Can’t Get Enough of La Fresa Francesa

By Melanie Galarce

There’s a little spot in Hialeah that is bringing French cuisine to Miami and it’s pretty much all the rage. And yes, you read right – Hialeah. In a city of big names and superfluous restaurants, this mom-and-pop shop in the most unexpected of places is showing all foodies in Miami that great food comes from dedication, love, and a little innovation. At La Fresa Francesa (59 W 3rd St, Hialeah) you’ll find a French fare with a Miami influence and I can’t get enough.

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Big Easy Winebar & Grill is a Delightful and Delicious Discovery

By Mitchell Nover

When’s the last time you had a hankering for some good, old fashioned South African food? If you’re like me, that answer is never. Well, that is, until I dined at Big Easy Winebar & Grill (701 S Miami Ave, Miami). Adding another random twist is the fact that the Big Easy concept is inspired by Golf-icon Ernie Els. That’s right, the name comes from his nickname — no South African-Creole fusion happening here. Anyway, confusion aside, once you step inside the Brickell City Centre restaurant, you’ll be greeted by warm wood tones, an extremely friendly and helpful staff (more on that later), an unpretentious yet sophisticated vibe, and a culinary experience that is most definitely unique and unlike anything else you’ll find in the current Miami food scene.

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Point Royal Reigns in Hollywood

By Mitchell Nover

Chef Geoffrey Zakarian is a pretty regal man. Not only is he a Food Network noble, but everything about him just has an air of stateliness about it — from his style to his slow and steady speech cadence. Anyway, all of this is to say that there’s no surprise his new venture at the Diplomat Beach Resort, Point Royal (3555 S Ocean Dr, Hollywood), personifies that same majestic vibe, offering guests a classically elegant look and an elevated dining experience.

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FIREHOUSE MRKT PRESENTS: TANDEM, BY TRICILO

By Sophia Costabal

Question: What’s the best way to celebrate the fact that Miami is going to be getting its very own European-style food market?

Answer: By launching a three-part collaborative dinner series leading up to the grand opening; in the very location of the market-to-be!

Miami’s historic Fire Station No.2 will soon become the FIREHOUSE MRKT (1401 North Miami Avenue, Miami), featuring two restaurants, a cafe bakery, a salumeria and a dispensa (aka a tapas bar), among other things. Yes, that is a lot of Spanish inspired fare. Why? Because this passion project is the vision of the chefs behind the Spanish hit restaurant Triciclo, Javier Goya and Javier Mayor, who also happen to be opening a new restaurant, TANDEM by Triciclo, inside FIREHOUSE MRKT this September.

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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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