Welcome to Food Crawls, a series in which Eater Miami staffers guide you (virtually) on various food (and booze) crawls in the Miami area.
When we go out, we often find ourselves wanting to try more than one restaurant or bar at a time — a drink and a snack here, another drink and perhaps a dessert there — and want to share our favorite multi-stop combinations with you. These crawls are meant to be relatively walkable, and the amount of food and drink is meant to correspond roughly to a couple of average appetites (so bring a friend), although your mileage may vary.
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Brickell is the land of the young professional. The financial hub of the city is filled with plenty of eager imbibers just waiting for the clock to strike 5 p.m. Luckily for them, there are plenty of excellent options within a few blocks of the bustling area. While this happy hour tour can’t mention them all — there is only so much time for happy hour is available on any given day — this guide offers a little bit of everything, some musts to order at each stop, and some pro-tips picked up along the way.
Whether it’s a “late lunch” or the official start to happy hour (no judgment here), Truluck’s happy hour kicks off at the early hour of 3 p.m. Head to its aptly named Stone Crab Lounge and sip on a wide selection of wines that clock in around $6-7. Hungry? Trulucks can help with that too, go for the shrimp primavera flatbread or the large order of meatballs, which will lay a nice foundation of sustenance for the multi-location happy hour tour. (Happy hour menu available every weekday from 3 to 7 p.m., and on Saturday and Sunday from 4 to 7 p.m.)
River Oyster’s incredibly popular happy hour has been going strong for years now. And because it is so popular, the pro move is to get there right when it begins: 4:30 p.m. Grab a seat at the bar before the crowds descend and order a round of fire roasted oysters drenched in manchego and chorizo and a glass of $6 rose to wash them down with. (Happy hour menu available daily from 4:30 to 7 p.m.)
If the weather is nice, grab a seat outdoors for an al fresco happy hour at American Social. Sure, it can be a bit bro-y at times — especially during sporting events — but the happy hour deals and waterfront seating are solid enough to attract the after-work crowd as well. When making a stop here, munch on some artichoke dip or tacos for just $6, while sipping on half-priced drinks ranging from cocktails to beers. (Happy hour menu every weekday from 4 to 8 p.m.)
By this point, all involved are a little buzzed. Now it’s time to head to Better Days. This laid-back favorite of Brickell locals offers some of the best deals in town on drinks with the entire bar 50 percent off until 8 p.m. with gratis popcorn, pool, and Jenga to boot. Plus, this watering hole is open until 5 a.m. nightly so guests can keep the drinks flowing as long as they’d like without breaking the bank. (Happy hour menu available daily from 5 to 8 p.m.)
It’s hard to swing a champagne flute on a weekend morning without hitting a brunch joint in this town. Here in Brunchlandia, devotees of the mid-morning repast take their search as seriously as the restaurants they frequent take their spreads. From independent, chef-run stalwarts to tourist sector go-tos, here are the 21 essential brunch spots in Orlando.
Called Margot Natural Wine & Aperitivo Bar, it’ll debut this winter
Gabe Orta and Elad Zvi, the co-founders of Bar Lab and the duo behind The Broken Shaker, are bringing their bar talents to Downtown Miami with the debut of Margot Natural Wine & Aperitivo Bar this winter. Set to open in the Ingraham Building (21 SE 2nd Avenue), the bar will offer a “modern and fresh take” on the classic wine bar with a focus on natural wines and low ABV cocktails made with amaro, aperitifs and vermouths, along with a food menu focused on shared tapas, a daily raw bar and seasonal offerings.
“We fell in love with this approach to wine making years ago when we first visited the vineyards, and both or our restaurants — 27 and The Exchange in Los Angeles — have all-natural wine lists,” says Orta.
The space itself will be designed by Danya Hachey of MaD Artistic, who has been Bar Lab’s creative director since the original Broken Shaker pop-up. The space is inspired by the design of the late 60s, 70s and 80s, with plenty of color blocking and minimalistic furniture and millwork, light wood accents, and original artworks. The playlist will include contemporary and classic R&B, soul and funk from predominantly female artists.
Real estate investor and restaurateur Shai Ben-Ami is behind both projects, and will partner with Orta and Zvi on ownership and build-out of the concepts. The duo has also partnered with Sugarcane’s Timon Balloo to open Balloo: Modern Home Cooking, coming laterthis summer, and will also open a third concept in the winter of 2020, all located in the Ingraham Building.
This is just the latest new addition to the Downtown Miami’s growing bar scene, which was seemingly non-existent just a year ago. Since then popular watering holes like Lost Boy, Mama Tried, and Jaguar Sun have all opened up in the area, with more additions on the way. Stay tuned for updates.
As the mercury rises in South Florida, restaurant menu prices seem to drop — which is great news for locals looking for a deal. Below are twelve restaurants offering up special menus just for the hot summer months, giving guests the chance to snag a limited-time deal at some of the Magic City’s top spots.
Miami is a great place to dine alone — whether it’s because one can squeeze into restaurants that are tough to get into otherwise, or because so many places are prime for people watching, this city is full of places where eating solo is highly recommended. There are places to relax, places to be part of the hustle and bustle, and places some may just meet a new friend and have a chat. Here are 11 spots to soak up the dining solo.
Original Velvet Crème owners and location on Calle Ocho go their separate ways
Social media has been going aflutter since longstanding Miami doughnut outpost Velvet Crème seemed to announce it was changing its name to 3Dough5 Doughnuts earlier this week — with commenters up in arms saying things like “Can you go back to Velvet Creme and we’ll pretend this never happened?”
But according to the Velvet Crème trademark owner Robert Taylor, the location at 1555 SW 8th Street in Little Havana is no longer a Velvet Creme store as of July 1. He also goes on to add that the store has been re-named and will continue to operate at that location with no affiliation to the original Velvet Crème.
Taylor also added that they’ve been trying to separate themselves from that location since last summer, citing his disapproval in the increased in prices of the doughnuts amongst other things as causing the rift.
But fret not Velvet Crème loyalists, the Miami staple that has been around since 1947 will continue to live on. The brand will be launching new concept stores in the upcoming months, complete with a drive thru and a “hand crafted” doughnut line, which will be more in-line with the Velvet Crème locations of years past.
No timeline has been shared on the new locations for Velvet Crème, but stay tuned for more updates as they become available.
There’s more to the neighborhood than business casual
As Miami’s corporate epicenter, Brickell has catered to the business crowd for years, but as new residences and hotels emerge, more and more eateries settle in the area. New and old, here are 15 of Brickell’s best bites.
Florie’s is the only U.S. restaurant outpost for the Italian-Argentine chef. Florie’s serves up notably more simple, lighter, Mediterranean cuisine than its tasting menu only sister restaurant in France, with dishes like heirloom tomatoes and peach carpaccio, black truffle pizza, and Maine lobster. While dish highlights at Mizaur, according to the World’s 50 Best website, include anchovies with fried skeletons and lemons or salt-crusted beetroot with caviar cream, all “inspired” by the three themes of the restaurant: “sea,” “garden,” and “mountain.”
Of course, the Florie’s is located inside a Four Seasons so it does boast some swanky add-ons like an in-house a “water sommelier” offering flights for $25 from her list of international bottles, cabana dining, and bread service that comes with a poem.
Florie’s is open daily for breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., dinner from 5:30 to 10 p.m., and Sunday brunch from noon to 2:30 p.m. Call 561-533-3750 for more information and reservations.
With so many restaurants in South Florida, how does one decide where to eat? While Instagram provides some mouth-watering photos, there is no guarantee the food is actually good — and not all restaurants have social media. Welcome to 2019’s list of some off the radar and hidden gems that may not have a huge social media presence or PR teams behind them but should not be passed up.