Lusting Over Lutum

By Melanie Galarce 

Lutum (1766 Bay Rd, Miami Beach) is a casual American eatery serving South Florida inspired fare in Sunset Harbour. It’s comfort food at it’s best, located where the popular Burger & Beer Joint once stood. Lutum, which means “dirt and soil” in Latin, is the antithesis to the type of restaurant we’ve been seeing pop up in the Sunset Harbor neighborhood; it’s cool, chill, and affordable.

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Brunch Bonanza at Bird & Bone

By Melanie Galarce

Do you guys remember that time that Mitch told you all about dinner at Bird & Bone? The restaurant, a self-proclaimed contemporary countryside farmhouse, offers soulful Southern cuisine through locally sourced ingredients from independent farms and organic butchers (so you feel a bit less guilty about the indulgent meal). Mitch might have told you all about the dinner, but on a rather steamy Sunday morning, I ventured to Bird & Bone’s home at The Confidante (4041 Collins Ave, Miami Beach) for brunch and was equally as impressed by the quality of the menu.

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Miami Spice Monday: Lure Fishbar

By Santi Cardona 

Lure Fishbar (1601 Collins Ave, Miami Beach), located inside the Loews Hotel, is a classic South Beach seafood restaurant that has made a name for itself by serving approachable, quality food. While the dishes are normally not too inventive, the ingredients are procured from incredible sources, making for overall delectable dishes. I can say from personal experience that there are few restaurants in the area quite as consistent as this one, and it is one that I enjoy making a visit to on a consistent basis.

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Miami Spice Monday: The Restaurant at The Raleigh

By Melanie Galarce

The restaurant at the famed Raleigh Hotel on South Beach lets you indulge in a modern American menu that’s, in part, inspired by the rich history of the hotel. Defined by its Art Deco style, the hotel feels like you’ve stepped back in time offering the nostalgia of the ’20s with a modern twist that feels cool and relevant. The Restaurant at The Raleigh (1775 Collins Ave, Miami Beach) does an excellent job at complementing the iconic vibe and lush feel of this legendary hotel.

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It’s Lit at Fogo de Chao

By Santi Cardona

Fogo de Chão (836 1st St, Miami Beach) is a Brazilian restaurant that follows the traditional concept of servers bringing skewers of meat to your table until you are ready to explode (euphemistically speaking, of course). The idea is that you have a card with two sides, and you flip the card to a specific side depending on whether you want the servers to offer you more meat or not. This style of restaurant is very popular in Brazil and is known as gaucherras; they offer a buffet-esque experience where you pay one price and eat as much as you want.

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The Novelty of Brunch at Nautilus

By Melanie Galarce 

Nautilus (1825 Collins Ave, Miami Beach) can be found inside the swanky SIXTY Hotel on South Beach, and, if you’re into feeling the SoBe glam, it also offers an unlimited rosé brunch you’re definitely going to want to check out this summer. Designed with mid-century roots, the Nautilus Cabana Club at the hotel offers fresh brunch cuisine using locally-sourced ingredients and the simplicity of beachside dining. Do you need anything else to have a Sunday Funday success? Probably not.
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Taking the Via Emilia 9 Route

By Melanie Galarce

Via Emilia 9 Ristorante Italiano (1120 15th St, Miami Beach) is a charming Italian restaurant on South Beach that offers authentic regional cuisine – all ingredients are imported from Italy with the exception of fruits, vegetables, flour and eggs. This modern, yet rustic and charming place has received notoriety from some of our faves like Anthony Bourdain who said, “the pasta at Via Emilia is much, much better than good.” It’s that kind of testimony that goes a far way in our little foodie book and gets us excited about our growing foodie community in Miami.

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Pizza Party

By Mitchell Nover

I know that May is National Hamburger Month and National BBQ Month, but artificial foodie holidays be damned… I’m in the mood for pizza! So, when it comes to pizza, we all know that Miami is not New York, and that’s perfectly fine. I get it, people looooove NY pizza. There’s something in the water, yada yada yada. But, how about a little diversity, foks? I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, that’s what makes Miami’s food scene so great: diversity in food. Including, you guessed it, pizza. That’s why I’ve but together a quick round-up of some of my recent Miami favorites – from a classic Cuban pizza joint to a a couple of new Neapolitan outposts to, yes, a NYC-style hipster hangout. Bet you can’t get that combo in the Five Boroughs, can you?

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Good Old Yardbird

By Melanie Galarce

You’ve probably heard of a little known restaurant in South Beach by the name of Yardbird Southern Table and Bar (1600 Lenox Avenue, Miami Beach) as the accolades have amounted since the establishment opened up in 2011. The fresh and inventive (yet authentic) take on Southern cuisine has kept the restaurant with a never-ending waiting list and awards that range from James Beard finalist to Bon Appétit’s 50 Best New Restaurants. We tend to forget how lucky we are to have this little gem, but I’m here to give you a friendly reminder that it’s time to head back.

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Raw Juce Quenches Miami

By Melanie Galarce

Raw Juce (959 West Avenue, Miami Beach) has been a staple in Palm Beach Gardens for a while but it wasn’t until recently that this organic, cold-press juicing establishment made its way down to Miami. Today, Raw Juce has eight locations across South Florida including Aventura and South Beach. I recently visited the latter location and felt renewed after trying their organic, locally-sourced menu of juices, smoothies, açai bowls, and salads.

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