By Melanie Galarce
Zucca (162 Alcazar Ave, Coral Gables) is a stylish place for house-made pastas, steaks, and other Italian fare, with wine and inventive cocktails that recently opened up inside the Hotel St. Michel.
Ceviches by Divino (46 Curtiss Pkwy, Miami Springs) is an inviting Peruvian eatery brought to you by the same chef behind the Divino Ceviche restaurants that you can find in Doral and Coral Gables. The restaurant serves the best of classic ceviches and South American cuisine in an unassuming, relaxed ambiance with incredibly affordable prices.
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.
Every now and then we get invited to foodie events that are amazing reminders of why we love our Miami foodie community. Uvaggio’s Somm Slamm was exactly that; a one-of-a-kind experience dreamt up by the wine bar’s co-founders Heath Porter and Craig DeWald that offers guests a fun-filled night of gourmet foods, gracious company and unique wines.
Happy Friday, and happy September! Yes, you read that right… September! Can you believe it? The kids are back in school, Pumpkin Spice Lattes are back, the threat of hurricanes is picking up in the Tropics, and, after this Labor Day weekend, summer is pretty much over. We’re also halfway through Miami Spice season, which means you only have four more weeks to take advantage of all the great meal deals that are out there. In addition to that, as we do every month, we’ve rounded up some of the best that the new month has to offer to all of us foodies out there. Enjoy!
Mother’s Day is right around the corner, foodies! And, while we’re getting a little ahead of ourselves prior to Friday’s Foodie Friday – Local Edition post, we thought it best to prepare for this coming Sunday – the one day each year where we quit our whining, complaining, and pestering and treat our moms they way they deserve to be treated. Yep, that’s right, you officially have five days left to make your Mother’s Day reservations and as our gift to you, to help you prepare your gift to her, we’ve compiled a list of ten dining options that are sure to make Mom smile this weekend.
Earlier this month, one of our favorite gals, Ms. Cheezious, made her way into Ponce de Leon and became a Coral Gables resident – aptly on National Grilled Cheese Day. Long ago, she stole our hearts and healed our cheese cravings with her delicious offerings at what was then only a food truck obsession. When a brick and mortar location in MiMo became a reality more than a year ago, we rejoiced with happiness. Now, we’re melting at the thought of a second location with new offerings to make this menu even more enticing.
Trust is not something that is easily handed out. It must be earned over time; through actions, not words. In the restaurant business, this couldn’t be more true. And when a new one comes to town (especially when that town is Coral Gables) brazenly throwing the word in your face, you better believe that earning the trust of the masses is no easy task. After a recent visit to Trust & Co., we have reason to believe this place just might be on to something. Here are the top five why we trust in Trust & Co.
Brunch is a recipe for indulgence. First, combine the best of breakfast and lunch to make one super meal out of two. Second, gather family and/or friends for one last hurrah before the work week starts again. And, third, add in a few cocktails to get your Sunday Funday vibes flowing. The newly launched brunch at The Local Craft Food & Drink follows that recipe to a T, serving up one of the best (and booziest) brunches that Miami has to offer.
The concept of brunch is simple and brilliant. Combine two equally important meals for a hybrid that involves lots of booze and easygoing vibes (all of which usually happen during the weekend.) I’d like to think the whole thing was built around breaking the rules and I happen to really dig that. As so, when I heard the Peruvian hot spot, Divino Ceviche, was kicking off brunch at their Coral Gables location, I rejoiced with Sunday Funday glee and was curious to see what a Peruvian style brunch would look like.