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DIRT Restaurant Launches Seasonal Summer Menu

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Miami Beach’s “fine food fast” casual eatery and wellness bar, DIRT, debuts a new Summer menu with the warmer weather of the Summer months in mind. The menu is rooted in seasonality, using many local ingredients to create light yet satisfying dishes filled with crisp refreshing flavors and vibrant colors.

Helmed by Executive Chef Nicole Votano, DIRT is a counter-service restaurant that nourishes health-conscious guests with chef-driven dishes perfect for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Throughout the day, Chef Nicole takes you on a culinary journey, telling a different story through each of her dishes—she notes that her international upbringing and her love of culinary exploration play a large role in the development of DIRT’s recipes. Ingredients are carefully selected, with each recipe highlighting a different specialized food or beverage purveyor from around Florida, the United States, or the world.

“One of the things that I feel makes us different is that although we are a healthy restaurant, we are all about flavor first. When I create the dishes for the menu, I think first about what ingredients are in season and use as many vegetables as possible. Then I think about what those ingredients pair well with, and finally I choose the highest quality sustainable products I can source,” says Chef Nicole. “I am very excited about our new seasonal options on this menu. At DIRT, we love to showcase ingredients from local farms, vendors, and artisans. I am particularly looking forward to shining a bright light on both JoJo Tea and Harpke Farms.  I have been working with both vendors for years, and have a profound respect for their knowledge and commitment to their craft. What they do makes my job so much more fun every day. In addition, I look forward to seeing guests’ reaction to the new menu. It was designed with efficiency in mind, with the idea of staying true to our ‘fine food fast’ roots.”

Featured breakfast items on the new menu include the Seasonal Breakfast x Harpke Farms, a collaboration between DIRT and the local Harpke Family Farms. Inspired by Spring’s bounty of green vegetables and mushrooms, pasture-raised eggs are cooked over easy and served over your choice of quinoa or farro, along with fresh peas, asparagus, local mushrooms, and aged Parmigiano Reggiano. Guests who order the cult favorite Avocado Toast may gravitate to the new Goat Cheese + English Pea Toast; a thick slice of multigrain bread from Zak the Baker is grilled to perfection and topped with whipped goat cheese and lemon-scented peas, then sprinkled with toasted pumpkin, sunflower, and hemp seeds.

The Hazelnut Chia Seed Parfait is a comforting and decadent option for breakfast, or any time of day. Espresso- and hazelnut-scented Greek yogurt is layered with a maple-chia seed pudding and topped with dried Sicilian oranges, toasted hazelnuts, and cacao nibs to create a bite filled with familiar flavor and lots of texture.

The Chimayo Chili Bowl is Chef Votano’s all-vegetarian chili dish. It’s a hearty combination of onions, peppers, zucchini, sweet potato, and heirloom beans stewed with a blend of smoky spices thoughtfully sourced from La Boite, a custom spice blender based in New York. The chili is served over a bed of bright green gluten-free bamboo rice, topped with Greek yogurt, sharp cheddar, jalapeno jack cheese, and spring onions.

The Seasonal plate is always a favorite at DIRT, and the Spring Plate does not disappoint. Crisp broccolini is grilled and tossed with a touch of lemon and chili flakes, then served on the side of roasted red and Yukon gold potatoes which are smashed with Greek yogurt, olive oil, and fresh herbs. The dish is offered with your choice of protein and garnished with more vegetables in the form of shaved carrots and radishes.

“I’m really enjoying the Spring Plate, maybe even more than the Autumn and Winter Plates. It’s hearty yet refreshing, and it’s the type of high-quality, well-executed dish that you’d expect at a sit-down restaurant, in keeping with our goal to elevate the type of food that a counter-service restaurant can serve”, says Co-Founder and General Manager Jeff LaTulippe.
The Berkeley Beets sandwich (or collard wrap) is inspired by Northern California. With each bite you’ll find another layer of complexity. The bread is slathered with smashed avocado, French feta, and golden raisins, then braised beets are layered with shaved fennel, sliced cucumber, and wild arugula. Finally, all of the veggies are drizzled with lemon vinaigrette, making this an undeniably vibrant and complex sandwich.

A unique offering on the new menu is the DIRT x JoJo Tea Salad by Tico. Local greens from Sun Fresh Farm & Ranch are tossed with broccolini, English peas, asparagus, heirloom carrots, and sautéed mushrooms. The salad is then lightly tossed with JoJo’s fresh matcha green tea and lemon vinaigrette and spiked with a blend of toasted pumpkin, sunflower, and hemp seeds. A topping of Parmigiano Reggiano finishes the salad off on an earthy note. More of a seasonal classic, the Santorini Salad is DIRT’s take on a classic Greek salad. Inspired by the simplicity of the Mediterranean diet, the base is a quick swipe of harissa-spiked hummus topped with tomato, cucumber, and farro, crunchy sprouted chickpeas and lentils, olives, and feta, then tossed with an herb vinaigrette featuring mint and fresh oregano.

Proteins can be added to any dish, making them ideal for recharging after a workout. Options include butcher’s cut steak, quinoa-crusted fish of the day, free-range orange basil chicken, sprouted chickpeas and lentils, or cage-free eggs. Signature dishes and top sellers that are mainstays on the DIRT menu include the DIRTy Steak + Cheese, Avocado Toast, Nourish Bowl, CLEAN Bowl, and the Curried Cauliflower Bowl.

New beverages on the menu include the Matcha Green Tea Latte and Lavender Latte, flavored with Sonoma lavender syrup and inspired by Chef Nicole’s visits to Napa Valley. Colorful, refreshing additions also include a Blueberry + Orange Blossom + Mint Soda, made with DIRT’s house-made simple syrup; a DIRTy Palmer, DIRT’s take on a traditional Arnold Palmer, with a blend of grapefruit juice, Madagascar vanilla, and chamomile and rooibos teas; and a Dragon Fruit Lemonade, with fresh-squeezed lemon juice, house-made vanilla simple syrup, dragon fruit, and alkaline water combining to make a bold, magenta-colored lemonade for summer. Guests who enjoy Bulletproof coffee can now order a cold, thirst-quenching Bulletproof Smoothie just in time for Miami’s hottest months. A curated selection of locally sourced craft beer and sustainable wines from small European vineyards can also accompany lunch or dinner.

DIRT also makes homemade baked goods and desserts in-house every day, ranging from gluten-free peanut butter cookies, almond and orange cake (a traditional recipe from Sevilla, Spain), chocolate chip cookies, vegan brownies, and “Bulletproof Balls”, made with 70 percent dark chocolate, house-made granola, Sunwarrior organic plant protein, and Bulletproof XTC Oil.

DIRT is now open for service and delivery Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

DIRT

DIRT’s mission is simple and straightforward: to create innovative, delicious, healthy cuisine that you can feel good about putting in your body. DIRT is committed to serving up local, sustainable food with an emphasis on quality ingredients and personal, down-to-earth hospitality. The energetic environment and design complement the menu perfectly—it’s bright, sleek, airy, and uplifting. One of DIRT’s primary goals is to be an inclusive concept, so there’s something for every dietary restriction or personal preference—paleo, vegan, pescatarian, gluten-free, you name it.

DIRT has been recognized numerous times since opening in November 2015. In March, DIRT received the Rising Stars Best New Concept award from Star Chefs, a culinary trade magazine. In April, the restaurant also received a Slow Food Snail of Approval. In addition, the eatery is the only restaurant south of Orlando to earn certification by the United States Healthful Food Council’s Responsible Epicurean and Agricultural Leadership (REAL) program, a nationally recognized mark of excellence for environmental stewardship, high-quality sourcing, and holistic nutrition. DIRT has also been recognized for innovative design and architecture by the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce.

DIRT is located at 232 5th Street (between Collins Avenue and Washington Avenue), Miami Beach, FL, 33139. DIRT’s operating hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.  Nicole Votano is the Executive Chef and Jeff LaTulippe is Co-Founder and General Manager. For more information, please visit www.dirteatclean.com and follow @DIRTeatclean.

Father’s Day in Miami: Eat it, Drink it, Do it

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EAT IT – “Father’s Day Feasts”

All-American Dad – American Social Bar & Kitchen celebrates Father’s Day with specialty brunch, bottomless drinks, complimentary cigar rolling station and a chance to win a round of golf for four at both locations. Please find location-specific specials detailed below.

·      American Social Brickell: From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., American Social Brickell celebrates pops with a choice of endless Belvedere Bloody Marys or Moet Mimosas for $39.95 per person (with the purchase of any brunch entrée), complimentary cigar rolling station, American comfort food classics and a scenic view of the sparkling Miami River.

Unique a-la-carte menu options include Chicken and Waffles, Duck Confit Hash, Steak Benedict and Fried Chicken B.L.A.T. For reservations, please call 305.223.7004.

·      American Social Las Olas: Brunch buffet for $26.96 per person featuring made-to-order omelets; fresh-pressed Belgian waffles; salt and pepper prime rib; fried chicken; chilled snow crab legs; house-smoked Atlantic salmon; a choice of two breakfast sausages; hickory smoked bacon; roasted potatoes; warm biscuits and gravy; carved ham; and an assortment of baked goods. Bottomless Bloody Marys or Mimosas for $12 per person with the brunch buffet. Belvedere upgrade: $19.95 and Moet Champagne upgrade: $36.95. Available 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. For reservations, please call 954.764.7005.

Shooters Waterfront – This Father’s Day, Shooters Waterfront invites pop to take a break and indulge in a tasty all-you-can-eat brunch buffet for $30 per person, bottomless drink specials for $20 and scenic waterfront views.  From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., dads are invited to enjoy an endless brunch assortment of breakfast meats, a custom omelet station, prime rib carving station, pancake, waffle and crepe station with toppings spread, bagels with fresh lox, pastries, assorted salads and eggs benedict. For reservations, please call 954.566.2855.

Lique Miami – The Sunny Isles restaurant celebrates dad with a specialty three-course brunch for $22.22 per person and bottomless mimosas and Bloody Marys for $22.22 per person. Dine al fresco overlooking the picturesque Intracoastal Waterway before heading next door to the XM Boutique Cigar Lounge for high-end cigars and hookahs. Guests that purchase a Chivas Regal 25 Year cocktail on Father’s Day will receive a complimentary XM Blue Label cigar.

Kitchen 305  – On Father’s Day, dining dads at Kitchen 305 can enjoy Kings Cut Prime Rib accompanied by oysters Rockefeller and stuffed baked potato with asparagus for $33. There is no shortage of cocktail specials including 15% off specialty martinis like the Disaronno Cosmo with Ketel One Citroen and Disaronno and the Limonjito-Tini with Bacardi Limon Rum, muddled lime and mint. For dads who want to savor a refreshing beer, draft beer selections are 20% off including Stella, Bud Light, Hollywood Pilsner and Hollywood Mango IPA. Guests can also receive 10% off any bottle of wine. Kids can also get in on the specials with 10% off the children’s menu with the purchase of an adult entrée. Kids’ menu selections include crunchy beef tacos, grouper fingers, cheesy quesadillas and more.

Il Mulino New York (Sunny Isles) – Il Mulino New York at Acqualina Resort & Spa will host a spectacular Father’s Day brunch featuring a lavish spread and live music. Brunch enthusiasts can feast their sights and appetites on a beautifully presented spread of carved meats, omelets, pastas, salads, assorted cheeses, a raw bar, colorful fruits, pastries and more. For Il Mulino New York devotees, signature dishes like the Ravioli ai Porcini and Gnocchi al Pesto are available at the pasta station. The all-you-can-eat brunch is $65 per person or $85 per person for unlimited Mimosas, Bellinis, Bloody Marys, Mojitos and Prosecco. Children under 13 can dine for $35.

DRINK IT – “Father’s Day Libations”

Shooters Waterfront: Full Moon Dinner Series with Five-Course Beer Pairing Menu – Enjoy a cold beer, or five, with dad at Shooters Waterfront’s monthly Full Moon Dinner Series. The restaurant will present a five-course beer-pairing menu for $49 per person. While star- and sky-gazing from Fort Lauderdale’s Intracoastal Waterway, Sous Chef Brian Cornellius will lead guests through five tasting courses featuring paired brews specifically chosen to accentuate the palate. The full moon festivities will commence with a welcome glass of the restaurant’s recently launched Shooters Ale.

Il Mulino New York (South Beach) – Treat fathers on their special day to a five-star experience at Il Mulino New York South Beach. The celebrated gentlemen can enjoy a complimentary Old Fashioned Affirmation, Il Mulino’s twist on the traditional, father-approved cocktail, with bourbon, Combier and strawberry Cordial. They can also sip on beer, wine or a well liquor drink on the house. Blending the sophistication of New York with elegance at the heart of the South of Fifth neighborhood, guests can enjoy exquisite dishes and impeccable service.

DO IT – “Father’s Day Activities”

XM Boutique Cigar Lounge – Chill out with dad at Lique Miami’s XM Cigar Lounge. The cozy smoking den features an expansive range of high-end cigars and hookahs complimented by robust liquors and hand-crafted cocktails. Beyond the breathtaking views of the Intracoastal, the Euro-style space lends itself to your next Father’s Day chill out spot. The cigar showroom will host special discounts on liquor and cigars.
The National Hotel – The National Hotel, Collins Avenue’s elegant and cinematic Art Deco hotel, is celebrating dads, the family hero, on their special day with a superhero themed Father’s Day BBQ & Brews Bash at $49 per person. Admission is $19 per child between the ages of 6 and 12 while kids under 5 eat for free. Dads and their families can enjoy:

·      Authentic grilled meats and barbecue favorites with a variety of sauces from Tamara Bistro

·      Two complimentary beers for dads courtesy of Concrete Beach Brewery

·      All-day access to the resort’s 205-foot-long infinity pool

·      Arts and crafts for kids including “Dad Libs”

·      Photobooth station with superhero props

·      Poolside drinks featuring a bucket of 5 beers from Concrete Beach Brewery for $25 and specialty cocktails at Aqua Pool & Lounge

Coral Gables Restaurant Week for foodies

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The most desirable restaurants in Coral Gables are gearing up to showcase an exclusive taste of their dishes during a three-week foodie series

The Business Improvement District of Coral Gables brings back its signature event that attracts excitement every year amongst locals, tourists and foodies alike, Coral Gables Restaurant Week. For three whole weeks, from June 6th to June 26th, everyone has the opportunity to taste over 40 of Coral Gables’ best fine-dining restaurants with prix-fixe menus at a discounted rate!

To kick off the three-week event, the BID hosts Taste of the Gables presented by Johnnie Walker Whiskey and Bailey’s Irish Cream distributed by Diageo at the luxurious Westin Colonnade Hotel on June 2nd, where guests 21+ can taste mouthwatering bites, savory and sweet, from the participating restaurants of Coral Gables Restaurant Week, including Bulla, Sushi Samba, Swine, Red Koi and The Local, to name only a few. Guests make their way around the Westin Colonnade’s gorgeous marble-tiled fountain rotunda as they visit each restaurant’s table overflowing with delicious plates waiting to be tasted. Enjoy the event’s open bar by presenting sponsors and award-winning brands Johnnie Walker Whiskey and Bailey’s Irish Cream to sip on classic cocktails for the perfect food and beverage pairing. After indulging in the best food Coral Gables has to offer, vote for your favorite dish of the night as the restaurants battle for the renowned and reputable title of “Best TASTE of the Gables”, won by Bulla Gastrobar last year and Uvaggio in 2014.  This year, the winner will also get to display the first traveling Spoon trophy for a year.  Tickets for this acclaimed event are on sale now for $100.  For a chance to win tickets to Taste of the Gables, participate in the BID’s first Social Scavenger Hunt for an exciting evening of fun with family and friends in the Gables.  Make sure to follow @shopcoralgables for further details!

“Taste of the Gables is the best opportunity for locals to see the fantastic dining options Coral Gables has to offer,” said Marina Foglia, Executive Director of the Business Improvement District of Coral Gables (BID). “And with the variety of restaurants we have, it’s like you get to dine around the world within walking distance.”

As Coral Gables Restaurant Week officially begins on June 6th, guests are encouraged to start making reservations to restaurants they discovered and loved at Taste of the Gables! The chefs at each restaurant work passionately and interminably each year to create a unique Coral Gables Restaurant Week Prix Fixe menu better than the year before, highlighting new techniques and food staples distinctive to that restaurant.  Guests can expect only the best dishes on these exclusive menus, including a Full Rack of Lamb with Potatoes and Chimichurri at Christy’s, Hot Fried Bacon & Date Croquettes from Trust & Co., succulent Roasted Pork Belly with Mole Blanco and house white rice at Talavera Cocina Mexicana, fresh fish Catch of the Day at Angelique Euro Café, and a Warm Bread Pudding with caramel sauce from Bricktop’s. Special events hosted by some of Coral Gables favorite restaurants will also be occurring throughout this three-week period.  Coral Gables’ centralized valet system on Miracle Mile is still in full effect and pricing has been reduced to $5.00 for every guest’s convenience.

“We have some of the most well-known and talented chefs in the nation right here in Coral Gables,“ said President of the BID’s Board of Directors, Mindy Mcllroy. “They’ve been preparing for weeks to create a delicious menu to showcase the best of their restaurant’s dishes.”

Join the Business Improvement District June 2nd for Taste of The Gables and experience Coral Gables Restaurant Week June 6th to June 26th to indulge in Coral Gables’ diverse and delectable culinary scene. Get ready  — it’s going to be a delicious three weeks.

Business Improvement District

The Business Improvement District of Coral Gables was incorporated in July 1997 and encompasses 19 blocks of Downtown Coral Gables including Miracle Mile. As an advocate for downtown issues, property owners, and businesses, the BID empowers district members through a single-unified voice, speaking collectively to governmental and civic organizations and the general public in order to bring prosperity to the District. Its mission is to promote commercial vitality for Miracle Mile and Downtown Coral Gables through marketing and advertising, and to act as a strategic catalyst for the overall improvement of the area.

Downtown Coral Gables’ Miracle Mile is a pedestrian-friendly neighborhood with more than 150 property owners and over 350 merchants including restaurants. Infused with a chic European feel, tree-lined streets and Mediterranean architecture, the historic area boasts some of Miami’s finest boutiques, acclaimed restaurants and lively cultural venues. Downtown Coral Gables, with its Miracle Mile, is an elegant and sophisticated destination to live, shop, play and work. It is Miami’s charming gem that locals like to keep secret and visitors fall in love with when they find it.

For more information and a directory, visit www.shopcoralgables.com, become a fan on www.facebook.com/ShopCoralGables, www.instagram.com/ShopCoralGables or follow us on Twitter @ShopCoralGables.

Lure Fishbar at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel

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Miami Beach’s acclaimed seafood hot spot, Lure Fishbar, is welcoming summer with the launch of Happy Hour and a limited-time pre-fixe menu. Now through July 2016, diners can enjoy a menu crafted by Executive Chef John Iatrellis of delicacies from both land and sea.

Accessibly priced at $55 per person (excluding tax and gratuity), the three-course dinner begins with a choice of Salmon Tartare with avocado ponzu and aji amarillo; a Lure House Roll with shrimp tempura and spicy tuna; a Field Green Salad tossed with baby gems, tomatoes, shaved cucumbers, watermelon radish and carrot ginger dressing; or Tempura Shrimp with spicy sesame mayo.

Savory entrees include Lure’s award-winning Bash Style Burger; Plancha Seared Snapper served with fingerling potatoes, caramelized fennel, baby carrots and champagne nage; Miso Glazed Salmon with sugar snap peas, shiitake mushrooms and sesame seeds; Herb Roasted Organic Chicken served with basil mashed potatoes, baby carrots, and asparagus with chicken jus.

The perfect ending to the meal, diners will have a choice of one of the Lure’s popular desserts made in-house – Key Lime Pie with roasted white chocolate; Peanut Butter Candy Bar; or a selection of Fresh Fruit Sorbets.

Imbibers can enjoy a rotating selection of refreshing cocktails throughout summer for $8 each as well as lite bites during the newly launched Happy Hour available Monday through Wednesday from 6 to 8PM. Lure also boasts robust wine and sake lists as well as local craft beers available by the bottle or on draft. Bar snacks, specially priced from $3-$10, include salmon, tuna or Hamachi Nigiri; a miso glazed Vegetable Roll; the always popular Mini Lobster Roll; and Asian Chicken Lollipops.

Lure Fishbar is located in the historic St. Moritz Hotel building at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel at 1601 Collins Avenue. Valet parking is available. Telephone: (305) 695-4550; www.lurefishbar.com.

Loews Miami Beach Hotel

Located in the heart of South Beach, Loews Miami Beach Hotel boasts 790 luxury guestrooms, situated directly on the Atlantic Ocean.  The renowned, AAA four-diamond award winning property features a palm tree lined promenade, oceanfront sparkling pool, the state-of-the-art SOAK Cabanas & Daybeds with private rooftop terraces, exhale South Beach spa and 65,000 square feet of flexible meeting and function space. Guests can indulge in seven restaurants and bars including Nautilus, Hemisphere Lounge and Scoops, in addition to the award winning Lure Fishbar and newly redesigned Preston’s Market.  Additional amenities include SoBe Kids Camp, a fitness center and premium shopping at Splash and Splish retail boutiques. For additional information or to make a reservation at Loews Miami Beach Hotel, please call 305-604-1601, toll free 800-23-LOEWS or visit www.loewshotels.com/miami.

 

Sheraton Miami Airport Hotel & Executive Meeting Center

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Sheraton Miami

Sheraton miami airport

Displaying resort-like charm in a gorgeous tropical setting, the Sheraton Miami Airport Hotel & Executive Meeting Center offers the best Miami hotel deals, perfect for business or pleasure. Their location is convenient to many Miami events and attractions like Miami International Mall and Coral Gables. Step into our bold new look of art deco themes and contemporary furnishings, accomplished by multimillion-dollar renovations, state-of-the-art facilities, and avant-garde designer touches. You can book your stay ( here ).

New Northern Mexican Restaurant to Open in West Palm Beach

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Banko Cantina, a Mexican restaurant and tequila bar, will open to the public at 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 12 at 114 S. Olive Avenue in downtown West Palm Beach. Originally home to the American National Bank, this 1921 landmark building was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1997.

The three level 13,000 square foot restaurant features a rooftop bar, lounge, private dining space and 130 seats in the main dining room.  The restaurant’s second floor was designed especially for special events, including corporate events and private parties.  The 3,000 square foot third floor partially-covered rooftop features a 90-foot bar in the center, 14 foot ceiling, seating for 150, along with a kitchen serving lunch and dinner from a select menu.   The restaurant also features 14 60-inch televisions throughout for sporting events.

Chicago restaurateur Sam Sanchez co-owns Banko Cantina and is closely involved in its management.  Chef Seth Kirschbaum serves as the executive chef with Eddie Estevez serving as the general manager.

The restaurant features Northern style Mexican cooking and is inspired by Mr. Sanchez’ childhood in Nuevo Leon, Mexico.  Mexican cuisine consists of many different regional styles, depending on the climate of the area. Northern Mexico’s desert climate supports a large livestock population that led to the region’s meat-based dishes. The ranching culture’s historical use of wood fire and outdoor cooking is what developed the distinct smoky flavors that are the foundation of Banko Cantina’s extensive list of locally inspired tacos, steak and mesquite-grilled skewers.

Chef Seth Kirschbaum infuses his personal style and taste into the menu along with new tastes he gleaned during a recent trip to Northern Mexico as a visiting member of Colectivo GN, a group of talented chefs who specialize in Northern Mexican regional cooking.  Banko Cantina will host a visiting chef series featuring chefs from various regions of Mexico.

The restaurant incorporates locally grown and harvested produce and fish when possible, varying with seasons. Desserts will be made in house.  The restaurant uses authentic imported tortillas from the Northern region of Mexico.

In addition to its extensive menu, Banko Cantina features handcrafted specialty cocktails including Passion Fruit Sangria and Micheladas, local and Mexican beer, and more than 30 tequilas.  Sanchez will host tequila chef tasting dinners as well as “tequila tasting 101” classes to share his knowledge of his favorite spirit.

Menu items include:

Small plates: Ceviche ($14), Flautas de Pollo ($12), Pulpo a la Brasas ($14), Mussels La Pachanga ($10), Mexican Crab Cake ($16), Spicy Tuna Shishito ($15), and a large variety of tacos and salsas.

Traditional Plates:  Bistec a la Tampiquena ($28), Paella ($24), Enchiladas ($16), Fajitas ($18) and Local Catch en Hoja de Plantano (mkt).

Mesquite Grilled Skewers:  Carne Asada ($14), Camarones con Tocino ($12), Camarones al Mojo de Ajo ($12), Pollo Asado ($11), and Vegetales ($10).

Desserts:  Mexican Flourless Chocolate Cake ($10), Tres Housemade Ice Cream ($9), Pan de Elote ($10) and Churros ($8).

The menu also includes salads, soups and side dishes. 

Banko Cantina’s interior includes elements of the historical building, including the original wood, used for the tabletops, as well as the chandeliers and tiles.  Chicago artist David Bozic, who blends fine art with street-style, is handpainting his work onto the walls.

Mr. Sanchez moved to Chicago in the mid-1980s and is the co-owner who oversees all facets of his restaurant business, including both operations and business development for John Barleycorn, Moe’s Cantina, and Old Crow Smokehouse.  Sanchez was recently awarded Restaurateur of the Year 2015 from the Illinois Restaurant Association.

Westchester, New York native Chef Seth Kirschbaum has served as a chef in South Florida for more than 10 years, including at Darbster Waterside Bistro and Sublime Restaurant.  He launched his career in New York City, being named Head Chef of King’s Italian Restaurant at only age 17.  His passion for cuisine began as a small child in his mother’s kitchen helping cook all types of cuisine, especially Italian.  He is a graduate of the French Culinary Institute in Manhattan.

Eddie Estevez, a Miami native and son of Cuban exiles, joins Banko Cantina after serving for the last eight years as Executive Chef and General Manager of Cantina Laredo in Palm Beach Gardens and Hallandale.  As a child Eddie lived in San Juan, Puerto Rico and Caracas, Venezuela and has also lived in New York and the Bahamas. He has his Associate of Fine Arts degree from Miami-Dade College and an Associate of Science from the Art Institute in Ft. Lauderdale.

Banko Cantina

The owners behind Banko Cantina also own John Barleycorn, Moe’s Cantina and Old Crow Smokehouse.  Banko Cantina is located at 114 South Olive in downtown West Palm Beach, Florida.

Wynwood Kitchen & Bar restaurant summer menu

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Wynwood Kitchen & Bar, Miami’s hottest destination for globally-inspired tapas with unparalleled views of murals painted by world-renowned artists, has introduced several new small plates crafted by Executive Chef Miguel Aguilar just in time for summer.

As the temperature heats up in Miami, Aguilar has incorporated seasonal summer fare into WKB’s menu, many take their inspiration from trendy Mexican specialties such as Queso Fundido ($12) made with Chihuahua cheese, crema, flour tortillas, topped with a choice of mushroom medley or Mexican chorizo; and Flautas ($10) with shredded short rib, Chihuahua cheese wrapped in tortilla topped with cilantro, guacamole, salsa and crema. “I love Mexican food and wanted to shine a light on some of my favorite dishes which pair perfectly with WKB’s menu staples like our house-made guacamole with roasted jalapeños,” says Aguilar.

Guests can enjoy plates designed for sharing such as Ceviche Mixto ($16), citrus marinated shrimp, crispy squid and scallops mixed with choclo, cilantro, red onion and corn nuts; Adobo Grilled Pork Belly ($13) served over a cold orzo salad tossed in pork aju and topped with crispy sweet potatoes and pea tendrils; and the Wynwood Burrata Salad ($16) with an heirloom tomato medley, baby arugula, arugula puree and a white balsamic glaze. “We’re staying true to our concept of sharing by incorporating fun summertime dishes like Artichoke Feta Fondue Dip and Charred Tomato Salsa into the menu, while keeping things light with dishes like the Wynwood Burrata Salad with fresh heirloom tomatoes,” adds Aguilar.

For dessert, indulge in new offerings such as the Soft Vanilla Cheesecake with cookie crumble, berry compote and a honey butterscotch drizzle; or a Venezuelan delicacy, the Quesillomade with condensed milk custard and caramelized sugar. New liquid desserts include the decadent Nutcase with Nutella, coconut milk, chai tea and Captain Morgan Spiced Rum; andCoquito made with coconut milk, evaporated milk, condensed milk, Hennessey VS and Don Q coconut rum.

Dishes pair perfectly with any of WKB’s revitalizing cocktails including the new OÁSIS ($14) made with Cachaça Espirito, Mastiha, charred pineapple, vanilla puree and muddled limes. Guests can still enjoy signature libations such as the Guayabera ($14) made with Rum Zacapa 23, guava juice, lemon juice and Sprite; or the fiery Wynwood Inferno ($14) with Don Julio Silver, passion fruit and lime juices, muddled jalapeño and cilantro.

Wynwood Kitchen & Bar is located at 2550 N.W. 2nd Avenue. Lunch is served Monday through Saturday from 11:30AM to 3:30PM; with brunch on Sundays from 11:30AM to 4:30PM. Dinner is served Monday through Wednesday from 5:30PM to 10:30PM, Thursday from 5:30PM to 11PM, and Friday – Saturday from 5:30PM to Midnight (bar open until 1 AM). Telephone: (305) 722-8959; www.wynwoodkitchenandbar.com

Follow Wynwood Kitchen & Bar:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/wynwoodkitchenandbar

Twitter/Instagram: @wkbmiami

 

ANTICA MARE NOW OFFERING NEW SPECIALS

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$10 Pasta Tuesday and Happy Hour Thursday

Antica Mare, the recently-opened waterfront Tuscan restaurant in Miami’s Shorecrest neighborhood has just introduced two new specials to break up your week. Each Tuesday guests can indulge in PastaTuesday with $10 signature Primi Piatti available from 4pm – 11pm and  wind down the week at Happy Hour Thursday with $5 bites and cocktails from 4pm – 7pm at the bar.  Menus follow.

HAPPY HOUR THURSDAY

$5 Bites

Bruschette with Fresh Tomatoes, Basil, and Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Oven roasted House-made Pork Sausage with Braised Lentils

Prince Edward Island Mussels sautéed in a White EVOO Sauce

Prosciutto from Parma Little Arugula Salad

Classic Tuscan Meatballs served with Tomato Sauce

$5 Cocktails

Cosmopolitan

Vodka Martini

Gin Martini

$5 Wines By-The-Glass

Pinot Noir 2014 – Hahn Estate – Mendocino – California

Merlot 2014 – Candoni – Friuli

Prosecco N. V. Bocelli – Italy

Pinot Grigio 2014 – Pighin – Friuli

$10 PASTA TUESDAY

Spaghetti alla Pomarola Toscana

Spaghetti with Tuscan Pomarola sauce

Penne Integrali con Pachini e Rucola

Whole Wheat Penne with Fresh Cherry Tomatoes and Arugula

Gnocchi alla Pomarola

Gnocchi with Tuscan Tomato Sauce

Farfalle con Pollo, Pomodori Secchi e Zucchine

Bow Tie pasta with Chicken, Sundried Tomatoes and Zucchini

Gemelli alla Fiorentina

Gemelli Pasta with Prosciutto, Green Peas and Fresh Cream

Ravioli al Burro e Salvia

Spinach and Ricotta Cheese Ravioli with House-made Butter and Sage

Strozzapreti al Ragú di Pesce

Strozzapreti (house made short noodles) with Fresh Fish Ragú in Tomato Sauce

Ravioli al Ragù Toscano

Spinach and Ricotta Cheese Ravioli with Traditional Tuscan Meat Sauce

Taglierini alla Panna Tartufata

House-made Tagliolini Pasta with Creamy Truffle Sauce

Gnocchi Ragù Toscano

Gnocchi with Traditional Tuscan Meat Sauce

Risotto Agli Asparagi

Risotto with Asparagus (classic Italian mild flavor profile)

Antica Mare serves dinner Tuesday through Sunday, from 4PM to 11PM. Happy Hour is available on Thursdays from 4PM to 11PM.  The restaurant is located at 7999 Northeast Bayshore Court on the ground level of the Shorecrest Club high rise apartment complex.  From 79th Street heading east, make U-turn before bridge and take right on Bayshore Court.  The restaurant is on the Northeast corner of 80th and Bayshore.  Discounted valet parking.  Telephone: (305) 398-1001 www.anticamare.com

ROOFTOP AT E11EVEN

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Get a taste of ROOFTOP AT E11EVEN during Brickell Restaurant Week beginning May 12th through 19th. Downtown’s favorite Rooftop restaurant is celebrating Miami’s growing culinary scene with a speciall $35 four-course prix-fixe dinner menu.
The downtown outdoor rooftop lounge boasts signature design highlights such as state-of-the-art
retractable roof, firepits, communal tables, and comfortable lounge seating that line the wood plank
deck, while the intimate 50-seat indoor dining room features sprawling floor-to-ceiling windows and a bustling open kitchen. The savory and inventive Restaurant Week menu include a choice of Chilled Tapas, Hot Tapas, Small Plates and Desserts.

More than 25 local chefs and restaurants will participate in the seven-day food fest, which kicks off Thursday, May 12th at a special event at 600 Brickell World Center supporting The Irie Foundation. Beer, wine and cocktails will also be offered.

ROOFTOP at E11EVEN is now accepting dinner reservations for Brickell Restaurant Week’s $35 four-course dinner menu. Visit: 11miamirooftop.com/restaurantweek/

WHEN:
Thursday May 12th – Thursday May 19th

WHERE: 

ROOFTOP AT E11EVEN
15 NE 11th Street
Miami FL 33132
(305) 358-9848

MOTHER’S DAY SPECIALS

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MOTHER’S DAY SPECIALS AT SOUTH FLORIDA’S HOTTEST RESTAURANTS

Quattro Gastronomia Italiana, Lincoln Road’s upscale Northern Italian eatery, is commemorating Mother’s Day with special a la carte dishes in addition to the regular dinner menu on Sunday, May 8. Celebrate a day dedicated to moms by treating your mother to authentic Italian cuisine made with the freshest ingredients. Menu follows:

Insalata Mista Di Crostacei

Seafood Salad with Maine Lobster, Shrimp, Scallops, Clams, Mussels, & Lemon Dressing $26

Paccheri Con Polpo

Paccheri Pasta with Octopus, Cherry Tomato, Taggiasca Olives, & Light Red Sauce $31

Filleto Di Manzo Avolto Con Prosciutto Di Parma

Seared Beef Fillet Mignon wrapped with Prosciutto served with Purple Mashed Potato, Asparagus, &

Truffle Demi-glace sauce $55

Seabass Con Polpa Di Granchio

Chilean Seabass seared with Crab Meat, Lemon, Saffron sauce, Asparagus, & Potatoes $49

Millefoglie Di Noce Di Cocco

Coconut Millefoglie with Strawberry Sorbet $12

Quattro is located at 1014 Lincoln Road. For reservations, please call (305) 531-4833 or visit www.quattromiami.com.

The Dutch, South Beach’s popular Americana-inspired dining destination, will be offering a complimentary glass of champagne to all mothers on Mother’s Day. The Dutch is located inside W South Beach Hotel & Residences, 2201 Collins Avenue, in Miami Beach. Reservations are required and can be made by calling (305) 938-3111 or booking online at http://www.opentable.com/the-dutch-miami.

BLT Prime Miami, the acclaimed New American steakhouse in Doral, is offering a special Mother’s Day menu on Sunday, May 8, 2016, with a range of delicious options. The restaurant will feature a three-course Sunday prix fixe dinner menu priced at $65 per person (excluding tax and gratuity). Diners can also order à la carte. Appetizers include a choice of Tempura Soft Shell Crab topped with smoked tomato and preserved lemon salsa ($14) or Prince Edward Island Mussels with speck ham and garlic confit cream ($15). The main course is a selection of either Wagyu NY Strip topped with roasted garlic and watercress ($42) or Grilled Prawns with tempura oyster and elderflower saffron espuma ($36). Sides include Fiddlehead Fern with olive oil and garlic ($12) or Crushed New Potatoes with saffron butter and fine herbs ($12). For dessert, a choice of Chocolate Crème Brulee topped with raspberries and mint ($10) or Fruit Tart with seasonal fruit, napoleon cream, and vanilla anglaise ($10). BLT Prime is located at The Trump National Doral Miami at 4400 NW 87th Avenue. Valet parking is available. For reservations, please call (305) 591-6606 or visit www.e2hospitality.com/blt-prime-miami.

Kona Grill, the upscale casual American grill and sushi bar located in Dolphin Mall’s new restaurant plaza, will be celebrating Mother’s Day with specials from Thursday, May 5 to Sunday, May 8. Guests can enjoy a special Steak Oscar Filet for $29, while mothers will be treated to Gruet Brut by the glass for only $6.

Kona Grill is located at 11401 NW 12th Street, #R104 in Dolphin Mall. For reservations, please call (305) 515-2633 or visit www.opentable.com.