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Bristol’s Burgers serves up juicy perfection

The view of the Intracoastal can’t be beat at Bristol’s Burgers at Diplomat Landing, the entertainment and dining complex across from the Diplomat Resort & Spa, and neither can the burgers. This new (and huge) restaurant is serving up juicy burgers with their special sauce and some great sides and appetizers too.

Mac ‘n cheese tater tots shown with ranch dressing for dipping.… Continue reading

Matador Room at The Miami Beach EDITION

Stepping into The Matador Room’s sunken oval dining room with a restored elegant 1950s chandelier overhead, the throwback glamour inside The Miami Beach EDITION’s restaurant is a definite change from the traditional hotel spot.

Maitake mushroom appetizer

Sweet pea guacamole with chips

The menu here is just as impressive as the decor, created by world-renowned chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten.  Like the crispy, meaty… Continue reading

Vagabond Kitchen & Bar menu is a delight

So much attention has been paid to the renovation of the Vagabond Hotel but its restaurant Vagabond Kitchen & Bar deserves as much of the spotlight.

Fresh cheese board from Mimmo’s Mozzarella.

Working with local purveyors Mimmo’s Mozzarella who are a short drive away to provide them with fresh homemade cheese is just one of the ways they provide a local is freshest… Continue reading

Menu at this tavern reaches down to your soul

Probably because at Soul Tavern in South Beach’s Sunset Harbour neighborhood, the all-vegetarian menu is so rich and soulful you’ll never miss the meat. And that’s exactly what I told Jason Gordon, founder and owner of this warm, inviting and yes, soulful restaurant.

Gordon smiled when I said that and then proceeded to bring out dish, after dish, after dish of the many… Continue reading

Oysters at the Red The Steakhouse? Shucks yeah

What a surprise to arrive at a steakhouse and be presented with oysters for shucking. It was an interesting twist but a welcome one, especially given that there was a fun lesson about oysters and the different varieties being presented that evening.

Chef Peter Vauthy Red The Steakhouse demonstrating the art of oyster shucking.

That’s what happened at Red The Steakhouse where dinner… Continue reading

Feast fit for a king at InterContinental Miami’s Toro Toro

It’s so fun to discover hidden spots just about anywhere, but especially in an iconic Downtown Miami hotel and in the basement. That’s where we dined for a Miami Spice preview dinner at InterContinental Miami’s Toro Toro Restaurant.

Before dinner commenced, we were told where we were sitting is the only chef’s table in Downtown Miami that’s next to the kitchen. The… Continue reading

Double the Miami Spice at Turnberry Isle

The elegant Turnberry Isle is home to a couple of restaurants offering Miami Spice menus. Both Bourbon Steak by Michael Mina and Corsair Kitchen & Bar are offering them and the Miami Spice preview included fare from each one.

Bourbon Steak & Corsair chefs welcome diners to Miami Spice preview.

Executive Chef Gabriel Fenton from Bourbon Steak and Chef Steve Sprague of Corsair… Continue reading

Finger lickin’ goodness at Bird & Bone

When the name Chef Richard Hales becomes associated with a restaurant it’s a pretty sure bet the food will be extraordinary. Already familiar with his Sakaya Kitchen and Black Brick Chinese, Bird & Bone was the only one I hadn’t tried.

Just like he immersed himself in Asian cooking methods for his other two restaurants, Hales traveled through the southern United States when… Continue reading

Panarea is a taste of authentic Mediterranean

Panarea Mediterranean Sea Grill is the third restaurant I’ve tried at the NE 110 St. and Biscayne Blvd. location in North Miami. I loved the other two and was sorry to see them go but the quaint, intimate space is a bit tough to get to.

Knowing how to navigate getting there to make the journey easier, I was excited to try the… Continue reading

Greek gem hidden in the nooks of Downtown Miami

Blue and white are almost always the colors associated with a Greek restaurant, as an homage to the landscape of white buildings that dot the Greek seaside. However, at Meraki Greek Bistro, those colors are elevated to a whole new type of elegance.

Discovering this inviting restaurant in Downtown Miami is half the fun, given that it’s a bit hidden and once you… Continue reading