La Petite Maison Leaves a Big Impression

By Mitchell Nover

La Petite Maison (1300 Brickell Bay Dr, Miami) has brought a little bit of the panache of the French Riviera to Brickell. Originally hailing from Nice (with additional locations in London, Dubai, and Istanbul), La Petite Maison Miami is the first United States location for the brand, known for its cross section of French Mediterranean cuisine with Italian influences where ingredient-forward dishes are clean and void of richness. The ambiance is casual, charming and European, and decidedly upscale while still maintaining a level of comfort and approachability.

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A Culinary Tour de Force at City Place Doral

By Caitlin Marino

City Place Doral (8300 Northwest 36 Street, Doral) has become the epicenter of the ever-booming city of Doral. Not only are there a myriad of upscale restaurants to accommodate the whole family (regardless of cravings), but CityPlace Doral is also home to shopping and entertainment options that make the chic establishment a one-stop shop for all. I was recently invited to visit three of the newly opened restaurants – Kings Bowl, Icebox Café and Angelo Elia Pizza, Bar & Tapas. Below is a gluttonous round-up of my experience, so you can get a few ideas for your next City Place Doral visit.

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A+ Asado Brunch at Quinto La Huella

By Mitchell Nover

Grilled meats are the focus at Quinto La Huella (788 Brickell Plaza, Miami) and its Sunday Asado Brunch. This Uruguayan, rustic-chic hotel restaurant offers a unique fire cooking method with a wood fire parrilla centered at the heart of its kitchen, serving up a menu that is carefully planned, yet simple and approachable. The food is down-to-earth, much like the atmosphere, creating a relaxing environment where memories are made. Guests can choose to dine inside in the expansive dining lounge or outside on the charming patio, which frames spectacular views of Brickell City Centre.

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Rusty Bucket Arrives at City Place Doral

By Melanie Galarce

Rusty Bucket (3535 Northwest 83 Avenue, Doral) is a casual tavern chain with a sports bar atmosphere, serving comfort food favorites and a long beer list. One of the first places to pop up at City Place Doral, Rusty Bucket is a long-time staple in Ohio that has now made its way to South Florida.

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Views, Booze & Chews at YAKU by La Mar

By Mitchell Nover

YAKU by La Mar (500 Brickell Key Dr, Miami) is a chic outdoor bar and lounge from the Mandarin Oriental Miami’s award-winning restaurant, La Mar by Gaston Acurio. Giving Chef Diego Oka the space to be a little more playful on the outdoor terrace, YAKU blends multicultural ingredients with Peruvian cocktails, light bites, and a cozy waterfront gathering place from Thursday to Saturday nights. Conceptualized and designed by Chef Oka himself, the lounge is furnished with a selection of Peruvian-inspired textiles, sleek communal seating and bronze, terracotta, and colorful accents.

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Corsair’s Creative Brunch

By Mitchell Nover

Looking for a new take on brunch? Well, the 52 by CORSAIR, the new signature brunch at Turnberry Isle’s CORSAIR Kitchen + Bar (19999 W Country Club Dr, Aventura) is a creative mix of buffet standards and rotating weekly a la carte menu that is waiting to be discovered. Served from 11:30AM to 3PM on the weekends, the $45 per person package includes unlimited buffet access, choice of a made-to-order brunch classic, and bottomless mimosas or bloody marys.

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PB Burger is Back to Benefit the Blended Burger Project

By Mitchell Nover & Melanie Galarce 

For a second year in a row, Pubbelly Noodle Bar (1418 20th St, Miami Beach) has partnered with The James Beard Foundation’s Blended Burger Project to raise awareness for and benefit the project’s mission of healthy and sustainable cooking. This year the series will feature an all-female chef lineup of guest chefs serving up their Summer Burgers from June 5th (today) through August 3rd. Guest chefs include: Susan Ungaro, President of The James Beard Foundation, Roxanne Vargas of NBC 6-in-the-Mix, Alejandra Cangas of The Hungry Post, Chef Lorena Garcia, Chef Michelle Bernstein, Chef Ingrid Hoffman, Chef Dena Marino, Chef Janine Booth, and Laine Doss* of the Miami New Times.

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Lightkeepers Beams at The Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne

By Melanie Galarce

On March 1, the team at The Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne opened their newly renovated oceanfront restaurant, Lightkeepers (455 Grand Bay Drive, Key Biscayne). With modern, beachside décor, Lightkeepers aims to bring to life the history of Key Biscayne. Executive Chef Raul A. Del Pozo crafted an inviting menu influenced by the local fresh seafood and the fertile soils of the Florida Keys. A few weeks ago, Mitch and I were treated to a sneak peak of the newly launched menu and indulged in a tasting that left us dreaming of an endless escape by the sea.

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