Yes to OTC Lunch

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.

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L’Entrecote de Paris: One Hit Wonder

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.

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It’s a House Party!

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.

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Oh, Brother!

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.

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Don’t Worry, Be Hoppy

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.

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Extraordinary EVOOBOTTEGA

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!

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Roe Fusion

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.

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A Rendezvous with Rum at Radio

Last week MMTM was invited to an intimate Flor de Caña rum tasting and food pairing in the cool and understated SoFi bar, Radio. What started off as a pop-up bar in early 2013 has transformed into a local favorite, beaming with craft cocktails and laid-back ambiance. With dim lighting, home décor, and a pool table to keep a friendly game going, Radio has become one of Miami’s hidden libation gems.

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C’est très magnifique, asere!

Blink and you’ll miss it. The Neighborhood Bistro is a true hidden gem in the heart of Coconut Grove nestled in a tiny shopping center off of Bird Ave. Known almost exclusively to Grove locals, this little hole-in-the-wall has been serving up mostly traditional French cuisine for about two years now.

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Peruvian Powerhouse

I live in Midtown so Biscayne Boulevard is the friend I love to hate. Over the last few years I’ve seen it grow exponentially, but the food scene still yearns for more – with the exception of very few restaurants including Sabor a Peru. It’s safe to say that I have never made my way down 29th and Biscayne and found Sabor a Peru empty. The tiny Peruvian restaurant on the strip mall that sits on this street is consistently busy and ridiculously packed. Every time you go, you’re bound to find a wait (breakfast, lunch or dinner). However, I offer four words of encouragement: worth the damn wait.

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