MFP’s Picks of the Month – July 2017

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If you haven’t noticed, we go out to eat a lot. It’s sometimes hard to keep track of the best spots we’ve visited each month (and week and day). That’s why we’ve decided to put together a monthly list of our top picks. You can expect restaurants both young and old on this list — we’re always discovering new spots on our foodie adventures.

Here are our top picks for July 2017.

Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill

Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill inside the Plymouth Miami Beach is the latest location of the beloved Japanese spot, which has outposts in New York, Las Vegas and Los Angeles. They recently took part in a guest chef series at Soho Beach House, where we got to try some of the restaurant’s most popular dishes. Among those dishes were their famous Chicken Wings (honey soy ftw), Oxtail Fried Rice and King Crab Sunomono. We had never tried Blue Ribbon’s food before, so this was one heck of a first impression. The Gingerbread Pudding with butterscotch and ginger ice cream sealed the deal for us. In fact, we’re still thinking about it.

Scarpetta

It took us three years, but we finally made it to Scarpetta. That spaghetti that everyone won’t stop talking about? Worth the wait. Good news: It’s on the Miami Spice menu, as is the Mediterranean Octopus — another must from this year’s selections. The award-winning Italian restaurant, which is led by star chef Scott Conant, is just one of the restaurants we checked out during our Fontainebleau Miami Spice dine-around. Check out our full feature later this week for more on Scarpetta and its neighbors.

NISEI

A delicious multi-course omakase session doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. Inside B Bistro + Bakery, $55 is all it takes to enjoy an evening of elevated flavors. Nando Chang (formerly of 26 Sushi & Tapas) and Eric Saltzman (Dizengoff; ex-Taquiza) have created an affordable pop-up in Brickell that melds Peruvian and Japanese influences, and guests can expect tasty items like a hearty shrimp Chupe, Shiso Jalea and Zaru Soba (with a cilantro-leche de tigre sauce — yum). The pop-up only has one weekend left, so head over to Tock and make your reservation before it’s too late.