Hey foodies, we’ve made it to another edition of Foodie Friday! The kids are officially back in school and fall seems like it’s starting to slowly, but surely make its way into our lives. The arrival of fall means the much anticipated busy seasons of restaurants in Miami as the culinary scene sees the opening of some great places that have been teased all summer long. We at MMTM headquarters can’t wait to share all the new and exciting places with you, but in the meantime we’ll let you enjoy every moment left of summer and the foodie links we’ve gathered below. Enjoy!
By Mitchell Nover
Following the success of its Bayside Marketplace location, Mojitobar (2602 Sawgrass Mills Circle, Suite 1219, Sunrise) has opened a second location at the recently renovated Oasis at Sawgrass Mills in collaboration with one of Miami’s most notable celebrity chefs, Douglas Rodriguez. Mojitobar is famous for its Latin flare, live music, energetic DJs, dancing and mixologist-quality, hand-muddled mojitos.
By Melanie Galarce
The restaurant at the famed Raleigh Hotel on South Beach lets you indulge in a modern American menu that’s, in part, inspired by the rich history of the hotel. Defined by its Art Deco style, the hotel feels like you’ve stepped back in time offering the nostalgia of the ’20s with a modern twist that feels cool and relevant. The Restaurant at The Raleigh (1775 Collins Ave, Miami Beach) does an excellent job at complementing the iconic vibe and lush feel of this legendary hotel.
Foodies, you’ve finally made it to Friday! Is anyone else melting in this Miami heat? The last few days have given new meaning to the “dog days of summer” and quite frankly we can’t wait for fall to make an appearance. It’s gotten so hot that stepping outside feels a bit like labor and we’re doing our best to hibernate indoors with ice cream and other cold indulgences. Do you guys have any fun foodie plans this weekend? Maybe trying some Miami Spice spots? While you finalize plans, we leave you with some of our favorite foodie links this week. Enjoy!
By Santi Cardona
Fogo de Chão (836 1st St, Miami Beach) is a Brazilian restaurant that follows the traditional concept of servers bringing skewers of meat to your table until you are ready to explode (euphemistically speaking, of course). The idea is that you have a card with two sides, and you flip the card to a specific side depending on whether you want the servers to offer you more meat or not. This style of restaurant is very popular in Brazil and is known as gaucherras; they offer a buffet-esque experience where you pay one price and eat as much as you want.
By Mitchell Nover
Gili’s Beach Club (18001 Collins Ave, Sunny Isles Beach) is not your typical casual beachfront eatery. Serving up sophisticated Mediterranean-inspired fare like whole grilled fish, grilled lobster tail, and paella, the restaurant foregoes the the typical fried offerings that have, for some reason, become so popular on the sand. Making meals even more interactive, Gili’s features a “Lava Stone Experience” menu where guests grill their own food the table on a scorching 700-degree lava stone.
Cheers, kids, you made it to another edition of Foodie Friday! Do you have any fun plans this weekend? We hope you’ve been following our #MiamiSpiceMonday series as a guide to take advantage of the program that will be around until the end of September. Until then, we will continue to explore the many options around town and hope you share your experiences as well. We leave you with a few fun foodie links from around the web and hope you have an amazing weekend!
By Mitchell Nover
Early last year, Mel raved about her experience at Talde Miami Beach (4041 Collins Ave, Miami Beach), praising the restaurant’s wide variety of Asian-American dishes served up in an eclectic, Brooklyn-esque environment, as a “progressive fusion of Asian and American dishes that took [her] out of [her] comfort zone.” Now, about a year and a half later, I had the opportunity to get my own taste of Talde, which recently launched a new menu featuring a heavier focus on classic Chinese-driven dishes, of course with the Dale Talde spin we’ve all become accustomed to. Despite the changes to the menu, I’m here to tell you that Mel’s take still rings true.
By Mitchell Nover
What’s in a name? Unfortunately for BLT Prime (4400 NW 87th Ave, Doral) it means an affiliation with a certain President of the United States thanks to its location inside the &@%!# National Doral Miami hotel. Despite the name on the outside of the building, however, nothing comes between me and a good meal. So based on Mel’s recommendation from last year, I ventured into enemy territory to give it a try.
Happy August, foodies! The dog days of summer are officially here, and so is Miami Spice! For the next two months, we’ll all be enjoying prix fixe meals all over town (now including brunch), and specifically here at MMTM Headquarters we’ll be giving you our “takes” on the best menus in the return of our #MiamiSpiceMonday series. But, just because Miami Spice is here, that doesn’t mean there aren’t other great foodie happenings taking place in South Florida. Check out the below for all the new openings, special offerings, and more in our monthly Foodie Friday – Local Edition round-up. Enjoy!