If a Missouri-headquartered chain restaurant opens in a big box shopping center in the Miami suburbs, does it make a sound? In the case of Devon Seafood + Steak, the answer is yes. After opening with a bang a year and a half ago the buzz hasn’t died down, and when we heard that the restaurant was launching a Saturday lunch service we decided the time was right to venture out of the trendy culinary confines of our regular neighborhood spots and head on down to Kendall to see what all the fuss was about.
I was recently invited to attend The OBIEs: A Taste of South Florida and as the burgeoning foodie that I am, I – despite the drive to Fort Lauderdale (the horrors!) – jumped at the chance to attend what I thought was another night of culinary competition amongst more than 30 South Florida restaurants and eateries. Little did I know that the event was about much more than food.
As a Miami native, I have a strong affinity for Cuban cuisine. My parents are Colombian, but I feel slightly territorial about the Cuban culture and food – nothing will ever take the place of cafecito, pastelitos or pan con lechon for that matter. You can take the girl out of Hialeah, but you will never take the Hialeah out of the girl (proudly so!)
We seldom get to write about lunch experiences, but I recently had a lot of time off and took it upon myself to check out a few lunch spots worthy of writing about and sharing with you. The most standout location to-date was OTC (Over the Counter.) Among the myriad of restaurants that fill up the streets of Brickell, few seem to stand out these days, but OTC is no doubt a shining star.
Steak Frites has long been a very common and popular dish served in brasseries throughout Europe. Stateside the dish has gone from trend to phenomenon over the past few years, spawning numerous and immensely popular one-dish restaurants in cities like Washington, D.C., New York, and San Francisco. Last September Miami got in on the action with its first Steak Frites-only restaurant, L’Entrecôte de Paris, in Brickell.
Eating House, it has been around for a good solid year, and I finally made it a point to check it out (delayed reaction on my end). I made reservations for a group of girlfriends (get ready to make a nice line out the door otherwise) and sat down promptly at 8pm on a Friday night.
Despite being one of the southernmost cities in the country, Miami is not what you’d consider a true part of the “dirty South.” Miami is much more of a blend between Latin America and the Northeast, a rare city whose identity has nothing to do with its geography. That said, the Southern food trend has been going strong here for years now, with both upscale takes and down home joints popping up all over town. The newly-opened Brother Jimmy’s BBQ in South Miami has found a place somewhere in the middle of the spectrum, offering up serious Southern-style barbeque fare in a relaxed, yet clean and classy environment.
What’s better than a delicious plate of food with an ice-cold beer? Well, Brewery Ommegang has developed a whole culinary competition based on a firm belief that great beer deserves great food. Now in its third year, the nationally acclaimed HopChef event nurtures and celebrates the beer and food-loving community, and this Monday visited our fair city for the first time ever as part of an eight city nationwide tour.
We’ve discovered a culinary shopping gem and the moment we found it, we knew we had to blog and share it with you. EVOOBOTTEGA, EVOO which stands for Extra Virgin Olive Oil, is the first olive oil tasting store in Miami. As a Miami native, the concept seemed brilliant (I’ve never seen anything like it) but after some research it seems like they’re all over the US – even Florida!
I know what you’re gonna say… “Do we really need another Latin-Asian fusion restaurant?” If I’m being honest we probably don’t, especially in downtown Coral Gables where there are at least 10 different Sushi, Latin or fusion options to choose from. But, whether we want them or not, they just keep popping up – the latest being Ikura Sushi Lounge, located in the middle of “Restaurant Row” (aka Giralda Ave.). Now, don’t be fooled, Ikura is a welcome addition to the neighborhood. I recently had the opportunity to check it out, and this place is putting up a serious fight to make a name for itself and stand out from the crowd.