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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Poké 305 Pokes into Brickell

Over at MMTM headquarters, we love catching on to new culinary trends before the masses jump in. And, of course, we make sure to share these with our readers. Such is the case with poké, the raw fish salad served as an appetizer in Hawaiian cuisine, which is quickly becoming a food staple in South Florida.

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Always Sunny in SoBe

Over at MMTM Headquarters we’re big fans of the foodie favorite Top Chef. When any alumni of the show decides to bring their culinary creations to our city, we jump with joy. Spike Mendelsohn, one of said former alumnus from season four, brought his skills to The Hall, a new Miami Beach hotel concept located on 15th and Collins that recently opened by hotel chain Joie de Vivre. The hotel has a certain je ne sais quoi that sweeps you off your feet with charm, easily translating into the courtyard that plays hosts to Mendelsohn’s restaurant.

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Foodie Friday – Local Edition

They say that April showers bring May flowers and Miami food lovers are set to get a drenching based on all of the restaurant openings, new offerings, special menus, and foodie events that our city’s culinary elite have in store for us. By the looks of it, we’ll all be sprouting burger, pizza, and taco shaped flowers by the time May comes around. So, get your slickers ready and check out this month’s forecast of news and happenings below. Enjoy!

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