Last year, we bid adieu to a beloved Coral Gables institution: Swine Southern Table & Bar. The pork-centric eatery shut its doors and took our favorite burnt ends with it. For a while, we wondered what would take its place. Now we know: Ad Lib, a new 50 Eggs concept involving pastry queen Hedy Goldsmith. Don’t expect Southern food — this place is all about the fine dining experience.
Dining out can get expensive. This is especially true now that Miami Spice is over. Where have all the good deals gone? One of them has gone to Cantina La Veinte in Brickell, where guests can indulge in a satisfying three-course lunch for just $25. It’s a bargain that you won’t find anywhere else.
When we hear the name Jose Mendin, we immediately think of Pubbelly. Over the years, the beloved brand has taken over the city’s food scene and it shows no signs of stopping. In fact, Pubbelly just opened two new locations of its popular offshoot Pubbelly Sushi — one in Dadeland and the other in Aventura Mall.
While the Pubbelly brand has been busy expanding its reach, Chef Mendin has been busy at Habitat. The restaurant, which replaces Beachcraft at 1 Hotel South Beach, is an exquisite showcase for Mendin’s creative culinary chops. Unlike its now-shuttered predecessor, you’ll find style AND substance here.
When we think of great happy hours on Miami Beach, Semilla always comes to mind. Their Monday-Saturday specials are hard to beat: Deeply discounted beverages and bites draw droves to this modern gastropub on Alton Road and 13th Street. $6 tapas and cocktails? Count us in.
But while these specials get much of the spotlight here, there’s a ton of other satisfying selections to be had. Chef Frederic Joulin mixes French, Spanish and Italian influences to create an extensive menu that can please even the pickiest of eaters. Look beyond the happy hour selections, and your taste buds will be handsomely rewarded.
In Miami, quality food doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. Nobu, a name synonymous with quality, is making fine dining affordable with the launch of several prix-fixe lunch options. And regardless of which option you choose, you’re getting one of the best lunch deals in town.