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Exploring Lunch in Different Parts of Town in Miami

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With the hustle and bustle of what’s become our daily routine in Miami, you can never be too sure what part of town one may find themselves during lunch hour. Here are some great options should you find yourself not so close to your usual spot. If anything, it may motivate you to switch it up a bit.

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SOUTH BEACH

Cecconi’s

Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner in an intimate setting, Cecconi’s offers superior service and is sure to entice the discerning tastes of its fellow Miami denizens and savvy visitors alike. The restaurant exudes the perfect blend of elegantly traditional cuisine and a relaxed atmosphere.

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BUENA VISTA/DESIGN DISTRICT

The District Miami

South Florida’s most distinctive dining destination brings together a diverse mix of cultures and flavors.  The District Miami incorporates fresh and locally driven ingredients in each dish, creating a true contemporary Pan-American cuisine.

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BRICKELL

Perfecto Gastropub

Think industrial-chic ambiance and a Barcelona inspired menu with lots of tapas. The quaint Brickell restaurant offers traditional Spanish fare with an emphasis on quality ingredients, creating a Europe-meets-Miami dining concept unparalleled by other Miami restaurant.

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MIAMI RIVER

 Seasalt and Pepper

Miami’s new #1 seafood brasserie and lounge on the Miami River, has already become quite the staple in the Miami dining scene since opening its doors in early December 2013. Spearheading the revitalization of the Miami River neighborhood.

db Bistro Moderne is back during Burger & Bordeaux

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DB BISTRO MODERNE BRINGS BACK BURGER & BORDEAUX!

Experience the most famous burger in Miami for $39

WHAT: Back for the third year, db Bistro Moderne spotlights it’s famous db Burger during Burger & Bordeaux. During the month of October guests are invited to experience the Miami winner of Zagat’s “Best Burgers in the USA” with a glass of wine for just $39. For French chef Daniel Boulud, “it’s all about honoring the American burger tradition, db-style”. Credited with launching the gourmet burger movement, the ground sirloin db Burger is stuffed with red wine-braised short ribs (off the bone) and foie gras, and presented on a homemade toasted parmesan and poppy seed bun with a touch of fresh horseradish and oven roasted tomato confit and served with perfect Pommes Frites.

This October Boulud suggests pairing the decadent burger with a glass of Le Cadrans de Lassegue, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2011. Valued at $72, Burger & Bordeaux is available at dinner for only $39.

MENU:

SOUPE DU JOUR Chef’s Market Inspiration
SALADE DU MARCHE Market Vegtables, ‘Cervelle de Canut’ Dijon Vinaigrette
ROASTED BEETS Preserved Lemons, Labneh, Mint

THE ORIGINAL db BURGER Sirloin Burger Filled with Brais ed Short Ribs Foie Gras & Black Truffle on a Parmesan Bun with Pommes Frites

Paired with a Complimentary Glass of Le Cadrans de Lassegue, Saint – Emilion Grand Cru 2011

RED VELVET CAKE Crean Cheese Cremeux, Blackberry Red Wine Foam
CHOCOLATE CRUNCHY BAR Caramel/Praline Glaze, Brownie, Candied Hazelnuts Toasted Marshmallow Ice Cream

WHEN:
October 1 – 31
Dinner onlyWHERE:
db Bistro Moderne
255 Biscayne Boulevard Way
305.421.8800

ABOUT DB BISTRO MODERNE:

db Bistro Moderne is Daniel Boulud’s interpretation of the new generation of Parisian bistros, whose classically trained chefs offer creative cuisine in a casual, comfortable and contemporary setting. Featuring traditional French fare met by flavors of the American market presented by Executive Chef Jason Pringle, db Bistro Moderne is designed to capture the energy and style of its Manhattan counterpart, yet uniquely tailor to the rhythm of Miami life. Located in downtown’s JW Marriott Marquis Miami, db Bistro Moderne offers a vibrant, urban setting, where guests will enjoy great cooking in a relaxed yet beautifully distinctive environment. The restaurant’s interiors by renowned designer, Yabu Pushelberg, feature a dining area with striking contemporary accents and soaring 18-foot ceilings, as well as a stylish bar and lounge, street-level terrace overlooking the Miami river and two private dining rooms. In addition to its acclaimed contemporary French-American cuisine, db Bistro Moderne presents over 150 affordable wines beginning at $25 per bottle. 225 Biscayne Boulevard Way, Miami, FL 33131 | 305.421.8800 | www.dbbistro.com/Miami

Miam Cafe in Wynwood Arts District

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WYNWOOD WELCOMES MIAM CAFE

Artisanal Cafe & Boutique to Serve Gourmet, Local Bites to Miami¹s Foodies

Miami¹s Wynwood Arts District is about to get its freshest taste yet: Miam Cafe & Boutique has opened its doors, inviting patrons to enjoy only the best in breakfast, lunch, specialty coffees, and everything in-between.

With a namesake that translates to the French idiom for ³yum,² Miam Cafe is a spot that owner/ operator Alexis Jacot came up with after his time working in Paris for the prestigious French catering company Lenôtre. Taking his experiences from Paris and his time in Switzerland with Procter and Gamble, Alexis Jacot came to Miami and instantly saw the viability of Wynwood¹s emerging popularity and uniqueness. With a neighborhood in need of his vision, Jacot sought to create a cafe that uses fresh ingredients, supporting local farms, local artisans, and provide tastebuds with curious new confections.

Joining Alexis Jacot is Chef Gail Goetsch, of Yard Bird and Essensia fame, who strives to use only house-made fresh, organic and creative ingredients for a menu that boasts a tasty variety of sandwiches, quiches, salads, soups, cheese plates, and a smattering of scrumptious desserts. Using local favorite Eternity Coffee, Miam¹s skilled baristas are trained to pull the best espresso, the smoothest pour-over, and provide a little art to America¹s new favorite pastime: grabbing a coffee with friends. Dedicated to supporting Miami¹s local artisans, Miam carries True Loaf¹s beloved croissants, Zak the Baker¹s sandwich bread, produce from Paradise Farms and Kennesaw juice. True to Miam¹s motto, the food is uncompromised, simple, and natural.

In addition to their range of culinary delights, the clean and inviting space at Miam Cafe also boasts a retail boutique with artisan gourmet items from across the nation. Lined across the clean, industrial walls are a wealth of local honeys, gourmet cooking oils, beer, wine and plates from Art that Feeds- a collaborative organization that uses proceeds to provide at-risk youth with sit-down, nutritious meals. The vibe at Miam matches the approach to the food: simple, cosy, and inviting. Guests are welcome to pull up a chair and take their time at the cafe, whether it be over a glass of tea, enjoying a conversation with another patron, or simply staring at the custom wall mural by neighbor business M+V Art or painter Jorge Miguel Rodriguez. Miam truly provides Miami a delicious take on the European lifestyle.

The doors of Miam Café are open to the public during its soft opening and hours are 9am-5pm and later for special events in the neighborhood such as Art Walk. Miam Cafe is located on 2750 North West 3rd Ave. #21 Miami, FL, 33127 in the iconic Wynwood zebra building.

Their official opening will be are as follows:

Monday-Wednesday 9am-6pm

Thursday 9am-8pm

Friday 9am-10pm

Saturday 10am-10pm

Sunday closed

About Miam Cafe & Boutique:

Miam (mjam) n.: The French equivalent to ³yum². Used to express pleasure at eating, or at the prospect of eating, a particular food.

Located on the corner of the iconic Wynwood Building in Miami¹s world-renowned edgy arts district, Miam Café & Boutique boasts a simple, fresh menu offered in a place where people can gather and enjoy fresh and homemade food and drinks all day long in a relaxed atmosphere. Whether you crave a wholesome breakfast, a healthy lunch or freshly-prepared afternoon snack, Miam brings made-to-order and homemade dishes to Wynwood made from the best organic and locally sourced ingredients available. Miam¹s boutique area showcases some of the best fine grocery products like wines, honeys, oils and much more sourced from all over the United States. Miam is bringing together the purity of what cooking and eating should taste like.

Our motto: Simple, fresh and natural!

www.miamcafe.com @miamcafe

30th Anniversary for Rosa Mexicano

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Rosa Mexicano proudly celebrates its 30th anniversary with a tribute to their founder and Chef Josefina Howard, who’s vision of serving authentic, regionally-inspired Mexican cuisine redefined New York’s perception of Mexican cooking and launched a movement in Mexican dining.  The celebration is a collaboration with some of the nation’s most influential Mexican chefs—Mario Hernandez, Roberto Santibanez, Richard Sandoval and Sue Torres—paying homage to Chef Howard and the ongoing evolution of Mexican gastronomy. Beginning September 10, Rosa Mexicano restaurants nationwide will invite guests to savor dishes from the past three decades with the Desde 1984 menu. From the traditionalTamal con Huitlacoche en Cazuela (Cornmeal topped with mushroom and salsa ranchera, served in a traditional cazuela); to the Crepas con Camarones (crepas filled with shrimp, covered with a chile pasilla sauce and sprinkled with cheese), Rosa Mexicano will revive menu classics via rotating Desde 1984 specials for an entire year; offered as a $30 menu or a la carte (complete menu below).

In 1984, Chef Josefina Howard opened the first Rosa Mexicano in New York City’s Midtown East. As Chef, gastronomic historian and wanderlust, Howard found in Mexico “pure, unique, and extraordinary flavors that represented the endless frontier of the palate: a cuisine full of possibilities and surprises that inspired in me an undying passion.” She introduced these authentic flavors to New York, redefining the city’s perception of Mexican cuisine.

Rosa Mexicano has since grown. CEO Tom Dillon notes, “Thirty years since Rosa Mexicano debuted, the demand for authentic and regional flavors of Mexican food in the US has exploded. We now have 14 restaurants, and we have stayed true to Josefina’s vision while expanding from the East Coast to the West Coast and abroad.”

On Monday, October 6th from 7-10pm, Rosa Mexicano will host a 30th Anniversary celebration, at its original First Avenue restaurant in Midtown East (1063 First Ave @ 58th St). Just as Josefina praised “individuals through the centuries who created, developed and loved Mexican cuisine, not only for how good it tasted but also for the cultural significance that it embodied,” Rosa Mexicano has invited some of the nation’s most influential Mexican chefs to celebrate Rosa’s achievements and the ongoing exploration of Mexican cooking.  For $75 (beverage included), guests can enjoy a taste-around and cocktail reception with the chance to meet chefs Mario Hernandez (The Black Ant), Roberto Santibanez (Fonda), Richard Sandoval (Richard Sandoval Restaurant Group) and Sue Torres (Sueños). Each chef will prepare a dish that reflects their vision of Mexico.

All proceeds from the event will be donated to The Orphaned Starfish Foundation, which was founded in 2001 on the belief that education and vocational training are key to escaping the poverty trap. Rosa Mexicano will be working with this important foundation to develop a program for aspiring Chefs and Restaurateurs

Included below is the debut Desde 1984 menu, which will be offered September 10th – October 12th at Rosa Mexicano restaurants nationwide. Upcoming additions to the year-long specials will include the storied Tablas de Monterrey (Beef ribs brushed with lemon and beer with served with a variety of chile sauces); and the popular Empanadas de Jaiba (Crispy corn empanadas filled with jumbo lump crab meat). Available a la carte or as a special menu ($30), excluding the price of dessert at NYC restaurants. Rosa Mexicano will also be serving the anniversary Margarita Rosa(Pomegranate and prickly pear-infused El Jimador blanco, pomegranate, lime and organic agave nectar) starting September 10th:

DESDE 1984

APPETIZERS

Tamale con Huitlacoche en Cazuela

Corn meal topped with huitlacoche and salsa ranchera, served in a traditional cazuela.

Taquitos de Tinga Poblana

Small, soft corn tortillas filled with sautéed shredded pork, smoked chile chipotle, onions and tomato, topped with pico de gallo.

Empanadas de Jaiba

Crispy corn empanadas filled with jumbo lump crab meat, served with avocado-tomatillo salsa.

 

ENTREES

Crepas con Camarones

Crepas filled with shrimp, covered with a chile pasilla sauce and sprinkled with cheese.

Enchiladas de Mole Poblano

Two tortillas filled with shredded chicken and topped with mole sauce, sliced onions and crumbled cheese.

Filete con Hongos

Pan seared filet mignon covered with a wild mushroom-tequila cream sauce.

 

DESSERT

Crepas de Cajeta

Crepes folded and served with a rich caramel sauce.

Copa de Mango

Fresh whole mango scooped and filled with diced mangoes and coconut ice cream.  Topped with raspberry sauce and buñuelos.

 

COCKTAIL (not included in $30 prix fixe)

Margarita Rosa

Pomegranate and prickly pear-infused El Jimador blanco, pomegranate, lime and organic agave nectar

For more information visit www.rosamexicano.com, or follow Rosa Mexicano on Facebook (www.facebook.com/rosamexicano ) or Twitter (@RosaMexicano).

To purchase tickets for the October 6th event in NYC, visit www.rosamexicano.com or call 212.753.7407.

About Rosa Mexicano

Rosa Mexicano, established in 1984, introduced authentic, regionally-inspired Mexican cuisine – what was then perceived as a “new” interpretation of Mexican dining – to the Manhattan restaurant scene at its flagship location in Midtown East. In 2000, the next generation of Rosa Mexicano was ushered in with the opening of a second location near Lincoln Center, once again breaking new ground by featuring a stunning modern interior inspired by contemporary Mexican architecture and establishing the vibrant signature style of restaurants to come.  Today, the growing restaurant group has fourteen locations nationwide in New York City; Atlanta, GA; Miami, FL; Hackensack, NJ; National Harbor, MD; Los Angeles, CA; Washington DC; Chevy Chase; Downtown Minneapolis, Boston and San Francisco, plus three locations abroad, one in Panama City and two in Dubai.  Rosa Mexicano continues its commitment to delivering authentic, regionally-inspired Mexican cuisine in an accessible, stylish and festive atmosphere. www.rosamexicano.com

Porfirio’s Restaurant Celebrates Mexican Independence Day

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CELEBRATE MEXICAN INDEPENDENCE DAY AT PORFIRIO’S RESTAURANT

The South of Fifth Mexican Outpost Porfirio’s Restaurant Celebrates Mexican Independence Day

WHAT: Many mistake May 5th or Cinco de Mayo as Mexican Independence Day, but the actual Independence Day celebrated in Mexico, is September 16th.  In celebration of Mexican Independence Day, Porfirio’s Restaurant is offering a special menu with Mexican favorites such as Picardía Mexicana, Jalapeño Relleno con Salpicón de Atún, Empanada de Cazón andTostada de Tinga de Pollo, Crema de Papa Poblana y Crotón de Plátano, Nieve de Guanábana al Tequila and Chile En Nogada.  For dessert, guests can indulge in Arroz con Leche y Mezcal con Galleta de Maíz. The menu will be available beginning Friday, September 12th until Tuesday, September 16th. Celebrate with authentic dishes and festive cocktails!

WHERE:  Porfirio’s Restaurant

850 Commerce Street

Miami Beach, FL 33139

(786) 216-7675

WHEN:  Friday, September 12th – Tuesday, September 16th

New Weekly Ladies Night at Patpong Road

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Patpong Road

BRING YOUR BEST “DANCE MOVES” TO NEW WEEKLY PARTY AT PATPONG ROAD

Ladies can enjoy complimentary well drinks all night every Thursday

Patpong Road, housed above Khong River House, is an intimate Bangkok-inspired lounge that brings the risqué spirit of Asian Red Light Districts to Miami Beach. Spicing up its programming for fall, those looking to have a fun night on the town that’s easy on the wallet can swing by the new “Dance Moves” Ladies Night with music by nightlife impresario Max Baum and weekly DJ guests. Beginning on Thursday, September 11, and every subsequent Thursday from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., ladies can enjoy complimentary premium well drinks all night, including the bar’s signature Laidee Drinks, served in plastic pouches as they do on the streets in Bangkok.

For party-goers with late-night cravings, Patpong offers a menu of Asian street food with a gourmet flare, served until midnight. Munchies include Hot & Sticky Thai-Style Chicken Wings ($13); Laotian Crispy Lettuce Wraps ($11) made with fried pork; and Northern Thai Beef Jerky ($12) served with garlic sticky rice.

Patpong Road is located on Miami Beach at 1661 Meridian Avenue. Guests can access the bar through a separate upstairs entrance lit with red lights found in the alley behind Khong. Doors open at 10 p.m., Thursday through Saturday. Telephone: (305) 763-8147.

Follow Patpong Road on Twitter and Instagram: @PatpongRoad

About 50 Eggs, Inc.

Founded by John Kunkel, 50 Eggs Inc. is a multi-faceted, full-service culinary and hospitality firm focused on developing cutting-edge brands with unparalleled dining experiences. As CEO of one of Restaurant Hospitality Magazine’s “Coolest Multi-concept Companies in the Land,” John owns and operates the James Beard nominated and award winning Yardbird Southern Table & Bar, Khong River House, Swine Southern Table & Bar and Patpong Road, and is also known for creating and developing the fast casual chain Lime Fresh Mexican Grill.

 

Petit Miami Beach

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Some serious food paparazzi at Petit restaurant in Miami Beach

Petit Miami Beach restaurant is a hidden place in the heart of south miami beach sunset harbour district by Luca Guelfi and Simona Miele.  You will wonder what celebrity you will be dining here, it has that French look without the stuffiness but its menu is Italian Chic. I imagine seeing here not someone like Beyonce but more like Scarlett Johansson. Yes, I am going to start comparing restaurants in Miami Beach with celebrities now.

The place looks small when you walk in but it can actually sit probably 100 people at one time. The decor is so inviting without being pretentious and this is where locals will stop because we are tired of shinny plastic chairs (if you know what I mean).

So Paul and I took UBER to Miami Beach as we knew wine was going to be our third guest at the table. We don’t have children but I say we treasure wine like one.  As soon as we walked in, the service stands out. We got approached by a great server, he was from Argentina and – what a breath of fresh air, he knew what he was doing. I can’t remember his name but he was such a big part of our great dining experience.

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Love comes in the shape of sliced eggplant a la parmigiana

We ordered the eggplant appetizer because is one of Paul’s favorite dishes to make at home and it is hard to find a good one when you had his but we were surprise to find out these Italians (and so I thought they were) know how to bring it when it comes to eggplant. This bite transported me to Italy.

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We ordered two pasta dishes. I ordered the papardelle with lamb ragu and artichokes. Thank god someone knows how to make pasta al dente in the kitchen, thank you. This was a delicate dish yet with noticeable strong accents that gave each bite a well rounded finish. The maccheroncini alla carbonara with a special bacon sausage was exactly what you envision to have at a goof Italian restaurant, perfectly cooked pasta, much like a meaty dish all around. When pasta is done well, is like eating meat for a vegetarian. Yes, I was a vegetarian for 12 years, I am not anymore.

dessert at le petit restaurant

I am not a dessert person and I have been told I am not the “sweetest” person in the room before so maybe I should start eating dessert but Paul mention this milefoglie (jesus, that’s a word) with chantilly cream and mixed berries was the perfect ending.

Petit Miami Beach

1929 Purdy Ave – Miami Beach, FL. 33139
phone (305) 534-9887

petitbistrogroup.com/miami

Swine Southern Table & Bar & Khong River House Miami Spice

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MIAMI SPICE SIZZLES AT SWINE SOUTHERN TABLE & BAR AND KHONG RIVER HOUSE
Hot restaurants roll out new Miami Spice menus for September 2014

Foodies can relish in the final month of the Miami Spice Restaurant Program by trying the new lunch and dinner Spice menus at 50 Eggs’ popular snout-to-tail eatery Swine Southern Table & Bar and Southeast Asian hotspot, Khong River House. Priced affordably at $23 per person for lunch and $39 per person for dinner, savvy diners can enjoy some of the most popular dishes at each restaurant with a three-course, pre-fixe menu. The clock is ticking; Miami Spice 2014 concludes on Tuesday, September 30.

At Khong River House, lunch-goers can treat themselves to a guilt free meal starting with the Burmese Fresh Noodle Wraps. Savory entrees include the Massaman Short Rib Curry (available during lunch and dinner) served with Thai jasmine rice; Grilled Green Curry Salmon served with Chinese broccoli and Thai jasmine rice; or the Roasted Chicken Banh Mi Sandwich with curry-dusted taro chips. For a heartier dinner, guests can enjoy the Thai Chicken & Coconut Soup as a starter and entrees including the Sweet & Spicy Chinese Ribs with cabbage and mango slaw; and Yiliang Roasted Duck with lettuce wraps and Chinese pancakes for two. Diners will also receive Vegetable Fried Rice and Fried Chinese Eggplant served as family-style side dishes. Balancing the rich flavors of the meal, Khong offers a choice of the Sweet Thai Sticky Rice & Mango or the decadent Khong Sundae for dessert.

At Swine Southern Table & Bar, guests can start with Southern comfort staples for lunch such as Deviled Eggs or Fried Green Tomatoes. An exciting addition to the Miami Spice lunch menu is the popular, award-winning Swine Burger, a blend of short rib, brisket and smoked pork with thick-cut smoked bacon and special sauce; those looking to “be good” while on their lunch break will enjoy the Crispy Pork Caesar Salad with bacon dressing. Indulgent diners can revel in the hearty dinner menu, which offers a choice of Kale Salad or Hush Puppies to start and signature 12-Hour Slow Smoked Pork Shoulder or favorite Shrimp & Grits as an entrée. The Triple Chocolate Texas Toast Bread Puddin’ with coffee ice cream is served for dessert at both lunch and dinner.

Khong River House is located on Miami Beach at 1661 Meridian Avenue.

The Miami Spice lunch menu is available Monday through Friday; dinner is available Sunday through Thursday. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner daily, with weekend brunch on Saturday and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Telephone: (305) 763-8147; www.khongriver.com

Swine Southern Table & Bar is located in Coral Gables at 2415 Ponce De Leon Boulevard.

The Miami Spice lunch menu is available Monday through Friday; dinner is available Sunday through Thursday. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner daily, with weekend brunch on Saturday and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Telephone: (786) 360-6433; www.runpigrun.com

Copperbridge Foundation to Host Taste For The Arts Dinner at The District Miami

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On September 10th, 50 guests are invited to experience a one of a kind dining collaboration with The District Miami’s Executive Chef/James Beard Foundation semifinalist Horacio Rivadero and acclaimed Ceramicist Carlos Alberto Rodriguez. The event is part of Copper Fest, the weeklong Cultural Evolution series that will be held in venues throughout the Wynwood Arts District and the Miami Design District as they celebrate Cuban artists who will be traveling the Copperbridge to the US to showcase the inspirations of their artwork.

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The $200 per person dinner which includes a VIP Copper Fest Pass, will be served on 50 unique art plates created especially for Copperbridge Foundation by ceramicist Artist Carlos Alberto Rodriguez. The art plates can be chosen beforehand by participating guests and will be available to take home after the dinner. Optional $100 dinners will also be available without an art plate. A portion of the proceeds will be tax-deductible and go towards the Copperbridge Foundation programs. The dishes and menu can be previewed and purchased here: copperbridge.org/dinner

The night will also be accompanied with a special performance by captivating R&B singer Joanna Gardner and sponsored by Marazul, on-cuba, Yaya Wine, Westover Arms, Frameworks ,The Light Box, Eco Peace, Vedado Social Club and supported by House of Art, Swampspace.

Lhardy Kitchen + Bar

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If you ever went to La Tagliatella, you may have walked away underwhelmed, but a recent change for the better has brought Lhardy Kitchen + Bar. By straying away from the corporate chokehold that made La Tagliatella as disappointing as it was, Lhardy has managed to completely revamp the location’s menu and service to provide a more than pleasant eating experience.

Walking into Lhardy, you can’t help but be overtaken by the grandeur of the gold-colored décor and extravagant furnishings. For some, it may be much, but others would claim that it makes a satisfying destination for a fancy night out. No matter what side of the discussion you fall into, it is irrefutable that Lhardy is a huge improvement over its predecessor. Although it is only Lhardy’s second week in operation, the welcoming service and tasty food is already a fine addition to the Coral Gables dining scene.

Appetizers include a choice of meatballs, ranging from the standard Italian-style served with tomato sauce and Salisbury Meatballs served on a bed of mashed potatoes. I would recommend the latter over the former, as there is a present pepper flavor that amps the beefiness of the meat to make for a more satisfying bite. The lamb chops, served with Cannellini bean puree and roasted potatoes are the way to go for an entrée. Although the price may be a little steep, the portion is the most generous plate of lamb chops I have ever encountered. The lamb was cooked perfectly and although it could have used a heavier hand on the seasoning, it is something that can easily be fixed with a bit more care. The tzatziki sauce that was provided with the lamb was enough to fix the lack of seasoning of the lamb, as it was a perfect accompaniment for the meat. Although the light hand on seasoning was a bit of a letdown, it is something that can easily be fixed with a bit more attention to detail. Still, for the second week of operation, I can’t help but walk away impressed with Lhardy. That rings especially true with the Chocolate Wasabi Lava cake. This dessert was easily the best dish I sampled, as the Venezuelan dark chocolate provided a perfect base for the high quality ice cream and tart berry sauce. The subtle spiciness was a nice change of pace from the standard Chocolate dessert.

Lhardy shows massive amounts of promise, especially with its evolving menu and hard-working service staff. You can tell that they care and hope to serve the community in a way that will be competitive with the surrounding restaurants. As far as I’m concerned, if Lhardy continues going down this path, it is on the road to success.

Lhardy Kitchen + Bar

301 Miracle Mile Coral Gables, FL 33134

Phone number (786) 464-0516

www.lhardy.us