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November 9, 2020
Sweet Liberty Reopens & Bougainvillea’s Fights Eviction: The Weekly Miami Restaurant Update
Miami restaurant news for the week of 11/16/20.
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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 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 jcarollo@miamigov.com 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 Laotian 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 info@macchialina.com. 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.


  • 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.

Week Of July 27

  • Farewell, Ghee Design District: We’ve confirmed some very sad news: Ghee Design District is closing its doors for good. This Saturday was its last night of service. This isn’t the end of Ghee completely, though. The original Dadeland location is still open. Also, the Ghee team is opening a new restaurant called Mamey in Coral Gables’ Thesis Hotel on August 11 with another new restaurant, Orno, slated to open in the same hotel at the end of this year. Mamey will serve a combination of Asian, Polynesian, and Caribbean food. See see a list of more Miami restaurant closings here.

  • A New Vietnamese Pop-Up: Another day, another pop-up. This exciting new addition is a place called Tâm Tâm. It will be operating out of 1-800-Lucky throughout August and is serving a very tasty menu with things like banh mi, chicken curry, and a very impressive looking fried chicken sandwich.

  • Sweet Melody Gets A New Shop: Sweet Melody makes our favorite ice cream in Miami right now, and they’ll be opening a brand new shop at the end of August. The second location will be located in Palmetto Bay and will have an expanded menu, with baked goods, sundaes, ice cream cakes, and pies. Stay tuned to their Instagram for more announcements.

  • Chug’s Is Here A Little Longer: Last week we told you that Chug’s would be closing for renovations on August 2. Well, they’ve slightly altered those plans. The Coconut Grove Cuban cafe will stay open for an additional four weeks. So you still have time to get your pastelito.

Week Of July 20

  • Lil’ Laos Is Back: Lil’ Laos, a pop-up we really like, will now be operating out of Fooq’s in Downtown, which will pause its own takeout operation until September 30. You can order for takeout or delivery Tue-Sun from noon-8pm. They’ve got things like crispy pig ears, lemongrass chicken, and spicy papaya salad. They join a growing number of pop-ups in Miami. See them all here.

  • Two New “Virtual” Restaurants: Eating House in Coral Gables has launched two “virtual” restaurants that will be available to order from on Postmates. The first is called Bud’s Burgers and it’ll serve (you guessed it) burgers. The second is a fried chicken concept called Clucked Up, which will have wings, chicken and waffles, and sandwiches. Both are open Tue-Sun.

  • Chug’s Gets A Makeover: Our dear Chug’s - home of many excellent sandwiches and the best pastelitos in town - will be closing for renovations on August 2. They’re giving it a pretty big face lift and will reopen with an 85-seat dining room, a juke box, and hopefully the same great food we expect from this place. See you soon, Chug’s.

  • Salmon Ice Cream: Dasher and Crank, a member of our recently published guide to The Best Ice Cream Shops In Miami, is debuting a salmon and cream cheese flavor. It sounds frightening, but if there’s anyone who can pull it off, it’s the fine folks at Dasher. The flavor will be available through August.

Week OF July 13

  • An All Day Pop-Up: This Friday, July 24, All Day is doing a pop-up dinner with Wessel’s Tropical BarBQ. The outdoor dinner will consist of five courses for $65 per person, and there will be things like coconut butter-poached blue crab, queen conch-stuffed chayote, and smoked Florida duck. Make your reservation online.

  • Return Of Broken Shaker: Broken Shaker just started doing weekend brunch again. If you would like to reunite with the Miami Beach spot, grab your reservation online. Their sister restaurant, 27, remains closed for the time being.

  • New Curfew on Ocean Drive: South Beach just got a new 8pm curfew, because even in the middle of a pandemic, it remains Miami’s epicenter of irresponsible and reckless behavior. The curfew doesn’t apply to all of South Beach, though, just Ocean Drive, Collins, and Washington Avenues between Fifth and 16th Streets.

  • TV Dinners Are Cool Again?: The TV dinner is making a comeback in Miami. First, Josh’s Deli debuted theirs with plates including steak, veggies, mashed potato, mac and cheese, meatloaf, and fried chicken. Then, the new Downtown spot Over Under came through with its own vegan TV dinners, available on Sundays. They have a veggie loaf, mashed potatoes with mushroom gravy, green beans, and a vegan brownie. It’s all making us crave a TV dinner, which is a sentence we never thought we’d type.

Week Of July 6

  • Some New Restaurant Rules: In case you haven’t seen (or are just incredibly confused), some new Miami dining rules went into effect this week. You can read about them here, but the gist is: only outdoor dining will be allowed now, in addition to takeout and delivery.

  • Wynwood Restaurants Take To The Streets: In light of these recent rules, a lot of restaurants will try and adapt with more outdoor seating in the coming weeks, especially Wynwood restaurants. KYU has already converted street parking into outdoor seating and places like Zak The Baker are working on it too.

  • Greek Donuts In The Design District: There’s a new dessert spot in Miami that’s open right now. It’s called Meli Gourmet Greek Donuts and they serve loukoumades - a sort of Greek donut - and they’re open for takeout now.

  • Con mucho, mucho amor (y mofongo): The Walter Mercado documentary Mucho Mucho Amor is out on Netflix this weekend. The film was made by Miami filmmakers and heavily features our fine city alongside the life story of the late, great, and fabulous Puerto Rican astrologer himself. For a proper takeout pairing, order from the Puerto Rican restaurant La Placita. Also, let’s all call Ariete and ask them to bring back the Walter Mercado cocktail.

Week Of June 29

  • A New Restaurant In The Rubell: Leku is a Basque restaurant inside Allapattah’s Rubell Museum. It was supposed to open a while ago but, well, you know. So instead it’s finally debuting on July 1 as a lunch pop-up, Wed-Sun from 11am-3:30pm. The menu includes Iberian ham croquettes, mushroom paella, branzino, and cocktails. Reservations are available online and there’s outdoor seating as well.

  • A New Curfew For Restaurants: As coronavirus cases continue to go in the very wrong direction in South Florida, Miami-Dade County recently announced a 10pm curfew. So, whatever your dining plans are, they have to be over by then. Also, strip clubs are officially closed. Fauci would be proud.

  • Return Of The Proof Burger: Taurus in Coconut Grove is bringing back Proof Wednesdays starting this week. Each Wednesday, they’ll offer the very excellent Proof Burger until they run out. If you want one (and you do), they recommend calling ahead at (305) 529-6523 to reserve yours for dine-in or takeout.

  • Hometown And Jaguar Sun Team Up: A special guest will be joining this weekend’s installment of the Jaguar Sun pop-up (which we went to and wrote about). Hometown Barbecue will be collaborating with the Jaguar Sun team this weekend for a special menu. We don’t claim to predict the future, but we have a feeling it’s going to be good.

Week Of June 22

  • Boia De Is Back: Boia De, a place we really love, is opening back up for dine-in service on June 26. Masks will be required (just like everywhere else) and guests will be asked to sanitize their hands immediately upon entry. You can make a reservation online.

  • A New Waterfront Spot: Redfish is finally making its debut in Coral Gables. The new seafood restaurant is located in Matheson Hammock Park and has a pretty fantastic waterfront view. Reservations are available online. See the rest of Miami’s new restaurant openings here.

  • Mac’s Has New Merch: We can not stress how badly we miss dive bars. And while we probably won’t be drinking in them any time soon, we can still support one of our favorites, Mac’s Club Deuce. The classic South Beach bar debuted some brand new merch today in collaboration with Miami artist Ahol Sniffs Glue. Maybe it’ll even smell like cigarettes and bourbon.

  • Free Coffee This Weekend: A new Downtown coffee shop and cafe opened this month. It’s called Borsalino, and in an effort to introduce themselves, they’re giving away free cups of coffee from their pick-up window on Saturday and Sunday between 8am and 2pm.

  • Calling Out The Rule Breakers: A new Instagram account is calling out businesses that aren’t following Covid-19 guidelines. It’s called covid_305, and many of the worst offenders featured on the page are restaurants - like Wynwood’s Astra and Swan, both of which have already been shut down once for a lack of social distancing. It’s also featured a few strip clubs, which, for some reason, are allowed to be open right now.

Week Of June 15

  • A Good Weekend For Ice Cream: Overtown’s Red Rooster still isn’t open yet, but they’re giving a little preview to the public this weekend with a slightly different concept starting June 19. It’s called The Creamery and it’ll serve mostly ice cream, with flavors like brown butter cornbread, and salted caramel. They will also serve fried chicken and sides like mac and cheese.

  • Kush Comes To The Grove: Miami now has two Kush’s, at least for a little while. The wonderful Wynwood restaurant (where we go for some of our favorite burgers in Miami) is taking over its Coconut Grove sister restaurant, Spillover. Kush 2.0 will have a new look and a menu familiar to those who love the original Wynwood location. The restaurant is now open for dine-in service and has a Happy Hour featuring $1 oysters, BOGO draft beers, and $5 appetizers.

  • A Permanent Closure: In some not-so-great news, the Brickell spot Obra announced on Instagram that it will close permanently. We will miss them and their arepas.

  • Baked Goods For A Great Cause: There’s a bake sale happening this weekend at the Vagabond Hotel in MiMo, presented by Bakers Against Racism. The event will feature baked goods from local chefs from Mandolin, Stubborn Seed, and more. 100% of proceeds raised will go to the Community Justice Project and Dream Defenders. It’s happening Saturday, June 20, from 10am-2pm.

Week of June 8

  • We get to welcome back Michael’s Genuine this week. The Design District Greatest Hits restaurant hasn’t been open since quarantine started, but they’re back at it now, offering takeout, delivery, and dine-in service (and yes, they have outdoor seating). Phuc Yea also opens back up for dine-in this Friday. For the first time in a while, they’ll offer seating on their back patio, which is lit up with Chinese lanterns and looks quite pretty at night.

  • Jaguar Sun is doing a cool thing this weekend. For the second week in a row, they’re taking over Lot 6 (a big, outdoor space in Little River) and basically turning it into a much bigger, more humid Jaguar Sun. Dinner seatings are happening Friday and Saturday, and you can email info@jaguarsunmia.com to see if they have any spots left. If they’re sold out, don’t cry. Just keep your eyes on their Instagram to see if they do it again next weekend.

  • Beaches are officially open in Miami. And even though there are rules (including a temporary ban on coolers, inflatable devices, and playing any sort of sports), the opportunity for a beach picnic is still possible. Lolo’s Surf Cantina is offering a beach picnic takeout package for two that comes with burritos, chips and guac, pre-batched margaritas, and a six-foot burrito blanket for $69. Find more spots on our Where To Eat After The Beach guide. All the places on there are currently open.

  • Miami Spice is officially back and will last for four months (until September 30) this year. Although, the number of participating restaurants is way down, which makes sense. See what restaurants are taking part here.

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