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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

Buon appetito at Angelo Elia in CityPlace Doral

Chef Angelo Elia already has an impressive restaurant empire throughout Broward County and now he’s expanded it to CityPlace Doral with the more casual Angelo Elia Pizza Bar Tapas.

The atmosphere may be casual but the menu is anything but. That was evident at an intimate media dinner where a specialty cocktail was offered to kick off the meal, followed by tapas, pizzas… Continue reading

Zucca brings Italian flair inside boutique hotel

I was quite surprised when I attended a media tasting at Zucca and realized as I arrived that it was inside the boutique Hotel St. Michel, an iconic fixture in Downtown Coral Gables.

Curious to sample the Italian fare inside this French-themed hotel, the restaurant’s contemporary look was quite inviting. We settled around the bar for what would be a barrage of family-style… Continue reading

Graziano’s still one of Gables’ best eateries

They’re not just in the Gables though, they actually have four restaurants in Miami because the Argentinian fare at Graziano’s is just that good. So they’re also serving it up on Brickell, in Hialeah and on Bird Road. This family-run business takes the preparation and presentation of their food seriously, probably a secret to their longevity in Miami’s very competitive restaurant industry.

At… Continue reading