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A New Tinta y Café & Benh Mi Opens A Brick And Mortar: The Weekly Miami Restaurant Update

Miami restaurant news for the week of 1/11/21.

If you want to stay on top of what’s happening with Miami restaurants and bars right now, you’ve come to the right place. Every week, we’ll be keeping track of the latest openings, reopenings, specials, or any other mildly interesting thing we think you might want to know.

Week of January 11

  • A New Tinta y Café Location: We love Tinta y Café, the Coral Gables cafe that makes some of the tastiest sandwiches in Miami - including one of our favorite Cuban sandwiches. So we were happy to hear that Tinta has opened up a new location in Miami Shores (9840 NE Second Ave). If it’s anything like the Gables location, this place belongs on your casual breakfast/brunch/lunch short list.

  • Benh Mi’s Brick & Mortar: You may have heard us talking about Benh Mi over the last few months. The concept started as an at-home pop-up that sold magnificent bánh mì meal kits, which we really loved. We weren’t the only ones who loved them apparently, because Benh Mi is about to open its own brick-and-mortar shop some time in February. The new location will be located on Española Way in South Beach. Stay tuned to their Instagram for updates.

  • A Wave Of NYC Restaurants Are Coming: New Yorkers invading Miami is a tale as old as, well, like 1952-ish. But it continues to this day, especially with respect to our hospitality industry. There’s a wave of some pretty big-name NYC restaurants coming to Miami soon. The Italian restaurant Carbone is aiming to open in the old Upland space this month. The restaurant group behind Carbone also plans to open more restaurants in Miami, which you can read about here. The upscale Korean steakhouse Cote is also shooting for a February opening in the Design District. In the meantime, if you’re looking for exciting new restaurants, check out our Hit List, which is full of local places that deserve love and attention too.

Week of January 4

  • Something To Be Excited About For 2021: Let’s start our first weekly update of 2021 off with some good news: Tobacco Road is coming back - at least for a while. The once oldest bar in Miami, which got elbowed out of Brickell by developers in 2014, is returning as a pop-up in the old River Oyster space. The tribute to the historic bar will be a collaboration between Tobacco Road’s old owner and Kush Hospitality. The plan was to open at the beginning of 2021 and it looks like they’re making progress.

  • The Smashiest Smash Burger In Miami: Meet Miami’s excellent new pop-up, Ted’s Burgers. They serve smash burgers out of Wynwood’s J. Wakefield on Saturdays from 2pm until they sell out and Sunday at noon until they sell out. What makes these burgers great is how they smash these patties like they just insulted the chef’s own mother. The result is a burger with paper-thin, crispy edges that we would very much like to eat again this weekend. Definitely pay them a visit if you’re a smash burger appreciator.

  • A New Vegan Dim Sum Spot In Coconut Grove: Here’s a phrase we haven’t used possibly ever: vegan dim sum. That’s the concept behind Minty Z, a new restaurant that just opened in Coconut Grove. They have things like har gow with “vegan shrimp,” carrot bao buns, and shumai with plant-based beef. They also have cocktails, beer, and sake. They’re now open at 3206 Grand Ave.

Week of December 14

  • Sweet Liberty’s Outdoor Pop-Up: The great South Beach bar Sweet Liberty recently reopened with a new cocktail menu. But they’re also about to launch a new outdoor pop-up for folks more comfortable with eating and drinking outside, located in the back of the Shelborne South Beach. It’s opening on New Year’s Eve, and will operate from Thursday through Sunday till midnight.

  • A Great Dumpling Pop-Up In Coral Gables: This weekend we went to Threefold Cafe to try Miami’s latest pop-up, E&P Dmplngs (yes, that’s how they spell it). And if you happen to be a dumpling fan too, make plans to check this place out. The menu is simple with about four dumpling options and some small plates. But every single bite is pretty special, and we’ll be thinking about their beef shank shumai well into 2021.

  • A HaoChi Noche Buena: Speaking of excellent dumplings pop-ups, Haochi Dumplings is doing a special noche buena takeout menu. They’ll be operating out of El Bagel and are accepting pre-orders online now with dumpling dinners that can feed up to four people. El Bagel is also doing a bagel and caviar breakfast on Christmas morning at Boia De.

  • Some New Openings To Close Out 2020: The Miami restaurant openings keep coming. A couple of recent additions include Momosan Ramen & Sake, which is now open in Wynwood, and Miami Diner, a new Downtown spot serving American diner food.

Week of December 7

  • A New Downtown Taco Spot: Say hi to the newest tacos in town, Taqueria Hoja. The Downtown restaurant comes from the BarLab team (the people behind Broken Shaker and 27) and takes over Balloo’s old space. Taco options include al pastor, koji sweet potato, carne asada, and more.

  • Navé Returns: Coconut Grove’s Navé was one of our favorite new restaurants before the pandemic hit Miami. The seafood and pasta spot closed for a few months, but will reopen this week on December 16. For now, they’ll just be doing dinner Wed-Sun - and, yes, the snapper milanese is still on the menu.

  • An Outdoor Oyster Pop-Up: This Thursday, December 17, Wynwood’s Butcher Shop will host The Lazy Oyster - a new Miami delivery oyster operation that we’ve been wanting to try - for a pop-up. They’ll serve a selection of raw and chargrilled oysters as well as natural wine, and the pop-up will go from 7-9pm (reservations aren’t required). Butcher Shop has plenty of outdoor seating too.

  • El Bagel Takes Lincoln Road: In case you missed it, El Bagel just recently started doing a pop-up on Lincoln Road from 10am-2pm on Saturday and Sunday. They’re serving out of their old food truck right by Euclid Ave, and Salty Donut is also setting up a little truck a couple of blocks away.

Week of November 30

  • Kush’s New Restaurant: Kush Hospitality has never opened a bad restaurant, so we’re feeling pretty optimistic about their newest spot, Cafe Kush. It opens today inside MiMo’s newly renovated Selina Gold Dust Hotel, with indoor and outdoor seating. We haven’t seen the menu yet, but Cafe Kush calls itself a “Miami-Style bistro” that puts a “Kush twist on French fare.”

  • A Pizza Preview:La Natural, a new pizza spot from the Palmar team that’s opening soon, is doing a pop-up at All Day this Thursday, December 10. There will be lots of natural wine and some square pizza that looks very good, in case you want to get a preview of this place before it opens for real. Stay tuned to All Day’s Instagram for info on how to reserve a table.

  • A Few More Openings To Know About: Three more spots opened up over Thanksgiving. Wynwood got a new location of Williamsburg’s Freehold, where they’re now serving cocktails and thin crust pizza. Red Rooster is also back open in Overtown, and Miami just got its first Sweetgreen in Coral Gables, so now you can try to undo all the bad things you ate over the weekend by ordering a salad for Monday’s lunch.

Week of November 23

  • The New Itamae Is Here: Miami just got an early holiday present: the opening of Itamae’s new stand-alone location in the Design District. Itamae started out as a stall inside St. Roch Market, which has since changed names so many times that we honestly have no idea what it’s called right now. But that’s not important. What’s important is that Itamae, an absolutely outstanding Nikkei restaurant, finally has its very own space and an updated menu, with dishes like torrejitas de choclo, poke bowls, and the tiraditos, ceviches, and sushi rolls that made us fall in love with it in the first place. They’re open now for outdoor dining and takeout. We’ll be checking Itamae out as soon as possible. You should do the same.

  • A New Korean Pop-Up: A new delivery and takeout-only Korean restaurant opens in Coconut Grove this week, on December 1. It’s called 2 Korean Girls and they’ll serve dishes like bibimbap, kimchee fried rice, and customizable bowls. You can order online for delivery or pick-up at their Coconut Grove ghost kitchen.

Week of November 16

  • Sweet Liberty Reopens: The South Beach bar and home of the greatest pina colada in Florida is reopening for the first time in months. It opens its doors again tomorrow, November 24, with a brand new cocktail menu, and they are encouraging guests to make a reservation online.

  • A Close Call For Bougainvillea’s: It was a scary week for Bougainvillea’s Old Florida Tavern, a classic and very popular South Miami bar that’s been around since 2000. It started when Bougies said via Instagram that their landlord was trying to evict them. That led to a whole lot of online outrage and an article in the Miami Herald. Apparently, it helped. And within days, Bougainvillea’s said they were attempting to work out a deal with their landlord. Hopefully this one has a happy ending.

  • Ember And Kaido Close For Good: Two Design District restaurants won’t be opening back up, the Miami Herald reported this week. Ember and Kaido will be closing for good. They join our list of Miami restaurant closings.

Week of November 9

  • Hiden Is Back: The six-seat Wynwood omakase recently reopened for the first time since quarantine with a new chef. Reservations are now being accepted online. Dinner starts at $170 per person.

  • Rosie’s Gets An Assist From Beyoncé: After already winning $25,000 from a Discover Card grant, Rosie’s just got another well-earned prize from the Beygood Foundation, a venture between Beyoncé and the NAACP to support Black-owned businesses. The team received an additional $10,000 grant to continue to run their business and make some of the best food in Miami.

  • Another My Cuban Spot Pop-Up: The Brooklyn Cuban restaurant My Cuban Spot is coming back down to Miami for another pop-up at Bebito’s Cafe. This one’s going down November 28th and 29th with a menu of fritas, picadillo bowls, and cocktails. You know, in case you didn’t eat enough during Thanksgiving. Grab a ticket here.

Week of November 2

  • Palmar’s New Pop-Up: Wynwood’s Palmar has a new pop-up called El Diner Latino. The delivery-only concept is currently operating Wed-Sun from noon to 9pm, with a small menu of three South American sandwiches: Venezuela’s sanduche de pernil, Uruguay’s chivito, and the Mexican torta de milanesa. We tried the pernil and torta over the weekend - and can confirm they will make you want to do a little sandwich dance in your living room. Palmar is also celebrating its third anniversary this weekend with a special five-course menu, if you’re looking for something bigger than a sandwich.

  • Verde Is Back: The PAMM reopened this weekend, and so did the little restaurant in its backyard, Verde, which has one of the best waterfront views in the entire city. Verde has a new menu, but will still offer sandwiches, salads, and pizza - so it shouldn’t feel too different from the pre-pandemic Verde we knew and liked a lot.

  • Farewell, Small Tea: Small Tea, the Coral Gables tea shop and one of our favorite places to work from, is closing down. “Bitter news for all of us after we conquered the ‘cafecito city,’ but for reasons out of our control, we were forced to close our shop,” Small Tea said via Instagram. They now join our least favorite guide in the history of guides, Miami Restaurant Closings.

  • Drama On Calle Ocho: In case you haven’t heard, there’s some very odd drama going down with Little Havana favorite Ball & Chain right now. It stems from a feud between Miami city commissioner Joe Carollo and Ball & Chain co-owner Bill Fuller. You can read more about the backstory of all that here. You can also read more about the political nightmare that is Joe Carollo here. Here’s hoping all this silliness doesn’t spell the end of Calle Ocho’s most historic bar. If this issue is important to you, feel free to contact Commissioner Joe at (305) 250-5380 or and let him know. You can also sign Ball & Chain’s petition to reopen.

Week of October 26

  • Vote, Vote, Vote: We hope you know that there’s an election happening on Tuesday, November 3, because you could not open your eyes in Florida over the last few weeks without being confronted by a political ad. Thankfully you only have one more day of commercials with ridiculously dramatic voice overs. So celebrate by voting. Then, after you’ve got your sticker, check out our list of restaurants with election day freebies and discounts for voters.

  • Cafe La Trova Returns: One of the best restaurants and bars in Miami is finally reopening this week. Cafe La Trova returns to Calle Ocho on Thursday, November 5. The Cuban restaurant is currently accepting reservations online, in case you’ve missed their daiquiris as badly as us.

  • Balloo Looks For A New Home: There’s some bad (and potentially good) news about Balloo, a Downtown restaurant we really loved. They will be closing their Downtown location. However, chef Timon Balloo said on Instagram that he is “looking for a bigger and better space” to open a new Balloo. We are rooting for him with every molecule we’ve got.

Week of October 19

  • New Sushi In Wynwood: Hiyakawa is a restaurant we’ve been looking forward to for a while. One big reason: it’s from the chef behind one of our favorite Japanese restaurants in Miami, Wabi Sabi. Hiyakawa will also serve Japanese food, with a menu that includes sushi, yakimono, an omakase option, and more. The restaurant is now open Wed-Sun from 6-11pm.

  • A New Pop-Up At Fooq’s: The Downtown restaurant Fooq’s has been hosting pop-ups over the last few months. Their latest is a concept called Da Lida, which is focused on pasta and wine. Pasta options include spaghetti alla nerano, rigatoni bolognese, and Fooq’s buccatini amatriciana returns to the menu as well. Reservations for indoor and outdoor dining can be made online. Takeout is also available.

  • And Yet Another Curfew Update: Miami’s curfew situation remains a confusing mess. Last week we told you that a lawsuit by the strip club Tootsie’s had successfully lifted Miami-Dade’s curfew. Well, the county fought back and another judge has allowed them to reinstate the midnight curfew, which is currently in effect. What will happen next week? Perhaps a group of raccoons who found a legal textbook in the trash will get the curfew lifted once again.

  • The Naan Pop-Up’s Extended Hours:Taquiza’s new pop-up, Naan Indian Eats, has extended its hours from weekends-only. They’re now offering lunch Tue-Thu from 11am-4pm, so if you find yourself craving naan outside the weekend (like us, right now), then place an order online.

Week of October 12

  • Yet Another Curfew Update: You know that curfew Miami-Dade has been under for months and months? Well, it’s gone now thanks to a (checks notes) lawsuit by the strip club, Tootsies? Well, good thing we are incapable of being surprised by news anymore. If you want to know more about the confusing legality of the whole affair, you can read a full article from the Herald here. We’ll let you know if the curfew returns.

  • The New Ramen In Town: A new ramen spot just opened in Little Haiti: Hachidori Ramen Bar. The restaurant does more than ramen too - the menu includes pork gyoza, donburi bowls, hand rolls, and more Japanese dishes. They celebrate their grand opening this Thursday, but they’re in a soft opening now in case you can’t wait.

  • Lil’ Laos Has A New Home: You may have heard us talk about Lil’ Laos, a Lao pop-up that’s been bouncing around town for the last few months. Well, they finally got themselves a more permanent home inside The Citadel, a food hall in Little Haiti that’s been snatching up some great vendors lately, like United States Burger Service and Frice Cream. Lil’ Laos is now officially open for takeout and dine-in.

  • It’s Stone Crab Season, Baby: We don’t really get “fall” in Miami, but we do have stone crab season. It’s kind of like our pumpkin spice latte. We spend too much money on them and generally take photos of it before we eat. If you would like to partake this year, check out our guide to Miami’s Best Seafood Markets.

Week of October 5

  • Miami Can Stay Out A Little Later: The City of Miami has pushed back its curfew from 11pm to midnight. This, obviously, means restaurants can close just a tad later. Miami-Dade County, however, still has an 11pm curfew in effect, though the mayor said they plan to push theirs to midnight as long as Covid numbers over the past weekend remained steady.

  • A New Vietnamese spot in Little Haiti: The Vietnamese restaurant Tran An finally celebrated its grand opening over the weekend after a few months in a takeout-only soft opening. You can check out some photos of the restaurant’s interior on Instagram. There’s lots of neon, floating animal heads, and cozy little booths where you can eat your pho.

  • Stephen’s Deli Gets A Facelift:Stephen’s Deli, a classic Hialeah spot that’s been around since 1954, debuted some renovations last week. It’s now “Kush by Stephen’s” and will feature a menu more similar to its sister restaurant, Kush. Thankfully the matzoh ball soup and pastrami sandwiches are still available.

  • Meet The Doral Yard: Do you remember the Wynwood Yard? A lot of people do. It was a fine place in Wynwood to have some food, drinks, and listen to live music. And while the original Wynwood Yard was forced out of the neighborhood by yet another apartment complex no one asked for, the team just opened the new Doral Yard. The new space is mostly outdoors and has food trucks serving things like churros, dim sum, and vegan bowls.

  • The Return Of The Cinnamon Rolls: It looks like 2020 won’t take Knaus Berry Farm’s wonderful cinnamon rolls and strawberry milkshakes from us. The famous Homestead bakery and farm will open this year on October 27. There will be some social distancing rules, but if you’re patient and cooperative, you’ll still get your cinnamon rolls.

Week of September 28

  • Bars (And Clubs) Are Opening Up: We’re starting to see a lot of bars open in Miami, which is allowed under our new (and confusing) phase 3 opening rules. Already, Mac’s Club Deuce, Mama Tried, and Wood Tavern have reopened. The Downtown club Space has also announced plans to reopen with a reservation-only system.

  • Fireman Derek’s Has Ice Cream Now: The Miami lords of pie over at Fireman Derek’s just debuted a new ice cream menu at their Coconut Grove shop. They’ll have original flavors including white chocolate guava cookie dough, key lime pie, and chocolate brownie with caramel swirl. The Wynwood shop is still just pie and cake right now, but they say they’re working on making ice cream available there too.

  • Leku Opens For Dinner: Leku, a place we enjoy, recently opened up for dinner. Previously, the Basque restaurant inside the Rubell Museum was only doing lunch, but they’ll now be open Wed-Sun until 11pm. Reservations are available online.

  • Zak the Baker Fender Bender: Wynwood’s Zak the Baker posted a video of a car colliding into their bakery last night. Thankfully, no one was injured and it looks like the damage could have been a lot worse. But Zak said there will probably be “no Sourdough Multigrain at Whole Foods today.”

Week of September 21

Miami Forced To Reopen: The biggest restaurant news of the week is without a doubt the new executive order from Governor DeSantis, which allows restaurants, bars, and nightclubs to all reopen in Miami. We’ve got an article that explains what exactly this means for Miami hospitality, which you can read here.

The Return Of 27: One of our favorite Miami Beach restaurants, 27, finally opened back up this past weekend. The Mid-Beach spot will also have a slightly updated menu - though they’re keeping some of the classics like the kimchi fried rice and whole fried fish. 27 is accepting reservations online.

The Anderson Reopens: Upper East Side bar The Anderson is slated to reopen on October 1 with some renovations that include more outdoor seating, updated interiors, and their new taco counter. You can probably expect a flood of bar openings in the coming weeks thanks to Florida’s new executive order.

Week of September 14

  • How To Have Macchialina All To Yourself: The South Beach pasta spot Macchialina recently debuted some great new outdoor seating. But if you’d rather eat inside, you can do that - and have the entire restaurant to yourself. Macchialina will be offering one seating a night inside for a special “Bestia” menu. It’ll be a prix-fixe, family-style meal that can feed 4-12 people. They’ll start these dinners on Tuesday, September 29, and reservations can be made by emailing Read more about the dinner in an interview New Times did with the chef.

  • NIU and Arson Are Back: Two fantastic Downtown restaurants have returned as one. NIU Kitchen - quite possibly our favorite spot in the whole city - has merged with its sister restaurant Arson for dine-in service. The menu will be a combination of the two restaurants, with Arson’s excellent charbroiled oysters and dorada alongside NIU’s cold tomato soup and coca flatbread. There will be plenty of wine too. You can make a reservation online.

  • A Taste Of Miami: A new cookbook called Taste Of Miami is dropping this month. It features recipes from some great local spots like Phuc Yea, Stephen’s Deli, Coyo Taco, and over 30 more. The best part? All the proceeds will be donated back to the restaurants and their employees. Sign up on their website to be notified when it’s available for purchase.

  • My Cuban Spot’s Last Pop-Up: This month, the NYC restaurant My Cuban Spot has been doing a series of weekend pop-ups at Bebito’s Cafe. The last one goes down this weekend and there are still some tickets left. Buy one to try what our amigos in New York called one of their favorite sandwiches in Brooklyn.

Week of September 7

  • Get Some Bagel Balls: Fans of bagels should check out the Bagel Balls pop-up happening at Dasher & Crank this weekend. They are pretty much exactly what they sound like, little balls of bagel with cream cheese stuffed inside. We had some a couple weeks ago and eating them was like taking little bagel shots. They’ve already sold out for Saturday, but will be releasing more Sunday orders very soon, so keep on eye on their Instagram.

  • Shuckers Returns: One of our favorite spots to drink frozen cocktails and eat chicken wings while staring at the water is (almost) back. Shuckers reopens for dine-in service this Thursday, September 17. Just in time to watch the Dolphins maybe not actually have a terrible season?

  • Miami’s New Curfew: Miami’s curfew is slowly peeling back - from 10pm to 11pm. Now you can hang out at a restaurant just a tad longer, which is good news for a city that struggles to leave the house before 10.

  • Miami Bars Won’t Open With The Rest Of Florida: Bars are reopening across Florida today at 50% capacity. But Miami - as well as Broward and Palm Beach - will hold off on opening their bars until Covid cases go down. So don’t go running to Mac’s with an armful of roses just yet.

Week of August 31

  • Lost Boy Is Back: One of our favorite bars in Downtown, Lost Boy, is back open for service. They’ve pivoted to be more of a restaurant (because bars still aren’t allowed to open), so expect to sit down and order a sandwich or charcuterie board while you enjoy your very good cocktail.

  • Michael’s Genuine And Tam Tam Collab: The Vietnamese pop-up Tâm Tâm is doing a collaboration with Michael’s Genuine from September 7-13. The temporary menu includes dishes you can’t normally get at Tâm Tâm, like a crispy pork belly banh mi and steamed muscles in a lemongrass broth. Make a reservation or order online.

  • The Caja Food Truck Has A New Home: The Caja Caliente food truck has a new home in the Design District starting today, Sep 8. You can now find the truck, which used to be parked in Edgewater, at 95 NE 40th St - just in case you’re craving a lechon taco after dropping too much money at the Off White store.

  • Welcome Back, Tigertail: It’s been a long, long time since the Coconut Grove spot Tigertail + Mary was open for service. But the epicenter of business lunches is back now. Reservations are available, even if you don’t have any business to discuss over your salad and snapper.

Week of August 24

  • A New Home For One Of Miami’s Best Burgers:United States Burger Service makes a phenomenal burger. They bake their own buns, perfectly sear the patties, and also serve incredibly crispy fries. Before Covid, you could find them behind Boxelder on the weekend and occasionally at random events around town. But now, their beautiful handheld little buns are moving into The Citadel in Little Haiti on September 5. Get excited.

  • A Pop-Up Worth Checking Out: The newest Miami pop-up to turn heads is The Pide Place. They’re making some very tasty looking pide, which is a kind of oblong Turkish flatbread, from Stanzione 87. Right now, they’re open Friday and Saturday, and accepting orders online.

  • Rio Cristal Is Here To Stay: A lot of folks were sad to hear that Rio Cristal, a Westchester spot known for putting a small mountain of french fries on top of steak (an objectively good thing), was closing. But all that support changed their mind. The 40-plus year-old restaurant will now be sticking around. Go show it some love next time you’re in Westchester.

  • Indoor Dining Is Back: In case you haven’t heard, indoor dining is allowed in Miami once again. If you want to know more, check out this piece where we break it all down.

Week of August 17

  • Ramen Pop-Up In MiMo: The fine folks over at Phuc Yea are hosting a special pop-up dinner in collaboration with Peacock Ramen and OORI Bake Shop. The three-course dinner will cost $45 per person and there are only 50 seats available. Snag a spot online.

  • A New Wynwood Izakaya:Būya is the newest restaurant to open in Wynwood. It’s a Japanese spot specializing in izakaya and yakitori - and they’ve got some sidewalk tables outside. Reservations aren’t required.

  • Community Fridges In Miami: If you see a random fridge on the streets of Miami, know that it’s there for a good reason. Miami resident Sherina Jones along with local activists Roots Collective have installed a couple community fridges around Miami to provide fresh food to those in need. Find the fridges at 5505 NW Seventh Ave and 1003 NW Third Avenue. They could use donations to keep them stocked too.

  • Hometown Joins The Outdoor Dining Game: One of our favorite Miami spots, Hometown Barbecue, debuted an outdoor seating set up this weekend, giving things a test run from Friday, August 21, to Sunday, August 23. Hopefully things go smoothly and they’ll do it again next weekend. Stay tuned to their Instagram for announcements.

Week of August 10

  • Frice’s First Brick & Mortar: If you’ve heard us talk about ice cream in Miami, then you’ve probably heard us going on about Frice like a sixth grader with a hopeless crush. We really like them and their creative flavors, but sadly they’ve never had a real scoop shop. Until (cue dramatic movie trailer music) now. Frice has officially moved into The Citadel, a food hall in Little Haiti. Go see them soon and keep an eye on their Instagram for updates.

  • Cake Thai Is Closing: After six years, the popular Upper East Side restaurant Cake Thai will be closing for good on August 22. They announced the news on Instagram to many broken heart and crying emojis. It’s another sad addition to our list of Miami Restaurant Closings.

  • Natural Wine Pop-Up In South Beach: The new Downtown natural wine bar, Margot Natural Wine, isn’t quite ready to debut their space yet, but they’ve partnered with Nikki Beach for a pop-up. They’ve set up some outdoor tables and will be handling the wine menu, while Nikki Beach will cover the food. You can RSVP online.

  • Jaguar Sun, The Steakhouse: We’ve talked about Jaguar Sun’s weekend pop-up dinner before (we like them a lot) but the team is switching things up slightly. They’ll be debut a new steakhouse menu over the coming weekends, serving shrimp cocktails, wedge salad, crab donuts, and several choices of steak, ranging from a $27 hanger steak to a $125 scotch-aged ribeye. Keep an eye on their Instagram for announcements about reservations.

  • A New Frozen Lemonade In Town: Coconut Grove no longer has a monopoly on the frozen lemonade game in Miami. Downtown’s new Kimberly’s Frozen Treats is now serving frozen lemonade from a takeout window in Melinda’s. They’ve got rose lemonade, lavender lemonade, and more flavors. Hit them up next time you’re driving down North Miami Ave.

Week of August 3

  • Return Of The Macc: It’s been too long since Macchialina was open for dine-in service. But they’re finally back, and they’ve got a really cool new space. The South Beach Italian restaurant has taken over the patio next door, and now has covered outdoor tables. Make a reservation online and get the lasagna.

  • Beaker & Gray, But On A Roof:Beaker & Gray’s original Wynwood restaurant is still closed, but the team is popping-up on The Citadel’s rooftop this month. They’ll only be taking care of the cocktails, though. Food will be provided by the vendors downstairs.

  • Goodbye, Le Sirenuse: If there was ever a place that almost justified paying more than $20 for a cocktail, it was Le Sirenuse. The Surfside restaurant and cocktail bar was gorgeous, delicious, and always made us feel fancy. Sadly, they announced last week that they’d be joining our list of Miami Restaurant Closings It’s worth noting, however, that the lead bartender and head chef of Le Sirenuse remain at The Surf Club, and are now operating from The Champagne Bar and Terrace at Four Seasons Hotel.

  • Miami, Meet Mamey: We’re still sad about Ghee Design District’s closing. But the team’s new restaurant, Mamey, officially opens tomorrow, August 11, in Coral Gables. Reservations are available online, and you can expect a menu heavy on Caribbean influence.

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