When was the last time you dined at the ubiquitous bottomless brunch in Miami without having to sacrifice a little something? I’m always petrified (slight exaggeration) to try these all-inclusive meal deals. Whether it’s the location, food selection or quality, it seems that I have to compromise on something if I’m looking for endless mimosas and a top-notch experience. However, fret no more because that’s all changed with Toro Toro. Renowned and award-winning Chef, Richard Sandoval, has aptly brought his signature Latin American cuisine to South Florida in hopes of converting us all to fans and restoring our faith in the hybrid meal consumed on weekends.
Brunch tends to be my favorite meal of the weekend. It’s the combination of breakfast (which houses my favorite food items) thrown in with some mimosas – we all know cocktails make everything better. It’s also the sad realization that Monday is looming and that the workweek is about to begin. The latter usually makes me want to max out the brunch experience and Casabe 305 Bistro had just the fix.
As we mentioned during our first Foodie Friday post, we threw ourselves a little shindig last Friday night to celebrate the official launch of our new blog. We all know that in Miami people find any excuse to throw a party together, right? Our small gathering was a true love fest as we, along with our friends and family, enjoyed a tasting of some fine wines courtesy of Old Vines Wine & Spirits and snacked on some delicious guava cupcakes provided by Sweet Treats by Jacks. Take a look at the gallery below for a few highlights…
Last Sunday I had the opportunity to attend the first annual Aventura Wine & Food Festival held at Gulfstream Park. As a new foodie blogger, I jumped at the opportunity to discover some of the restaurant offerings up in North Dade County, outside the friendly confines of Coral Gables, Midtown and South Beach. With more than 50 restaurants and wines promised for exposition, I have to say I was genuinely excited for my Sunday Funday outing. Unfortunately, I have to report that the experience did not match the excitement.
Amidst the holiday buzz, we decided to check out Batch GastroPub, the latest restaurant to pop up in Brickell (two blocks south of Mary Brickell Village.)
I feel pretty confident in saying that this place is going through a tad bit of an identity crisis. I realize that a GastroPub is a fusion of high-end cocktails (mostly beer) and food, but there’s a consistency in that concept that I just didn’t feel at Batch. I’m not sure if its aim is to be a pub with its big screen TVs, a restaurant with its sit-down service and excess of tables, or a lounge with its DJ and loud music off to the side. I’m all for celebrating and embracing hybrid concepts and ideas, specifically a damn good GastroPub in Miami, but Batch feels like it’s trying to be a lot and ends up being nothing.
To dine or to brunch, that is the question… OK, so maybe it’s not the question (a la Hamlet), however often times when a new restaurant opens it can be hard to decide when to first go: for dinner or for brunch.
I recently experienced this very serious dilemma when Tongue & Cheek arrived on the South Beach scene earlier this year. So, of course, I did what any logical (?) person would do and visited on back-to-back days – Friday night for dinner and Saturday morning for brunch – thanks to two great Gilt City tasting menu deals.
Below are my thoughts as to which experience is more worth your while: