What we ate this week in Miami

Our favorite restaurants in July 2021

Jul
15
2021
PHOTO CREDIT FUJI FILM GIRL

Updated July 6, 2021

REPORTING BACK ON WHAT WE’VE RECENTLY BEEN EATING IN MIAMI.

If you keep up with our weekly round-up of Breaking at Breakfast, then you know that we haven’t necessarily been to all of those spots. However, they’re on our radar and that’s where we’d be eating and drinking if we were you. We told you we’d let you know more if we end up loving them. So here we are!

What We Ate This Week will cover everything that’s new, newish or that we’ve recently tried.

RED ROOSTER


Address: 920 NW 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33136
Neighborhood: Overtown
By: Andrea Becerra

Chef Marcus Samuelsson has brought his soulful Southern flavors from Harlem to Overtown Miami with his second outpost of Red Rooster. 

The food and music are as lively and vibrant as the venue.

Plan a night out here with friends. It will make you forget the horrible traffic, the reckless drivers and it will make you fall in love with Miami all over again. 

The Southern classics are there. Think Mac n Cheese with aged cheddar and Cornbread with jalapeño honey butter. Chef Tristen Epps is also putting a modern spin to dishes like the chicken-fried green tomatoes with lemon pepper jelly, Overtown combac’ sauce and trout roe. Must orders include Deviled Eggs with chicharron, caviar and mustard as well as the Fire-Roasted Wagyu Oxtail (served whole). A generous portion, so sharing is recommended. 

Also, even if it’s not someone’s birthday pretend it is and order the Sundae with Neapolitan ice cream, housemade donuts, cookie dough bites, caramel corn, dulce de leche and rainbow sprinkles. It will come with a giant sparkler that will embarrass but also put a smile on your pretty little face. 

Check out Red Rooster for brunch too! 

BENH MI


Address: 1436 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Neighborhood: Miami Beach
By: Andrea Becerra

Calling out all the chicken tenders lovers out there. We see you. We feel you. And whoever says chicken tenders belong on the kid’s menu is sadly mistaken. If you love them as much as we do, you need to get your cute ‘insert peach emoji’ to Benh Mi for the crispiest chicken tenders you’ve ever had. This Vietnamese-inspired banh mi sandwich shop by Chef Benjamin Murray and Chef Michael Kaplan is pairing the Xtra Crunchy Chicken Tender Bucket, with three different sauces. A yuzu kosho ranch, roasted banana ketchup and a tamarind BBQ. We say don’t choose one, pay extra and get all three.

They also have Hot Chicken on their secret menu. It’s their version of Nashville hot chicken with ‘crack spice’. It’s served with a farro miso-yogurt that Chef Ben described as, “super aromatic and addicting.” He says it’s like, “if Nashville hot chicken had a baby with spicy wings dipped in ranch.” And what a beautiful baby that will be. 

We also had their Cheesy Egg Omelet banh mi on Bettant bread with umami mayo, pickled carrots, daikon & onion, all the herbs, cucumber, jalapeño and a funky sauce that we’d buy a jug of and keep in our fridge. 

KOJIN AT KURA


Address: 2nd Ave Miami, FL 33138
Neighborhood: Little River
By: Andrea Becerra

Chef Pedro Mederos behind dim sum pop-up E&P Dmplngs (now closed) has taken over Kura, a secret sake bar inside of Hachidori Ramen in Little River with his washoku concept Kojin. 

Washoku means “food from Japan” in Japanese which represents what Chef Pedro is creating at this 10 seat counter bar. Most of the ingredients and techniques used at Kojin are Japanese. However, there are some surprises here and there. 

You’re in for a culinary adventure and no there’s no sushi on the menu. Kojin offers The Chef’s Selection menu with 6 courses for $75. A sake pairing is also available for $45.  

Dios mio, you’ve never had a Caesar Salad like this. Chef Pedro adds shredded nori, Sassanian roe (smoked trout roe caviar) and dried bonito flakes to his non-traditional take to this classic salad and it will blow you away. Another favorite is the Tomago Don Buri which is a rice bowl dish with black garlic dashi and furikake. 

This is a special place. We don’t get experiences like this in Miami. So take note. Come with an open mind. Get ready to broaden your horizons and learn about Japanese cuisine. Oh and soon they will be launching a new menu so stay tuned! 

Reservations are required. Click HERE to book! Kojin is open Tuesday – Thursday, from 5 PM – 10 PM and from Friday – Saturday, 5 PM – 12 AM.

ZITZ SUM


Address: 396 Alhambra Cir Suite 155, Coral Gables, FL 33134
Neighborhood: Coral Gables
By: Andrea Becerra

Looking for a low-key happy hour spot, where food and drinks are bomb? Stop by Zitz Sum. Chef Pablo Zitzmann’s team creates rotating dishes and drink specials that are Asian-inspired for happy hour. The happy hour menu runs from 5 PM – 7PM. The limited menu includes cocktails for $8, beer for $6, wine and sake for $8. This week’s drink special is a mango cocktail appropriately named Not your Abuelas Mangoez. You’re getting it (if and when available). 

The food menu includes Chicken Wings with a Vietnamese glaze, crunchy garlic and herbs. Don’t skip the Patatas Bravas with bonito flakes, Calabrian emulsion, bonito aioli and curry salt. Oh and you can also order from their regular when visiting Zitz Sum during happy hour. 

To book a table for dinner which you should, click HERE.

Jaguar Sun


Address: 230 NE 4th Street
Neighborhood: Downtown
By: Natalie Ortiz 

They are back and better than ever, Jaguar sun has re-opened back in their old stomping grounds of the X-Miami building. All the favorites that you loved so dearly are back on the menu and some new and eating feats are also hitting the menu as well. 

If you want to start with a bang make sure to order a round of Kusshi Oysters for the table with every mignonette (yuzu kosho, pineapple habanero and honeydew mignonette), why choose one when you can have all three! But don’t stop there. The Scallops are a great dish for those wanting to stay on the raw course, with a little bit of sweetness from the strawberries and hint tang from the finger limes you may end up getting another round to dive into. Now for a little change of pace get the Wagyu Beef Tartare. This finger-licking-good tartare is so much more than the typical. With a smokey leek ash aioli and perfectly crisped toast, by the time you take the first bite of the wagyu tartare spread on top, you will have already ordered another. 

And of course, we couldn’t skip out on the classic pasta dishes. Between a perfectly buttered and peppered Bucatini Cacio e Pepe, a Spicy Rigatoni with a smoked pork sugo that just screams delectable and the Mushroom Tagliatelle that had us licking the plate; you won’t be steered wrong with any choice you make. But don’t forget dessert, because the Ice Cream Sandwich and Foie Gras with a passion fruit mousse are unworldly. Just trust us and order it. 

Now, what is good food without kick-ass drinks, and trust us the cocktails here did not disappoint. The classics we all loved still remain such as the Green Ghoul and of course the Martinis. But if you want to try something new and exciting the exotic section of the cocktail menu will deliver. The Living Dead done with Mexican angostura bitters, absinthe, passionfruit, hard spice and tabasco will make you rise from the grave. A beautiful licorice profile with a little kick from the spices makes each sip perfectly balanced and delectable. If you are a rum lover and want to get out of this world, the Young Astronaut will take you to the moon. Done with rum, mango, dry vermouth, lime and some aji Amarillo you’ll find that drinking exotic will make you feel exotic.

APOCALYPSE BBQ


Address: 2817 NW 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33127
Neighborhood: Wynwood | At @boxeldermiami every Saturday starting at 2PM
By: Natalie Ortiz 

There has been a big rise of BBQ in Miami recently and we have another one to add to your list. Another great story born out of the pandemic, Jeff Budnechky is taking a 10-year hobby and passion for barbecuing to the streets of Miami (more so the backyard of Boxelder Craft Beer Market). From creating the idea of Apocalypse BBQ in one day to then a year later being featured in the Grand Tasting villa at SoBe Food and Wine, there is a reason this is becoming a hot topic in Miami. 

Driven to give Miami a true BBQ identity, we started with the Pineapple Express Pork Belly Burnt Ends. When we tell you the sauce game alone is insane; we mean it. As an ode to an elderly neighbor growing up who would give him guava shells and cream cheese, this dish takes it to a whole new level. With a combination of guava and mango, a bit of heat from some habaneros and smoked pineapple chunks tossed in; you are getting a bite of the tropics each time. The Pulled Pork tossed in their famous colada-infused Oro Negro sauce and topped with mariquitas is an homage to Miami that can’t be beaten. Between a cafectio infused bbq sauce and mariquitas, they know how to represent the 305. And we couldn’t forget the Brisket, a tender piece of meat that shows why a hobby turned passion is now a local favorite. 

Every Saturday starting at 2 PM in the back of Boxelder is where you will find this crew and make sure you get there in time because they sell out quickly. So, grab a buddy, drink a beer and chow down on some good local Miami BBQ. 

FI’LIA


Address: 1300 South Miami Avenue (inside the SLS Brickell)
Neighborhood: Brickell
By: Sarah Dunn

Fi’lia Brickell is known for its firewood oven and grill and its homemade pizza and pasta. Chef Victor Rosado has extensive experience at the SLS Brickell, formerly Chef de Cuisine at Bazaar Mar and now the Executive Chef for SLS Brickell. Originally from Puerto Rico, he has worked with Chef Jose Andres for almost a decade and was part of the World Central Kitchen team on the island after Hurricane Maria.

We stopped by Fi’lia on Wine Down Wednesday, where select bottles of wine are 50% off during lunch and dinner. We also enjoyed a tasting of the menu curated by the Chef. The menu features classic Italian appetizers, salads, pizza, pasta, and wood grill entrees (meat and fish).

We began our meal with the Housemade Stracciatella, seasoned with truffle honey and cracked pepper and served with freshly grilled ciabatta bread. If you love truffles, try the Truffle Pizza from the firewood oven, topped with truffle cream, arugula, and fontina cheese. Our favorite dish was the Spaghetti Carbonara, classically prepared with pancetta, chives, and pecorino romano, and topped with a 63-degree egg to coat the pasta in a creamy, runny yolk. For dessert, we recommend the Dulce de Leche Ice Cream Sandwich, a creative spin on a signature Miami dessert.

Our meal was paired with a bottle of the Abstract Red Blend by Orin Swift, a smooth California blend that complements Fi’lias Italian dishes.

Fi’lia Brickell has indoor and outdoor dining and serves Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, and Dinner. If you are in Brickell on a weekday, stop by for their Pronto Lunch Special, which includes a soup or salad and pizza or pasta for just $19

NOSSA OMAKASE


Address: 1600 Collins Avenue
Neighborhood: Miami Beach
By: Sarah Dunn

Miami has several Omakase restaurants, offering a multitude of hand-selected courses for the sushi connoisseur. If you’re looking for more of an interactive omakase experience for a celebratory occasion, look no further than Nossa Omakase, tucked behind Koa Poke inside the Hyatt Centric in South Beach. In fact, Nossa means “wow” in Portuguese! Four nights a week, Brazilian Master Sushi Chef Max Kamakura serves 16-18 courses of traditional Omakase elevated with luxe ingredients and Latin flavors.

The experience is available Wednesday through Saturday for up to fifteen guests. Upon arrival, guests receive a sealed envelope in the poke shop with instructions, including the daily password for entry. Behind the Red Door is a speakeasy bar for pre-dinner cocktails. Dinner is served at a circular sushi counter, where guests can watch the preparation of each dish and interact with Chef Max.

The menu is customized based on fresh fish flown in from Japan and features 8-10 individual dishes followed by several Nigiri selections and a dessert. The dishes utilize high-end ingredients including Wagyu beef, truffle, and caviar, and are plated with an emphasis on presentation. Each dish is presented under a spotlight in front of the diners for maximum effect and, of course, a great photo op. Some of our favorites from our visit were the Oyster Shot, the Braised Wagyu, Uni, and Truffle on Crispy Rice, and the Jidori Cream Chicharron with Caviar. 

The Omakase Evening Experience is $250-$280 per person and select Wednesdays are Wagyu Wednesday Omakase, with Miyazakigyu Japanese Wagyu Beef and prime cuts of Wagyu beef from Hokkaido, Japan for $300 per person. Both experiences can be booked exclusively through HERE.

MIAMI SLICE


Address: 3529 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33137
Neighborhood: Midtown
By: Andrea Becerra

Miami is getting its fair share of pizzerias in recent months and rumor has it there are more to come. We can never say no to pizza and we’re guessing, that if you’re still with us, you feel the same way. Add Miami Slice to your pizza list. It’s a New York Style pizza pop-up in Miami operating out of La Latina in Midtown. Each slice is as big as your face. The crust is crispy, it has no flop and you can eat it with one hand. We recommend one pizza for four Hungries so that everyone gets two slices. You’ll want to do half Salsera (vodka sauce, marinara sauce and pesto) and half Mushroom and Truffle. Miami Slice is open from Friday- Sunday evening. To pre-order your pizza click HERE.

 

 

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