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Best Places to Grab Lunch in Miami – From Wynwood to Miami Beach

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On April - 6 - 2018

Le Chick

Wynwood’s newest restaurant is now open for lunch. Le Chick offers elevated comfort food and craft cocktails perfect for your next lunch break. Grab a seat at the kitchen counter and make sure to keep an eye out for the exclusive lunch menu items including the Tomato Salad with Heirloom Tomatoes, Olive Oil, Balsamic Vinegar, Basil, sliced Almonds and Manchego; Avocado Toast topped with Ricotta, Radish, Cilantro and Lemon Lime Vinaigrette; and the mouth-watering Pulled Rib Bun made with Baby Back Rib, BBQ sauce, Iceberg Lettuce, Red Onion, Cilantro and Pickles (pro tip: add Fried Egg). Of course, don’t forget to try the chicken which comes fried or rotisserie style. 

Tues-Sun: Lunch 12PM


Quinto la Huella – 5th Floor at EAST, Miami

Can’t decide on what to have for lunch? Let the spread of meats, salads and sides at Quinto la Huella’s Chef’s Table inspire your next lunch break. Whether you need to grab a quick lunch or prefer to linger a little longer, the Chef’s Table at Quinto la Huella in EAST, Miami is the perfect weekday retreat with savory selections like the Wood-Oven Langoustines with Curry Potatoes and Octopus A La Plancha with Potatoes Confit and Paprika. Priced at $21 per person, you won’t find a better lunch deal in Brickell. Don’t forget to grab a glass of wine! 

Tue-FriChef’s Table 12PM-3PM | Buffet style $21+ per person

Reservations: or 786-805-4646


The Miami Beach EDITION  


Part patisserie, part boulangerie and part salumeria, Market features counters serving everything from Prosciutto & Gruyere Pizza, and Florida Red Snapper Ceviche to wines by the glass and pressed juices. The café-style dining room overlooks bustling Collins Avenue and is the perfect location to take a lunch break. Try one of Market’s newest menu additions including the Broccoli Soup with Thai flavors, Coconut and Lime and Spring Pea Pizza with Smoked Mozzarella, Pickled Chillies and Mint or the classic Kale Salad with Serrano Pepper, Croutons, Mint and Parmesan dressing.  

Sun-Mon: Lunch 12PM-6PM

Reservations: 786-257-4600


Le Pain Quotidien

Start your day off right with a nourishing lunch with friends and family at our communal table while enjoying items like the Spicy Shrimp and Avocado Toast topped with Corn Salsa and Chipotle Aioli or the delicious and filling Baker’s Lunch with your choice of Gazpacho or Soup of the Day, half Avocado Toast and Quinoa Taboulé Salad. In the mood for a salad? Try the Zucchini Noodle Pad Thai with a wonderful mixture of Red Peppers, Cabbage, Arugula, Toasted Cashews and Cilantro and Sesame-Cashew dressing. Don’t forget the refreshing Watermelon Cooler that’s always the perfect drink to pair with any choice.

Sun-Mon: Lunch 12PM-6PM



Located in the epicenter of Miami’s popular Midtown neighborhood, Skorpios combines signature Greek cuisine with South Florida flare. Join us for lunch and enjoy a wide selection of fresh Mediterranean fare that will have you yelling Yia Mas in no time! Priced at $27 per person, the lunch special includes your choice of one hot meze, one cold meze, one entree and one dessert. Signature menu items include TzatzikiHummus with Oven Baked Lamb,Chicken SouvlakiButterflied Cipura FishHomemade Baklava and Fresh Berries with Rose Water & Yogurt Foam.

Mon-Fri: Lunch, 11:30AM – 4:00PM 

Reservations: or 786-329-5905



Miami’s freshest Mexican street food experience, COYO Taco, should be your next lunch break stop. Guacamole is smashed to order and tortillas are handcrafted on-site in an authentic Mexican tradition. Enjoy the Pulpo Taco with Charred Octopus, Salsa Veracruzana and Pickled Jalapeños or try something sweeter like the Pastor de Pollo Tacowith Chicken, Roasted Pineapple and Onions. No matter the dish, know our ingredients are 100% natural. Make sure to grab an Aguas Fresca and a Margarita to wind down while you enjoy some delicious tacos.

Opens Sun-Mon: 11AM


1111 Peruvian Bistro 

Whether your crave a hot, steamy, tasty pork bao,a traditional Peruvian Ceviche and Tiradito or some Nikkei cuisine, 1111 Peruvian Bistro in the heart of Brickell is the place to go.  This casual eatery with outdoor seating boasts a busy dinner crowd but is quiet and quick for lunch. You may want to go for lunch and stay for dinner- it’s THAT good. We loved the sweet sticky shrimp appetizer (the secret is the sweetened condensed milk), the bao and the traditional lomo saltado, but everything was fresh and delicious.  The neighborhood bistro is the perfect representation of international Peruvian fusion. The wide variety of causitas, ceviches, to Nikkei Makis and other Peruvian Inspirations are offered at affordable prices.

Lunch starts at 12 PM and valet parking is conveniently located in the Axis building, which also houses the restaurant. 


Inside the spacious and lively 1-800-LUCKY marketplace are seven different vendors for you to choose from, both local and international, each serving different Asian-inspired dishes. From Lotus + Cleaver’s Chinese BBQ and dim sum, to Hayato Miami’s Japanese ramen and sushi, to Poke OG’s Hawaiian-inspired poke bowls and Instagram-worthyTaiyaki ice cream, whatever you want to eat, 1-800-LUCKY will be sure to satisfy your cravings. Don’t forget to go to the outdoor patio where you will have the opportunity to grab a drink at the bar, relax in the lounge seating and enjoy live music from an eclectic variety of artists.

Opens Sun-Mon: 12 PM



The Big Serve Tennis Event

Lace Clips, a Miami-based sporting goods company and Greentouch USA Inc. founded by Jonathan Nussbaum, is thrilled to announce their yearly event, The Big Serve, a professional tennis exhibition and clinic for inner-city youth.  In partnership with the Irie Foundation, Overtown Youth Center, EJ Biggers Foundation, The Lotus House and the City of Miami Beach, the charity event will take place on Friday, March 16, 2018 at the Flamingo Tennis Center from 4PM to 7PM. 

This marks the third annual fitness-driven philanthropic event produced by Nussbaum, designed to encourage children to play tennis while educating them about health and nutrition.  On Friday, 650 children from the non-profit organizations will be able to enjoy and participate in four activity stations including meet and greet/autograph opportunities with pro tennis players and other notable local celebrities, an on-site tennis clinic offering lessons from pro tennis players provided by Howie Orllin, a fitness station featuring celebrity personal trainers provided by Ki Hara and local yoga instructors as well as a concession stand courtesy of David’s Café.  Miami’s own DJ Michelle Pooch will be providing the music, to ensure kids have a fun, energetic afternoon to remember.  

Past notable tennis pros include Genie Bouchard, Fabio Fognini, Flavia Pennetta, Arantxa Sanchez Vicario, Nico Massu and Bob and Mike Bryan. Guests this year can expect players from the ATP and WTA tours. In addition, each child will receive a special gift bag that includes an authentic HEAD tennis racquet and t-Shirt courtesy of Jonathan Nussbaum and other gifts provided by the Burger King McLamore Foundation.  Other sponsors include, Baptist Hospital, Samba Sol, Elite Models, Ishine 365.  For additional information about The Big Serve please visit


Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) Presents The Fourth Annual Art of the Party

Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) will host its fourth annual Art of the Party, the museum’s largest fundraiser event of the year, on March 17, 2018. Art of the Party 2018 will honor Teresita Fernández, one of today’s leading contemporary artists, and philanthropist Patricia M. Papper. The event, presented by Valentino, will feature three exclusive guest experiences conceptualized by Lee Brian Schrager, as well as culinary collaborations by STARR Catering Group and Chef Michelle Bernstein. Bringing together cultural philanthropists, artists, civic leaders and arts supporters, the evening will showcase the world-class museum’s unique architecture and celebrate Miami’s flagship art museum. Funds from Art of the Party directly support the museum’s robust arts education program, the largest program of its kind outside the Miami-Dade County school system.

Art of the Party Chairs are Darlene and Jorge M. Pérez with Susana and Alberto Ibargüen.  

PAMM’s Art of the Party will offer guests three unique experiences from which to choose:

Chef’s Table seated dinner, 6:30pm: Chef Michelle Bernstein and STARR Catering Group will craft a three-course menu for an unforgettable dining experience held for the first time in the transformed M.B. Fernandez Family Galleries. Dinner guests will enjoy a cocktail reception before the evening’s program in celebration of philanthropist Patricia M. Papper and artist Teresita Fernández. Chef’s Table guests are also invited to extend their evening at the Supper Club dinner lounge and Remix after party.

Tables of 10 are available for $25,000. Individual tickets are also available for $2,500 per guest.

Supper Club dinner lounge, 8:30pm: Supper Club offers a one-of-a-kind al fresco dining experience designed by Chef Michelle Bernstein and STARR Events, as well as live entertainment on the picturesque waterfront East Portico. Guests may reserve private seating for up to 10 guests, including dedicated tableside cocktail service. All Supper Club guests are invited to enjoy the Remix after party.

Private lounge seating with butler service is available for $10,000; Individual tickets are also available for $750 per guest or $1,500 per couple.

Remixafter party, 10:30pm: As the evening culminates, the al fresco Supper Club dinner lounge will be transformed into a vibrant dance club. Chef’s Table, Supper Club, and Remix guests will join together for a late night dance party under the stars on the East Portico, enjoying cocktails and decadent desserts.

Individual tickets are available for $125 per guest.   

The evening’s entertainment is presented by Faena. Wines and support for Chef’s Table and Supper Club are generously provided by Kim Crawford.

For more information and to purchase tickets,  visit

Wine, Women & Shoes 

One of Miami’s most notable fashion events, Wine, Women & Shoes will be celebrating its seventh anniversary! This social event provides an opportunity for women of all generations to slip into their stilettos and join together for shopping and fun with the common purpose of supporting world-class care at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. This sophisticated event will feature the “Sole Men,” wine tastings, a silent auction, a fashion marketplace and a fashion show.

Friday, March 2, 2018 ∙ 10:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. ∙ JW Marriott Marquis Miami ∙ 255 Biscayne Boulevard Way

Event Co-Chairs
Susanne Birbragher, Suzy Buckley Woodward & Melinda Gonzalez

For more information, contact Marilen Marnett at or 786.624.2986. 


Sabah Pop-Up at The Standard Spa Miami Beach

Sabah, the lifestyle shoe brand that celebrates travel, style, and comfort, brings its homegrown hospitality to warmer climates with an in-residence pop up at The Standard Spa in Miami Beach. Now through March 5th, Sabah will be kicking it at The Standard Spa’s ‘Room 38,’ just a stone’s throw from the pool oasis and courtyard haven.

Room 38 will embrace Sabah’s open-door policy, inviting visitors to socialize, drink, and discover the art of craftsmanship behind each and every shoe. Modeled after the collective aesthetic of each Sabah House, Room 38 will be adorned with a colorful wall of handmade, Turkish shoes, displayed in artful fashion, accentuated with Miami flair. Along with a wide variety of shoes available for purchase, Room 38 showcases Sabah’s signature hospitality, inviting guests to mix, mingle, and slip into a private fitting.

To close out the in-residence at Room 38, Sabah will release two unique Babas, the brand’s latest style of backless leather slides, which will be sold exclusively at The Standard Spa Miami Beach. Crafted in collaboration with the Standard’s design team, Sabah’s Baba shoes feature a one-of-a-kind custom leather, hand-sourced from one of the oldest tanneries in Turkey. The limited-edition shoes will launch launch on March 4th and will be available for purchase at retail price of $170, at The Standard Spa.

Sabah Room 38 will take place through Sunday, March 5th at The Standard Spa, located at 40 Island Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139.


Model Volleyball at Resorts World Bimini

Volleyball? Check. Models? Check. Bahamas? Check. Located just 50 miles off the coast of Miami, Resorts World Bimini invites beach volleyball fans to join the winning teams of the Hawkers Model Volleyball Miami Beach Tournament for a rematch at Michael Capponi and Eric Milon’s latest venture, Luna Beach, the resorts newest, lifestyle beach club from March 2 – 4, 2018. With the Model Volleyball Tournament Hotel + Ferry Package travelers can revel in luxe accommodations, round-trip transportation on the FRS Caribbean Ferry and access to all Model Volleyball Tournament events, placing guests in the middle of all the action while basking in the beauty of Bimini’s turquoise waters (and the models). After a day of events, travelers can enjoy their Bahamian escape while unwinding at the adults-only infinity pool and lounge or indulging their appetite at the six on-site restaurants. Those looking to make the most of their trip and on the hunt to discover Bimini bliss can explore the seven-mile island with some of the best boating, diving and fishing in the world. For more information or to reserve visit:


4th Annual Wings For Wishes Block Party Benefiting Make-A-Wish Southern Florida

The 4th Annual Wings For Wishes Block Party will take place on Saturday, March 10, 2018, behind Sports Grill South Miami. Wings For Wishes is a family-friendly event centered around Sports Grill’s famous Special Grilled chicken wings and raising money to sponsor wishes through Make-A-Wish® Southern Florida. The event offers a ‘block party’ format with a savory wing tasting component, in addition to the crowd-favorite wing eating competition. Sports Grill will feature six different tasting stations, allowing patrons to pair their food with a variety of craft beers, wine, and premium spirits provided by Bacardi. A variety of tickets are available for purchase. The Food & Drink Bracelet is $35 and allows access to all tasting stations, beer, wine, and spirits.  The Child Food and Drink Bracelet (Ages 12 and under) is $10 and allows access to all tasting stations and unlimited non-alcoholic beverages.  The cost of entry for a Wing Competition Team (4 people) is $200. Each Wing Competition Team will be entered into the Wing Eating Competition. Additionally, each competitor will have access to all tasting stations, beer, wine, and spirits. For access to alcoholic beverages, attendees must be of legal drinking age and show valid identification. Visit to purchase all tickets or register a team. You may also visit to donate directly to Make-A-Wish® Southern Florida. 


Zoo Miami: Feast With The Beasts 2018

Zoo Miami Foundation and Zoo Miami are hosting Feast with the Beasts on March 16, 2018 to celebrate wildlife and tantalize your palates with tastes of the most extraordinary dishes created by some of South Florida’s most renowned fine food establishments.  Feast with the Beasts will help support the Zoo Miami Foundation wildlife education and conservation programs on behalf of Zoo Miami. From 8 p.m. – 12 a.m., Feast with the Beasts returns in its 23rd year as one of the best events in town featuring tastes from more than 30 local restaurants & caterers, full open Bacardi bars, wild animal encounters, live entertainment and a fabulous silent auction with trips, sports memorabilia, and jewelry. 

Admission tickets to FWTB are available for $250 and Beastkeeper VIP are $500.  VIP Beastkeeper perks include one-hour early entry into the Main Event path, exclusive Florida Room lounge access from 7 pm to 9 pm, a reserved section in the Hookah Lounge and exclusive restaurant access and animal encounters.  Cocktail attire with a tropical flair is encouraged.  This event is only for adults 21+.  Sponsorship packages are available.  A special drawing for $50/entry will take place to win a trip to Africa for a safari.  Visit or call (305) 255-5551 to purchase event or special drawing tickets. General zoo admission is: $22.95/adult, plus tax and $18.95/child (3-12) plus tax.  Children under two, zoo members, and parking are free. Zoo Miami’s hours are 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; last ticket sold at 4 p.m.  For more information visit





Don’t Miss: The Poetry of Music and Design, Texas De Brazil

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On February - 21 - 2018

The Poetry of Music and Design

Maestro Eduardo Marturet and his wife Athina present a tribute concert inspired by Zaha Hadid’s Elastikainstallation, at the Moore Building: “The Poetry of Music and Design”. 

Enjoy an art display by Sandra Muss developed specifically for this occasion and the music of “@Zaha’s Place” composed and dedicated by Maestro Marturet as an homage to the amazing and unforgettable architect. This special event will take place on Sunday, February 25 at 6:00 p.m., at the Moore Building; For tickets contact us at (305) 275-5666 or via EVENTBRITE (


Texas de Brazil- Something for Everyone

Whether you’re on a diet or wanting to splurge,  Texas de Brazil Churrascaria, with locations in Sunrise, Fort Lauderdale and Miami) is the perfect place for lunch or dinner. With seemingly endless menu items such as plentiful and delicious meats grilled the authentic gaucho way – over hot wood coals– and/or unlimited visits to the beautifully presented, 60 item seasonal salad area, filled with hot and cold dishes, the possibilities abound.  Made fresh daily, the salad bar selections include gourmet vegetables such as grilled Portobello mushrooms, herbed sweet onions, steamed asparagus with strawberry sauce and Brazilian hearts of palm; spicy surimi sushi, feijoada (black beans), pineapple ‘carpaccio’ drizzled in pesto, soups (lobster bisque is top notch) and an impressive variety of charcuterie and imported cheeses to satisfy every palate and preference.

But the real superstars here are the meats- step aside “Salt Bae!” Texas de Brazil serves the best steaks in town- grilled to perfection.  Ketogenics and Atkins dieters will feel right at home with the unlimited selections, (prime cuts of beef, lamb, pork, chicken and sausage) cooked to order.  Each guest is in control if his/her dining experience with the illustrious red and green cards, which indicate when more cuts of meat should be served, or when a break is needed.  Service is friendly, knowledgeable and extremely attentive.

It comes as no surprise that Texas de Brazil has received countless awards.  The Dadeland location, is a sprawling 6,000 foot, elegant space, complete with a fully-stocked bar. and wine cellar.  Outdoor patio seating is also available.

In short, Texas de Brazil is the perfect place to dine when seeking a garden of plenty.  It’s also a dining destination where guests with different appetites (and diets) can co-mingle in a stylish setting. Salad Area Only pricing begins is $24.99 for dinner and $19.99 for lunch (Varies per location).

Visit to make reservations or for more information.

The 17th annual Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival (SOBEWFF®) returns to EAT. DRINK. EDUCATE. February 21 – 25, 2018.  One of America’s most prestigious gourmet gatherings, the Festival has raised more than $26 million to date for the Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management at Florida International University (FIU).  This year’s edition will feature more than 90 events, including signature fan-favorite soirées, an array of new parties and intimate dining experiences, expanded CRAVE Greater Fort Lauderdale Series, and much more. Illy Coffee will once again be on-hand to give festival goers a much needed delicious caffeine fix throughout the weekend.

The 17th annual Tribute Dinner presented by Bank of America part of The NYT Cooking Dinner Series gets a fresh new format this year, with a star-studded line-up of more than a dozen chefs cooking at this walk-around affair in honor of restaurateur, author and beloved Food Network personality Bobby Flay and Treasury Wine Estates managing director and chief executive officer Michael Clarke.  Top-rated radio host Elvis Duran will serve as the emcee during this not-to-be-missed evening taking place at Loews Miami Beach Hotel on Saturday, February 24, 2018.  Also new this year, the celebration will continue at Sweet Moves: Late-Night Desserts & Dancing hosted by Bobby & Sophie Flay with beats by lifestyle guru and popular DJ Hannah Bronfman

Iconic Miami Beach events continue to evolve and tantalize the taste buds of passionate fans from around the world, kicking off with Italian Bites on the Beach sponsored by HCP Media and the Miami Herald Media Company hosted by Giada De Laurentiis.  The beloved Heineken Light Burger Bash presented by Schweid & Sons gets a new twist this year, with resident Food Network Rockstar Guy Fieri serving as its host.  Additionally, the music revolution that began last year at the Goya Foods’ Grand Tasting Village featuring Mastercard Grand Tasting Tents & KitchenAid® Culinary Demonstrations expands with the David Grutman Experience spanning both Saturday, February 24 and Sunday, February 25.  The BACARDÍ Beach Party also returns with late-night beats and eats under the Festival’s sparkling white tents on the sand, and the new Beachside BBQ hosted by Michael Symon closes out the weekend on Miami Beach.


The third annual CRAVE Greater Fort Lauderdale Series returns with an all-star schedule of events in Broward County, including:


  • Signature Wine Seminars presented by Bank of America, a BBQ Dinner hosted by Chris Lilly and Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach Chef Jorge Ramosand Clambake hosted by Emeril Lagasse and Jorge Ramos; all taking place at the brand-new Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach.
  • The introduction of the Festival’s fan-favorite Lucky Chopsticks hosted by Andrew Zimmern and a Rooftop Rosé Happy Hour hosted by television star, jewelry and shoe designer, True Roots cookbook author and all-around lifestyle guru Kristin Cavallari – who is also a new part-time fixture on the South Florida scene thanks to the addition of husband Jay Cutler to the city’s beloved Miami Dolphins – at the W Fort Lauderdale.
  • Plus, a selection of intimate dinner experiences with renowned chefs and a Grand Bloody Mary Brunch hosted by Geoffrey Zakarian to top-off the series.


A variety of late-night parties accent the line-up, including returning fan-favorites like Tacos After Dark hosted by Rick Bayless and King’s Hawaiian presents the Taste of Aloha and Art of Tiki Cocktail Showdown hosted by Anne Burrell, and new experiences like Midnight Munchies hosted by Jean-Georges Vongerichten on the Art Deco oasis Española Way featuring special guest DJ Action Bronson round out the midnight owl offerings.


EAT. DRINK. EDUCATE.  For tickets visit or by calling 877.762.3933 (phone sales open Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM EST).