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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Foodie Friday – Local Edition

February is our kind of month. By now, we’ve all moved past our “New Year, New You” resolutions (better luck next year!) and are back to full-blown gluttony. Here in Miami, February is especially gluttonous. After the traditional Super Bowl gorgefest and Valentine’s Day decadence, we’ve only got a couple of short weeks before the South Beach Wine & Food Festival rolls into town. And, in between all of that, we’ve got a whole bunch of new restaurants, menu offerings, and special events to indulge in. As per usual, we’ve rounded them up for you below. Enjoy!

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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home style Italian cooking and a throwback to that classic “red sauce” style of Italian-American cuisine that has been replaced by more modern interpretations in recent years.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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Foodie Friday

Happy Friday, foodies! We hope you all had an amazing week and are getting ready for the cold front that’s about to cool us down this weekend. It’s such a perfect time of year for you to pick an outdoor lunch spot and have an extended glass of wine to soak in this delicious winter weather. We at MMTM headquarters are busy during this time of year to keep you updated on all the foodies happenings around town, but, as we do every Friday, we first want to share some fun links from around the web to help kick-start your weekend. Enjoy!

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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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DÔA Does a Body Good

By Melanie Galarce

Recently opened DÔA has comfortably found its home in Miami Beach (200 Collins Ave.) DÔA, which means “The Door” in Japanese and is pronounced dow-ah, is the latest venture from global renowned restaurateur, Arjun Waney. You might have heard Mr. Waney’s name before since he is also the force behind hot spots Zuma and Coya which have become staples in our foodie community. That said, DÔA is the less pretentious little brother who still cares about excellent food without breaking the bank.

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Foodie Friday

Hey foodies, hope you all had an amazing (short) work week and that you are ready for the weekend once again. We sorta love everything about Januarys in Miami, don’t you? The weather is the envy of America and our every day pace feels a little slow as we transition into a new year; it’s always one of our favorite months. Have you been to any good restaurants lately? It’s definitely busy season in Miami, considering above said weather. If you haven’t, don’t fret! We have an exciting line-up of reviews in store for you and can’t wait to share them as the New Year continues to roll in. In the interim, we leave you with a few fun foodie links from around the web!

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