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NEW RESTAURANTS IN MIAMI

From the guys who brought Miami gourmet burger joint LoKal and craft beer bar Kush comes The Spillover, a cider and mead bar and sustainable fish house in the heart of Coconut Grove and in the historic Mayfair Hotel. The emphasis here, as it is in owner Matt Kuscher's other concepts, is local ingredients and food that's good for you. Only instead of focusing on burgers and beer like his other concepts, Kuscher's taken to the sea. To that end, he's dishing out a lobster BLT and Reuben (both packing an entire Maine lobster), conch strips, Ocean City crab cakes, pan con minuta, spear-caught Florida grouper sandwich, and fish and chips (among other things). A new burger -- the bababooey -- is also on the menu, as is guava bread pudding and treats for pups. More importantly, there is the diverse selection of ciders, meads and sours, ranging from Spain, Italy and France to California, New York, and Missouri. Lunch & Dinner Daily. The Spillover, Mayfair Hotel, 2911 Grand Ave., Miami, FL 33133, 305-456-5723.
 
The guys behind the insanely popular My Ceviche are doing the fast-casual yet locally sourced and ingredient conscious thing again, except this time they're going Mediterranean. At Zuuk Mediterranean Kitchen, former BLT Steak executive chef Sam Gorenstein enlisted the help of former colleague (and BLT Steak's latest executive chef) Daniel Ganem to bring the concept to life. The idea is simple: Build your own Mediterranean bowls. Start with the base (either salad or rice) then add up to three dips or spreads (options include roasted red pepper hummus, kalamata olive yogurt dip, za'atar-feta, baba ghanoush, mint tzatziki, and traditional hummus) before moving on to proteins and veggies. Think hormone- and antibiotic-free chicken seasoned with turmeric, oregano and lemon; baked falafel; seasonal roasted vegetables; or slow roasted beef or spiced lamb kefte for an additional $1.95. Lunch & Dinner Daily. Zuuk Mediterranean Kitchen, 1250 S Miami Ave. #105, Miami, FL 33130, 305-200-3145.
 
Fusing the best of Japanese and Spanish cuisines, and then spiking it with Miami flavor, Kueno is the newest and most delectable addition to culinary incubator and hipster mecca Wynwood Yard. The brainchild of Ricardo Sanz from Kabuki in Madrid and Miami natives, cousin and pro-soccer star Anthony Ricci and Matias Ricci, Kuenko offers a plethora of donburi (rice bowls) ranging from spicy tuna to butterfish to fish tempura --- all with a fried egg on top for good measure. Bowls are priced at $10.38 and there are vegetarian options for non-pescaterians and non-carnivores. For dessert, hit the neighboring Korean shaved ice truck. Lunch & Dinner Daily. Kuenko, Wynwood Yard, 56 NW 29th St., Miami, FL 33137, 908-858-3656.
 
Camila Ramos got her start brewing and pouring coffee at Gainesville’s Volta Coffee, Tea and Chocolate in 2008. She then joined the Panther Coffee opening team in 2011 and went on to become the director of retail operations for the brand while also competing in a plethora of national competitions giving her serious barista street cred and national recognition. All this ultimately led Ramos to go off on her own with All Day, a coffee and eggs joint sandwiched between The Corner (and in partnership with owner Chris MacLeod) and Fooq's in downtown. The aptly named All Day is open all day (from 7 a.m. to midnight and pun intended), boasting a menu made up of several java choices (from pour over and hot drip to cold brew and nitro), eggs, tartines, and sammys. The after-five menu features heftier options such as pink shrimp and grits, sous vide steak tartare and Brussels sprouts cooked by former Gigi chef Michael Lutka. All Day, 1035 N Miami Ave., Miami, FL 33136, 305-699-3447.
 
If you are a tea drinker, chances are you've sipped one of JoJo Tea's many seasonal teas at restaurants all over town. For the last five years, the Miami-based tea company has been supplying the city's top eateries the likes of Zuma, Eating House, Michael's Genuine Food & Drink, Yardbird and more with tea straight from the source. And now founders Michael Ortiz and Tico Aran have taken their tea game to the next level by opening the Tasting Room in Coral Gables. The “reservations only” tea experience will give tea lovers a chance to have their very own private tea party where they will taste from one or five different teas whilst getting some serious tea history, and maybe even a little meditation. Yes, there are meditation cushions (Ortiz found tea through teaching meditation). Teas change seasonally and have been specifically curated by Ortiz. JoJo Tea Tasting Room, 951 S. LeJune Rd., Miami, FL 33134, no phone.
 
Olympic gold medalist and two-time NBA Champion Ray Allen can now add restauranteur to his impressive resume. The former Miami Heat player along with his wife Shannon opened Grown, a fast-casual organic concept in South Miami. Born out of a need to feed their children something fast yet nutritious and delicious, Grown puts special emphasis on seasonal and sustainable products, with a lot of vegetables and herbs coming straight from the restaurant's rooftop garden. For menu development and execution, the Allens have tapped executive chef Todd Kiley from Chicago restaurant group Rainforest Cafe. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are offered -- everything from small-batch, from-scratch soups, salads, sandwiches and wraps, gluten-free backed goods, made-to-order cold pressed juices, fruit smoothies and fair trade coffees and teas. Grown features a drive-thru as well as a grab-and-go section. Grown, 8211 South Dixie Hwy., Miami, FL 33143, 305-663-GROW.
 
Richard Hales, the man responsible for Midtown favorites Sakaya Kitchen and Blackbrick is doing it again, only this time he's bringing hot chicken to Miami with the opening of Bird & Bone at the ever-hip Wynwood Yard. With a summer opening planned, Hales is giving his popular Dim Ssäm à Gogo truck a makeover to turn it into Bird & Bone on the fly. On the menu: hot chicken, ribs and sides. His signature dish will feature spicy fried chicken on Zak the Baker bread topped with a cooling pickle. There will also be chicken wings, nuggets and half a chicken --- all of which will be offered from the mild to fiery heat spectrum. Those who don't like it hot will also have the option to order their bird "Southern" style with no sauce, as well as ribs of the day with both dry and wet rubs. Sides like pimento mac 'n' cheese, green godess cole slaw and wedge fries will also be available. Bird & Bone, Wynwood Yard, 56 NW 29th St., Miami, FL 33137, no phone.
 
The New York City speakeasy, Employees Only, will makes its first foray outside the Big Apple with a Miami debut at the Washington Park Hotel sometime this fall. In addition to Miami, the beloved watering hole will be opening locations in Singapore and Austin, Texas. Employees Only will be the signature restaurant and bar for the Washington Park Hotel, comprising four landmarked Art Deco hotels with 181 guest rooms. The Employees Only New York counterpart pours 183,000 cocktails per year, and dishes up impressive food from an exotic menu. No word yet on what the Miami location has in store, but expect a long line of people eager to sip classic and modern cocktails. Employees Only, Washington Park Hotel Complex, 1050 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, FL 33139, no phone.
 
The Japanese Dragonfly Izakaya & Fish Market, popular with college students in Gainesville and tourists and denizens of Orlando, has found a third home. Nestled in the Downtown Doral billion-dollar development and clocking in at 6,000 square feet, Dragonfly resembles a Japanese temple. A fish market at the entrance pays tribute to the famous Tsukiji Fish Market in Japan. Here, you can get bento boxes to-go, house-made and rare boutique items such as exotic soy sauce (yes, there is such a thing) sourced directly from Japan. As for the menu, it's a hefty one. Expect all the usual suspects like gyoza, shishito peppers, grilled robata items, noodles and fried rice, nigiri, sashimi, and of course, sushi. But also: unique and off-the-beaten-path items including roasted tri-cauliflower, golden raisins and pine nuts; garlic blue crab fried rice with shisho and nori; beef tongue; and a neck-to-tail tasting menu that's handmade daily. Wash it down with handcrafted seasonal omakase cocktails, Japanese whiskey or a carefully curated selection of sake and shochu. Lunch & Dinner Daily.
 
Raw foods guru and vegan authority Matthew Kenney has authored 12 cookbooks on plant matters, oversees a handful of restaurants throughout the country, founded his namesake cuisine as well as the Matthew Kenney Culinary Academy, and now, the chef is bringing his talents to Miami's burgeoning Arts District with the hotly anticipated opening of Plant Food + Wine. At his plant temple tucked away in a pocket of Wynwood and impossible to find unless you're looking for it (part of the charm), diners feel as if they've left Miami and are somewhere in California. A seamless and sprawling outdoor/indoor space with a pool speaks to the restaurant's naturist and plant-forward menu. Open for lunch, and dinner daily (with a happy hour, no less), the menu features a plethora of small plates, mains, snacks and artisanal "cheese." There's also a chef's tasting menu consisting of five courses should you want to take your taste buds on a culinary journey through the plant kingdom, and --- if you want to replicate the raw goodness at home --- culinary classes every day. Lunch & Dinner daily. Plant Food + Wine, Sacred Space Miami, 105 NE 24 St., Miami, FL 33137, 305-814-5365.
 
Diego Muñoz got his culinary training working under legends Ferran Adria and Gaston Acurio and it shows on the menu at 1111 Peruvian Bistro in Brickell. Yes, there are classics such as lomo saltado, Peruvian anticuchos (grilled octopus, veal heart and chicken livers), calamari jalea, and king crab and poached chicken causa, but also innovative takes like duck and prune terrine and fish cutlet with peanut curry and white chaufa. And for dessert, a progression in chocolate temperatures. Lunch & Dinner Daily. 1111 Peruvian Bistro, 1111 SW 1st Ave., Miami, FL 33130, 786-615-9633.
 
James Beard nominee, "Top Chef" alum, and former Gigi and Yardbird executive chef Jeff McInnis returns to Miami after a two-year hiatus in New York where he currently owns Root & Bone (praised for serving some of the best fried chicken in NYC) with his fellow "Top Chef" alum, Gigi and Yardbird colleague, and life partner Janine Booth. The culinary power duo has opened Sarsaparilla Club at the swank Shelborne Wyndham Grand South Beach. Named after the sarsaparilla root and keeping in theme with Root & Bone in New York, the American dim sum eatery is a departure from McInnis’ southern roots and has several cultural influences including Australian, Asian, Indian and American. Carts roll around the dining room, pushing everything from carrot and beet tartare, drunken deviled eggs and homemade ricotta with tomato sorbet to Sarsaparilla floats with toffee ice cream and fifty cherries and banana cream cake with torched meringue (yes, there is a dessert cart). Or you can go the kitchen route and indulge in shrimp and bacon stuffed wings, sweet corn "grits," rock shrimp laksa with coconut turmeric broth and egg noodles, and green curry fried chicken with makrut lime powder and toasted coconut. Sarsaparilla Club, Shelborne Wyndham Grand South Beach, One 18th St., Miami Beach, FL 33139, 305-341-1400.
 
Looking for sustainable sustenance in downtown's concrete- and coffee-laden landscape? Head to the historic Alfred I. DuPont Building where Manna Life Food offers sweet and savory bowls, arepas made using flax seeds and other grains, noritos (nori burritos), smoothies, juices, raw and baked treats, and grab-n-go items, all spiked and chockfull of ancient food (or what we nowawadays refer to as superfoods). Everything is made in house and from scratch using no refined ingredients. Manna Life Food is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Manna Life Food, Alfred I. DuPont Building, 80 NE 2nd Ave., Miami, FL 33132, 786-717-5060.
 
The guys responsible for the evolution and revolution of Miami's cocktail culture, Elad Zvi and Gabe Orta (otherwise known as the Bar Lab Boys, behind The Broken Shaker and Restaurant 27) are doing it again; this time with 80s throwback lounge and tiki bar, The Anderson. Taking over the former and legendary Magnum (RIP) space (which has Miami's oldest standing liquor license since the shuttering of Tobacco Road), The Anderson pays tribute to classic cocktails and simpler times in a dungeon’s dark, and cool setting. In partnership with local PR maven Jordan Binder and with menu conceptualization by Vagabond Restaurant & Bar's Alex Chang, The Anderson brings together a cool vibe, classic and modern cocktails, and innovative chow in an unruffled setting. Think red and black booths, dark wallpapered walls, a Pac-Man machine, jukebox with 80s classics, DJ booth/piano stage, and outdoor tiki bar (sand and all). As for libations and comestibles, you'll be drinking twists on dirty martinis, appletinis and cosmopolitans, and washing down Tex-Mex queso, Japanese hot dogs with samurai sauce, and patty melts with aged comte, caramelized onions and horseradish creme fraiche served on marble rye. The Anderson is open Tuesday through Thursday from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.; Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. to 4 a.m.; and Sunday from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. info@theandersonmiami.com. The Anderson, 709 NE 79 St., Miami, FL 33138, 305-757-3368.
 
The popular food-truck-turned-brick-and-mortar, Ms. Cheezious, took years to open its first gourmet grilled cheese shop in Miami's MiMo district, but the second location in Coral Gables has been nothing but smooth sailing. You no longer have to drive all the way north or chase one of its trio of trucks around town to get your fix of adult grilled cheese. Inhabiting the former Route 9 location, Ms. Cheezious caters to the Coral Gables corporate crowd by offering take-out, delivery, and express lunch. All the sarnies that made the roving truck Miami famous (BBQ pulled pork, grilled blue and bacon, crabby cheese melt, southern fried chicken and waffle melt) plus new creations (Frito pie, mack n' melt, croqueta monsieur, patty melt and s'mores melt), and even some surprises are in store for diners. Lunch & Dinner Daily. Ms. Cheezious, 1915 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Miami, FL 33134, 305-989-4019.
 
It seems like Miami had been waiting for J&G Grill's pastry virtuoso Antonio Bachour to open up his namesake bakery and cafe, Bachour Bakery + Bistro. His partner, former Sra. Martinez and Eating House sous chef Henry Hane will be responsible for most of the savory side while Bachour will do what he does best: sweet. Expect morning pastries from scratch (think danishes, brioche, and a plethora of croissants, like guava and cheese), as well as selection of desserts ranging from bonbons and macarons to petits gateaux (mini cakes) and layered verrines. Specialty cakes are also available. The plan is to work with and highlight as many local and tropical fruits a possible (expect lots of passion fruit --- a personal favorite of Bachour). On the savory side, Hane dishes out salads, open-face sandwiches, housemade soups and veggie-heavy main dishes. Breakfast offerings include a yogurt bowl with ginger honey yogurt, stewed fruits, and house granola; "bird in a nest," an herb salad topped with brioche and a fried egg; "egg jar," a 64-degree egg with potato purée, lardons, and grilled bread; and brioche toast with whipped ricotta and seasonal jam. For lunch, the "everything" smoked salmon on everything-bagel-seasoned sourdough and a duck confit sandwich make for solid offerings. Bachour Bakery + Bistro, Brickell World Plaza, 600 Brickell Ave., Miami, FL 33130, 305-330-6310 .
 

NOTEWORTHY ANNOUNCEMENTS

Amazon Restaurants Expands to Miami
Amazon Prime members have another reason to love the online marketplace, and it involves food from local restaurants delivered to your door in under an hour. That's right: Amazon Restaurants, which has already launched in major markets such as New York, Houston, San Francisco and Seattle (where Amazon was born), has expanded to Miami. Thus far, more than 50 restaurants are on the platform including local favorite Taquiza, Michael's Genuine Food & Drink, Ten Fruits, La Latina, Ice Box Cafe, Bunnie Cakes and Doraku, with more promised to be coming in the very near future. Non Amazon prime members can take full advantage of the service for free should their order exceed $20. Hungry? Visit the official website and have food at your door in less than 60 minutes.
 
The Fed's New Concept, Name & Menu
If you were a fan of The Federal's cookies and cream french toast, you'll be sad to know that the neighborhood joint, which opened in 2012 has undergone renovations and reopened with a new concept, name and menu. It is now called The Fed Food + Drink, renamed by owners and life partners Cesar Zapata and Aniece Meinhold, who felt it was time for a change that spoke to their lifestyle changes, as well as the evolution of the neighborhood. Translation: situated next door and between an organic store and yoga studio (and also a Dunkin Donuts), The Fed is going lighter, fresher, healthier. There will be no more pig wings; instead, items such as cilantro edamame hummus, tropical guac, salmon poke and beer-battered avocado now grace the menu. There is also a bevy of tostadas, skillets and bowls, packing everything from cauliflower and Miami smokers bacon to sweet plantain. Fret not --- brunch still proffers $20 bottomless mimosas. The Fed Food + Drink
 
An Exclusive Culinary Experience with Rare Cars
It was only a matter of time before someone decided to make a showroom highlighting the world's most desirable cars into a dining room. Enter Supercar Rooms, an auto art gallery in Wynwood from the visionary behind UK's esteemed London Motor Museum Elo. At Supercar Rooms, six of the world's most coveted cars are on display alongside outdoor dining "pods" for members. How does one become a member? Just show up and it's free. Once in the club, repeat visits will determine ongoing membership. Open Friday through Sunday for dinner, Supercar Rooms partners with rotating restaurants that dish out a special chef's tasting. Your exotic car-meets-culinary-experience will set you back $3,000 for a pod. Another alternative is to sit at the bar for a cocktail and post-dinner entertainment of rotating DJs and musical acts. Auto dining the latest and greatest, 2022 NW 1st Ct., Miami, FL 33127, 321-499-5086.
 
Shake Shack Introduces Chicken Sandwich
After 12 years of flipping patties and dishing out arguably some of the best burgers in the country, Danny Meyer's burger empire Shake Shack has introduced a crispy chicken sandwich. Dubbed Chick'n Shack, the creation stays true to Shake Shack's commitment to using 100-percent natural, antiobiotic-free meat. Priced at $6.29, the Chick'n Shack is composed of crisp chicken breast, lettuce, pickles and buttermilk herb mayo between a GMO-free potato roll. Like with their burgers, it pairs exceptionally well with cheese fries and a milkshake. Shake Shack, Lincoln Road Mall, 1111 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach, FL 33139, 305-434-7787.
 

UPDATES ON MIAMI CHEFS

 

Cindy Hutson is a name synonymous with Miami flavors. Her restaurant on Miracle Mile, the aptly named Ortanique On the Mile, has been serving Caribbean-meets-Floridian fare (dubbed "Cuisine of the Sun") for more than 16 years. And now, she's bringing her notorious coffee and cocoa encrusted wild salmon and jerk chicken pasta to downtown with the opening of Zest. Located in the Southeast Financial Center in the heart of downtown, Zest is open for lunch and dinner daily, with an adjoining Zest Mrkt dishing out breakfast and lunch from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Think grab-n-go gourmet delights such as a shawarma of the week. As for Zest, the menu features Ortanique On the Mile favorites and new creations such as root beer braised heritage pork belly, crispy buttermilk oysters and grits, curried octopus, and lobster rundown doused in a scotch bonnet pepper coconut sauce. Zest, Southeast Financial Center, 200 South Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33131, 305-374-9378.
 


MIAMI RESTAURANT CLOSINGS


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Miami's culinary sweetheart, Michelle Bernstein, has shuttered her MiMo namesake Cena by Michy's. Bernstein opened the original Michy's in 2006, immediately becoming a neighborhood joint renowned for its elevated yet approachable fare (fried chicken, anyone?), as well as putting the locally acclaimed chef formerly of Azul on the culinary map. She continued to open concepts such as Sra. Martinez, Crumb on Parchment (still open), and Seagrape at the Thompson (now Hyatt), from which she parted ways earlier this year. Then, in 2015, after nearly a decade, Michy's closed for renovations and reopened after a couple of months under the moniker of Cena by Michy's. Apparently the restaurant's revamped mid-century space, boozy slushies, and new and improved menu wasn't enough to sustain it. The closure has been tied to lease negotiations with the landlord. Bernstein and husband David Martinez are in talks about other possible concepts, but nothing concrete is in the pipeline just yet. Cena by Michy, 6927 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33138, no phone.
 



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