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Mixology in Miami at Oak Tavern

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Bourbon drink at oak tavern

Miami has made it clear: Vodka soda is out, mixology is in. If you’re audience is looking for the freshest cocktail in the city than they should look no further than Oak Tavern in the design district! Not only does Oak make their cocktails with all sorts of indgridients, but they even grow their own herbs right in their outdoor garden!

Oak Tavern has also decided to embrace the annual cascade of autumn leaves with their delicious fall-inspired cocktails (with ingredients fresh from their herb garden!). See attached for photos.These handcrafted fall cocktails are created with nostalgic flavors like bourbon and apples,with a modern spin on the classics with herbs, and aromatic bitters.

Oak Tavern also carries seasonal (PUMPKIN!) craft beers!

Bourbon in the Garden ($12)

· 3 oz. Evan Williams Single Barrel Bourbon
· 1 oz. simple syrup
· ½ cup fresh watermelon juice
· 2 drops of grapefruit bitters
· Muddled fresh mint from Oak Tavern’s Herb Garden
· Fresh mint for garnish

Autumn Apple ($12)

· 3 oz. Redemption Straight Rye Whiskey
· 1 oz. lemon juice
· 1 tsp. brown sugar
· 1 dash (tsp.) of grenadine (hibiscus grenadine)
· Fresh Pineapple Sage from Oak Tavern’s Herb Garden

South Florida foodies Winter Wonderlamb

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This winter, South Florida foodies and home chefs can feel good about their holiday menus with Australian lamb. Whether it’s an alternative meat on the Thanksgiving table, the star of the Christmas feast or the centerpiece of a New Year’s Day brunch, Australian lamb is a product raised with the highest ethical standards and it’s good for you. That makes Aussie lamb the perfect protein this holiday season.

Sustainably raised on lush, pure Australian pastureland, Aussie Lamb is a product that respects the environment and is produced to the highest standards of quality and integrity. Adding to its all-natural advantage, it also packs two times as much iron than chicken and pork and six times more iron than fish, reigning supreme as winter’s key ingredient for health-conscious consumers and home chefs not willing to compromise on taste. Its mild flavor and juiciness makes it a versatile protein with myriad health benefits.

Consumers can easily create a Winter Wonderlamb on their holiday table this year as Australian lamb is readily available locally at most major food retailers including Publix, Costco and Winn-Dixie. At an affordable price, at-home chefs looking for quick, delicious recipes should look no further thanwww.australian-lamb.com/lamb/ recipes.  Standouts include Braised Lamb Shank Stew and Barbecued Rack of Lamb with Celery Root and Parsnip Purée.

For those looking for a lambtastic feast, Conor Hanlon – chef de cuisine of The Dutch at W South Beach – will host a special Winter Wonderlambdinner on Thursday, November 13, 2014 at 7 p.m..  Priced at $45 per person, the strolling dinner party, complete with live action stations, will feature a cavalcade of guest chefs, each debuting their winter lamb dishes. Guest chefs include official “lambassador” Aaron Brooks of EDGE Steak & Bar at Four Seasons Miami, Jacob Anaya of OTC, Josh Elliott of L’echon Brasserie and Sean Brasel of Meat Market.

To purchase tickets, please log on to www.wonderlamb.eventbrite.com.

“I love Aussie lamb because it has a remarkably clean flavor and is nice and lean,” says Hanlon, who won the first annual Aussie Lamb Miami Spring Fling chef contest. “Having just been to Australia to see the farms and ranches up close, I’m excited to show Miami the delicious, flavorful dishes we can create here with this unbeatable product.”

Australian Lamb

Australian Lamb is all-natural, pasture-raised and free of artificial additives and hormone growth promotants—a pure product of its pure environment. Australian Lamb is available to North American customers in a wide array of minimally processed product lines and cuts. Naturally lean, tender, mild-tasting Australian Lamb is a great addition to any meal occasion, with versatility and flavor that lends itself to many different cuisines.  For more information, please visit www.australian-meat.com.

Clandestino Pub announced they will host Miami-bred group

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Clandestino Pub is excited to announce that they will host Miami-bred group, Shangri-Lá on Friday, October 24 starting at 10 p.m. Shangri-Lá is an up-and-coming electronic indie rock band that is no stranger to the live music scene in South Florida. The band harmonically comes together with band mates from Venezuela, Peru and the Dominican Republic. Clandestino Pub is located at 758 Washington Avenue in South Beach.There is no cover charge for the live concert.

In Shangri-Lá’s latest album “the lyrics are laced with psychological theories, the guitar riffs are haunting and the drums carry the addictive heartbeat of the songs. The band uses the modern technology of synthesizers to unify these diverse music concepts with precision and charm.”

In typical Clandestino fashion, this live show will have no-cover. Don’t miss out on this amazing event at one of the best local live venues of South Florida. Show starts at 10 p.m. followed by an after-hour set from DJ Charlie Woods of KRISP.

Clandestino Pub

Clandestino Pub has been recognized as a destination for the finest collection of mezcals and craft cocktails. Voted by New Times as Best Bar in South Beach in 2013, their true soul shines through the live acts they book, as they focus on booking local bands from South Florida. Live music is played on a weekly basis, hosting bands that play indie rock, latin alternative, jazz, blues and funk. Clandestino is located at 758 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL.
The pub is opened Monday thru Sunday from 6 p.m. to 5 a.m.
Facebook: @clandestinopubmiami
Twitter: @clandestinopub
Instagram: @clandestinopub


Shangri-Lá is an upcoming electronic, independent rock band from Miami, FL, consisting of Felix Ovalle (drums and synth), Carlos Sevilla (guitar, synth and vocals) and Mango Sterling (Vocals). A young band, Shangri-Lá has already performed in many of Miami’s popular hot spots like Kill Your Idol, Bardot, The Stage, and The Vagabond.

Facebook: @shangrila.official
Reverb Nation: www.reverbnation.com/shangrilaband
YouTube: http: www.youtube.com/weshangrila

Miami Restaurants Halloween Guide

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Miami Restaurants Halloween Guide for Cavalli, Wall, Perfecto, Seasalt & Pepper, and Better Days


Perfecto, will host a Star Wars Halloween theme party on Friday October 31st. Guests are encouraged to go back in time and show up their favorite Star Wars Character costumes. Winner of the best costume will win a specially curated tasting dinner prepared by Chef Angel. May the force be with you!

Seasalt and Pepper

Halloween Masquerade is the theme for Seasalt and Pepper’s eventful holiday night. With reservations beginning at 7pm on October 31st, join Seasalt and Pepper for a night of dinner and mysterious chic attire. Sponsored by Veuve Clicquot, diners will be entertained by Zhantra Dancers and a DJ to dance the night away. Specialty drinks by Belvedere vodka will round out the night in disguise.


On Friday October 31st, Wall Lounge will celebrate it’s 6th year anniversary of their Walloween costume Party hosted byYelloween Veuve Clicquot along with a special live performance by Black Sheep and music by Mr Mauricio.

On Saturday, the day after Halloween also known as Los Dias de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead),  the theme will be Day of Hollywood Dead people. Wall invites guests on this spooky night to come as their favorite Hollywood stars such as Marilyn Monroe, Michael Jackson, Robin Williams to name a few. A Dirty Dutch production, music will be by Mitchell Neimeyer and a closing set by Lee Kalt.

Better Days

Due to the overwhelming response from Miami, Better Days has been able to extend the pop up for another 30 days and will be celebrating with a week of exciting events starting Halloween Weekend.

On Monday October 27th, Manic Monday 80s night will feature $3 tall boys, followed by “Dead Waiter” night on Tuesday October 28th where Miami’s well deserving service industry members are celebrated and thanked with a 50% discount on all their libations.

On Wednesday October 29th, Better Days will supply guests with pumpkins and all materials needed for a fun night of pumpkin carving. Devils night will be held on Thursday October 30th, followed by a Halloween Zombie Dance Party on Friday October 31st.

Rounding out the week will be their weekly $3-$5 happy hour from 5pm to 8pm on Monday through Friday and their 5-5-5 happy hour on Saturdays, where their featured craft cocktails are $5 for 5 hours beginning at 5pm.


For the Halloween weekend on Thursday October 30th, Cavalli will have a special Alice in Wonderland Masquerade party to celebrate the newly refurbished lounge opening.

Hosted by Roberto Cavalli, on Friday October 31, guests will be transported from the minute they arrive to a wonderful kingdom that will sprawl through the main dining room and the upstairs lounge. Attendees are encouraged to explore their “hunter” and “prey” instincts as they travel through this alternate universe that will feature ferocious lustful “beasts” handling exotic live serpents and body painted seductive beauties handing out Cavalli bags filled with sweet treats.

To satisfy the appetite of their carnivorous guests, Cavalli will offer a palatial feast downstairs as the open format soundtrack of the night is provided by the sexy DJ Michelle Pooch.

Royal Cavalli Feast of the most excellent Italian dishes from 9.00pm to 12.00am will be $125 pp and includes 1 glass of champagne while general admission excluding the feast  will be $50 for gentlemen and $30 for ladies.

Windridge Yacht First Pop-Up Restaurant Cruise Series

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Windridge Yacht Charters Debuts South Florida’s First Pop-Up Restaurant Cruise Series

The Federal’s Chef Cesar Zapata Hosts First Dinner Cruise Event Wednesday, Nov. 12th

Windridge Yacht Charter’s new “Pop-Up Restaurant Series” invites Miami’s most innovative chefs to the spectacular South Florida waterways for a one-time only dining cruise event on its flagship yacht, Lady Windridge. The series debuts with Chef Cesar Zapata of The Federal Food, Drink & Provisions on Wednesday, Nov. 12, from 7 to 10 p.m., boarding at 6:30 p.m. Cruising along Biscayne Bay, the event includes a multi-course menu, signature cocktail pairing, beer and wine, DJ entertainment and more. Highlights from the night’s menu by Zapata include a Kale Slaw boasting apples, jicama, chayote, celery & spiced pecans; Oyster Shooters topped with a bloody mary, chipotle, cilantro, tequila jelly; Smoked BBQ Pork Shoulder & BBQ Beef Brisket with housemade BBQ sauces; and Buttermilk Panna Cotta with drunken cranberries and mint. Departing from the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach, the cruise costs $125++ per person. Additional upcoming pop-up cruises include Phuc Yea! on Dec. 10 and De Rodriguez on Jan. 18, 2015, among others. For reservations or more information, please call 954-525-7724 or visit www.windridgeyachts.com

A critically acclaimed modern American food tavern in Miami, The Federal was recently selected to compete in a new Bravo TV food-reality series, Best New Restaurant, created by the minds of Top Chef judge Tom Colicchio and British chef Gordon Ramsay. Chef Cesar Zapata holds the distinction of being the first chef to ever launch a pop-up in Miami.

The Federal Food, Drink & Provisions

Owned and operated since January 2012 by husband and wife team Chef Cesar Zapata and Service Maven Aniece Meinhold, The Federal is a modern American tavern serving comfort food classics with an updated edge. Geared to be a neighborhood meeting point where folks congregate to enjoy great food and drink, the restaurant sources ingredients exclusively from American artisans. Describing their restaurant/concept as a celebration of American integrity, ingenuity and craftsmanship, Zapata and Meinhold make light of their demanding positions referring to themselves as “Stove Master and Pig Whisperer” (Zapata) and “Bar Wench and Pot Stirrer” (Meinhold). Born in Colombia, reared in New Jersey and taught his craft in Texas, Zapata creates good ol’ American comfort food classics, utilizing old world French techniques and infusing touches from his diverse upbringing. The restaurant offers Supper, Weekend Brunch, bottomless Happy Hour and a progressive bar program with innovative beer and wine cocktails. Telephone: 305.758.9559; www.thefederalmiami.com

Windridge Yacht Charters

Since 1976, Windridge Yacht Charters has been the premier private yacht charter company in South Florida. Headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Windridge’s fleet is comprised of the 170-foot Lady Windridge and the 131-foot Windridge K, which recently completed a $1.2 Million renovation. The yachts are ideal for exclusive events, accommodating groups ranging from 10 to 430 with complete customization of menus and bar packages, entertainment and departure location. Their 35 years of experience brings unbeatable perfection in planning and organizing a variety of functions ranging from weddings and birthday parties to galas and corporate outings. Docking locations range across South Florida, including Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton, Palm Beach and Miami. In the spring of 2014, Windridge joined the portfolio of Entertainment Cruises, the largest harbor cruise company in the United States, which operates 30 vessels and welcomes more than 1.5 million guests each year in Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, New York Metro, Norfolk, South Florida, and Washington, D.C.  For more information, visit www.windridgeyachts.com.

Brasserie Central at The Village of Merrick Park

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Revered Miami Chef Pascal Oudin Brings French Brasserie Central Cuisine to Village of Merrick Park

Award-winning Chef/Restaurateur Pascal Oudin, of Coral Gables’ highly-regarded and long-standing, upscale modern French eatery, Pascal’s on Ponce, is gearing-up to open Brasserie Central, a brand new haunt for affordable and authentic French faire, located at The Village of Merrick Park. Slated to open this fall, the 3,000 square-foot, 147-seat indoor/outdoor Parisian style bistro will serve lunch and dinner, with eventual plans to add grab-and-go options, as well as a weekend breakfast and Sunday brunch, later down the road.

Designed to offer the quick inexpensive bite, leisurely afternoon snack, or long celebratory meal, Oudin’s bona fide French menu displays time-honored techniques and traditions, geared to please the palates of the many moods of life. Using high-quality imported and local goods, Brasserie Central will dish out delights such as housemade sausages, pate and charcuterie; artisanal cheeses; full raw bar; traditional hors d’oeuvres, salads, sandwiches, and main plates; classic stove-to-table cocotte stews; and et Patisserie, or dessert. Hand-crafted Old World cocktails, a magnifique oyster Happy Hour, plat du jour, and special afternoon Glacerie menu, featuring treats such as ice creams, crepes, waffles and coffees, will round out the offerings.

“Brasserie Central is a concept I’ve wanted to execute for quite some time,” explains Oudin. “Here, we are true to the authentic Parisian brasserie, making everything from scratch daily, with classic French recipes and methods – much like I used to enjoy in Paris.”

Sporting a casual, rustic elegance, Brasserie Central is Old World meets New World with exposed butcher block tables, bistro chairs, a 14-person communal table, large indoor/outdoor bar (seating 18) and le comptoir – the intimate oyster and raw bar. Along the walls, antiqued mirrors display the 24 regions of France while mammoth chalkboards don chef’s specials and cocktails. Modern lighting fixtures lead the eye down the long room, awash in woods, slates and hints of deep red, to an open kitchen and private dining room for 10. Located under the bridge, across from Yard House, the restaurant will also offer abundant outdoor seating to enjoy Miami’s sweet summer breezes and delightful winters.

Much like the interior, the design of Brasserie Central’s logo and other branding were created to capture the straightforward sensibility of a French brasserie. Tapped by Oudin to make this happen was veteran Venezuelan Graphic Designer Alexandra De Yavorsky of Atelier De Yavorsky, who demonstrates the image of classic French bistros through unpretentious and contemporary typography that is free of noise and communicates little other than crisp, honest French cooking from a French chef.

Brasserie Central, opening late fall 2014, is located in the Level 1 courtyard at The Village of Merrick Park at 320 San Lorenzo Avenue in Coral Gables. Open daily from 11a.m. – 11p.m., they will serve breakfast, lunch, dinner and afternoon glacerie (2p.m.-6p.m.) Telephone: 786-536-9386 www.BrasserieCentralMiami.com

Brooklyn Brewery Mash tour hits Miami

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Award-winning craft brewery doing the Brooklyn Brewery Mash visits Miami to celebrate neighborhood culture, emerging artists and local food scene in weeklong series of food, beer and community events
What: For the second year in a row, the Brooklyn Brewery Mash tour hits Miami from October 25 – November 1 to celebrate what’s next in food, film, comedy, music, books and beer. The Mash tour is the largest traveling food, beer and arts festival, stopping in ten US cities as well as London and Stockholm in 2014. Brooklyn Brewery has collaborated with Miami chefs, artists and craft brewers to create one-of-a-kind entertainment experiences for the whole community to enjoy.

In partnership with select event partners from both Brooklyn and Miami, the weeklong series features exclusive dinners, concerts and lots of great Brooklyn beer.  Miami Mash partners include: Chef Cesar Zapata, Paradise Farms, Johnathan Wakefield Brewing Company, Saltwater Brewery, Abbey Brewing Company, comedians Doug Smith, Yassir Lester, Lucali, Dinner Lab, The Butcher Shop, Gramps and Marnie Stern.

Who:   Various spokespeople and Mash tour partners, including:

·         Steve Hindy, President and Co-Founder of Brooklyn Brewery, who will discuss his new book,The Craft Beer Revolution offering insight and perspective as a pioneer of America’s craft beer movement.

·         Brooklyn Brewery house chef Andrew Gerson and Miami’s own Chef Cesar Zapata have joined forces to offer unique community dining experiences that celebrate local flavors and explore alternative eating spaces in Miami.

Where/When:  Check out the list of events for #MiamiMash, October 25 – November 1, 2014 below.

Mash tickets are available at BrooklynBreweryMash.com

Miami Mash Tour Schedule

Saturday, October 25, 2014:

Eat, Drink, & Learn w/ Chef Andrew Gerson

·         What and Who:  Chef Andrew brings his beer and food knowledge to Whole Foods to create pairings easy to recreate at home.

·         Where: Whole Foods Coral Gables – 6701 Red Rd, Coral Gables

·         When: 2:00 p.m.

Sunday, October 26, 2014: 

Mash Beer Brunch & Mash Pass Giveaway

·         What and Who:  We’re pairing Brooklyn beers with Lou’s Beer Garden’s all-star brunch menu for the perfect prelude to the week ahead–and nothing says Miami like brunch by the pool. One lucky diner will win a pass to the entire Mash week.

·         Where: Lou’s Beer Garden – 7337 Harding Ave., Miami Beach

·         When: 11:00 a.m.

Dinner On The Farm

·         What and Who:  Brooklyn Brewery Chef Andrew Gerson will partner with Miami’s own Chef Cesar Zapata to develop a menu that takes advantage of the bountiful Miami area. The result is a family-style feast bringing together farm-raised produce, local artists, Brooklyn beer and a community interested in all of the above.

·         Where: Paradise Farms – 19801 SW 320th St., Homestead

·         When: 3:00 p.m. (Tickets: $55)

Monday, October 27, 2014:

Tap Attack

·         What and Who:  We’re taking over the taps at Barracuda with Brooklyn favorites, plus rare offerings like vintage Brewmasters Reserves.

·         Where: Barracuda – 3035 Fuller St, Miami

·         When: 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014:

Craft Beer Revolution with Johnathan Wakefield, Abbey Brewing Co., Biscayne Bay Brewing Company, SaltWater Brewing Company, & Miami Brewing Co.

·         What and Who: Brooklyn Brewery co-founder Steve Hindy looks back with his fellow craft beer comrsades including Dustin Jeffers (of SaltWater Brewery), Jose Mallea (of Biscayne Bay Brewing Company) and Raymond Rigazio (of Abbey Brewing Company) to discuss the circumstances and ambitions that allowed a handful of individuals across the country to challenge one of the largest corporate dynasties in American history, moderated by Evan Benn (Esquire, Miami Herald). Then they’ll look ahead to the future of good beer and talk about the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for American craft beer.

·         Where:  Johnathan Wakefield Brewing Company – 120 NW 24th St., Miami

·         When:  Starts at 7:00 PM (Tickets: $6)

Wednesday, October 29, 2014:

Mash EDU: Beer Mixology

·         What and Who: Get in the spirit: the pros at Abbey Brewing Company are teaching you how to take your beer to the next level – by turning it into a cocktail. This event is free, but show up early to sample some of beers from Miami’s oldest & only brewpub.

·         Where: Abbey Brewing Company – 1115 16th St, Miami Beach

·         When:  5:30 p.m.

Brooklyn Ha Ha: NYC Stand-up with Doug Smith & Yassir Lester

·         What and Who: Brooklyn Ha Ha introduces New York comics Doug Smith & Yassir Lester, plus a local opener.

·         Where: Lucali – 1930 Bay Rd, Miami Beach

·         When:  Starts at 8:00 PM (Tickets: $6)

Thursday, October 30, 2014:

Found Footage Festival

·         What and Who: Found Footage Festival delivers the good, the bad and the ugly of forgotten VHS tapes.

·         Where: O Cinema Wynwood – 90 NW 29th St., Miami

·         When:  Starts at 9:00 PM (Tickets: $12)

Friday, October 31, 2014:

Slow Supper with Dinner Lab

·         What and Who: This pop-up dinner party, hosted in a unique, non-traditional location, embodies The Mash. This curated evening brings people together around a common table to share cuisine crafted by Brooklyn Brewery Chef Andrew Gerson in collaboration with Dinner Lab Chef Lulu Chustz.

·         Where: Secret location to be announced the day-of

·         When: Starts at 7:00 PM (Tickets: $60)

Saturday, November 1, 2014: 

Mash EDU: Beer & Butchery

·         What and Who: Chef Andrew Gerson heads to The Butcher Shop – a beer garden, butcher counter, and restaurant – to pair Brooklyn beer with bites inspired by “old-fashioned butchery”.

·         Where: The Butcher Shop – 165 NW 23rd St, Miami

·         When:  Starts at 2:00 p.m.

Mash Bash with Marnie Stern

·         What and Who: Close out The Mash with this free concert starring shredder Marnie Stern and local openers. Nuit Blanche curates video art and food trucks congregate.

·         Where: Gramps – 176 NW 24th St., Miami

·         When:  Starts at 8:00 PM (Tickets: Free)


Rosa Mexicano Miami celebrates Day of the Dead

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Mezcal cocktail

In anticipation of Day of the Dead (Nov 1-2), Rosa Mexicano will honor the dearly departed with special menu additions from October 31—November 2. As you may know, Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos, is a traditional Mexican holiday where families honor their passed loved ones with food, drink, decorations and gifts. Rosa Mexicano’s special menu (available during dinner-only) will celebrate the spirit of the holiday with the following additions:

·       Guacamole de Otoño with pomegranate and toasted pumpkin seeds

·       Enchiladas de Mole Poblano: two tortillas filled with shredded chicken and topped with mole sauce, onions and queso fresco

·       Buñuelos Rellenos: deep-fried vanilla ice cream coated in cinnamon buñuelo crust. Served with whipped cream and guajillo-raspberry sauce

·       Flor de Mezcal cocktail: Del Maguey Vida mezcal, agave, orange and lime with a chile de árbol and guajillo chile-salted rim.  Garnished with a traditional marigold for Day of the Dead.

Prime Fish officially open for lunch

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prime fish miami beach

Starting October 21st Myles Chefetz’s newest edition to the Prime family, Prime Fish Miami Beach will be open for those looking to enjoy the freshest of fish for lunch. Crafted by head chef Mike Sabin, the lunch menu is comprised of hand-selected favorites from the contemporary style dinner menu includes delicious starters and salad options such as the Char Grilled Octopus, with Gigande Beans, Roasted Fennel, Chorizo & Sherry Vinaigrette, and the Maine Lobster Cobb Salad, with roasted corn, English Peas, Avocado, Boiled Egg, Smoked Bacon & Poppy Seed Vinaigrette.  For a casual entree, Prime Fish is offering the Maine Lobster Roll, served with House Made Chips and the Grilled Skirt Steak, with Chimichuri & French Fries. Guests will also be able to enjoy numerous items from the Raw Bar menu such as the Alaskan King Crab Legs or Maine Lobster.

prime fish miami

Since launching his Prime empire more than a decade ago renowned restaurateur Myles Chefetz has dominated the South of Fifth dining scene. Prime Fish, the fourth installment in the successful Prime empire is dominated with fresh fish and seafood offerings crafted by award-winning Chef Michael Sabin. The art deco preserved façade will welcome guests to a restaurant offering a modern steakhouse with an ocean twist in 2014. Sabin’s, menu items at Prime Fish include mouthwatering appetizers and freshly-caught fish selections flown in daily include Hawaiian Big Eye Tuna, Red Fish and Chilean Sea Bass.

Prime Fish

100 Collins Ave,

Miami, FL 33139

(305) 532-4550

Monday-Sunday 12PM-3PM


Downtown Bistro

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Downtown Bistro

In what was once considered a desolate dining area in Miami sits a new French-inspired concept called Downtown Bistro. Located in Downtown Miami, this small brasserie hopes to enlighten the area’s dining scene and liven the palates of locals and tourists alike. There is not much going on in the neighborhood in a culinary sense, with the only considerable dining destinations being The Filling Station and Fratelli Milano. Well now, you can add Downtown Bistro to that list, because the food coming out of this inspiring kitchen is elevated in a way that few restaurants in the city offer.

By sticking to traditional preparations of French food, the owners have been able to transport costumers to their homeland. Although classic French techniques and flavors are evident throughout all dishes, this petite restaurant is not afraid to stray from the norm to excite diners. Such is the case with dishes like Escargots a la Crème. This dish, normally made in garlic and parsley butter, is accentuated with a crème sauce that is rich and velvety. After trying both versions, I walked away more impressed with the variation.

Other highlights include Le Steak Tartare au Couteau avec Frites. This dish is made using raw 6 oz filet mignon cut by hand, capers, onions anchovies, and Dijon served with a quail egg and fries. The mustard is ever-present and highlights the quality of the extremely fresh beef, making for a refreshing bite of food that is full of flavor due to the umami profile of all the ingredients used. If you get any dish at Downtown Bistro, make it this one.

There is something on the menu for everyone, including various takes on the classic Moule Frites, Risotto, and Le Poulet au Four. Everything is superb, and the one thing that might be better than the food is the attention the owners place on their dining room. The owners are quite interactive and will lead you through the meal if you give them freedom. My advice is to do so, as your experience in this Bistro will be similar to that of dining in France. Magnificent wine, delectable food, a comforting atmosphere, and stellar service make for one of the best new additions to the neighborhood and Miami as a whole, so make your way downtown to indulge in one of the more authentic culinary experiences Miami has gotten the pleasure of offering us.

Downtown Bistro

114 SE 1st St, Miami, FL 33131
By Santiago Cardona