Good Old Yardbird

By Melanie Galarce

You’ve probably heard of a little known restaurant in South Beach by the name of Yardbird Southern Table and Bar (1600 Lenox Avenue, Miami Beach) as the accolades have amounted since the establishment opened up in 2011. The fresh and inventive (yet authentic) take on Southern cuisine has kept the restaurant with a never-ending waiting list and awards that range from James Beard finalist to Bon Appétit’s 50 Best New Restaurants. We tend to forget how lucky we are to have this little gem, but I’m here to give you a friendly reminder that it’s time to head back.

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Dashi at River Yacht Club Dazzles with Delight

By Caitlin Marino

There’s something exquisite about the simplicity of Japanese cuisine.  Maybe I say that because layers of excessive toppings or sauces aren’t needed to create refreshing, soul-filling food? Less is more when it comes to this cuisine. Thankfully for Miamians, we have Dashi (401 SW 3rd Ave, Miami) to shine in on our city’s ever-growing culinary playing field. Tucked away inside River Yacht Club, the 80-seat restaurant offers spectacular river views and dishes so impeccably presented you’d think it was art.

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Spring Break Brunching at Brasserie Azur

By Mitchell Nover

If you’ve ever been to the South of France, you know it’s a very unique experience. From Nice to Marseille to Saint-Tropez, the Côte d’Azur, the cities feel more like small beach towns that are somehow able to both offer feelings of casual comfort and ultra luxury. Brasserie Azur (3252 NE 1st Ave, Miami) is a great representation of that vibe, bringing a taste of the French Riviera to Midtown Miami.

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National Grilled Cheese Day with Grand Lux Cafe!

By Santi Cardona

I’ve been to quite a few Grand Lux Cafes in the past, and they never disappoint. For those that don’t know, Grand Lux Cafe is a sister concept to the Cheesecake Factory empire that boasts many similarities. Essentially, Grand Lux Cafe has the menu size, consistency, and execution of a Cheesecake Factory with more culturally-diverse food options and a slightly more upscale ambiance. South Florida has three locations (all at large malls), but I was lucky enough to try the one at Aventura Mall (19575 Biscayne Blvd, Aventura).

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Raw Juce Quenches Miami

By Melanie Galarce

Raw Juce (959 West Avenue, Miami Beach) has been a staple in Palm Beach Gardens for a while but it wasn’t until recently that this organic, cold-press juicing establishment made its way down to Miami. Today, Raw Juce has eight locations across South Florida including Aventura and South Beach. I recently visited the latter location and felt renewed after trying their organic, locally-sourced menu of juices, smoothies, açai bowls, and salads.

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Cochon Cook-Off

By Santi Cardona

Cochon555 is no newbie in Miami and, this year, it came back bigger and better than ever. After four previous installments, this pork-centric event made it to the Ritz-Carlton, South Beach in hopes of pitting five chefs against each other, duking it out to be named the Prince or Princess of Porc.

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Sugarcane Remains Solid

By Monique Gonzalez

Seven years after opening its doors, Executive Chef & Partner Timon Balloo and his team at Sugarcane Raw Bar & Grill (3252 NE 1st Ave, Miami) continue to deliver solid tapas-style eats and drinks in their popular midtown spot. Digging its gastronomic roots into the Miami culinary scene since 2010, Sugarcane offers all the small plates you could ever dream of, a kickass raw bar, and quite a few robata grill favorites. And, just in time for beach season, the team recently added a few lighter options to their brunch menu that don’t lack for flavor and will not disappoint.

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The Miami Open Offers Great Performances On and Off The Court

By Mitchell Nover

Let’s be honest, not all foodies are “sporties.” In fact, some might argue that being a foodie is the antithesis of being a foodie, what with the non-stop gluttony and all. For me, that is not the case, however. I think food and sport go hand-in-hand, from snacks and dips and beer to, yes, even fine dining. That’s why I was excited when the Miami Open (now through April 1st) rolled back around this year and I received an invite to head over to Key Biscayne and check out the action. Not a match of tennis did I see, but I ate and drank to my heart’s content, and I’m here to tell you that there’s actually room for both. If you’re lucky enough to get to the Tennis Center at Crandon Park (7300 Crandon Blvd, Key Biscayne) for some of this year’s action, you’ll see there’s a plethora of great performances, on and off the court.

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Bienvenidos a Bocas House

By Melanie Galarce

Bocas House (10200 NW 25th Street #101, Doral) offers a Peruvian/Venezuelan fusion menu where you can find classic dishes of said cuisine like ceviche and grilled meats. You’ll also find the buzzy milkshakes that have gained social media notoriety for their extravagance.

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Brunching by the Sea at Newport Pier

By Caitlin Marino

Miami’s brunch scene isn’t just about the food. Brunch has turned into a full-on social event that you thoroughly prep for with your friends all week. Location, ambiance and drink specials all add up to help create the most Instagram-able Sunday afternoon, and I have a game-changer for you! Welcome to Beach Bar at Newport Pier (16501 Collins Avenue, Sunny Isles Beach), Miami’s only pier restaurant that features fresh seafood cuisine and a full bar, but more importantly, stunning, unblocked views of the Atlantic Ocean, and for the first time, a brunch menu.

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