What we ate this week

Our favorite things we've tried in January 2021

Jan
27
2021

Updated January 27th, 2021

Reporting back on what we’ve recently been eating.

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 or newish or that we’ve recently tried.

1. RIVER OYSTER BAR


Address: 33 SE 7th Street
Neighborhood: Brickell
Classic and beloved restaurant The River Oyster Bar, is back at a new location just a block away from the original. We went this past Saturday and loved the new location and outdoor patio lounge. The menu is the same with the addition of four new poke bowls.  Every day their oyster selection changes. We tried Atlantic oysters that are brinier than those from the West coast. Our favorites were the Tomahawk from Shinnecock Inlet in Long Island New York and the Malpeque from Prince Edward Island, a providence in Canada. All oysters are served with a traditional cocktail sauce, mignonette, wasabi cucumber with lemon, and horseradish (if you ask for it).

Besides the oysters, our favorite dishes include the Snapper Tartare with soy-yuzu dressing, wasabi tobiko; Crab Gnocchi with jumbo lump blue crab, summer truffle and creamy parmesan; and grilled Yellowtail snapper filet with salsa verde. If you’re looking for a great happy hour, this one is not to be missed. From 4:30 PM to 7 PM get $1.50 oysters (chef’s selection), draft pint beers for $4, wine by the glass for $6, and cocktails for $6. From 3 PM- 6 PM you can also order bar snacks that include bacalao croquettes, deviled eggs with caviar and more. Happy hour is available at the bar, hightops, oyster bar, and outside the lounge with the exception of the dining room.

2. Minty Z


Address: 3206 Grand Avenue
Neighborhood: Coconut Grove
This new Asian and Dim Sum restaurant in Coconut Grove is perfect for those looking for a plant-based dumpling feast. We love the sticky rice with BBQ jackfruit wrapped in lotus leaves; General Tso’S Brussels; pan-fried Prosperity “beef” gyozas made with their housemade plant-based meat and napa cabbage; and our new favorite carrot & black sesame bao buns with a coconut yogurt sauce for dipping. They also have a brunch menu on their website so we know that’s coming soon! We’ll keep you posted on when that’s happening. Stop by for dinner in the meantime. For more info click HERE.

3. E&P DUMPLNGS


Address: 6907 S Red Rd, Miami, FL
Neighborhood: South Miami
E&P Dumplings is a pop-up in South Miami’s Threefold Cafe. They are making the best dumplings we’ve ever had in Miami. Run because their pop-up ends on March 31st. Chefs Evan Burgess and Pedro Mederos come from some of the best kitchens in the country, including Singlethread in Sonoma and Alter in Miami.

Their dumpling includes crab shumai, beef shank shumai, classic lamb dumpling and a pork dumpling for $39 which is honestly a steal for the level of technique and quality ingredients they are sourcing. These are no average dumplings. You’ll want to add the braised short rib and the pork belly bao to your order. Our favorite dessert was the house-made sorbet with pineapple, coconut, and key lime compressed melon. For reservations click HERE. If you have any questions send them a direct message on their Instagram @EPDmplngs.

 

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4. BOMBA PAELLA


Address: 106 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33132
Neighborhood: Downtown
We went to the first round of Bomba Paella on Sunday and it was BOMB. Chef July Salazar and Chef Deme Lomas of Arson and NIU Kitchen are putting their spin on paellas. These aren’t regular paellas. These are flavorful paellas with thought-out ingredients drawing inspiration from their Colombian and Catalan roots. Our favorites were the Kimchi paella with housemade kimchi, a poached egg and scallions and July’s Paella which gave us all the Colombian feels. It’s calentado style so of course, it has red beans, chicharron (porkbelly) and a citrus avocado mayo.

Make a reservation and pretend you’re in Barcelona having a Sunday lunch with friends and family. Their selection of wines shouldn’t be overlooked. The wine list is brought to you by Karina Iglesias partner at NIU Kitchen, Arson and Medium Wine Shop. This pop-up restaurant will continue every Sunday for lunch until February 7th. We really hope they extend it.

5. CAFE KUSH


Address: 7700 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33138
Neighborhood: MiMo
Cafe Kush is the newest restaurant by Kush Hospitality Group. They’re doing French food with a Miami twist. The menu at Cafe Kush is broken down into Hors D’Oeuvres (appetizers), Sandwiches (same in French), Sope et Salades (Soups and Salads) and Les Plats Pincipeaux (main dishes). They offer a small dessert menu and lots of French wines, cocktails and draft beers. Our favorites dishes include the fried frog legs or Cuisses de Grenouilles from the Gulf of Mexico, the French Onion Burger and the peppercorn Steak Frites. For more info check out our full Hungry Posted Restaurant Recommendation HERE.

 

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6. MR. OMAKASE


Address: 163 SE 1st St, Miami, FL 33131
Neighborhood: Downtown
Mr. Omakase is the latest sushi bar to open in Miami’s downtown. The owners of Poke OG, Andrew Mayer and Ryan Leto partnered with master sushi chef Ryo Nato of the former Myumi which previously had one of the first sushi food trucks in Miami and a sushi counter at 1-800-Lucky. Currently, they are offering three different omakase experiences. Their entry-level menu offers 10 courses and priced at $69 per person, 14 courses at $89 per person and 18 courses at $119 per person. The 18-course menu also features uni, chu-toro, A5 wagyu and more. Our favorite dish was the wagyu with uni. Sake, wine and beer are also available. You can even choose among four different cups to sip your Sake.

Reservations are limited and the sushi counter is only offering 8 guests at a time to maintain social distancing. They are open for dinner Wednesday – Sunday starting at 5:30 PM. For reservations click HERE.

 

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7. UNITED STATES BURGER SERVICE


Address: 8300 NE 2nd Ave Suite 102, Miami, FL 33138
Neighborhood: Little River
Are you looking for a good burger? We recently tried United States Burger Service in the Citadel food hall and basically you’re doing yourself a diservice if you haven’t tried it. Michael Mayta and Keily Vasquez are the husband and wife team behind the burger concept with their friend Manny Mendia. All three have worked at Chef Michelle Bernsetien’s kitchens.

They make their own burger blends and potato buns. Our favorite was the Ground with a single patty (all though you can make it a double) with “Government Cheese” which is a blend of fontina and cheddar and Priority Sauce which is mayo-based and tastes like French onion soup. If you’re getting fries, we recommend the Cuban Tariff  fries tossed in “Sazon Completa” with a garlic lime mayo. They also have a monthly burger on rotation. For January they came up with the “No Mames Pozol-Güey” Burger with a chicken patty, “Pozole” hot sauce, cabbage, radish and a chile lime vinaigrette.

8. BOTTA ITALIAN STREET FOOD


Address: 860 NE 79th St B, Miami, FL 33138
Neighborhood: Shorecrest
Botta Italian Street Food is an Italian panini shop on 79th Street in North Miami. One of our writers said it was the best thing she ate in 2020. So we had to go back. Botta is just a storefront with window service. They have a small menu that includes leavened square pizza, a classic lasagna, a pesto lasagna, giant bruschetta and panini sandwiches in Sullivan Street focaccia bread. Take your first bite and tell us this doesn’t take you the streets of Rome. Our favorite so far was the cured pork shoulder with sheep cheese and white truffle but we really want to go back for the Bresaola with goat cheese and arugula.

9. ITAMAE


Address: 151 NE 41st St Suite 135, Miami, FL 33137
Neighborhood: Design District
When will we shut up about Itamae? Never. If you haven’t heard we’re still obsessed with Itamae. It’s just really exciting to come across food that is this good.  But in case you’re here for the first time. Itamae recently opened their first brick and mortar location in the design district. It’s a family affair by brother and sister Valerie and Nando Chang. Here you will find Nikkei style cuisine. That’s Peruvian ingredients with Japanese technique.

We always want La Punta Cebiche and Conchitas a la Parmesana. New things we’ve tried and also loved, include the Caesar Salad with iceberg wedge, ikura, tobiko, red onion, parmesan, bread crumbs and koji-caesar dressing; the Sueño Cebiche with head-on shrimp, red onion, choclo, cancha, cilantro, huacatay and chupe leche de tiger; and Kirby’s Dream Land Roll with salmon, avocado topped with salmon tartare, crispy nori and huacatay aioli. Next on our list is the Erizo de Mar. That’s their daily catch, avocado topped with uni, red onion, shiso and ají amarillo leche de tigre.

 

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10. FLOUR AND WEIRDOUGHS


Address: 19 Harbor Dr, Key Biscayne
Neighborhood: Key Biscayne

This newish bakery in Key Biscayne is always up to something different. We’re big fans of their classics such as the Basic AF croissant, the It’s Brisket B*tch croissant (Montreal-style brisket, grain mustard and provolone cheese) and the Cacio e Pepe loaf with Pecorino and black pepper.

But every Saturday and Sunday of every month these Weirdoughs put out some new menu items. We’re currently loving the Violet Beauregarde cruffin named after a character in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. They use croissant dough to make what looks like a muffin but tastes like a croissant.  This flakey cruffin has fresh blueberries and cream cheese. This month they also have a stuffed croqueta loaf called the Irregardless 305 loaf and the “Fugayzi, Fugazzi” loaf with charred Yellow onion. Recognize the name? It’s a line from Wolf of Wallstreet. Pre-order HERE before they sell-out.

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