5 Miami restaurants we recommend for this weekend May 31, 2014
Zak the Baker
Although Zak has been featured in many restaurant menus throughout South Florida for the last couple of months, he finally opened up his own location for diners to go straight to the source. In his warehouse-looking restaurant simply marked as “Bakery,” Zak and his genuinely friendly staff rightfully focus on their bread and fresh ingredients to showcase the craft that they so perfectly execute. A simple, albeit tasty, menu consisting of open-faced toast sandwiches, salads, soups, and parfaits lies on a chalkboard against the wall, making you wonder what to get. We recommend the toast featuring goat cheese, avocado, and cilantro on multi-grain, a combination of ingredients that appeal to your craving for tangy, buttery, herby, and even spicy (it’s sprinkled with a small amount of red pepper flakes) profiles. Although Zak, the Baker is not open on Saturdays (sticking to Jewish custom), it is worth it to come any other day throughout the week for his delectable offerings.
405 NW 26th St Miami Fl, 33127
Most people in Miami have been to Pincho Factory to try their ambitious and international takes on American fast food cuisine such as burgers and hotdogs. Although the standouts like the Toston Burger and Fritanga Burger are always on the menu, this weekend is the last time (for now at least) to get your hands on the Quesadilla Burger, an item created to celebrate Nation Burger Month. This burger, featuring a patty nestled between two quesadillas and topped with pico de gallo, guacamole, crema, and queso fresco, is the perfect way to close out the celebrations filled with burger specials and interesting offerings.
30 Giralda Ave, Coral Gables, FL 33134
The team that brought you one of Miami’s hottest steakhouses is doing with seafood here what they do with beef at Prime 112. You can find your standard seafood affair at Prime Fish, with oysters, lobster, mussels, and fried shrimp and waffles. Wait… did we say fried shrimp and waffles? Yes, we did, and although this may be a bit from the norm when it comes to upscale seafood restaurants, this is a dish you must try. Combined with maple syrup and hot sauce, this dish is elevated to a mix of flavors and textures that will have you coming for more. Step into the mermaid-mural and chandelier decorated dining room and grab a seat as you prepare to dine in what is sure to be a restaurant you will never forget.
100 Collins Ave Miami Beach, FL 33139
Perfecto, a gastrobar on Brickell Avenue, offers food with modern riff on Catalan classics. The owner and head chef are Spanish transplants, hoping to serve as ambassadors of new Spanish cuisine in an American setting, but their overall goal is to provide guests with a completely satisfying experience as a whole. A stunning dining room decorated in modern art and blossoming flowers provides an ideal setting to indulge in a myriad of tapas. Octopus is becoming a popular item on menus, but few are achieving a level of execution like Perfecto’s version. The restaurant lives up to its name, serving a nearly flawless rendition of octopus cooked in whisky and placed on roasted potato. The paprika dusted dish is tender, flavorful, and cooked perfectly, a surprise in Miami, as most places seem to believe that a gummy and tough ingredient is desired. Props to the kitchen and staff for letting the ingredients speak for themselves.
1450 Brickell Ave Miami, FL 33131
The name Michelle Bernstein is common when it comes to choosing the top chefs in the city, and for good reason. This James Beard Foundation Award-winning chef known for her Latin-style cooking focuses on local and sustainable ingredients to provide Miami palates with her takes on comfort food at Michy’s, her upscale bistro. Although this restaurant has been open for a few years now, Michelle Bernstein has recently stated that this is the last summer season for the concept, as she will be closing it to work on a new idea. The closing of Michy’s means the end of her Young Chicken Roulade, served with Brussel Sprouts, Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes, Apples, Chicken Apple Sausage Stuffing, and Dark Poultry Jus. The restaurant closes at the end of June, but we recommend to start heading their now instead of the last week, as it may be close to impossible to grab a seat.
6927 Biscayne Blvd.