Breaking at Breakfast

Latest Miami Restaurant News - September 2021


Food news worthy of your calendar



Updated September 21, 2021

Breaking at Breakfast is a weekly round-up of the latest Miami restaurant & bar updates. We haven’t necessarily been to all of these spots. However, they’re on our list and that’s where we’d be eating and drinking if we were you. We’ll let you know more if we end up loving them.

Stay safe, be respectful when dining out, tip well & wear your mask.

Honor one of our greatest Miami treasures: the croqueta

Updated September 21, 2021
Restaurant: Islas Canarias
Neighborhood: Kendall West
Address: 13695 Southwest 26th Street

Islas Canarias one of Miami’s most beloved, family-owned, Cuban staples is celebrating its 44th anniversary. The party will also mark the 1 Year Anniversary of the launch of Croqueta County, a trademarked entity with fun croqueta merch that Miami natives are proud to wear.

Join them on Saturday, September 25th, 2021 from 3 PM – 6 PM for FREE croquetas, mojitos, cafecito, live music, giveaways, and a Croqueta County Merch Pop-Up Shop. Click HERE to RSVP.

One night of 6 different Mofongos

Updated September 21, 2021
Restaurant: La Placita
Neighborhood: MiMo
Address: 6789 Biscayne Blvd

On Friday, September 24th, 2021 from 5 PM  – 10 PM join Chef Jose Mendin and his team at La Placita for lots of mofongo and probably a nap after. The timing is actually kind of perfect because we know you Hungries are looking for ways to pay tribute to Miami’s Latinx and Hispanic community. And what better way to do that than with one of Puerto Rico’s most iconic dishes?!

Among his many accolades, Chef Jose Mendin is also known for putting his creative spin on mofongo with variations that include ramen; as well as duck with mushrooms, and a truffle sauce. Let’s wait and see what he comes up with this time around.

La Placita will serve a special menu of six different mofongos for $8, including ensalada de carrucho, carne frita, ropa vieja, and more. $8 rum cocktails, $2 beers, and $10 signature cocktails will be available. Reservations are recommended, but not required. Click HERE to book your table.

A happy hour that includes a Cuban frita

Updated September 21, 2021
Restaurant: Ariete
Neighborhood: Coconut Grove
Address: 3540 Main Highway


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We love a good happy hour especially if it’s in the Grove and if it includes good food. Ariete is the spot we are highlighting this week. The menu is Modern American with Cuban influence and happy hour goes down from Monday – Friday from 5 PM – 7 PM.

Drinks include $10 select cocktails, $6 beer, $8 wine by the glass. The bites are marked down and include Chicken & Kimchi Sausage with mojo kimchi, sesame aioli, pickled fresno; Classic Frita with spicy ketchup, papitas; Tuna Conserva with harissa aioli, lemon served with country loaf; as well as Venison Meatballs with wild mushrooms and foie gravy + pickled raisins; and a cheese plate. Yes to a cheese plate, yes to it all.

New dishes at this Nikkei-inspired restaurant

Updated September 21, 2021
Restaurant: Itamae
Neighborhood: Design District
Address: 140 NE 39th Street #136


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If you know us, you know that we have a genuine love for Itamae. So anytime we hear something new happening in their Design District location, you better believe we’ll be talking about it.

This Nikkei-inspired restaurant from the Chef/Owner Fernando “Papa” Chang and his talented daughter and son, Chefs Valerie and Nando Chang has introduced some new dishes. If you haven’t been, we don’t know why you are waiting for. And if this isn’t your first time around, stop by for the new Baby Dutch Potatoes with shishito, egg, preserved lemon; Escabeche with eel, murasaki potato, vinegar ají; Five Day-aged Kanpachi with white soy, lime, green sichuan; Cebiche Imperíal with wild striped bass, octopus, avocado, capers; roasted tail which is all about the daily catch with ají panca, short-grain rice; and Roasted Collar again with the daily catch, fermented red chili, short-grain rice and more. New dishes will vary based on availability.

Oh and maybe you’ll see us at a table nearby.

A night food market in Miami

Updated September 14, 2021
getREEF Night Market
Neighborhood: Brickell
Address: 626 South Miami Avenue

REEF known for its ghost kitchens providing food delivery around Miami is hosting getREEF Night Market, an outdoor food bazaar. From September 14 – 26th, stop by for a lantern-lit food hall experience with street-style bites and a full bar. Local vendors include Timon Balloo’s Balloo Wallah Indian Street Food, Michael Schwartz Genuine Burger, Dwayne Wade and Udonis Haslem’s 800° Pizza, Truffalo Wing Shop, and Alla Vodka Shop. For more information click HERE.

The reinvented diner with a full bar

Updated September 14, 2021
Restaurant: Chug’s Diner
Neighborhood: Coconut Grove
Address: 3444 Main Hwy Suite 21


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Chef Michael Beltran and Ariete Hospitality Group are reinventing the diner concept and adding a Cuban twist to it. Back in 2019 Chug’s Diner opened as a pop-up in Coconut Grove. It has now re-opened as a permanent and expanded full-service diner with a modern-day ventanita. 

The indoor and outdoor concept will be overseen by chef Monika Dominguez serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven days a week with a limited breakfast menu available ‘til close. 

Unlike most diners, Chug’s features a full bar with a cocktail list created by Beverage Director Tom Lasher-Walker. Drinks include the Diner Old Fashioned, apple brandy, bourbon, maple, cinnamon, angostura & orange bitters; Guava Gimlet, gin, guava, lime; the Hemingway Margarita, blanco tequila, Pamplemousse, orange, lime, salt and more.

Breakfast includes the Salmon Tostada with Cuban bread, whipped cream cheese, smoked salmon, red onions, capers and dill; Quiche with maduros, bacon, caramelized onions, mixed greens; Chug’s classic Cast-Iron Pancake, slow-cooked in clarified butter, served with warm butter and maple syrup; pastelitos by Pastelito Papi and more.

For lunch and dinner, expect The Frita with Swiss cheese, caramelized onions, mojo ketchup, yuca papitas; Foie Gras Peanut Butter & Jelly Buñuelo; Media Noche Pierogi; Meatloaf with tamarind ketchup, peas & carrots and whipped mashed potatoes; Pollo a la Milanesa with prosciutto, tomato, parmesan, maduros, pickled green tomato; and more. Oh and don’t forget the sides. They’ll have Yuca Bites, Seasoned Fries, Rice & Black Beans, and more.

You’ll need dessert so make room for pastry chef Devin Braddock’s Arroz con Leche, classic Flan and more. For information click HERE.

A fortune cookie collaboration

Updated September 14, 2021
Night Owl Cookies x 1-800-Lucky
Neighborhood: Wynwood
Address: 143 NW 23rd St


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Miami’s Asian Food Hall, 1-800-Lucky will be collaborating with Night Owl Cookies for a one-time-only special edition fortune cookie. The cookie will be available at 1-800-Lucky until September 17th for $3. The signature cookie is coated with a red vanilla glaze, topped with black sprinkles and a golden fortune cookie. 

Another reason to go to Boia De

Updated September 14, 2021
Restaurant: Boia De
Neighborhood: Buena Vista
Address: 5205 NE 2nd Ave


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Boia De, one of our favorite restaurants, will be hosting its 3rd Annual Chilean Independence Day celebration on Saturday, September 18 honoring co-owner Luciana (Luci) Giangrandi’s Chilean roots. Boia De will have an all Chilean by-the-glass wine list, traditional Chilean dish specials, and some special surprises for friends and family during dinner. They will also be offering their regular menu that includes pappardelle alla lepre, beef tartare, potato skins and more . To book your table click HERE.

The newest Asian restaurant by Dave Grutman 

Updated September 7, 2021
Restaurant: Sushi Fly Chicken
Neighborhood: Miami Beach
Address: 1575 Alton Road

There’s a new Asian-inspired restaurant that will get vibe-y and we’re sure you’ll want to check it out. Sushi Fly Chicken is a Groot Hospitality concept tapping the talent of Tony Mai, who serves as SFC’s Executive Sushi Chef, and Ryan Lithgow, SFC’s Chef de Cuisine. 

The entrance of SFC looks like a takeout restaurant. However, behind the takeout counter’s sliding doors you won’t find the kitchen but a sleek restaurant lounge with an animé and manga mural serving as the backdrop of the neon and steel-clad bar. 

Menu highlights include Lobster Prawn Toast, Peking Duck Bao Dumplings, mixed Nigiri Platters, and fried chicken served in Southern, Thai, or Korean styles. Also on the menu is a 4-course Chef’s Omakase, starting at $48. If you’re stopping by for drinks count on DJ sets and a selection of premium Japanese whiskeys, Yuzu Margarita, and a Szechuan-Peppercorn Lychee Martini. 

To book your reservation click HERE.

Celebrate Miami Beach Pride Week a lo Italiano

Updated September 7, 2021
Restaurant: Osteria Morini
Neighborhood: Miami Beach
Address: 1750 Alton Rd

Osteria Morini, an NYC restaurant by the Altamarea Group at the Kimpton Palomar is hosting a special Groovy Brunch: Pride Edition hosted by local drag queen Jasmine Pryce Lords with live performances from Coco Lords and Kahtya Tehnsion on Saturday, September 11th from 11 AM to 3 PM. 

Come enjoy Osteria Morini classics like the rigatoni with wild mushroom ragù, rosemary, and black truffle Moliterno and Bomboloni ricotta doughnuts as well as unique Negroni cocktails (including Negroni granita!) on the Collins Canal before heading up to the Sweet Spot Pride event on the rooftop. 

A Mexican celebration you need to pencil in

Updated September 7, 2021
Restaurant: Bakan
Neighborhood: Wynwood
Address: 2801 Northwest 2nd Ave


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Even if you’re not Mexican, we think you should pencil in Mexican Independence Day, September 16th at Bakan. This Wynwood spot known for its regional Mexican flavors and ample mezcal and tequila offerings will be serving Chiles En Nogada, a seasonal Mexican dish enjoyed by Mexican families from September – November. This traditional dish is prepared with roasted poblano chile, stuffed with slow-cooked pork, almonds, pecans, dried and fresh fruit, herbs, and served with a walnut and cherry wine cream sauce. The dish is then sprinkled with fresh pomegranate and served at room temperature. To book your reservation click HERE.


Breaking at Breakfast – September 2021