Blown Away by Craft Cafe

Words by Hamilton Barkley
Photos by Sophia Costabal

Hi there, Hami here! I’m excited to be contributing again for my pals, Mitch & Mel! I just love it when they send me on pawsome foodie assignments. My mission this time? To visit the newest culinary addition to the Avalon Hotel – Craft Cafe (700 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach). On a particularly windy and sunny Sunday morning, I headed to the Craft Café to be completely blown away and the selection of drool-worthy creative coffee concoctions. Yes, that’s right. BLOWN. AWAY. Figuratively and literally! Just check out my wind-swept beard!

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Brunching at Bakehouse Brasserie

By Melanie Galarce

Bakehouse Brasserie (808 First Street, Miami Beach) is a charming Parisian-style eatery serving pastries, all-day brunch, cocktails of course, since it’s aptly located in Miami Beach’s swanky neighborhood, South of Fifth. It feels like lately we’ve been visiting SoFi (as it’s known to locals) quite a bit lately, and we’re stoked about the foodie scene in one of our favorite spots in Miami. The small but glamorous restaurant seats less than a 100 and offers grab-and-go baked goodies from 7-10AM at which point the restaurant opens up for an all-day brunch rendezvous.

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South Pointe Tavern Meets South Beach

By Melanie Galarce

South Pointe Tavern  (40 South Pointe Drive, #109, Miami Beach) is a self-described cozy cocktail bar that serves a myriad of spirits, craft beers, and wine. Along with your drink of choice you can enjoy small bites, ceviches, charcuterie, and more. The South of Fifth tavern offers a corner wrap-around terrace and an indoor area with exposed-brick walls to cool off during the warm Miami winters.

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DÔA Does a Body Good

By Melanie Galarce

Recently opened DÔA has comfortably found its home in Miami Beach (200 Collins Ave.) DÔA, which means “The Door” in Japanese and is pronounced dow-ah, is the latest venture from global renowned restaurateur, Arjun Waney. You might have heard Mr. Waney’s name before since he is also the force behind hot spots Zuma and Coya which have become staples in our foodie community. That said, DÔA is the less pretentious little brother who still cares about excellent food without breaking the bank.

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Olla Brings Mexican Brunch up a Notch!

By Melanie Galarce

Olla Miami (South Beach 1233 Lincoln Road), a new Mexican joint started by Scott Linquist, the mastermind behind the incredibly popular Coyo Taco in Wynwood and Brickell is open for business. The restaurant gets its name from clay pots used to serve family style dishes. Yes, similar to the ollas Abuela and Mami still use to cook.

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Get Your Paws DIRT-y with this New Fall Menu

By Hamilton Barkley*

I need to start off by stating the obvious. Yes, I am a dog and yes, I have a fabulous beard and a wicked sense of style. My name is Hamilton Barkley of HamiInMiami.com and I’m here to share with you my love of food. I’m recently got my paws dirty and am excited to be contributing to Mitch and Mel’s fabulous blog by reviewing DIRT’s new Fall Seasonal Menu. Remember how amazing everything looked the last time MMTM visited DIRT? I had to go check it out for myself.

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Sunday Brunchday at Nikki Beach

By Mahogani Jones

Sunday Funday has officially taken on a new meaning. In fact, every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. should be deemed “Sunday BrunchDay” in recognition of “The Nikki Beach World Famous Amazing Sunday Brunch.” For $49.95, this world-famous phenomenon offers all you can eat (literally) and more!

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Shuck It On Down to Izzy’s Fish & Oyster

By Monique Gonzalez

If you’re a local, and reside on the mainland, chances are you may not frequent South Beach as often as you’d like. (Or, am I just an old lady who just doesn’t get out there as often as I should?) In any case, my latest #MMTM assignment forced me to cross the bridge and boy was it worth it…I fell in love. Her name’s Izzy. Izzy’s Fish & Oyster to be exact. After Mitch’s first visit for brunch after their grand opening, it was my turn to visit to see what was going on a year later.

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STK is a big WIN

By Melanie Galarce

Most out-of-towners tend to have one general thought about Miami: it’s so sexy. Well, they’re probably right. Everything in our city tends to be on the risqué and slightly cooler side. As so, a sexy steakhouse is a must for us locals and that’s exactly what STK has established in Miami (should also be noted the sexiness spills over to its many locations across the world). STK is an ultrachic, modern steakhouse that offers a sophisticated menu that will not disappoint your taste buds. More than just a culinary experience, you can also expect a cool ambience, an in-house DJ (*during pre-determined hours) and modern, fun décor.

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Putting Peru on the Plate

By Mitchell Nover

There’s no doubt in my mind that Peruvian cuisine is the star of the Latin food world. Widely varied and nuanced, it pulls influence from numerous cultures (Inca, African, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, and more) and regional cooking styles (Andean, Caribbean, Coastal Pacific, Amazonean). Unlike other one note (albeit delicious) Latin cuisines, Peruvian food offers layers upon layers of flavor technique that continue to surprise me the more I experience them. Luckily for me, and for all of us, those experiences are happening more and more often. Here in Miami, in addition to many other cities around the world, Peruvian restaurants continue to pop up on the dining scene, with each one offering up delicacies just different enough from the last.

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