Breaking at Breakfast

Latest Miami Restaurant News - April 2021

Apr
27
2021

Food news worthy of your calendar

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The latest restaurant & bar updates in Miami

Updated April 27, 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.

For a good time, try this new restaurant


Updated April 27, 2021
Restaurant: Strawberry Moon
Neighborhood: Miami Beach
Address: 601 Washington Ave

If someone tells you, “we’re going to a new restaurant called Strawberry Moon,” what do you envision? We see neon colors, pastel florals, spiked lemonades (don’t ask) and dreamy vibes all around. Which is exactly the aesthetic of Dave Grutman’s and Pharrell Williams’s newest restaurant, Strawberry Moon inside of The Goodtime Hotel.

Strawberry Moon is straight from a scene of Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel only with a Miami twist. Think Art Deco, palm trees and millennial pink. You’ll want to come here dressed in your most colorful resort wear.

The restaurant has an indoor parlor and outdoor seating by the pool. For some reason (again, don’t ask), we imagine 1940s synchronized swimmers doing their thing in the pool. Okay, less swimming and more food.

The Mediterranean menu was created by Executive Chef Ian Fleischmann and Executive Corporate Chef Roel Alcudia, whose food you’ve probably had when he was at Mandolin Aegean Bistro. 

The dishes you’ll have include beet and watermelon salad, mezze appetizers ranging from traditional Sheftalia spicy sausage to octopus to potato boreka, and Turkish-style pizzas. Entrees include grilled branzino and Wagyu beef short ribs. 

For reservations, click HERE or call (786) 745-8050

A FREE DRINK HERE IF YOU SAY, “WHERE’S DORY”


Updated April 27, 2021
These MiMo restaurants join forces and drinks are involved.

 

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We mentioned it before but we’ll mention it again because we know you’re super busy.

The teams behind Phuc YeaCafé KushBlvd Bae’sVagabond Motel and La Placita have joined forces to present Finding MiMo. This unique neighborhood effort will guide your exploration of Miami’s Upper Eastside neighborhood. Starting on Wednesday, May 5th, 2021, guests visiting any of the participating restaurants can say the catchphrase: “Where’s Dory” to their server and receive one complimentary cocktail.

Post your drink content on Instagram using hashtag #findingmimo and tag all five restaurants for a chance to win $120 in MiMo Dining Dollars ($20 to use at each location).

BBQ, Mint Juelps  & more for the Kentucky Derby


Updated April 27, 2021
Restaurant: The Taurus
Neighborhood: Coconut Grove
Address: 3540 Main Hwy C103

Watch the Kentucky Derby at The Taurus with a special Johnnie’s Pit Beef & BBQ pop-up and drink specials on Saturday, May 1st. The Maryland style BBQ pop-up by Chefs Phillip Bryant and Veronica Valdivia will be available throughout May. During the Derby, guests can enjoy delicious Lamb Ribs with Kentucky Black BBQ Sauce, $8 Mint Juleps, Horses Necks and Kentucky Mules. Food and drink specials from noon-close.

Ladies arrive early to this Kentucky Derby event for a free hat


Restaurant: Tobacco Road
Neighborhood: Brickell
Address: 650 South Miami Avenue

If you’re in Brickell on May 1st, stop by Tobacco Road. the space will be decked out in derby decor with several interactive games on tap with prizes. The bar team will be serving up $5 Woodford Reserve Shots, $6 Kentucky Mules; and  $7 Mint Juleps to celebrate. Also the first 10 lady bar-goers to arrive will receive a complimentary Derby Hat.

The Wagyu dinner series you need in your life 


Updated April 20, 2021
Restaurant: The Den at Azabu
Neighborhood: Miami Beach
Address: 161 Ocean Drive

 

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The Den at Azabu Miami Beach is launching a new experience where Hungries will get a taste of the highest grade Japanese Wagyu through a special two-part series of events called, Now & Den: A Wagyu Series

The first part of the series will take place from Wednesday, April 21 through Saturday, April 24. Chef Sergio Rivera, Executive Chef of Azabu Miami Beach, will collaborate with local Miami chefs to create tailored experiences focusing on Wagyu beef. 

There will be two available seatings at 7 PM and 9:30 PM per evening and each unique menu will feature 10 to 14 dishes, for $180. 

Participating chefs include:

  • Wednesday, April 21: Chef Santiago Gomez
  • Thursday, April 22: Chef Xavier Torres 
  • Friday, April 23: Chef Daniel Roy and Chef James Weinlein
  • Saturday, April 24: Chef Sergio Rivera, Executive Chef of Azabu Miami Beach, Lolo’s Surf Cantina, and BUBUSAN

Reservations can be made by calling 786.276.0520.

The Den will be using four different types of Wagyu from different regions in Japan:

  • The Miyazaki Gyu, striploin, is from cattle raised in a family farm environment in the Miyazaki Prefecture. Miyazaki has produced the highest quality beef in Japan, even higher than Kobe. Characterized by its cherry red color, tender texture and great dense meat taste, the Miyazaki Wagyu features a snowflake-like fat that is evenly distributed and melts in the mouth.
  • The Satsuma Gyu, ribeye, is from the cattle raised in the Kagoshima Prefecture, the largest Wagyu beef-producing prefecture in Japan. These cattle are grain-fed for over 650 days with no growth hormones or implants which produces a tender and beautifully marbled product.
  • Premium WAOH Wagyu, tenderloin, from the Kumamoto Prefecture, naturally contains enhanced marbling throughout the meat and produces an intense buttery flavor. Only around 17% of the production of Wagyu from Kumamoto is classified as WAOH and is considered a gem by many people because of its outstanding taste.
  • Tokachi Poroshiri Wagyu, short rib, is from Hokkaido and the name Poroshiri Wagyu comes from the natural landscape where the cattle is raised, Mount Tokachi Poroshiri, which translates to “Giant Mountain” in the Ainu language. Tokachi Poroshiri Wagyu is prized for its famous silky, smooth fat flavor in addition to a complex, yet mild flavor profile.

Nikkei, Caribbean & Southeast Asian flavors for one night only


Updated April 20, 2021
Restaurant: Itamae
Neighborhood: Design District
Address: 140 NE 39th Street #136

 

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Our favorite Nikkei restaurant, Itamae is launching Studio Sessions, a series of collaborative dining experiences. The first dinner will take place on Sunday, April 25th, starting at 7 PM. Chef Timon Balloo, who is behind Mrs. Balloo at The Wharf Fort Lauderdale, and Balloo Restaurant (currently closed) will be their first guest. 

The a la carte menu will feature dishes such as Curry Calabaza Tiradito with black lime, sarza criolla, huacatay-cilantro leche de tigre; Nikkei Chili Crab with lump crab, ají rocoto, spiced torrejitas; and Mussels with curry amarillo. The restaurant’s natural, low intervention wine list created by Wine Director Karina Iglesias, will also be available.

For reservations, please message the restaurant on Instagram @itamaemiami or email them HERE.

A pork-centric event with some of Miami’s favorite chefs


Updated April 20, 2021
Cochon555 is back & supporting local heritage breed farming.

 

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Tickets are currently on sale for this heritage pork virtual event. Participating restaurants and chefs include Eileen Andrade of Finka Table & Tap; Cesar Zapata of Phuc Yea; and Giorgio Rapicavoli of Eating House. 

CARRY OUT WITH COCHON555 2021 SCHEDULE:

  • Eileen Andrade (Finka Table & Tap):  Wednesday, April 28 | Ticket sales end: April 25
  • Giorgio Rapicavoli (Eating House): Thursday, June 3 | Ticket sales end: May 31

Also, Chef Cesar Zapata  will be doing  a Live Cochon Dinner at Phuc Yea on Friday, June 17 | Ticket sales end: June 15

This year, 80% of proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the participating restaurants. The virtual event will be fun and interactive in a Live, 45-minute ZOOM class moderated by Gio Gutierrez of ChatchowTV. Tickets range from $95/person to $175 for two. To purchase tickets, click HERE

There’s a new secret omakase restaurant in Miami 


Updated April 20, 2021
Restaurant: Nossa Omakase
Neighborhood: Miami Beach
Address: 1600 Collins Ave

 

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We’ll never say no to sushi. Especially when it’s a one-of-a-kind Omakase experience. Nossa Omakase is the newest venture by the same group that introduced poke-themed, Koa Restaurants. This secret eatery is located behind Koa in Miami Beach. 

Nossa which means “wow” in Portuguese is meant to do just that, wow you. Executive Chef, Max Kamakura is putting his spin on a Japanese and Brazilian Omakase menu. Dishes will include uni with black truffle on crispy rice, A5 wagyu nigiri, chutoro nigiri topped with caviar and otoro uni truffle temaki. 

Once your seat has been booked, guests will receive special instructions on how to enter Nossa. Guests will wait inside the speakeasy bar of the restaurant, where vintage Japanese films are playing for a complimentary cocktail, sake or Japanese Whiskey. 

There is one seating offered per night on Thursday through Saturday. Reservations are mandatory and can be made HERE. 

This new dim sum & Asian-ish restaurant is taking reservations


Updated April 13, 2021
Restaurant: Zitz Sum
Neighborhood: Coral Gables
Address: 396 Alhambra Circle Suite 155

 

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If Dim Sum brings you comfort, then you need to add Zitz Sum to your list. Chef Pablo Zitzmann brought Miami pork buns, scallion pancakes; and shrimp and lobster dumplings to our homes during the pandemic. He’s now opening his brick-and-mortar concept in Coral Gables.

The menu will focus on inventive and carefully crafted Dim Sum & Izayaka dishes inspired by Japanese and Chinese street foods with a Miami twist. We’re especially excited to try the cucumber salad with tomato, labneh, black lime, furikake and ginger scallion as well as the curried crab pappardelle and the crab rangoon dip.

For those looking for some vino, their beverage program will include natural, biodynamic and organic wines, sake and shochu.

Reservations are available starting April 20th. Get in and book your table HERE.

This Wynwood bar is finally re-opening


Updated April 13, 2021
Bar: The Sylvester
Neighborhood: Wynwood
Address: 3456 N Miami Ave

Curfew has been lifted and we know you’re planning your weekend already. We’re so excited to share that The Sylvester located in Wynwood is finally re-opening on Thursday, April 15th.

To recap (just in case you haven’t been or forgot) The Sylvester is a cocktail bar by the same owners of Beaker and Gray, Ben Potts and Brian Nasajon. The dimly lit indoor concept is evocative of old and new Miami. Expect refined cocktails and their take on Miami snacks. Happy Hour is available from 5 PM – 7 PM. Stay safe and remember to wear you

For more updates follow the Sylvester HERE.

This is what you’re doing on 420


Updated April 13, 2021
Restaurant: Kush Wynwood
Neighborhood: Wynwood
Address: 2003 N Miami Ave

If you plan to spend 420 in Wynwood, be sure to look out for a man wearing a green cape, green tights, and a mask with a marijuana leaf pinned between the eyes.

Kaptain Kush’s Annual Birthday Celebration will be held at Kush Wynwood on Tuesday, April 20.

Check out 420-friendly vendors including Chill Otter CBD, as well as Columbia Care who will be providing educational information on obtaining medical marijuana cards.

Kush Wynwood will also feature a very special “Tap Takeover” for the occasion including Miami’s favorite, local craft breweries such as:

  • Lincoln’s Beard Brewery
  • Beat Culture Brewery
  • The Tank Brewery
  • Unbranded Brewing
  • Gulfstream Brewing
  • Orchestrated Minds Brewery
  • Lost City Brewing
  • 3 Sons Brewing
  • MIA Beer Company
  • Tarpon River Brewing

A new healthy lunch spot in Coconut Grove


Updated April 13, 2021
Restaurant: Sweetgreen
Neighborhood: Coconut Grove
Address: 3015 Grand Ave Space #140

 

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Sweetgreen, the popular salad concept from Washington DC, has opened its second location in Coconut Grove.

Indoor and outdoor patio seating are available. For those looking for an easy and healthy lunch option, check out Sweetgreen. In-store ordering and delivery are available, as well as a pick-up window for those on the go.

Try this new Sunday brunch


Updated April 6, 2021
Restaurant: Casa Isola
Neighborhood: Miami Beach
Address: 1418 20th Street

 

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If you haven’t been to Casa Isola for dinner in Sunset Harbor, you’re really missing out. Chef Jose Mendin and Chef Santo Agnello’s are behind this new Italian American restaurant concept. You’re obviously going for dinner but also for brunch.

Their new brunch menu is served on Sunday starting at 12 PM. We got a sneak peek of their Green Eggs & Ham with pesto garlic babka bread, poached egg, taleggio, parmesan & pancetta by Chef Maria Orantes. This dish alone is reason enough to stop by. Click HERE to reserve.

$7 beer and Jamaican eats


Updated April 6, 2021
Restaurant: Jrk! inside of Aventura Mall
Neighborhood: Aventura
Address: 19565 Biscayne Blvd

 

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Jrk!, the fast-casual concept located in Aventura, has transformed traditional homemade Jamaican dishes into modernized health-conscientious options. Expect Jerk Chicken, Vegan Jerk and Oxtail served in a vibrant fast-casual environment.

On April 7th, Jrk! will be doing a special $7 deal of any beer and Jamaican in-house made patties either beef, jerk chicken, or vegan. Beer options include Jamaican classic Caribe, Red Stripe, and Coronas.

This BBQ pop up will  have a permanent home


Updated April 6, 2021
Restaurant: La Traila BBQ
Neighborhood: Miami Lakes
Address: 8030 NW 154th Street

La Traila BBQ, Miami’s Texas-style craft barbecue, will open its first brick n’ mortar location late April 2021 in Miami Lakes. The concept was founded by Austin native and pitmaster Mel Rodriguez and Miami native/Buffalo Bills Wide Receiver Isaiah McKenzie.

The fast-casual BBQ spot will have indoor and outdoor seating. As far as the menu goes, expect platters and meat by the pound like Smoked Pulled PorkSmoked SausagePork Spare Ribs and Texas Style Brisket. Other dishes bringing together Miami and Mexican flavors include their Brisket y Queso Empanadas and Smoked Pork Rib Croquettes.

La Traila is located at 8030 NW 154th Street in Miami Lakes, Florida. Lunch and dinner will be offered Tuesday through Sunday. Click HERE for more information.

An Argentinan restaurant we want to try


Updated April 6, 2021
Restaurant: Tigre
Neighborhood: Little River
Address: 620 NE 78th Street

 

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Tigre is a restaurant & bar inspired by traditional Buenos Aires cafes and neighborhood bistros or “bodegones”. This recently opened concept is putting its spin on Argentinian cuisine and drawing influence from Miami’s diverse community.

The waterfront property has indoor and outdoor seating. The menu includes small plates of Argentinian classics with a modern approach. We’re looking forward to trying the Patagonian Red Prawn Roll (butter toasted brioche, prawn head alioli, old bay chips), Palmito Salad (grilled heart of palm, radicchio, shaved fennel & parmesan, preserved lemon vinaigrette) and Milanga (smoke and breaded heritage pork chops, charred napa cabbage slaw, apple butter). For more information click HERE.

 

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