, goat cheese, and toasted hazelnuts. Add a protein like grass-fed beef tenderloin ($7), free-range orange-basil chicken ($5), or quinoa-crusted day boat fish ($7). The restaurant has…
20 Nov 2015
Dr. Shanjie Li is the co-creator and CEO of American Da Tang Group, a family of companies that facilitates Chinese investment in the United States. Originally from China, Dr. Li specifically has successfully built partnerships with many famous real estate agents in New York and Miami and has been at the forefront of spurring Chinese direct investment in Miami. In the eyes of Dr. Li, there should be no limits on ideas nor boundaries to innovation.   Dr. Li is opening Da Tang Unique because he has observed that the downtown Miami & Brickell neighborhoods do not have any authentic high-end Chinese restaurants. Da Tang Unique will serve to complement his other businesses here in Miami, which focus on real estate development, concierge service, luxury design, real estate construction and quality management, asset management and providing or facilitating other professional services for Chinese investors in Miami. In addition, Dr. Li is working with airline carriers and government officials to ensure direct flight service from China to Miami to more easily attract Chinese investors to Miami. Here is more information about Da Tang Unique :   According to Miami.com : "Chinese-American businessman Shan-Jie Li, CEO of New York-based American Da Tang…
13 Nov 2015
Small batches, big smiles, that's what The Salty Donut is bringing to Miami! The Salty is an Artisanal Donut Shoppe & Coffee Bar with a passion for using fresh, local ingredients. Their executive pastry chef and his team hand-craft donuts in small batches, throughout the day, to ensure every customer gets THE freshest little bundles of dough possible. As obsessed as they are with donuts, they are with coffee! Their coffee program director is bringing a whole new movement of craft coffee to a South Florida that’s BEGGING for more of that Seattle/Portland/LA coffee-culture. Salty Donut will be open early Jan 2016 at Wynwood and start with a pop up at Dec 3rd. Here is more information about Salty Donut :   According to Eater : "Miami is finally getting on the doughnut train with its first craft doughnut shop opening in Wynwood in early 2016 called The Salty Donut. Behind the doughnuts are pastry vet Max Santiago, formerly of The Thompson Hotel and Lure Fishbar, along with Andy Rodriguez and Amanda Pizarro. The shop will open up in the soon-to-be open Wynwood Arcade at 50 NW 24th Street and will feature 12 different doughnuts — four mainstays, four seasonal…
06 Nov 2015
The latest addition at MiMo, Pinch Kitchen, the new American Restaurant is finally open at 8601 Biscayne Boulevard. Replacing the previous Biscayne Diner, Pinch Kitchen is a story of imagination in the kitchen as they continuously cook up new ways to invite you, delight you, and leave a lasting impression with their new American cuisine. Their motto, 'Small bites. Big impact.' won’t be taken lightly. Behind the restaurant is the duo John Gallo & Rene Reyes. Chef John and Rene approach their professional and culinary life with dedication, humbleness, passion and drive to succeed. Here is more information about Pinch Kitchen :   According to New Times : "The restaurant, which officially opens tomorrow, November 6, is already abuzz with local residents who are attracted to the warm lighting and chalkboard on the street inviting people to try the new restaurant. Although the partners admitted that the restaurant was put together on a shoestring budget, the result is a homey space decorated with potted herbs and vintage photos.The diner's counter has been transformed into a small bar where diners can enjoy a craft beer or glass of wine curated by beverage director and general manager Alex Coello and watch Reyes…
31 Oct 2015
Driftwood Room inside the newly restored Nautilus South Beach is taking diners back to the city’s heyday from its midcentury decor to its coastal cuisine, it all feels quintessentially Miami Beach. Food Network chef Alex Guarnaschelli, a New Yorker who’s fully immersed herself in Miami’s local food scene for the task, has crafted a menu that reads beachy but still classic and upscale. Mezzes feature fun takes on classic Mediterranean dishes, such as eggplant dips, heirloom carrot fries with yogurt, and a light cobia crudo that’s perfect for the Miami heat. Mains, like the snapper en papillote and the roast chicken, showcase simple proteins elevated through expert technique. Here is more information about Driftwood Room :   According to Urban Daddy : "Guarnaschelli’s shown NYC that she can do some pretty great things when armed with a local farmers’ market and a chef’s knife. But it’s our turn now. So she’s set up shop in a revived art deco retreat with polished white terrazzo floors, wood-paneled walls and oversize brass lamps. You’ll pass the curvy blue marble bar and settle into one of the cushioned semicircular booths. That’s where you’ll entertain a charming friend over a few Nautilus Royales made…
24 Oct 2015
TiramesU, the long-standing Lincoln Road Italian restaurant destination, takes up new residence in Miami Beach’s South of Fifth at 101 Washington Avenue. With Executive Chef Fabrizio Pintus at the helm, the menu showcases impeccably executed Italian cuisine with an inventive modern style. Traditionally Italian flavors are elevated to reflect the current and evolving fashions of Italy’s bustling gastronomic environment. Chef Pintus then infuses the dishes with signature South Florida flavors. The cocktail program follows suit emphasizing distinctively Italian drinks hand-crafted with local ingredients. The 75-seat dining room embodies the new and the old with a contemporary travertine bar top, industrial-inspired pendant lights and crystal chandeliers incorporated with antique metal appliques from the original restaurant location and from the 1901 Milan-Paris train.   TiramesU opened its doors in 1988 on the corner of Ocean Drive and 5th Street. The Fregonese family, from Treviso, Italy, believed Miami needed an authentic Italian restaurant where one could find homemade pastas and traditional dishes such as the saffron risotto and the Branzino. The concept was very well received experiencing early success and outgrowing its space. In 1997, TiramesU relocated to 721 Lincoln Road, a then emerging pedestrian-friendly street in the heart of Miami Beach. Under…
17 Oct 2015
Total Wine & More is America‘s Wine Superstore the country‘s largest independent retailer of fine wine. They started in 1991 when brothers David and Robert Trone opened a small store in Delaware. Today, they operate more than 120 superstores across 17 states and continue to grow. Yesterday, they have opened a new Total Wine & More store at Fifth & Alton in Miami Beach, Florida. To celebrate, they’re throwing a Grand Opening Extravaganza celebration all weekend with wine, spirits and beer events and tastings with brands like Caymus, Belvedere, Hennessy, Alpine Brewing, Green Flash Brewing… and more! The doors open at 9 a.m., and the events kick off at 4 p.m. Here is more information about Total Wine :   According to New Times : "The Miami Beach mega-store offers 14,000 to 15,000 spirits and wines (including Schnebly's tropical fruit wines) in a 19,105-square-foot space. The store will also feature a good selection of local beers including Miami Brewing, Wynwood Brewing, Concrete Beach, Funky Buddha, Due South, and Barrel of Monks. Tampa-based Cigar City Brewing's beers will also be sold. In addition, the South Beach location will be the first South Florida Total Wine with a brewery district where you…
09 Oct 2015
GK Bistronomie is the sultry creation of Chef Rafael Perez, located in the heart of the Wynwood Arts District. Its modern architecture and artsy interior bring together nautical illustrations, intricate mirrors and vitalizing music over aqua-toned table settings. This eclectic and sophisticated atmosphere features an open kitchen with a ceviche bar that lets guests peer into the preparation of freshly made ceviches. The bar carries a selection of the finest flavored Peruvian piscos, offering tantalizing Pisco Sours, Chilcanos and an array of gins. Guests are invited to indulge in an exquisite selection of menu offerings, such as Pisco Cured Salmons with creme frache, Duck Breast in peppery Aji amarillo, Sous Vide Main Lobster tail sprinkled with mascarpone cheese, and delicate Mushroom and Yuzu ceviche. GK Bistronomie is more than a seafood restaurant, it is a voyage that transports guests to a sea of epicurean discovery. Textures, colors and aromas are uniquely crafted to entice all senses, creating an experience that is truly a work of art. Here is more information about GK Bistronomie :   According to Eater : "The 3,629-square-foot space, located right across the street from the Warby Parker store, will feature both indoor and outdoor seating and a…
02 Oct 2015
Situated in the up-and-coming Collins Park area alongside the Bass Art Museum, Sweet Liberty offers guests world-class cocktails and creative American food. Conceived and operated by award-winning bartender John Lermayer and Dan Binkiewicz along with restaurateur David Martinez, Sweet Liberty brings an intelligent selection of food and drink from sophisticated to simple to downright delicious. Here is more information about Sweet Liberty :   According to Urban Daddy : "Sweet Liberty Drinks & Supply Company, a fetching little neighborhood hangout for whiling away the hours in the company of some really nice people and drinks, soft-open now in Miami Beach. John Lermayer of Regent Cocktail Club and Florida Room fame is in charge here. Nice. And he’s done a bang-up job outfitting the place with red vinyl booths, vintage-looking wallpaper and a neon sign that says Pursue Happiness. When you need a laid-back spot for unwinding after work. A Velvet Sideswipe with mezcal, spiced pineapple and Punt e Mes in front of the backlit bar will help with that. When a date mentions their affection for matcha and shellfish in a bun. Grab a booth, an order of mini lobster rolls and a round of the gin-crème-de-pêche-and-matcha-laced Collins Park. Done."  …
Coconut Grove have themself a new restaurants addition. It is called Ergon Greek Deli + Cuisine. ERGON is a modern Greek deli that serves more than 1000 artisanal Greek products. ERGON is a selection of premium quality Greek products. Their goal is to promote Greek gastronomy, both in Greece and abroad. The range consists of traditional Mediterranean products made with respect for tradition, combined with the dedication to offering added aesthetic and gastronomic value. Every new product that is incorporated into the ERGON range is selected based on specific qualitative and organoleptic features, it must be a unique product of Greek nature or ingredient of the Greek diet, or it must introduce a new gastronomic element. Each one of the products has a distinctive quality feature. The basis is the essence of the word itself, ERGON, a Greek word meaning work, vocation, but also the product of work. At ERGON, they hold that people should dedicate themselves to doing what they know best, what they have been taught and love doing. This central tenet is expressed through the choice of our products. Every product series is sourced from different producers, experts in their respective fields; it has its own name and…
18 Sep 2015

Marion opens at Brickell Featured

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Marion is a breezy restaurant, oyster bar, grand cafe and bakery that offers Brickell, Miami a new neighborhood meeting place where gourmands will be able to shop or dine on fresh, locally sourced cuisine from local artisanal cheese makers, fishermen and farmers. Guests will enjoy dishes conceptualized by esteemed chef Jean Paul Lourdes, serving up traditional Mediterranean fare and products of the highest quality. Complemented by superb service, Marion blends a relaxing dining style with a traditional European market ambiance, bringing the best experience to customers. Marion starts serving from Sept 14th and will be fully open at Oct 5th. Here is more information about Marion :   According to Urban Daddy : "It’s taking over the massive Hoxton space. With a real mid century European cafe vibe about it, too. Walls draped in white, cream and pale pink, French-lace curtains, vintage brass sconces and brasserie furniture made by a company that’s been outfitting Parisian restaurants since 1885. Sticklers for a theme, these guys. Food-wise, you’re going to be busy. Lobster and oysters from the raw bar. Mediterranean fish cooked over ancient Japanese charcoal. Milk-fed lamb belly. All at the hands of a chef who’s worked at three-starred Michelin joints around…
Plethore & Balthazar is a place with its own special character which prides itself in offering a pleasurable experience and striving to satisfy every one of its customers. Whether it’s a girls’ afternoon tea break at 04.00 pm, an after-work drink with tapas, an original lunchtime meal or a romantic dinner for two, Plethore & Balthazar, South Beach will make sure the challenge to delight its clients is met. Customers will enjoy an exclusive, yet warm and welcoming atmosphere where they can feel at home. Designed as a real place of escape, Plethore & Balthazar sees their mission as giving everyone the chance to enjoy the small wonders of gastronomy thanks to their fine delicatessen and wine cellar, as well as their selection of a la carte dishes and wines. Here is more information about Plethore et Balthazar :   According to Urban Daddy : "This place comes to you from a French maître restaurateur who opened the original in Lyon. And he’s transformed the old De Rodriguez dining room into an edgy bistro with leather walls. But they’ve got plans for black-and-white-houndstooth chairs and graffiti columns drawn up by local artists soon. Textbook Miami. Goes without saying, but you’ll want…
04 Sep 2015
Full Bloom is the 1st Vegan restaurant in Miami Beach that was established to creatively bring vegan dining to a new fresh and delicious level. Their mission is to bring animal-caring, health conscious cuisine to food levels in Miami and provide an intimate special dining experience. Their fresh organic ingredients come from local farms and small distribution companies and all of our dishes are completely animal free. Here is more information about Full Bloom :   According to New Times : "Tucked away in a waterfront residential complex on Island Avenue, the spot is intimate and the food is eclectic.  The three founders — Alessandro Farana, Omar Barberini, and Nicola Dominici — went vegan about three years ago, primarily for ethical reasons. All three have culinary backgrounds, having worked in restaurants and bars all over the world. The trio quickly noticed Miami lacked gourmet options for creative, vegetable-based foods, and the concept of Full Bloom was born.  With menu development led by cookbook author and chef Mark Reinfeld (of Vegan Fusion), the result is a diverse array of foods with a strong global influence. " written by Hannah Sentenac.   According to Urban Daddy :"We figured you might want to…
28 Aug 2015
You know how sometimes you just feel like having French classics, just fresh and made well? Well that's what Brasserie Azur is all about. A New French Restaurant in Midtown brought by the Villa Azur crew. When brewing the concept, they wanted a place that felt homey, the kind where you could spend the entire day and be back on tomorrow. What makes them the bee's knees? Well for one, they have a rotisserie station that makes the juiciest roasted chickens in town. At the seafood bar you'll be able to pick the lucky lobster that will be prepared for you by the chefs. Fancy some pizzettas? They got it as well. Happy hour, express lunch, fresh charcuterie, a foosball table, a massive wine list.. all say yes. Here is more information about Brasserie Azur :   According to Urban Daddy : "The people behind this Franco-leisure spread: none other than the Villa Azur crew. Yep, same guys who throw those insane Thursday night dinner parties. Must’ve figured Midtown could use a little French savoir faire... and foosball (we’ll get there in a second). They’re not wrong. The inside rivals the French-est of chalets. Exposed brick, stone tables and a…
21 Aug 2015
A classic addition to Wynwood's restaurants just opened last Friday. Yes, As American as apple pie, Wynwood Diner, which opened last week, aims to be your home away from home. Bringing you a modern take on the classic diner and featuring a cafe with full bar and garden seating. Come enjoy some good ol home cooking snuggled in the midst of trendy and cultural Wynwood. The restaurant said it has three distinct spaces, including a diner, cafe and ​patio. The diner space features tufted maroon banquettes, industrial lighting fixtures, unfinished concrete walls and an open kitchen tucked behind a wrap-around diner counter. Wynwood Diner is leasing its 6,000-square-foot indoor-outdoor space, at 2601 Northwest Second Avenue. Here is more information about Wynwood Diner :   According to Eater : "Describing itself as "a modern take on the classic American diner" it features traditional diner grub with a twist by Executive Chef Michael Castino, who has done stints at Estiatorio Milos by Costas Spiliadis, Pride & Joy and Tavern on the Green in NYC. In true diner fashion plenty of all-day-breakfast options are available like nutmeg and bourbon French toast, specialty omelets and a chicken and waffle club sandwich. And with an…
14 Aug 2015
The ultimate dining experience, Akoya Restaurant has come to Downtown Miami. The Akoya is a pearl that has been cultivated within the Akoya oyster in the Japanese ocean for centuries. Exalted for its timeless beauty and splendor, the Akoya has become synonymous with the rare, the superior and the exquisite. Akoya restaurant, much like the namesake, strives to maintain the highest standards of quality in their cuisine and elegant atmosphere, which is reflected in the innovative dishes and artfully crafted sushi menu. The staff joins from different corners of the world, but share some points that are integral to the AKOYA experience: passion, knowledge of International cuisine and dedication to optimum service. It prides them to be able to proclaim confidently that the servers are the creme de la creme. Here is more information about Akoya :   According to Urban Daddy : "You might remember it as Ceviche Piano. You might also be wondering what’s different here. Well, just so happens that we can assist with that. The whole black-and-white look is still here, but they’ve taken out the piano and Buddhas and replaced them with blue glass, a bamboo-and-wood bar and a massive painting of the goddess Benten.…
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