Breaking at Breakfast

Latest Miami Restaurant News During COVID-19 - August 2020


Food news worthy of your calendar

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Updated August 25, 2020

Breaking at Breakfast is a weekly round-up of Miami restaurant & food news.

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This pork event is still happening…It’s just a little different. 

Updated August 25, 2020
Cochon 555 is now a carryout event

A much-anticipated annual culinary event with stops in cities across the United States, COCHON555 will return to Miami Tuesday, September 22- Sunday, September 27, 2020, as CARRYOUT WITH COCHON555 presented by Citi, a virtual and interactive feast featuring five of the city’s top talents. Across five different nights, South Florida’s line up of chefs includes  Michael Lewis (KYU), Michael Schwartz (Amara at Paraiso), Janine Booth & Jeff McGinnis (Root & Bone, Stiltsville), Giorgio Rapicavoli (Eating House) and Brad Kilgore (Ember) –will conduct “virtual dinners” via Zoom, offering participants the opportunity to partake in an intimate, interactive dining experience, complete with all of the ingredients necessary to enjoy a pork-centric meal including wine and cocktails.

This year, 80% of proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the participating restaurants. The virtual event will be fun and interactive in a Live ZOOM class which will be approximately 45 minutes long. Tickets range from $115/person to $200 for two. Click HERE to purchase your tickets.

These hummus bowls are calling our name.

Updated August 25, 2020
Restaurant: Motek Café
Address: 36 NE 1st St, Miami, FL 33132

Hungries, please stop what you’re doing and go check out Motek. This relatively new Israeli Café is offering lunch and dinner from 11 AM – 9 PM, Monday through Saturday. Although they are only offering curbside pick up and delivery, the food will speak for itself even when its to-go.  Locate in downtown, Miami, inside of the Seybold, Motek is a chef-driven concept by Einat Admony, who is well-known in New York and Washington DC for Taim Falafel, her beloved falafel chain, as well as Balaboosta, her fine-dining restaurant in Manhattan. She’sbringing thoughtful Israeli dishes to Miami that include labneh with zaatar, kosher potato boureka, shakshuka baked eggs, beef hummus, crispy chicken schnitzel and more. Click HERE to order.

Jamaican and Thai home kits by this local chef.

Updated August 25, 2020
Online home kits & virtual market by Chef Timon Balloo

Chef Timon Balloo has launched Balloo virtual market. He’s bringing all the Jamaican and Thai flavors to the comfort of your home. Contactless delivery is available. All you have to do is place your order on Tuesday or Wednesday for Thursday delivery or Thursday and Friday for Saturday delivery. Home kits include The Jamaican Jerk Chicken Dinner Kit that comes with Jerk roasted chicken, Indian curry chickpea potato stew, Cabbage & pepper slaw with coconut lime dressing, Coconut pigeon pea and rice, Jerk spiced pan jus, and seasonal pudding or panna cotta. Each kit is a large complete dinner experience, handcrafted to transports you to the Caribbean. The meal is designed to easily be reheated and ready to eat in less than 20 mins. Don’t miss their virtual market that includes Trini Pepper “Wing Wah” Hot Sauce, Citrus Curry Mayo and more. Click HERE to order.

Make sushi at home with the help of this restaurant.

Updated August 25, 2020
Restaurant: Pubbelly Sushi
Various Locations

Pubbelly Sushi has launched DIY Sushi and Cocktail Kits. They are available for pickup and delivery and can be ordered through their website. Just pick your preferred location and go to the DIY Sushi Kit tab.

Sushi Kit ($45) serves two and includes:

  • 1 maki
  • 2 hand rolls
  • 4 pieces of nigiri
  • Video instructions on how to roll your own Pubbelly Sushi favorites

Cocktail Kit (starting at $35) creates 3 to 6 cocktails and includes:

  • 1 bottle of Liquor/Sake
  • 2 bottles of the mixer (pre-mixed juices and syrup)
  • Garnishes and fresh produce
  • Recipe card with easy-to-follow instructions

Click HERE to order.

Our favorite outdoor dining spot is becoming a steakhouse.

Updated August 19, 2020
Restaurant: Sonny’s Someday Steakhouse by Jaguar Sun at Lot 6
Address: 7357 NW Miami Ct, Miami, FL 33150
Little River

Lot 6 in Little River has been home to Jaguar Sun for a while now. It’s one of our favorite outdoor dining experiences and this week it’s becoming Sonny’s Someday Steakhouse.

The menu covers steakhouse classics (with a Jaguar Sun twist) like a shrimp cocktail, Parker House rolls with smoked butter, and Ceasar salad with 30-month parmesan. They’ve got the meats with their 70-Day NY Strip, aged Duroc Pork Chop, and Scotch-aged Tomahawk Ribeye. We want all the sauces. Choose from their Bearnaise, Taleggio, Potato Butter, Green Peppercorn, Salsa Verde, Piquillo Condiment. Feeling regal yet? Wait until you see their cocktail menu. They have a whole section dedicated to Martinis and Manhattans. And of course, there will be vino.

The next dinners will be Friday, August 21, Saturday, August 22, and Sunday, August 23 from 5-10 PM. For reservations, book HERE.

The Pho vs Ramen pop-up you need in your life.

Updated August 19, 2020
Restaurant:  Pho vs Ramen pop-up at Phuc Yea
Address: 7100 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33138

Phuc Yea brings a new pop-up to MiMo. The Award-winning Viet-Cajun restaurant partner up with new pop-up concepts, Peacock Ramen and OORI Bake Shop, in an effort to empower the industry and help local restaurateurs shine!

Chef Cesar Zapata invites Chef Harold Ruiz of Peacock Ramen and Chef Helen Kimchi OORI Bake Shop to his kitchen for a friendly pop-up showdown offering a three-course menu for $45, served family-style with desserts and decadent cocktail pairings by Phuc Yea co-owner and cocktail whiz, Aniece Meinhold.

The Pop-Up dinner only has 50 seats available! Snag your tickets HERE for the PHO VS RAMEN POP UP.

Free tacos at this new Tijuana-style taqueria pop-up.

Updated August 19, 2020
Restaurant: El Primo Red Tacos
Address: 20 West Flagler Street, Miami, FL 33130

El Primo Red Tacos, created by the Baja Restaurant Group, celebrates the authentic culinary flavors of street taquerias in Tijuana and brings them to Downtown Miami in a rendition where Birria Tacos are king. The causal taco spot will be open #TacoTuesday, Friday and Saturday from 5 to 10 p.m. Stop by the outdoor pop-up restaurant El Primo Red Tacos beginning this Friday, August 21, 2020. Celebrate the launch with FREE tacos on opening night from 5 – 9 p.m. EDT for dine-in guests.

A new Cuban brunch to try this weekend.

Updated August 19, 2020
Restaurant: Sala’o Cuban Restaurant & Bar
Address: 1642 SW 8th St, Miami, FL 33135
Little Havana

Sala’o Cuban Restaurant & Bar, one of Little Havana’s most soulful contemporary restaurants, has just launched a new Sunday brunch al fresco. Standout brunch offerings include Cubana huevos benedictos, Cuban sliders, and masitas & waffles.  As far as drinks go, order a bottle of rose and receive a 15% discount. Brunch is served on the outdoor patio every Sunday from 11AM to 4PM. Reservations are strongly recommended. Call (305) 642-8989.

Look who is back & has completely transformed their dining experience.

Updated August 11, 2020
Restaurant: Macchialina
Address: 820 Alton Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Miami Beach


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#MacchGiardino: our new garden seating! Reservations required: link in bio. ❤️😷🍝🍷 📸 @whatsarahdrinks

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Macchialina is back! Guests can dine at their new, socially distanced, tropical, backyard patio: il Giardino, as well as their (still safely distanced) sidewalk café. Inside, you will find the Macchialina dining room has been transformed into a boutique wine shop. Jacqueline Pirolo carefully curates the shop’s selections by working with small importers and winemakers that respect nature and all have a story to tell. 

Extended hours coming soon along with limited edition, take-out – pop-ups of Chef Pirolo’s most requested specials like Chicken Parm Hero’s, Baby Back Ribs (Italian’s eat ribs too!) and that Big Macch Burger!  To make a reservation for patio seating click HERE. Macchialina Restaurant is open daily 5:00pm-9:00pm Retail wine shop / Take Out / Delivery / Outdoor Seating. 

A modern take on Cuban food arrives in Brickell.

Updated August 11, 2020
Restaurant: Marabú
Address: 701 S Miami Ave Brickell City Center, Suite 422 (4th Floor)

Chef Albert Cabrera is bringing coal-fired Cuban cuisine to Brickell City Center. The menu offers large-format meats, rice dishes, and vegetables and seafood, all cooked with charcoal. Expect dishes such as their mini Caja China served at your table with Masitas de puerco, black mojo and shaved onions.

Marabú’s ambiance is inspired by cities like Camagüey and Pinar del Rio. Its interiors embody the Cuban suave and elegance that makes the island so alluring. Taking center stage, a swanky Havana-inspired bar will serve an array of handpicked traditional Cuban cocktails with a modern twist. The restaurant will also feature an outdoor pergola, reminiscent of “el campo,” to anchor a lively al fresco dining scene.

Buy two cookies, get one free.

Updated August 11, 2020
Restaurant: Fireman Derek’s
Address: 3435 Main Highway | 3435 Main Highway
Coconut Grove | Wynwood

For an extended celebration of National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day (August 4), Fireman Derek’s will offer a Buy Two Cookies, Get One Free” deal throughout the month of August. Priced at $3.50 per cookie, guests can choose a trio of classic FD flavors including any combination of Chocolate Chip, White Chocolate Guava, and Sugar with Sprinkles.

The lobster roll you need to forget your worries & more.

Updated August 11, 2020
Restaurant: Nave
Address: 3540 Main Hwy, Miami, FL 33133
Coconut Grove


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Shack opens at 5:00! Limited terrace seating and takeout available – just click the order food button above!

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For a limited time, Chef Michael Beltran and Chef Justin Flit’s beloved Coconut Grove eatery will be serving up summertime seafood offerings Friday – Sunday only. This includes a daily selection of oysters; fried clams with pepperoncini, fennel pollen and tartar sauce; lobster roll with Meyer lemon aioli and dill; smoked fish dip and more. Hours are Fridays 5PM – 10PM and Saturday/Sunday Noon to 10 PM.

This Wynwood restaurant is popping up at this rooftop.

Updated August 4, 2020
Restaurant: Beaker & Gray at the Citadel
Address: 8300 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33138
Little River

This Saturday, August 8th, Beaker & Gray is popping up at The Citadel rooftop with a curated cocktail menu for the entire month. Beaker & Gray Bar Director Ben Potts is at the helm of this pop-up, initially looking to place his out of work team members temporarily during the recent closures of indoor dining, Potts is elated about this new community partnership with The Citadel. “We are very excited to partner with a great venue to serve one of Miami’s growing neighborhoods. The space is beautiful and offers guests a very safe atmosphere to enjoy great cocktails and delicious cuisine.” – Ben Potts

The takeover will showcase Beaker & Gray’s craft cocktail bar program with new rooftop tropical desert vibes. You can look forward to fresh ingredients, house-made products, and rotating frozen cocktails. Cocktails will focus on refreshing options such as “Bomb-Bae” with Bombay Sapphire gin, camomile-infused Martini Ambrato, tonic water, and fresh citrus, as well as more spirituous options like the “Maduro Fashioned” with Bacardi Cuatro, maduro reduction, and cafecito bitters. Guests can enjoy a full dining experience on the rooftop curated by 8 of Miami’s top innovative kitchens.

The pop-up will offer weekly programming on the Rooftop such as, Wine Down Wednesday, Locals Night on Thursdays, and Brunch on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. The Rooftop will be open Wednesday-Friday 4 PM-Close, Saturday and Sunday from 12 PM- Close and will be serviced by members of the Beaker & Gray team.

Food & Wine magazine’s “Best New Chef” is opening up a new spot.

Updated August 4, 2020
Restaurant: Mamey at THēsis Hotel Miami
Address: 1350 South Dixie Highway
Coral Gables

A member of Food & Wine magazine’s “Best New Chefs” class of 2020 and a James Beard Award nominee, chef Niven Patel will add two more restaurants to his stellar Aya Hospitality lineup (Ghee, Erba) with Mamey and Orno, both set to open at the much-anticipated THēsis Hotel Miami in Coral Gables. The first to market, Mamey, is scheduled to open Tuesday, August 11, 2020. The vibrant and island-minded concept will incorporate a fun cocktail program by Miami’s esteemed collective Bar Lab.

Mamey will open with dinner, seven nights a week. The menu will highlight fruits, vegetables and herbs from Rancho Patel, his two-acre farm in Homestead. Dishes to look out for include the Yellowfin Tuna Tostones with tomato sofrito, scallion and piquillo pepper aioli; Bahamian Conch Fritters, served with cilantro tartar sauce and roasted peppers; Corn & Callaloo EmpanadasVietnamese Caesar Salad with opal basil, Parmigiano, crispy shallots, sesame, anchovy croutons; Mushroom Summer Roll; and Farm Greens Salad with hearts of palm, macadamia nuts, cara orange, radish and mango vinaigrette, among others. Larger dishes include the Creole Mahi or Crispy Chicken Sandwich dressed with plantain BBQ sauce to Trini Roti with curried chickpeas, spinach, red onion and tamarind chutney and Brussels Sprouts Pad Thai with farm egg. Prices range from $8-$36.

In collaboration with Bar Lab, Mamey’s cocktail menu will overflow with fresh, flavorful concoctions with an island flair. Delectable libations in the works include the Mamey Swizzle, a blend of light rum, Chef’s chai tea, coconut milk and mamey as well as the Jerk Sandia, a zesty mixture of Mezcal, watermelon, lemon balm, pomegranate and jerk spice.

Oysters, crab poutine and martinis to get you through the week.

Updated August 4, 2020
Restaurant: The Taurus with a Lazy Oyster pop-up
Address: 3540 Main Hwy c103, Miami
Coconut Grove


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Coconut Grove gem The Taurus is inviting diners to celebrate National Oyster Day with a Lazy Oyster pop-up (Lazy Oyster MENU),  specialty food items and drinks. Offerings will be available on Wednesday, August 5th from 3PM to 9PM. Regular a la carte & takeout menus will also be available. The Taurus is located at 3540 Main Hwy c103, Miami.

Specialty food items:

  • Maine lobster roll – $18, Brioche, Meyer lemon aioli, dill
  • Crab poutine- $14, French fries, gravy, cheese curds

Feature beverages:

  • Oyster Shooters – $6, House Bloody Mix & Vodka / Cucumber Mignonette & Gin
  • Buckets of Narragansett Lager – 5 for $15
  • Frozen Cocktails – $5, Pina Bro-lada & Guava Palomita
  • Martinis – $10, Grey Goose / Hendricks
  • Feature wines (bottle)
  • 2016 Domaine Menard-Gaborit Melon de Bourgogne, Muscadet, France, 20$
  • 2017 Foxglove Chardonnay, Central Coast, California, 25$

Fish & Chips have arrived in Miami.

Updated August 4, 2020
Restaurant: The Chippy  pop-up at Balan’s Bar & Brasserie
Address: 901 S Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33130


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Being British, Chef Justin Brown @justinbrownchef wanted to recreate the classic Fish and Chips he remembered from home. Remaining traditional using the highest quality produce available. Expect Local Wynwood Brewery Battered Fish wrapped in Paper, Proper Homemade Chips using the best quality Idaho Potatoes, Sarsons Malt Vinegar, Homemade Sides & Classic Desserts. We are also proud to #supportlocal using the following produce from @wynwoodbrewing @panzabreadco @miamipurveyors @patagoniansea @propersausages Launching August 4th, Link in Bio #comingsoon #foodnetworkfinds #justinbrownchef #foodie #miamifood #miamifoodie #miamifoodscene #miamifoodspot #miamifoodguide #miamifoodlover #miamifoodfinds #miamiliving #miami #miamibeach #miamifoodtruck #miamiguide #miamiflorida #brickell #brickellmiami #brickellliving #brickellcitycentre #1982 #thechippymiami #fishandchips #fishandchipsmiami #brickell #brickellfood #batteredmarsbar #chippy

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Award-winning British Chef Justin Brown introduces The Chippy pop-up at Balan’s Bar & Brasserie in Mary Brickell Village, now serving a hand-crafted selection of classic English dishes that will quench the palate of those craving an authentic menu of home-cooked cuisine that goes well beyond the bangers. Classic Fish and Chips is Chef Brown’s signature dish, recreated from his own recipe, and cooked with a homemade beer batter and served with lemon and fries—offering a choice of either Haddock or Cod—both made to melt in your mouth and remind you of your last visit to a British fish and chips shop. Expect local Wynwood Beer Battered Fish wrapped in newspaper, authentic homemade chips using the best quality Idaho Potatoes, and a squeeze of tangy lemon for that essential aftertaste. Additional menu items under the Meat & Chips option, include Battered Proper Pork Sausage, Battered Bell & Evens Chicken Strips, or an 8oz Wagyu Cheeseburger Salad, served with tomato and red onion. All main dishes, whether fish or meat, come with a choice of home-made sides or garnishes, including curry sauce, gravy, tartare sauce, mushy peas, Sarsons Malt Vinegar or picked egg. Homemade British desserts include Battered Mars Bar, Battered Snickers or Sticky Toffee Pudding with Toffee Sauce—one of England’s oldest and most traditional “puddings.”

The Chippy pop-up at Balan’s Bar & Brasserie is located at 901 South Miami Ave in Mary Brickell Village and is now offering pick-up or Uber Eats delivery in Brickell only from Wednesday to Sunday between 4:00pm and 10:00pm. Follow @thechippymiami and for further information or to place an online order, visit