POKÉBAR Raises the Poké Bar

By Mitchell Nover

Poké restaurants have been popping up all over Miami for the past year or so. It’s a bubble that’s bound to burst, but the new PÓKEBAR (1558 S Dixie Hwy, Coral Gables), across from the University of Miami campus, seems to have staying power. The first sign is the fact that the restaurant is owned and operated by a 21-year-old college student. Yes, Cristian Marquez opened a damn restaurant while still studying for a degree. Overachieve, much? The second sign of POKÉBAR’s potential for longevity is Cristian’s clear concept and dedication to quality product. He’s not just out to make a buck; this is his dream, and it comes through in the food. That means in sourcing his fish, he aims to use the best and most sustainable raw fish he can find while still maintaining a reasonable price point. This philosophy also extends into all areas of the restaurant’s offerings – from produce to sauces.

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We Say ‘Si’ to Burrito San

By Caitlin Marino

There are times when I think that Miami is a city fixated on attempting to stay on trend with the ‘next best thing’ in food. One of those trends is the “hybrid” restaurant. Naturally, Miami lends it self to certain food hybrids being the melting pot of Latin (and other cultures) that it is. Think Nikkei (Peruvian and Japanese), Jamaisan (Jamaican and Chinese), and almost anything the Cuban community touches (from pizza to Chinese and more). Recently we’ve seen the arrival of more modern hybrids like Loba (Latin and Southern Comfort), Sarsaparilla Club (American Dim Sum), and Cardón y el Tirano (Pan-Latin). In my humble opinion, the geniuses at Burrito San became the newest MVPs of restaurant hybrids in our city when they decided to combine sushi and… burritos!

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