Can’t Get Enough of La Fresa Francesa

By Melanie Galarce

There’s a little spot in Hialeah that is bringing French cuisine to Miami and it’s pretty much all the rage. And yes, you read right – Hialeah. In a city of big names and superfluous restaurants, this mom-and-pop shop in the most unexpected of places is showing all foodies in Miami that great food comes from dedication, love, and a little innovation. At La Fresa Francesa (59 W 3rd St, Hialeah) you’ll find a French fare with a Miami influence and I can’t get enough.

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Paris 6 is Full of Surprises

By Santi Cardona

When I first heard of Paris 6 (2200 Collins Ave, Miami Beach), I didn’t know what to exactly make of it. A French-Brazilian 24-hour “diner” on South Beach serving refined food and cocktails in a luxurious setting? I had to go check it out. Paris 6 is an international concept with locations in Brazil that gains inspiration from Parisian bistros and brasseries. Walking in, it’s hard to not be impressed with the presentation of the restaurant. Dim lighting, vivid portraits, an ornate bar, chandeliers, and tufted red banquets come together to leave you slightly in awe of the beauty of the place. At first glance, the somewhat large menu was slightly intimidating. With over 100 items, it was hard to make a decision on what to sample, but overall we were pleasantly surprised with the flavors and overall presentation of the food.

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Bienvenue à Cafe Bastille!

By Melanie Galarce

We’ve been on a total French kick over at MMTM headquarters the last few weeks and we can’t help but feel nostalgic given the recent events in Nice. I still vouch that the best meal I’ve ever had in my life was in the South of France, so this place has a very special place in my heart. There’s something healing about food and its power to bring people together, so this week we once again pay homage to French cuisine. However, unlike the glitz and splendor of Bal Harbour and Le Zoo, today we highlight Café Bastille – a small, family owned spot that’s been around Downtown long before the high-rise buildings started to take over Miami’s skyline.

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#MiamiSpiceMonday – Downtown Bistro

As we all know by now, Miami Spice is a magical time in the Magic City when restaurants offer up special three-course menus at discounted prices. While some participating restaurants use the program to take risks and try out new dishes, many simply highlight what’s generally considered the best of their menu. Regardless, almost all stick to offering three courses – an appetizer, an entree, and a dessert.

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Downtown Decadence

Miami is more of a collection of neighborhoods than a true city. I’m not saying the city is disjointed; we residents know how to navigate our way from area to area and tourists generally stick to one zone at a time. My point is that there’s no real city center, and while Downtown Miami may be considered by some to be the cultural, financial, and commercial center of South Florida, there’s really not an established urban life there. That, however, all seems to be changing as Downtown is currently the fastest-growing area in Miami in terms of both construction and population, but the real litmus test – for me anyway – is when good restaurants and bars start popping up. If people are expected to live Downtown, they need to have nice places to eat and drink Downtown. Mel and I were recently invited to try such a spot, Downtown Bistro, which seems to have realized the same thing, evolving from being a strict “lunch rush” establishment to a full-blown decadent dining experience.

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L’Entrecote de Paris: One Hit Wonder

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.

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C’est très magnifique, asere!

Blink and you’ll miss it. The Neighborhood Bistro is a true hidden gem in the heart of Coconut Grove nestled in a tiny shopping center off of Bird Ave. Known almost exclusively to Grove locals, this little hole-in-the-wall has been serving up mostly traditional French cuisine for about two years now.

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