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.
Jamie DeRosa, Chef/Owner, Tongue & Cheek
Chef Jamie DeRosa fell in love with cooking as a child, making paella with his grandmother. Those hours spent learning her tricks and picking up the basics of simple, rustic cooking laid the groundwork for a passion that would take him as a young adult to Johnson & Wales University in Miami. In addition to his formal schooling, Chef DeRosa has also received some amazing on-the-job training from many of the country’s best chefs, including James Beard award-winners Allen Susser and Wolfgang Puck; Master Chef Joachim Splichal; and Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian. Chef DeRosa opened Tongue & Cheek on South Beach in April of 2013 and, just over one year later, thanks to the approachable, ingredient-driven, American menu it continues to be one of the city’s go-to culinary hotspots.
Welcome to another edition of Foodie Friday – one of our favorite series, mostly because it’s the predecessor of the coveted weekend. Do you guys have any fun plans? Since the weather is now at a balmy summer temperature, we’re thinking of hitting the beach and maybe wandering to a few new restaurant digs to write about and share with you. Whatever you’re up to this weekend, make sure it involves food! Below is a round-up of some fun foodie links circling the web. Enjoy!
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.
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.
We finally made it! It’s the weekend and a holiday weekend at that. Sunday is Mother’s Day and we want to take a moment to wish all the amazing, brave, adventurous women who also happen to be mothers (hardest job in the world) a special shout out and virtual hug. Seriously, you all rock. Have an amazing weekend and enjoy a few food links from around the web and a list of restaurants that are having cool Mother’s Day brunches, if you’re a terrible procrastinator!
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.
Over our first few months of blogging, we’ve introduced you to Miami Tastemakers and secured you exclusive reservations at the Chef’s Corner. Today, we kick off a new series that takes you Behind the Bar with some of our city’s best bartenders. Just as our city’s culinary scene has grown more diverse over the past few years, so has the cocktail culture. No longer solely a hotbed for overpriced, oversized, and downright nasty drinks (I’m looking at you, Ocean Drive), the Magic City now boasts a plethora of fine drinking establishments from the sophisticated cocktail club, to the craft beer hangout, to the hipster wine spot, to the underground dive bar. So, step up and pick your poison #MMTM readers… Cheers!
Happy May, MMTM readers! Monday is a big, big day for all people who know nothing about Mexico and too much about drinking. That’s right, it’s Cinco de Mayo. We feel pretty confident that Miami has made this a sacrilegious holiday because we peeps like to booze in the 305. That said, this Foodie Friday is dedicated to all things booze, why not? Enjoy and mentally prepare for next week!
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.