Paris 6 is Full of Surprises

By Santi Cardona

When I first heard of Paris 6 (2200 Collins Ave, Miami Beach), I didn’t know what to exactly make of it. A French-Brazilian 24-hour “diner” on South Beach serving refined food and cocktails in a luxurious setting? I had to go check it out. Paris 6 is an international concept with locations in Brazil that gains inspiration from Parisian bistros and brasseries. Walking in, it’s hard to not be impressed with the presentation of the restaurant. Dim lighting, vivid portraits, an ornate bar, chandeliers, and tufted red banquets come together to leave you slightly in awe of the beauty of the place. At first glance, the somewhat large menu was slightly intimidating. With over 100 items, it was hard to make a decision on what to sample, but overall we were pleasantly surprised with the flavors and overall presentation of the food.

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SOBEWFF Goes Local

By Mitchell Nover, Melanie Galarce, Santi Cardona, Monique Gonzalez, and Mahogani Jones

Despite the fact that the South Beach Wine & Food Festival has been held in Miami for 16 years now, it hasn’t always represented the local chefs, restaurants, and flavors that our city has to offer. In recent years, however, we’ve noticed a shift towards the highlighting of more of the best and brightest of the South Florida foodie community. Never has that been more evident than this year’s Festival. Instead of events being all about Food Network stars, most events are now fronted by our local culinarians with the celebrity chefs playing the role of supporting players. And, you know what? It’s a beautiful thing.

Add to that the expansion to more neighborhoods and communities off of South Beach and the growing number of “unofficial” ancillary events, and it seems that SOBEWFF has officially gone local. With so much ground to cover this year, here at MMTM Headquarters we also felt the need to activate part of our own local team of foodies to help us cover multiple aspects of the weekend’s activities. The below is a team-effort recap of our 2017 SOBEWFF experiences. We hope you enjoy our take on the 2017 South Beach Wine & Food Festival!

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South Pointe Tavern Meets South Beach

By Melanie Galarce

South Pointe Tavern  (40 South Pointe Drive, #109, Miami Beach) is a self-described cozy cocktail bar that serves a myriad of spirits, craft beers, and wine. Along with your drink of choice you can enjoy small bites, ceviches, charcuterie, and more. The South of Fifth tavern offers a corner wrap-around terrace and an indoor area with exposed-brick walls to cool off during the warm Miami winters.

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Lolo’s Surf Cantina Lands in Miami

By Melanie Galarce

Lolo’s Surf Cantina is a restaurant located South of Fifth (161 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach) spearheaded by chef/partner Richard Ampudia who has been nicknamed “the Godfather of Mexican Street Food.” Neatly tucked away on the corner of the newly renovated Stanton South Beach, Lolo’s Surf Cantina serves Mexican food with family-style plates and a gastropub feel.

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Bird is the Word at Bird & Bone

By Mitchell Nover

At The Confidante Miami Beach, Bird & Bone (4041 Collins Ave, Miami Beach) is the latest brainchild from Chef Richard Hales (of Sakaya Kitchen and Blackbrick fame). Designed to highlight the best of the American culinary landscape, the menu reflects the heart and soul of traditional country cuisine with locally-sourced ingredients from independent small farms and organic butchers that illuminate Chef Hales’ passion for Southern dining.

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MMTM’S 2017 VALENTINE’S DAY PICKS

For all of you food lovers out there, we’ve got the perfect poem for you:

“Roses are red, pizza sauce is too. I ordered a large, and none of it’s for you.” 

– Anonymous

OK, so while we’re sure many of you wouldn’t hesitate to spend a nice, quiet evening home alone with a large pizza, some of you may be looking for a slightly more romantic Valentine’s Day dining experience this year. If so, you’re in luck because we’ve rounded up some great V-Day options for your perusal below. Whether you’re looking to impress your loved one with a fancy dinner, head out to a bar with your best girls or guys, or anything in between, Miami’s got you covered this year. Enjoy!

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Dolphin Mall Culinary Tour

Words By Caitlin Marino
Photos By Victoria Cruell

As you have read in a few previous reviews (here, here, and here), Dolphin Mall has recently made significant efforts to expand and renovate the shopping destination’s dining game. Now accounting for nearly 40 restaurants, Dolphin Mall has an option for every kind of craving you might have. Since there’s a possibility you might be taking a Valentine’s Day mall trip in the near future for your significant other, I’ll walk you through a Dolphin Mall culinary tour de force so you can enjoy a well-deserved pit stop to refuel before tackling your day-long shopping adventures.

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Just Jack’s

By Mitchell Nover

Jack’s Miami (2426 NE 2nd Avenue) is a new homestyle Italian restaurant…and not just because it’s in a refurbished house. Inspired by traditional Sunday dinners, Jack’s features home style Italian cooking and a throwback to that classic “red sauce” style of Italian-American cuisine that has been replaced by more modern interpretations in recent years.

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The Brick Breaks into South Miami

By Melanie Galarce

The Brick Restaurant, located in Downtown Dadeland (8955 SW 72nd Pl), is a quaint and charming farm-to-table dining experience in Kendall. Upon arrival you should expect an open kitchen design and décor that resembles a rustic backyard with restored beams and patio lights neatly sprinkled throughout the main dining area. The place has backyard goals written all over it (except it’s indoors).

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Bullish On Brunch at Matador Room

By Santi Cardona

When I think of Matador Room (2901 Collins Avenue), I think of Caribbean/Latin/Spanish influenced meals in a somewhat elegant setting designated to special occasions. That’s why it was so much of a surprise to realize that the brunch is just as much a must here as their dinner is. If you’ve ever been here for any dinner, you’d know that every dish Jeremy Ford (Top Chef champion, by the way) throws your way is going to be absolutely drool-worthy. Normally, brunch in some of the bigger South Beach restaurants is an afterthought, and that’s what makes brunch at Matador Room so special. Chef Jeremy Ford and his team have put just as much effort into their brunch menu as their lunch and dinner, and that makes anything here a winner in my book. 

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