Archive for the ‘Palate’ Category

Posted by Mary Jo Almeida-Shore On October - 8 - 2018

 

By: Mary Jo Almeida-Shore

Fans of fine dining rejoice! Award-winning churrascaria, Texas de Brazil celebrates its 20th anniversary by offering its original pricing from way back in 1998. For the next couple of days you can enjoy the elevated dining experience at a bargain price of $28.50 per adult for the regular dinner menu. This includes Texas de Brazil’s full, rodizio-style menu which is available from 4 p.m. – 10 p.m. on Monday, October 8 and Tuesday, October 9. Children ages six to 12 dine for $14.25; kids three to five dine for $5 and those under three dine for free. Read the rest of this entry »

Chotto Matte- Nikkei Cuisine in a Lively Space

Posted by Mary Jo Almeida-Shore On September - 8 - 2018

For a spirited evening under the stars, visit Chotto Matte on Lincoln Road, the London-based award-winning, restaurant’s first location in the United States. Featuring Nikkei cuisine (in which flavors from Japan and Peru are infused), the restaurant boasts a robata grill, sushi bar and open-air dining room.

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Lazy Days- an Essential Keys Destination

Posted by Mary Jo Almeida-Shore On July - 11 - 2018

Kick back, relax and have the best food  in the Keys at Lazy Days, in the heart of Islamorada. Lazy Days offers  top notch oceanfront dining and a laid-back atmosphere. Situated right on the sand, Lazy Days invites guests to stay for a while and delight in a wide variety of seafood dishes and fresh catch prepared Lazy Days style: Panko-crusted and drenched in key lime butter and garlic sauce. There are other unique and delicious preparations as well, such as Lorenzo style- sautéed and topped with a crab cake, key lime butter and béarnaise sauce. Hungry yet?

The menu also includes burgers, pastas, alligator bites, cracked conch and lots of other other island favorites. For a small fee, Lazy Days will cook your catch and serve it in a beautiful platter along with signature sides. It’s no surprise this place gets packed every day. Happy hour is especially fun, when you can enjoy food and drink specials while sitting in Adirondack chairs facing the water as you listen to live music and watch the sun set.

Located near Robbie’s, where guests delight in feeding giant tarpon and also next door to Bud and Mary’s Marina- ground zero for sport-fishing charters, Lazy Days is the best place to eat after enjoying nearby adventures. 

Whether you are driving to or through the Keys for the day, or plan to stay a while Lazy Days is definitely worth a visit.


 

Lazy Days

79867 Overseas Highway

For more information visit: http://www.lazydaysislamorada.com.

 

Barton G. The Restaurant – Now THAT’s “Dinnertainement”

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On May - 2 - 2018

By:  Dr. Mary Jo Almeida-Shore

Thrill seekers no longer need to jump out of a plane, scale Mount Everest or go for a dive among Great Whites to push the boundaries of their imaginations and achieve that adrenaline rush.  A simple visit to Barton G. The Restaurant will provide all of the adventure that one can fathom – and then some. Barton G. is the Cirque de Soleil meets Ultra Music Festival meets the Indy 500 of the dining world- with the quality and flavors of a Michelin-Starred restaurant.

It’s no surprise that renowned restaurateur and special event impresario, Barton G. Weiss, creator of the extraordinary Barton  G. The Restaurants is the trendsetter in his field.  Creator of the liquid nitrogen cocktail and #foodporn, Barton is continuously looking for new ideas that are 100% original. “I live to create shockingly delicious and awe-inspiring dining and event experiences. Every day is a celebration.”

It’s also no accident-as this magic happens scientifically, thanks to an on-site engineer who helps with the development and execution of the outrageous dishes.

Guests are treated to a multi-sensory experience where they interact with fellow diners as collective gasps and Instagram moments are shared each time an over-the-top dish ceremoniously comes out of the kitchen.   Read the rest of this entry »

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: dine@quintolahuella.com or 786-805-4646

 

The Miami Beach EDITION  

MARKET

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

 

Skorpios

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: www.skorpiosmiami.com or 786-329-5905

 

COYO Taco

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. 

1-800-LUCKY

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

 

 

Point Royal is on Point

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On May - 17 - 2017

By:  Dr. Mary Jo Almeida-Shore

When an Iron Chef invites you to dinner, you cancel all plans. When said chef happens to be Geoffrey Zakarian, you know you are in for the experience of a lifetime.  Needless to say that dinner at Point Royal at the newly renovated Diplomat Beach Resort in Hollywood Beach was nothing short of extraordinary.  While it goes without saying that the food is exceptional, the

coastal American restaurant, is as welcoming, elegant and larger-than-life as chef/partner  Zakarian himself. Picture an expansive, perfectly-lit space with a soothing color palate of earth tones, gold and gradient hues of blue, illuminated by enormous lanterns and filled with comfortable, cozy booths so well-positioned that there isn’t a bad seat in the place.

 

But the real star at Point Royal is the food. The menu features snacks, starters, items to share and a variety of meat, seafood and poultry dishes, including a daily catch and raw bar selections. For starters, the seafood is caught and served fresh daily, and only of the utmost quality. Start with one of the seafood towers and a few snacks. The 12 oz Alaskan king crab leg  crab croquettes with the “comeback sauce” will make you want to do just that.  The GZ butter poached lobster roll is the best we’ve tasted this side of Maine, complete with the specially-baked and buttered grilled bun and chunks and chunks of lobster dressed minimally with Coleman’s mustard- as it should be. The roasted Maine diver scallops were another favorite and beef lovers will enjoy the dry aged New York strip or the pomegranate glazed short rib. But the great news is that no matter what you order, you are sure to have an extraordinary experience. Save room for dessert. Standouts include chocolate budino and the key lime pavlova.

Don’t forget to sample some of the craft cocktails, as GZ is well-known for his expertise when it comes to creating creative concoctions, to which any fan of The Kitchen will attest.

 

Point Royal serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.  For information and reservations visit: 

http://www.pointroyal-fl.com.

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