Summer Eating Session as of August 2017

Summer is coming in hot and we are ready to eat and drink

By: Army of Writers

From rosé brunch to dinner on the water, these are the places you must cross off your list this season. If you’re visiting Miami use this list as your guide to dining at Miami’s newest spots. Some of the menus and experiences are only around for the season so take advantage! 


Plomo Tequila & Taco Bar

Location: Coral Gables

Address: 230 Miracle Mile, Miami, FL 33134

For those that want tacos in Coral Gables: So you’re in the mood for tacos? When the itch for Mexican food comes around, you’ve now got a new spot in the Gables to satisfy your craving. Located right on Miracle Mile, Plomo Tequila and Taco Bar is the spot to hit up for tequila-based cocktails and a round of, you guessed it, tacos.

Full review here


Arson

Location: Downtown Miami

Address: 104 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33132

For those that are all about the grill: Arson titles their menu, “Put Some Fire In Your Belly” and they aren’t lying. Each dish lists out the main ingredients with prices so you can to stick to your budget for the night. Keep in mind the dishes are small but the presentation and flavor make up for it. We recommend ordering a little bit of everything to end your night very satisfied. A wine list is also available for pairing!

Full review here


Ocio 

Location: Coral Gables

Address: 2626 Ponce De Leon Blvd #2, Coral Gables, FL 33134

For those that are crazy about Italian and Colombian food: Keeping with the theme from their first location in Doral, OCIO’s menu is a work of art. Each page is designed with unique fonts and art clippings. Their menu is varied with Colombian dishes like the Sancocho de Res (soup with vegetables and beef ribs), to seafood, pastas, and daily specials. OCIO also has a secret weapon in the kitchen making some incredible Italian dishes like the Spaghetti Pomodoro with roasted garlic, basil and homemade fresh tomato sauce.

Full review here


Taula Fresh Mediterranean Food

Location: Wynwood

Address: 1657 N Miami Avenue #E, Miami, FL 33136

For a grab and go lunch spot: Build your own box or bread with fresh Mediterranean flavors! Pay attention to all the sauces available, not only are they flavorful but also colorful (Think Instagram).

Full review here


Dizengoff

Location: Wynwood

Address: 250 NW 24th St, Miami, FL 33127 (right next to Federal Donuts)

For a hummus filled belly: Federal Donuts healthier sister restaurant is bringing some hummus dishes with seasonal garnishes changing daily in the Wynwood neighborhood. 

Full review here


Federal Donuts

Location: Wynwood

Address: 250 NW 24th St, Miami, FL 33127

For indulging in chicken and donuts: Federal Donuts gives you open views to their kitchen and their flare for donut art. Their menu is simple: coffee, donuts and fried chicken. Two-thirds of their menu consists of donuts, so make sure you grab one.

Full review here


Miam Café

Location: Wynwood

Address: 2750 NW 3rd Ave. Miami, FL. 33127

For some insta worthy avo toast: Miam Café’s food stands for their motto: simple, fresh and natural. Their new menu offers the most delightful variety of made from scratch dishes to give you the perfect daytime fare in Miami’s most colorful hood. Breakfast, brunch, and lunch are all served until 3 pm, but the shop stays open until 7 pm, serving over the counter baked goods, sandwiches and beverages.

Full review here


La Santa Taqueria

Location: Midtown

Address: 2600 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33137

For some Mexican food al fresco: New pop-up taco concept inside the Midtown Garden brings a fun outdoor experience. Bring your friends and share the shrimp tacos and al pastor tacos with a side order of elote.

Full review here


Soul Tavern

Location: Miami Beach

Address: 1801 West Ave, Miami Beach 33139

For soulful vegetarian: Introducing Miami’s first vegetarian gastropub. Favorites include the Naughty Gnocchi, with cherry tomatoes, basil, chilies, and shishito peppers, the Crunchy Forest, a yummy roll with avocado, butternut squash, asparagus, Portobello, spinach, and crispy shallot. However, the crowd favorite was definitely the pizza. We know you’ll be all over that pizza bar!

Grand opening details here


Kraken Crudo

Location: Midtown

Address: 3509 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33137

For creative sushi rolls in a laid back ambiance: There’s no myth behind Kraken Crudo, just great food. The recently opened raw bar is a family operation that promises fresh flavors on your plate. BYOB or just enjoy a light drink while staring munching on the Blue Crab Tacos and the Sailor Jerry roll with kimchee and salmon.

Full review here


CRATE

Location: Brickell

Address: 901 S. Miami Ave, Miami, 33130

For vegans and vegetarians that love the nightlife: When you hear about the new vegan spot in town, you’re probably thinking of a bohemian type of place, right? Well, this ain’t quite that. Think typical South Beach/Miami lounge meets (a very healthy version of) Shake Shack. You go, chill with friends, maybe catch up on the games and even dance a little. Hungry? No problem. Just get in line, order whatever you’d like, and place the number on your table. Once the food gets there, take the first bite and you’ll ask yourself why you haven’t had vegan food all your life.

Full review here


La Riviera at Pullman Hotel

Location: Blue Lagoon 

Address: 5800 Blue Lagoon Drive, Miami, FL 33126

For those that want to be chic before they head to the airport: La Riviera offers signature dishes like the duck breast, lobster ravioli and linguini. Some Latin-Mediterranean inspired dishes are fresh from the grill. In case you’re staying away from gluten, the menu is highly friendly to the gluten-foe. 

Full review here


Ella’s Oyster Bar

Location: Calle Ocho 

Address: 1615 SW 8th St Miami, FL 33135

For those that want seafood with a Latin twist: Ella’s offers all of those traditional seafood dishes you would easily find up North but are far and few in-between in the 305. Adding innovation to seafood cuisine while also a void in the Calle Ocho culinary scene, Ella’s takes seafood classics such as crab cakes and surf n’ turf and turns them into Crab Croquetas with Old Bay hollandaise and a Surf N’Turf Frita Cubana on that oh-so-soft Cuban bread.

Full review here


TATEL

Location: Miami Beach

Address: 1669 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

For those that want to feel like they are in Madrid: Start your night early at TATEL with $10 happy hour cocktails at the bar. Move over to the dining area for some crispy artichoke with Ibérico ham, Spanish tortilla trufada, a modern twist on a Spanish classic with potato foam and hints of truffle and their veal milanese TATEL with egg and truffle. Live music is also available on the weekend. 


Pokébao

Location: Coral Gables

Address: 153 Giralda Ave, Coral Gables, FL 33134

For the Coral Gables lunch crowd: Bao buns with mojo pork shoulder!? Only in Miami. Indulge in a variety of poke bowls and Latin-inspired buns. We recommend Db’s spicy ahi tuna, wasabi-furikake salmon, crispy rice tuna, yellowfin tuna tacos and the mojo pork shoulder bun.


Candy & Cones

Location: Hollywood

Address: 3555 S Ocean Dr, Hollywood FL 33019

For a sweet treat: After a long day at Hollywood beach enjoying all the fun and the sun head over to Candy & Cones. Resort wear is welcome since they are located inside the Diplomat hotel. The kids will love building their own sundae for the ultimate sugar rush. Our favorites were cookies & cream, chocolate, and mixed berry ice cream!


El Grito

Location: Miami Beach

Address: 1766 Bay Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139

For those that love tequila and mezcal: A while back we wished for a Mezcaleria in Miami. Thanks to El Grito, our mezcal dreams have become a reality. Sit back, relax, have an order of elote and sip on some Mexgroni’s (Nuestra Soledad Mezcal Aperol Sweet Vermouth).


Estefan Kitchen

Location: Design District

Address: 140 NE 39th St Palm Court, Miami, FL 33137

For fancy Cuban food: Cuban food is no new territory for anyone in Miami. However, it’s not every day that we get a taste of it in Design District. Check this spot out and order the creamy Cuban risotto. Don’t skip out on the guava and cream cheese mousse.

Full review here


Pubbelly Noodle Bar

Location: Miami Beach

Address: 1418 20th St, Miami Beach, FL 33139

For burgers this summer: Pubbelly’s exceptional summer burger menu is  live and going on until August. Don’t miss the chance to try the Bone in Burger with bone marrow, Big Kahuna with bbq pork belly, and Le Royale with foie gras bordelaise. The full Pubbelly Sushi menu is also available with favorites such as tostones with ceviche, sushi taquito, and wagyu beef tartare roll. Save some space for the uni pasta and the udon bolognese from the noodle section.

Named Restaurant of the Month in June 


Campania

Location: Miami Beach

Address: 1418 20th St, Miami Beach, FL 33139

For Brooklyn Style Pizza: Campania, a family-owned pizzeria from Brooklyn, has made its way to North Miami bringing us that urban, authentic and very delicious New York taste we all love and appreciate.

You can pick from a selection of appetizers, salads, sandwiches, entrees and pizza. Lots and lots of delicious pizza! Most ingredients are made in-house (dough, mozzarella, sauce, breadcrumbs, etc.), with the exception of a few products that are shipped from NY.

Full review here


Rosé Brunch at Nautilus Cabana Club

Location: Miami Beach

Address: 1825 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

For rosé all day: Live the motto rosé all day at the midcentury-style beachside hotel with a beautiful terrace right on the beach. You can enjoy a self-serve buffet with a seafood-focused Mediterranean fare. The buffet has an array of food options including cheese platters, paella, meat stations and more. Be sure to wear something comfortable for this all-you-can-eat experience!


Kiki on the River

Location: Miami

Address: 450 NW North River Drive, Miami, FL 33128

For food with a view: Kiki on the River is a waterfront venue with hints a Greece and Mediterranean cuisine. We recommend ordering the zucchini and eggplant chips to start for the table. Most plates are family style and perfect for sharing! Wear something classy because you’ll be taking lots of photos next to the water.

Full review here


STK

Location: South Beach

Address: 2305 Collins Ave

For a little party: You know you’re in Miami when there’s a sick DJ mixing beats and go-go dancers providing entertainment over dinner. STK serves the best steak in town with delicious cocktails to keep the party going. Our favorite dishes are the mini sliders and the surf & turf! Remember that expensive outfit you bought for no reason because you knew you’d need it one day? That’s what you’re wearing. Party and play at STK!