Foodie Friday – Local Edition

Welcome to September, foodies! As we inch closer and closer to the gluttony of the holiday season, here in Miami we’re still celebrating our favorite local foodie holiday — Miami Spice. There are still plenty of menus to discover in Month 2, but, if prix fixe isn’t quite your speed, there are a host of other happenings taking place around town this month. From openings, expansions, and moves to menu additions and foodie events, there’s something out there to please everyone’s palate. Check out our round-up of the latest local foodie news below. Enjoy!

New Restaurant Openings 
The Bocas House expansion continues after the wild success of its original Doral location and second location in Weston. The Bocas House experience has now arrived to Coral Gables with all the original favorites along with a variety of new offerings, including a full bar, which differentiates this location from the Doral and Weston outposts. Coral Gables customers will also get the chance to try a new exclusive milkshake, named the Golden Milkshake: a Nutella shake with a hazelnut rim, topped with a Nutella brownie, and a golden piece of chocolate filled with Nutella brigadeiro and gold dust, decorated with raspberries.

Opening on Thursday, September 7th, Coco Bambu is a new culinary pathway from land to sea, focusing on traditional and modern cooking techniques to create an immersive journey into internationally-inspired seafood dishes. Established in Brazil, Coco Bambu is a combination of exquisite food and drinks, elegant ambiance, excellent service, and affordable prices. Sister restaurant to 28 other successful destinations located in South America, Coco Bambu Miami Beach marks the arrival of the family style dining concept to the U.S.

ETARU Hallandale, a restaurant featuring contemporary Japanese Robatayaki cuisine, opened its first location in South Florida late last month in a spectacular oceanfront setting in Hallandale Beach. Brought to the United States by Rainer Becker, co-founder and creator of Zuma restaurants worldwide and ROKA London, ETARU’s menu was created by ROKA London Group Executive Chef Hamish Brown and will be executed by Head Chef Sergio Rivera, bringing extensive knowledge of local product combined with a mastery of Japanese cooking to the team. The native Puerto Rican spent close to ten years with Nobu in both Miami locations at The Shore Club and Eden Roc Miami Beach, as well as in the Bahamas, and also was part of the opening team at Makoto. A second ETARU location will open in early 2018 at The Related Group’s ultra-luxury rental Icon Las Olas in Fort Lauderdale.

Stiltsville Fish Bar, the highly-anticipated new restaurant by Grove Bay Hospitality Group and culinary duo Jeff McInnis and Janine Booth, is preparing to open in the heart of Miami Beach’s Sunset Harbour neighborhood this month. The concept, inspired by McInnis’ childhood fishing off Florida’s panhandle and the pair’s love of simply prepared seafood, will embrace classic seafood cookery and modern techniques, paired with a beverage menu of refreshing Key West style drinks. The all-day offerings will feature fresh, locally sourced seafood and ingredients for guests to enjoy as part of an approachable menu of Snacks, Small Plates, Salads, Large Plates, Whole Fish and Sides.

NightLife Brewing Company is changing the game, opening their brewery just steps from the entrance of Marlins Park, becoming the go-to destination for beer and baseball lovers alike. Founded in 2012 by Miami-native Juan O’Naghten, NightLife features an indoor tap room with an expansive bar and multiple flatscreen TVs for sports-watching entertainment, an outdoor terrace, and an impressive exposed brew room for patrons to witness the hops-to-bottle process firsthand. NighLife’s tap menu will include their signature craft beers in addition to rotating guest taps from other local breweries.

South of Fifth and Wynwood are getting something to “taco ’bout” with the arrival of Beach Taco, a new quick service restaurant concept opening this summer. The Beach Taco concept can be described as a “fast and fresh taqueria with an Asian flare.” The flagship location in SOFI will serve tacos, burritos, and quesadillas made with locally sourced ingredients for a “fast & fresh,” healthy, and affordable meal on the go. The Wynwood location will serve patrons a late night menu of tacos, skewers, dumplings, and guacamole, served out of Barrio and Cafeina Lounge.

Chef Sebastian Fernandez from 33 Kitchen is moving from Coconut Grove into the ever-expanding Little Havana with not one, but two different restaurants at the upcoming El Jardin of Little Havana development. The new spaces will be located behind the popular Ball & Chain, in a new pedestrian walkway, with an entrance at Eighth Street between Union Beer Store and Velvet Creme Doughnuts. The new project will be named Leslie Eatery, inspired by Chef Sebastian’s wife and partner, and will be split in two different bungalows – one featuring wood oven pizzas for the whole family, and the other highlighted by an open kitchen with Chef Sebastian bringing new seasonal dishes and locally-inspired gourmet recipes. In between the two spaces will be open terrace where customers can order from both menus at the same time. In the meantime, 33 Kitchen will continue operating in Coconut Grove.

Special Menus & Additional Offerings
Nancy, Little Havana’s crafty cocktail den recently announced the launch of a stellar new drink menu with a rum and whiskey heavy focus donning tongue-in-cheek-named mixes that dance to the beat of Nancy’s nautical melody, like the Dutch Courage (a take on a gin fizz), the Skipper’s Daughter (an updated version of an Aperol spritz), the Square Grouper (on tap), the Donkey Punch (a flowery twist on the Moscow mule). New standouts range from sassy twists on classics to exciting and innovative concoctions. Favorites from Nancy’s original cocktail list still grace the menu for those have become attached.

Ensuring guests continue to leave dreaming of the last course is Sushi Garage’s Executive Pastry Chef Gregory Gourreau has added two new sweet creations with a Japanese twist to the dessert menu: the Hazelnut Chocolate Tart with salty caramel sauce and topped with gold flakes, and the Strawberry Tartare with hibiscus and yamamono soho sorbet and berry gazpacho. Instead of your normal fried ice cream and mochi dessert options, each dessert at Sushi Garage boasts traditional Japanese sweet varieties with a twist. The full dessert menu features a Chocolate Crepe Cake, Wasabi Pudding with Chestnut Rum Ice Cream and Green Tea Lychee Almond Bar.

Shooters Waterfront is casting a wider net to introduce new ocean-centric menu items that put a sophisticated twist on coastal classics. Located in Fort Lauderdale, Shooters is known for its high quality, affordable cuisine and exquisite views of the Intracoastal Waterway. An expansive kitchen anchors the restaurant, where a fully stocked raw bar, made to order sushi, creative plates from land and sea, crispy flat breads, and homemade desserts take center stage.

Breakfast has hatched at Spring Chicken Coral Gables! Served weekdays from 7-11AM and on weekends from 7AM – 2PM, the new morning menu features homestyle Southern delicacies such as Egg & Cheese Biscuits, Chicken & Waffle Sandwich or Platter, two types of Biscuits & Gravy, and more. Throw in bottomless coffee for $2.49 and you’ve got yourself a great reason to rise and shine.

Foodie Events & Happenings
The Tank Brewing Company is joining forces with Frankie Ruiz, co-founder of the Miami Marathon, to bring the first ever Craft Beer 5K Run to South Florida. The race is open to everyone –including runners and beer lovers of all kinds– and will depart from The Tank Brewing Company on Saturday, September 30th at 6PM. The net proceeds of the Run will benefit two South Florida-based nonprofit organizations, Amigos For Kids, an organization dedicated to child abuse prevention and strengthening families, and Live Like Bella Foundation, which supports childhood cancer research. The post-race celebrations will include a festival with local breweries offering a sampling of their brews, food by-the-bite, live music, and games. Participating breweries include The Tank Brewing Company, MIA Beer Company, Funky Buddha Brewery, J. Wakefield Brewing, Biscayne Bay Brewing Company, Concrete Beach Brewery, Wynwood Brewing, 26 Degree Brewing Company, and Miami Brewing Company. Training runs will be coordinated at all participating breweries from now until race day. Those interested in registering for the South Florida Craft Beer Run, should visit  The $30 registration fee includes race t-shirt, medal, and one complimentary beer, along with other swag. For an additional $10 donation, participants will receive a pair of Live Like Bella commemorative socks to sport on race day.

Panarea Mediterranean Sea Grill is offering a hands-on mozzarella making experience on the last Wednesday of every month for $59 per person. Starting at 7PM, guests will be greeted with a complimentary glass of Prosecco, followed by the cheese-making lesson from Executive Chef Claudio Sandri. The homemade cheese will be used to make Panarea’s signature Pinsa Romana, a traditional Roman recipe for an oval-shaped, highly digestible dough that can be used for pizza at the end of the class. Participants will also receive a certificate of completion, making them official “Mozzarella Makers.”


Cheers to local foodie adventures this month!

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