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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Lechón Lunes: Monday Night is the Noche de Lechón at Bulla Gastrobar

By Caitlin Marino

As a staple in the Coral Gables culinary scene and having recently expanded to a second location in the ever-growing Downtown Doral area, Bulla Gastrobar (5335 NW 87th Ave, Doral) is pushing to the forefront with a new, exciting offer to make Mondays the day you look forward to the most. “Que? Who looks forward to a Monday?” you say? Ladies and gentlemen, I present: Noche de Lechón. Yes, a night specifically dedicated to honoring Miami’s favorite dish, and – how I like to think of it – a reward for surviving the hardest day of the work week.

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Taking the Via Emilia 9 Route

By Melanie Galarce

Via Emilia 9 Ristorante Italiano (1120 15th St, Miami Beach) is a charming Italian restaurant on South Beach that offers authentic regional cuisine – all ingredients are imported from Italy with the exception of fruits, vegetables, flour and eggs. This modern, yet rustic and charming place has received notoriety from some of our faves like Anthony Bourdain who said, “the pasta at Via Emilia is much, much better than good.” It’s that kind of testimony that goes a far way in our little foodie book and gets us excited about our growing foodie community in Miami.

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POKÉBAR Raises the Poké Bar

By Mitchell Nover

Poké restaurants have been popping up all over Miami for the past year or so. It’s a bubble that’s bound to burst, but the new PÓKEBAR (1558 S Dixie Hwy, Coral Gables), across from the University of Miami campus, seems to have staying power. The first sign is the fact that the restaurant is owned and operated by a 21-year-old college student. Yes, Cristian Marquez opened a damn restaurant while still studying for a degree. Overachieve, much? The second sign of POKÉBAR’s potential for longevity is Cristian’s clear concept and dedication to quality product. He’s not just out to make a buck; this is his dream, and it comes through in the food. That means in sourcing his fish, he aims to use the best and most sustainable raw fish he can find while still maintaining a reasonable price point. This philosophy also extends into all areas of the restaurant’s offerings – from produce to sauces.

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Pizza Party

By Mitchell Nover

I know that May is National Hamburger Month and National BBQ Month, but artificial foodie holidays be damned… I’m in the mood for pizza! So, when it comes to pizza, we all know that Miami is not New York, and that’s perfectly fine. I get it, people looooove NY pizza. There’s something in the water, yada yada yada. But, how about a little diversity, foks? I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, that’s what makes Miami’s food scene so great: diversity in food. Including, you guessed it, pizza. That’s why I’ve but together a quick round-up of some of my recent Miami favorites – from a classic Cuban pizza joint to a a couple of new Neapolitan outposts to, yes, a NYC-style hipster hangout. Bet you can’t get that combo in the Five Boroughs, can you?

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