Breaking at Breakfast

Latest Miami Restaurant News - February 2021


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The latest restaurant & bar updates in Miami

Updated February 23, 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.


Updated February 23, 2021
Bar: Lost Boy Dry Goods
Neighborhood: Downtown
Address: 157 E Flagler Street


Lost Boy Dry Goods is a neighborhood bar known for its classic cocktails and a half-off happy hour. After months of not offering the weekday deal, the Downtown bar is back with Happy Hour on Monday through Friday from 4 PM until 7 PM with half-off pricing on all cocktails, beer, wine, and well spirits. Favorites such as the Gin + Tonic, Spicy Siesta, CBD Espresso Martini, and Penicillin cocktails remain on the menu and are priced between $7 to $8; while wine and beer options are just $4 to $5 by the glass.

Starting February 25, Lost Boy will be launching a  new cocktail menu with ten new creations that will also be part of the Happy Hour program. New additions include Fortaleza Punch with Novo Fogo Cachaca, St. James Rum, Honey-Orgeat, lime and grapefruit bitters and Spiced Coconut Mu11e with E11EVEN vodka, lemon, house spiced coconut syrup, ginger and angostura bitters.
Lost Boy is open daily from noon to midnight, with Happy Hour available Monday to Friday from 4 PM to 7 PM. For more information click HERE.

A Pizza Pop-Up in Downtown 

Updated February 23, 2021
Il Maestro Pizzaiolo pops up in the InterContinental
Neighborhood: Downtown
Address: 100 Chopin Plaza

On Sunday, February 28 from 4PM to 8PM, InterContinental Miami will host the Il Maestro Pizzaiolo Pop-Up on the Bayside Terrace. Grab some amazing Neapolitan pizza outdoors with views of Biscayne Bay. Handcrafted pies including Traditional Margherita Pizza; Bianca Tartufata with black truffle oil and others as well as; Calzone al Pistachio served with warm pistachio cream; and Calzone di Ferrero Croccante, a warm calzone filled with Ferrero Rocher chocolate cream will be available. For more info on the pop-up click HERE.

Chef Michael Schwartz launches a burger concept

Updated February 23, 2021
Delivery only concept by Chef Michael Schwartz

Chef Michael Schwartz, has launched a digital-only burger concept “Genuine Burger” powered by REEF NBRHD Kitchens.

Genuine Burger’s menu will include:

  • Secret Burger – The sleeper hit. A juicy beef patty is topped with two slices of melted American cheese, crispy fried onion rings, and two pieces of Applewood bacon. The finale is a slathering of Ranch dressing, heirloom tomato, half-sour pickle slices, lettuce, and red onion. Served with a half-sour pickle spear.
  • BBQ Brisket Burger – caramelized onions, melted American cheese, smoked brisket with a BBQ glaze and all the fixings (tomato, lettuce, red onion, pickles) and a half-sour pickle on the side
  • Pork Belly Genuine Burger – beef patty, caramelized onions, Swiss cheese, BBQ glazed pork belly, a fried egg cooked over easy and all the fixings

For more info click HERE.

An Indian restaurant focused on veggies

Updated February 23, 2021
Restaurant: Diya
Neighborhood: Miami Beach
Address: 1766 Bay Rd

Diya is a modern vegetarian Indian restaurant located in Miami Beach’s Sunset Harbor neighborhood. It’s family-owned and led by Chef Vidya Maharaj, who is an epidemiologist by day and Executive Chef by night.

Diya is serving lunch and dinner both indoors and outdoors. Menu highlights include Vegetable Samosas, a crispy pastry stuffed with potato and vegetable; seven varieties of Dosas, a savory rice crepe served with sambaar dhaal and coconut chutney that can be customized; Eggplant Burger that comes with crispy eggplant with house-made cheese and BBQ sauce and served with masala spiced fries; and more.

They also have a Happy Hour from now from 12-7 PM on Tuesdays through Sunday featuring $5 Draft Beers; Kallan Vitners Boutique Wines by the glass for $8, bottles for $28; and $8 cocktails including the Peach Thyme and Miami Monsoon. They also have Vegetarian $8 bites such as the Gobi Manchurian, crispy cauliflower, fried and marinated in spices; Vegetable Samosa, vegetable stuffed crispy pastry; Chana Taco, curried chickpeas in a warm soft flatbread and more.

Diya also hosts Jazz Fridays starting at 7:30 PM in their lounge. For more information click HERE.

A NY Korean Steakhouse is now open in Miami

Updated February 16, 2021
Restaurant: COTE Miami
Neighborhood: Design District
Address: 3900 NE 2nd Ave


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COTE, the Michelin-starred and James Beard Award-nominated KOREAN STEAKHOUSE™ by Simon Kim and led by chef David Shim, is now open in Miami’s Design District. From New York City, Kim brings to life his take of Korean barbecue with a sleek American steakhouse twist. COTE was also nominated for the “Outstanding Wine Program” two years in a row by the James Beard Foundation for their 1200+ labels.

Every table at COTE includes a smokeless state-of-the-art tabletop grill for providing a front-row view of your steak being cooked. The signature menu includes a 45-day, USDA prime dry-aged beef and a Butcher’s Feast® featuring chef’s favorite four selected cuts of meat served with an assortment of Korean sides; and an elevated Steak Omakase™ experience. To make a reservation click HERE.


Updated February 16, 2021
Restaurant: Serena
Neighborhood: Miami Beach
Address:915 Washington Avenue

Serena is a new open-air rooftop restaurant and bar inspired by the patio restaurants of Oaxaca and Mexico City by Chef Scott Linquist and the Coyo Taco team. Located at the Moxy South Beach, this Latin and Mexican restaurant will offer happy hour, lunch, dinner, and brunch with live music.

The outdoor kitchen features a large circular stone mill for grinding the blue and yellow nixtamalized cornmeal where guests can see the making of fresh tortillas. Dishes include the Uni and Crab Tostadas, Squash Blossom Quesadillas, Steak Tartare and more.


Updated February 16, 2021
Restaurant: Salt & Straw
Neighborhood: Wynwood
Address: 240 NW 25th St. Suite M

Salt & Straw, a Portland-based ice cream company, is opening the first East Coast scoop shop on Friday, February 19 in Miami’s Wynwood Arts District. The small-batch ice cream brand will also open a shop in Coconut Grove.

Ice cream flavors include Honey Lavender, Chocolate Gooey Brownie, Panther Coffee Chocolate Tres Leches, The Salty Donut Guava + Cheese and more.

Mark your calendar for Saturday, March 6 from 12PM to 6PM, Salt & Straw will host an outdoor, socially-distantFlavors of Miami” pop-up. The pop-up will take place in the parking lot of Pharrell Williams’ apparel and accessories brand store, BBC ICECREAM (255 NW 25th St.), who has designed a limited-edition Salt & Straw x ICECREAM collaboration T-shirt.

Flavors of Miami will offer guests complimentary samples of Salt & Straw ice cream as well as booths, giveaways and tasting opportunities by partners featured on Salt & Straw Miami’s opening menu including Panther Coffee, Exquisito Chocolates, Gables Delight, Coconut Cartel, Wynwood Brewing and The Salty Donut. Overtown Youth Center, Salt & Straw Wynwood’s charitable partner organization, will also be present and accepting donations to support youth and families in Miami’s Overtown neighborhood and surrounding areas.

Miami’s newest brewery opens on Friday

Updated February 16, 2021
Restaurant: Cervecería La Tropical
Neighborhood: Wynwood
Address: 42 NE 25th Street

Cervecería La Tropical, Miami’s newest brewery, will open this Friday, February 19 in the Wynwood Arts District with live music throughout the weekend. La Tropical will feature a state-of-the-art onsite brewing operation, a taproom, restaurant and botanical garden, as well as a live music stage.

The brewery will be led by Brew Master Matt Weintraub, who earned his reputation creating award-winning craft beer at the Florida International University Brewing Program. The taproom will house over 20 handcrafted beers from lagers, IPAs, sours, barrel-aged, and ales infused with local ingredients and the brand’s flagship La Original Ambar Lager, whose recipe is inspired by the original dating back to 1888.

Inside La Tropical you can also find a Latin Caribbean-inspired restaurant by Chef Cindy Hutson. The menu includes  Jamaican Jerk Chicken, Malanga Potato Mash, the Trifecta burger with ground brisket, chuck, short rib, tamarind bbq ketchup, brioche bun. For more information click HERE.

Chef Jose Mendin opens an Italian restaurant

Updated February 9, 2021
Restaurant:  Casa Isola Osteria
Neighborhood: Miami Beach
Address:  1418 20th Street


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Remember the old Pubbelly space? It was small, cozy and Asian-style noodles were coming out of the kitchen. Starting February 10th, you can now get Italian food at that former location in Sunset Harbor. Chef Santo Agnello formerly of Lucali has partnered up with Chef Jose Mendin and Sergio Navarro to open Casa Isola Osteria. We did some stalking around on Instagram and you can expect dishes like a Raviolini ai Funghi (with porcini panna, wild mushrooms, and pinenut gremolata), Veal Parm, and Ravioli Bianconeri (with short rib, taleggio and balsamic beef jus). For more information click HERE. They will be open on Monday – Friday from 5 PM – 11 PM and Saturday – Sunday from 12 PM – 11 PM.

The best dumplings for Valentine’s Day

Updated February 9, 2021
Restaurant: E&P Dmplngs pop-up inside of Threefold Cafe
Neighborhood: South Miami
Address: 6907 S Red Rd


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Our favorite dumpling pop-up is usually only open from Thrusday – Saturday night. This weekend they are extending their pop-up for a fourth night on Sunday. Your Valentine’s Day dinner for two will include 8 Dumplings per person (16 total), Mushroom Bao, Pork Belly Bao, Braised Rib, and dessert for a total of $95, all-inclusive. This special is running from Thursday, February 11th – to February 14th. If you want to make a reservation for two people, select 1 guest to check out since this experience is designed for two people already. Click HERE to reserve.

A Valentine’s Day brunch worth the drive

Updated February 9, 2021
Restaurant: Stage Kitchen & Bar
Neighborhood: Palm Beach Gardens
Address: 2000 PGA Blvd. Suite #5502

On Sunday, February 14, Stage Kitchen & Bar will launch Sunday Brunch, from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Chef-Owner Pushkar Marathe will feature a menu inspired by his travels. It will include Coconut Sticky Bun with lime cream cheese, English Breakfast PlateEggs Benedict — crab, avocado, turmeric hollandaise, and kale saag (vegetarian option), turmeric hollandaise, and the Chicken Kathi Roll – tandoori chicken wrapped with paratha, scrambled eggs, and mint chutney. 

We love a good steak and fries dish so bonus points for thes  Steak, Egg & Frites. Other lookers include Oysters — turmeric, truffle-yuzu mignonette; Bang Bang Cauliflower —mushrooms, paneer, mint, cilantro; Shrimp & Grouper Fried Rice — Benton’s bacon, “their kimchi”, peas, sesame oil, fried egg; Stage Burger — aged cheddar, caramelized onions, sunflower sprouts, “Aioli sourdough bun”; and a local favorite,  Spicy Fried Chicken Sandwich. And as far as drinks go, we’ll be sipping on the Kimchi Bloody Mary with house-made kimchi.

Oh, and on February 14th, reservations with a minimum spend of $100 on the day of the anniversary, will receive a complimentary bottle of bubbles.

Chef Timon Balloo’s newest concept is open

Updated February 9, 2021
Restaurant: Mrs Balloo inside of The Wharf
Neighborhood: Fort Lauderdale
Address: 20 West Las Olas Blvd


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The newest concept by Chef Timon BallooMrs Balloo is now open at The Wharf Fort Lauderdale. The Pan-Asian food truck, named after Chef Balloo’s wife, will feature appetizers like Asian Street Corn; Crispy Panko Shrimp; Pork Dumplings, and Baos. 

Entrees at Mrs. Balloo are all about customizable bowls. The Crispy Rice bowl combines the crunchy bits of cooked rice with fresh green onion, sweet soy and chili mayo with tuna. Shrimp lovers will enjoy the sweet and savory Dynamite Shrimp, featuring fresh shrimp with rice or crisp greens with cucumber, green onion and eel sauce. 

Another New York restaurant lands in Miami

Updated February 2, 2021
Restaurant:  Osteria Morini
Neighborhood: Miami Beach
Address: 1750 Alton Road

If you can’t get into Carbone, can we interest you in another Italian restaurant from New York? Osteria Morini from Altamarea Group  (behind Michelin-star rated Marea and Ai Fiori) is opening on Thursday, February 4th inside the Kimpton Hotel Palomar in South Beach. The all-day menu will showcase pasta, prime grilled meats and seafood dishes. Morini will roll out first with dinner, followed by breakfast, brunch and lunch in the coming weeks. Outdoor dining will be available along Collins Canal.

Dishes we are looking to try include the Cappelletti with truffled ricotta and prosciutto, the Tagliatelle with bolognese ragu and the Cipolla side with onion carbonara and smoked pancetta. For reservations click HERE.

Crispy polenta hot wings for one night only 

Updated February 2, 2021
Restaurant:  Rosie’s Pop-Up
Neighborhood: Overtown
Address: 439 NW 4th Ave

Rosie’s, our favorite Southern comfort pop-up in Overtown has launched a Super Bowl menu and it looks divine. You’re going to want to try their Crispy Polenta Hot Wings with buffalo sauce and gorgonzola dressing, House-Smoked Pork Ribs, Mac & Cheese, Banana Pudding and more.  The menu feeds four adults and you can pick up your meal from 3 PM-5 PM on Sunday, Feb 7th. To place your order click HERE.

Spinach dip & more delivered to your home

Updated February 2, 2021
Chef Michelle Bernstein delivers your Superbowl meal

Chef Michelle Bernstein wants to cook for your Super Bowl gathering. She has created a special Big Game delivery menu that includes Smoked BBQ Brisket with Hawaiian slider rolls to make your own sandwich, Spinach and Artichoke Dip, Jerk Chicken Wings, Chocolate Chip Cookies ready to bake and more.

You can also get homemade pigs in a blanket, Cuban sandwich empanadas, and other goodies for an additional price.  Your meal will be delivered on Saturday, Feb. 6 with heating instructions for the following day). Order online by Feb. 4 at 3 PM HERE. For more information call (305) 213-2512  or email:

If you still want those Jerk Chicken Wings but don’t want to be home, you can watch the game from Sweet Liberty Drinks & Supply Co.’s pop-up Sweet Beach in the Shelborne South Beach. The menu is also by Chef Michelle Bernstein and you can watch the game on their outdoor big screen.

Where to watch the Super Bowl in the Grove 

Updated February 2, 2021
Restaurant: Kush by Spillover
Neighborhood: Coconut Grove
Address: 2911 Grand Avenue #400D

Kush by Spillover is hosting a Super Bowl watch party with Happy Hour drink specials available all night long including their notorious “Moose Juice” ($5); housemade Sangria ($6) and 5-for-$25 Beer Buckets. If you’re hungry get a sneak peek of Kush’s Tobacco Road Wings. They will also have Hobo Frito Pie ($5) and Chips & Salsa ($5). Kush by Spillover will be assigning all indoor seating for parties, space is limited. Bar seating is first come first serve. If you’re staying home, pre-order wings and more before February 5th. Orders can be placed by calling (305) 456-5723.


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