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Pilar Local Restaurant & Bar in Aventura

Posted by Mary Jo Almeida-Shore On December - 29 - 2014

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Situated in a busy strip mall in Aventura, the stylish Pilar Local Restaurant &
Bar has become a favorite among locals and part-time residents, offering seafood-focused American
classics prepared with locally-sourced and peak-of-the-season ingredients, all at approachable

Leading the restaurant’s “scratch kitchen” is dynamic, executive chef Erica Nicholl, a rising talent with a passion for creating expressive fare with a Southern disposition. A Dallas-native and award-winning pastry chef, Erica has worked in a number of notable kitchens throughout her hometown –
including George Bush’s Presidential Library and the prominent Crescent Hotel by Rosewood
Hotels & Resorts, named one of Condé Nast Traveler’s “Top 100 Hotels,” where she maintained
executive positions in both the savory and pastry kitchens while also preparing private meals for A-list celebrities, dignitaries and notables.

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Farm to Table Dining at 221 Cafe

Posted by Mary Jo Almeida-Shore On December - 23 - 2014


Hailing from France, Jean and Carène Zaragoza have recently brought French flair to Miami by opening Cafe 221, a lovely organic, farm-to-table restaurant in Downtown. The menu offers a variety of items including fresh pastries baked daily, 100% organic smoothies, juices, hormone and antibiotic free meats such as burgers or meatballs, sandwiches, salads, and savory toasts.  We highly recommend  The Farmer, a succulent chicken sandwich “which just isn’t fair” according to a fellow diner. Members of the Tribe will appreciate the bagels and lox and the  pastrami sandwich and burger are also worth a try. Be sure to save room for one of Carene’s desserts- the carrot cake and cheesecake are musts.

221 Cafe brings healthy, natural and organic options to the community. The restaurant serves breakfast and lunch daily with an emphasis on healthy, nutrient rich cuisine. It also features all-natural and organic cheeses, coffee by Panther Coffee, and Zak the Baker breads. The couple has cultivated a modern and eco-friendly atmosphere in the space with woodwork handcrafted by Jean.

221 Cafe is located at 221 NW 1st Avenue.

*For more information, visit or call (786) 563 – 2268. Follow 221 Cafe on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @221Cafe

*Metered street parking is available directly in front of the restaurant.

Novecento Midtown

Posted by Mary Jo Almeida-Shore On November - 30 - 2014

imageThe innovative minds behind Novecento® locations in Brickell, Key Biscayne and Aventura, have teamed up with entrepreneur Alejandro Ferllen to create a unique, dual-hospitality concept at Midtown Miami. Novecento Midtown is an authentic, cosmopolitan Argentinian steakhouse, which resides adjacent to its café/bar sister property, it® Espresso Lounge. A new approach to the coffee break, it® Espresso Lounge features mixologist-designed cocktails, artisanal coffee and seasonal light bites. The lounge stylishly ushers day into night with sounds coming from its iconic 1959 Fiat® Cinquecento DJ booth. Read the rest of this entry »

Vintro Hotel & Kitchen Sunday Brunch

Posted by Mary Jo Almeida-Shore On November - 22 - 2014

imageA Rustic Mediterranean Feast

Head to Vintro Hotel & Kitchen for a Rustic Mediterranean feast created by Executive Chef Keith Suarino. Curate your perfect plate from Vintro Kitchen’s expansive brunch buffet of sophisticated, ingredient-based cuisine, with options including a raw seafood bar, grilled Mediterranean meats and seafood paella, or delight your palette with specialty “From the Kitchen” brunch plates such as stuffed French toast with Nutella and bananas. Top it all off as you savor bottomless mimosas and white-wine sangria and take in breathtaking views of the Collins Canal from Vintro Kitchen’s outdoor terrace. Brunch is served every Sunday from 12pm-4pm and costs $75 per person. For reservations, call 305.704.3680. For menus and more information, visit Vintro Hotel & Kitchen online

660 at The Angler’s October Prix Fixe Menu

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On October - 16 - 2014

660Nestled among lush greenery and just steps away from bustling Collins Avenue, 660 at The Angler’s offers a garden oasis in which to enjoy dinner and cocktails. The restaurant’s serene landscape is an ideal escape for couples seeking an intimate dining experience or a quaint retreat for friends gathering for a bite. The cuisine is led by Chef Matthew Medrano, and offers a 3 course Prix Fixe menu for $39. Every course is outstanding- particularly the crispy snapper. For a small extra charge- order the sliders, which come with truffle fries: the chips with home-made dip and the crab fritters.

660 at The Angler’s also features happy hour on weekdays and its popular Eat. Drink. Lounge. every Wednesday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. with a different, international theme every week. Enjoy cocktail and food specials along with live musical entertainment on par with the evening’s theme. The usual happy hour will still be in effect during these hours which include $6 tapas, cocktails and $4 beers. For more information visit or call 305.534.9600.

Chef Katsuya Uechi wants to Make You Dinner

Posted by Mary Jo Almeida-Shore On October - 13 - 2014

KATOn Tuesday, 10/14, from 7:00-10:30pm, Chef Katsuya Uechi will host a Pop-Up Dinner at Katsuya at SLS South Beach. Diners will feast on a five-course family-style dinner prepared by Chef Katsuya and his talented culinary team. Price for the dinner is $75pp excluding tax + gratuity and reservations can be made via OpenTable. Katsuya by Starck is located at 1701 Collins Ave at the SLS South Beach Hotel. Telephone: 305. 455.2995.