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Prohibition has made its debut in the Midtown Miami shops, where pretentious George’s Kitchen used to be. The food is pretty simple but well-prepared and fun --- definitely not pretentious. That’s the concept the owner says he wanted to go with the old-fashioned, two-fisted cocktails. The décor is very warm and welcoming, but so airy and open and high-ceilinged that a speakeasy vibe doesn’t come across.
Chef Michael Shikany has opened his eponymous restaurant, Shikany, in Wynwood. This cutting-edge establishment presents all sorts of combinations that sound like they wouldn’t work --- but then they do. Shikany, 251 NW 25th St., Miami, FL 33127, 305-573-0690.
In the former North One 10 space, Tunky Tunky serves Peruvian food from a brother-sister team. Expect traditional cooked dishes and both modern and traditional ceviches. Tunky Tunky, 11052 Biscayne Blvd., North Miami, FL 33161, 786-953-5825.
Basil Park in Sunny Isles Beach is a new and interesting health-conscious (and largely hitting the organic/fresh/local buttons) place from Tim Andriola. There are many vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and processed sugar-free options that are generally very tasty, too. Basil Park, 17608 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach, FL 33160, 305-705-0004.
Zak the Baker in Wynwood is a nice little café with a big bakery. On offer are soups, salads and sandwiches made with some of the best bread in Miami. Zak the Baker, 405 NW 26th St., Miami, FL 33127, no phone.
NIU Kitchen is a cool New Catalan restaurant that uses modern techniques while also incorporating traditional ingredients. Examples include a basil oil-spiked cold tomato broth with a crouton island topped with spicy mustard ice cream and micro-greens; pork cheeks with a sweet and aromatic glaze; and sweet eggplant custard for dessert. NIU Kitchen, 134 NE 2nd Ave., Miami, FL 33132, 786-542-5070.
Chef Michelle Bernstein is opening a new restaurant in Miami Beach at the upcoming Thompson Miami Beach. It will reportedly be a classic brasserie and Bernstein will oversee food and beverage along with Karim Masri and Nicola Siervo of KNR Hospitality Group (The Dutch, Cavalli and Quattro). Thompson Miami Beach, 4041 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL 33140, no phone.
L'Echon Brasserie has opened at Hilton Cabana Miami Beach. Expect charcuterie and sausages, a wood fire grill, a raw bar with rotating oysters and shellfish, and classic French bistro fare. L'Echon Brasserie is open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. L'Echon Brasserie, 6261 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL 33140, 305-527-7167.
Chef Ralph Pagano’s Naked Taco presents a menu of tacos, burritos, fajitas and more at Dream South Beach. The restaurant also encompasses an outdoor patio and two bars: Bar Mañana serves coffee drinks while Bar Noche features more than 125 tequilas. Naked Taco, Dream South Beach, 1111 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL 33139, 305-534-8455.
Flavor Palm Beach Takes Place September 1-30
During Flavor Palm Beach in the whole month of September, diners can enjoy a three-course lunch for $20 or dinner for $30 or $35 at dozens of restaurants. Participants include Cafe Boulud, Cafe Chardonnay and Texas de Brazil. For more information, visit www.flavorpb.com
The Broken Shaker Branching Out to Chicago
Craft cocktail bar The Broken Shaker will open a location in Chicago. The opening is slated for early 2015. The Broken Shaker, Freehand Miami, 2727 Indian Creek Dr., Miami Beach, FL 33140, 305-531-2727.
Miami Spice Returns
The Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau presents Miami Spice August 1-September 30, 2014. During this time, participating restaurants will offer a special three-course lunches for $19 or $23 and dinner menus for $33 or $39. Celebrate and enjoy some of the city's best foods throughout Miami and the beaches. For more information visit, ilovemiamispice.com
Marlon Rambaran is now chef de cuisine at Scarpetta, chef Scott Conant's eatery at Fontainebleau Miami Beach. He replaces Nina Compton, a "Top Chef" contestant who has decided to take time off to travel before coming back to professional cooking. Scarpetta, Fontainebleau Miami Beach, 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL 33140, 305-674-4660.
James Seyba, an Idaho native who previously worked at Michael Schwartz's 150 Central Park on Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Sea cruise ship, recently joined the team at The Broken Shaker. He has created a new menu, which features local ingredients, with items like smoked St. Louis ribs, house-made ricotta and a burger served with sharp cheddar, drunken onions and house-cured bacon on toasted brioche. Other new items include grits with hickory smoked tomato, cured meats served with bread from Zak the Baker and "Broken Donuts" with cafe con leche sauce. A few new beers grace the menu as well: Cigar City, Jai Alai IPA, and Rekorderlig Pear Cider. The Broken Shaker, Freehand Miami, 2727 Indian Creek Dr., Miami Beach, FL 33140, 305-531-2727.
Chef Victor Santos has taken over from Norman Van Aken at Tuyo, the restaurant on the top floor of the Miami Culinary Institute. Expect such dishes as creamy butternut squash and kabocha soup; pan-roasted American red snapper on coconut jasmine rice; and beef short rib, slow-braised and deboned. Desserts range from rice and sweet corn pudding to a lemon grass semifreddo. Tuyo, Miami Culinary Institute, 415 NE Second Ave., Miami, FL 33132, 305-237-3200 .
After six years, Prelude by Barton G. had its final curtain call at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. The restaurant was restaurateur Barton G. Weiss's second Dade restaurant, after his Miami Beach flagship, Barton G. The Restaurant. Prelude by Barton G., Ziff Ballet Opera House, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33132, no phone.
Porcao, the "farm-to-grill" restaurant, lounge and cigar bar in Brickell, has closed after a little more than a month in business. Porcao, 901 S. Miami Ave., Brickell, FL 33130, no phone.
After 15 years at the AmericanAirlines Arena in downtown Miami, Gloria Estefan's Bongos Cuban Cafe has closed. The restaurant will still operate a concession inside the arena. In addition, the other Bongos locations in Orlando, the Seminole Hard Rock and the South Terminal at MIA will remain open. Bongos Cuban Cafe, American Airlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33132, no phone.
Umami Burger in South Beach has shuttered. This was the first Florida location of the California-based burger chain. Umami Burger, 1080 Alton Rd., Miami Beach, FL 33139, no phone.
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