Breaking at Breakfast

Latest Miami Restaurant News During COVID-19 - June 2020

Food news worthy of your calendar

We are committed to sharing what restaurants & bars are doing during these times.

Updated June 23,  2020

Breaking at Breakfast is a weekly round-up of Miami restaurant & food news. We will be sharing news about the re-opening of restaurants and thoughtfully be inclusive of the Black community in our industry. Stay safe, be respectful when dining out & wear your mask.

From Harlem to Miami, this new restaurant is open with limited dishes


Updated June 23, 2020
Restaurant: Red Rooster
Address:
920 NW 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33136
Neighborhood:
Overtown

Chef Marcus Samuelsson has opened The Creamery section of his Harlem concept Red Rooster in Overtown, Miami. They will be open daily from 12 pm – 9 pm serving delicious ice cream, layered sundae cups, and signature chicken dishes for take out! Delivery is available on UberEats.

An outdoor dining experience that’s ideal for social distancing


Updated June 23, 2020
Restaurant: Jaguar Sun
Address: 
7357 NW Miami Ct
Neighborhood:
Little River

 

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Next Friday, June 26th, Jaguar Sun will be collaborating on the first dinner of their Longer Table series with their friends from Itamae! Chefs Val and Nando Chang will be serving their signature handrolls, ceviches, and tiraditos, and the Jaguar Sun team will be making tacos and cocktails. There also may be an oyster battle.
Dinner will be entirely outdoors with tables generously spaced and a contactless ordering and payment system. A portion of the proceeds from the evening will go to Color of Change and the Okra Project, charities that are working to strengthen the political voice of Black Americans. Reservations are available on Friday from 5-11:00, and can me made by reaching out to info@jaguarsunmia.com.

The only waterfront restaurant in Coral Gables is now open


Updated June 23, 2020
Restaurant: Red Fish
Address:
9610 Old Cutler Rd, Miami, FL 33156
Neighborhood:
Coral Gables

Redfish by Chef Adrianne serves as a rebirth of the famous Redfish Grill inside the historic Matheson Hammock Park. Chef Adrianne’s menu is inspired by her years of traveling across the United States’ seafood capitals and the French Riviera. The menu mixes new American seafood with traditional fish house classics. Redfish by Chef Adrianne features an extensive beer, wine, and whiskey library, to go along with craft cocktails. With the opening of Redfish by Chef Adrianne, guests can enjoy the only waterfront restaurant in Coral Gables.

Burritos on the beach is a dream come true


Updated June 23, 2020
Restaurant: Lolo’s Surf Cantina
Address:
161 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Neighborhood:
Miami Beach

Lolo’s Surf Cantina, Miami Beach’s popular Baja-inspired Mexican eatery located one block from the ocean, has come up with a package that is specifically meant for practicing social distancing and taking advantage of the newly reopened coastline. Introducing the “Burri-toes in the Sand” package. The package is $69 and includes A bottle of prebatched margaritas, Two plastic Lolo’s cups, Lime wedges, Two burritos of your choice, Chips and guacamole, A burrito blanket (to keep) that stretches six feet across to encourage proper social distance protocols. All guests have to do is order in-person or by calling the restaurant ahead via (305) 735-6973, pick up the “Burri-toes in the Sand” package from Lolo’s and walk over to the beach directly behind the restaurant.

Miami’s queen of pastry is selling cookies  for delivery & pick up


Updated June 16, 2020
Restaurants: Dasher & Crank | Whip ‘n Dip
Address: 2211 NW 2nd Ave, Miami, Fl  | 1407 Sunset Drive, Miami, Fl 
Neighborhood:
Wynwood | South Miami

Hedy Goldsmith, James Beard Award Finalist and Executive Chef at Verde at Pérez Art Museum has launched a sale of her original sweet creations for the first time available for delivery and pick up. You can now snag a dozen of Hedy’s signature Junk in da Trunk®️ cookies with bittersweet chocolate, crushed kettle potato chips, pretzels, chocolate peanut butter cups for $36, or her limited edition Pride Rainbow Shortbread cookies for $24 and her BAKING OUT LOUD cookbook for $18. She also has a Father’s Day Special that includes a dozen Junk in da Trunk®️ cookies and the BAKING OUT LOUD cookbook to make your sweets at home time and time again for $50. General orders can be made via phone or text at (305) 458-7002 starting from 9 AM- 5 PM. The cutoff for Father’s Day orders is on Wednesday, June 17.

Just in time for Father’s Day, Hedy has created a limited time only collaboration with Dasher & Crank and Whip ‘n Dip. Hedy’s exclusive collaboration of the Junk in the Trunk Ice Cream Sandwiches will launch this Father’s Day weekend, at Dasher & Crank and Whip ‘n Dip. Each shop will use unique flavors in the sandwich starting June 19-21 while supplies last. After this weekend, Hedy will be releasing a new secret ingredient variety of the Junk in da Trunk®️ cookie each week for an endless lineup of one of a kind combinations. A subscription-based service with the best of Hedy Goldsmith will soon be announced as well.

General orders can be made via phone or text at (305) 458-7002 starting from 9 AM- 5 PM. Delivery is free for orders of $50 or more. Please note a limited number of orders can be placed nationwide, and shipping cost is determined by zip code.

Eat Poke for Pride this month


Updated June 16, 2020
Restaurants: Carrot Express
Neighborhood:
Various locations
Click HERE to order Carrot Express

In the spirit of Pride Month, Carrot Express is donating proceeds to Pridelines’ newest program, Colors of the Rainbow.  During the entire month of June, Carrot Express will donate $1 of every poke bowl sold to Pridelines and their Colors of the Rainbow fund.  Since the spread of COVID-19, Pridelines lost the majority of their sponsorships and fundraising dollars. Colors of the Rainbow launched in order to ensure Pridelines can continue providing services beyond the pandemic. Their goal is to raise a minimum of $100,000 (in a span of 20 days). Additionally, Pridelines has expanded its Mental Health services and Emergency Services to support the needs of community members that have been impacted by COVID-19.

Carrot Express’ colorful and mindful poke bowl is rainbow-inspired featuring ingredients like seaweed salad, edamame, arugula, cucumber, scallions, avocado, carrots, pickled ginger, sesame seeds, crispy onion, spicy mayo, eel sauce and each guest’s choice of quinoa or brown rice (as a base) and Ahi Tuna or Scottish Salmon. This donation will be honored from all takeout/delivery orders in addition to purchases on site. The bowl is priced at $15.95 and can be redeemed at any of their six locations.

This sushi spot welcomes you back & you can also get something for free


Updated June 16, 2020
Restaurants: Azabu
Address: 161 Ocean Drive
Neighborhood:
Miami Beach

Azabu Miami Beach has launched an origami “Crane Lottery” initiative to celebrate the reopening and has partnered with a local grassroots organization to give back to the community of Miami Beach. From June 15 through June 30, guests dining in the main dining room of Azabu will be able to participate in the “Crane Lottery”. Each guest will receive an origami crane upon arriving at the restaurant that will reveal a special prize inside when unfolded like a free cocktail, dessert and more to celebrate dining with us again. Origami paper cranes represent good fortune in Japanese culture, and we are hoping to share some good fortune with our guests!
Azabu Miami Beach has also partnered with a grassroots organization that is helping feed the families of Fienberg Fisher K-8 Center, a Title 1 school in Miami Beach, through a one for one meal donation program. Many children who attend Fienberg Fisher K-8 Center come from low-income households and normally get their meals from school but are now facing food insecurity due to schools being closed so Azabu has pledged to give one meal to a family for every meal purchased at the restaurant.

New Mediterranean restaurant open in South Miami


Updated June 16, 2020
Restaurants: Barbarella
Address: 7535 Note Kendall Dr. Unit #2380
Neighborhood:
South Miami

Chef Sebastian Fernandez and his wife Leslie Ames have opened up their newest concept Barbarella. Chef Sebastian is mostly known for his exceptional Peruvian fare served at 33 or
renowned burgers at Rare Burger, this marks his first Mediterranean restaurant. Chef Sebastian had to redesign the menu utilizing products available in markets and local
ingredients.

Their current limited menu Pan con Tomate topped with white anchovy($9), Roasted Beets prepared with Greek yogurt, Zaatar, glazed pecans and mint ($14), Spicy Pancetta Pizza topped with mozzarella, calabrese peppers, Pomodoro sauce and honey ($14), Branzino served with romesco sauce and crushed baby potatoes ($26) and Pappardelle pasta tossed with littleneck clams and white wine garlic sauce.

Guests have the option of sitting inside from 6 ft. distanced tables or outdoors on their terrace. All their staff will willingly practice safety guidelines outlined by the state of
Florida and CDC. Chef Sebastian’s cooking philosophy has always focused on using local and quality ingredients with simple techniques. Barbarella also utilizes this same instinct by using seasonal and fresh produce. The interior reflects the vibrant menu featuring plenty of plants with a chic yet, inviting and cozy vibe. The full menu is still TBA but, dishes will be approachable and family-friendly. In the next coming weeks, guests can expect Octopus with sweet pea purée and olive tapenade and a Watermelon Greek Salad with
fennel and feta tossed in a lemon olive oil vinaigrette. Wine and local beer will also be available by the glass and bottle.

Barbarella is located 7535 Note Kendall Dr. Unit #2380, Miami, FL 33156. Their current hours of operation are Monday through Saturday from 12-8 PM and Sunday from 12-7
PM (until further notice). Takeout is available by calling 786-542-5661 and delivery will start later this week.

This buffalo fish sand-which is coming to Miami Beach


Updated June 8, 2020
Restaurant: C-Food Shack at The Lincoln Eatery
Address: 723 N Lincoln Road
Neighborhood:
Miami Beach

 

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Black businesses owner Laron Culmer will be opening C-Food Shack at The Lincoln Eatery Food Hall in the next week or so. This will be the second location for the Caribbean-style food stall, as he already has a brick-and-mortar location in the Bahamas. We’re already hungry thinking about the Honey Habenero Barbecue Wings and A Buffalo Fish Sand-which on a coconut brioche bun.
After attending business school at Bluefield College in Virginia, Culmer attended culinary school at Keiser University in Melbourne, Florida. Upon graduation in 2011, Culmer worked in hotel restaurants in the coastal city, including at the Hilton and Crowne Plaza. Shortly after, Culmer and his family decided to open their first family restaurant: C Food Shack, with the “C” standing for “Culmer.” With his mom as an investor, his dad as the builder and Culmer as the chef, C Food Shack first opened its doors in 2013. Immediately upon opening, the restaurant proved to be a huge success, with both locals and tourists alike flocking to the purveyor for all-things seafood. Now, he’s in Miami.

Natural hot chicken night every Tuesday


Updated June 8, 2020
Restaurant: Eating House
Address: 804 Ponce de Leon Blvd
Neighborhood:
Coral Gables

 

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Natural Hot Chicken every Tuesday night beginning June 9th. Enjoy 4 styles of hot chicken: Nashville Style (cayenne & brown sugar), Nantucket Style (cayenne & old bay), Hot-Lanta Style (cayenne & lemon pepper), Havana Style (cayenne & sazon completa). After you’ve picked your style you can choose if you want it with black truffle mac, slaw, corn on the cob, or in a chicken sandwich or as chicken and waffles. They are also offering a  new selection of delicious natural wines for every palate. Reservations are recommended, click HERE.

This Peruvian spot with a view has re-opened


Updated June 8, 2020
Restaurant: La Mar
Address:
Neighborhood:
Brickell Key

La Mar by Gastón Acurio at Mandarin, Oriental Miami has officially reopened. La Mar is offering dinner five days a week, Wednesday through Sunday, with seating indoors and outdoors and will operate a reservations-only service model. As a special expression of gratitude for Miami’s first responders to the COVID-19 pandemic, local artist Flavio Galvan, an Artist in Residence for the hotel, has donated three unique pieces to the restaurant’s gallery walls. The pop-art honors the bravery and devotion of doctors, nurses and EMTs during the last several months. The pieces will be placed in a silent online auction now through July 6 and proceeds will be donated to Jackson Memorial Hospital.

Executive Chef Diego Oka has curated a special dine-in menu featuring 18 items, including the introduction of several new comfort food dishes and Peruvian-inspired rolls. Reserve your table HERE.

For those who prefer to dine at home, La Mar has introduced a limited curbside pickup and delivery menu. The special takeout menu features many of the same items on the dine-in menu with the addition of side dishes, including Papa a la Huancaina, Papa al Mortero, Yucca Fries, Arroz con Choclo, Huan ‘n Cheese, a take on macaroni and cheese using Peru’s huancaina sauce, and Chaufa Rice with Chinese sausage, roasted pork, rice, quinoa and egg noodles. Click HERE for the full menu.