When we hear the name Faena, our minds immediately think of a place that’s way out of our price range. Fortunately for budget-conscious diners, Casa Faena — the namesake district’s boutique property — offers a financially friendly brunch for those seeking quality food in one of Miami’s hottest areas. It’s Faena without the Faena prices.
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 November 2017.
Our idea of a perfect brunch is simple: delicious carbs, refreshing drinks and outdoor seating (if Miami’s weather cooperates). Our most recent visit to Bird & Bone at The Confidante checked all those boxes. While our dinner experiences have always been great, the Southern restaurant’s brunch took our love for the place to the next level.
Coral Gables is undergoing a transformation. Since last year, the Gables Streetscape construction project has been turning two of the city’s main arteries — Miracle Mile and Giralda Avenue — into more pedestrian-friendly destinations. Local restaurants would ultimately benefit from expanded outdoor dining space and other improvements meant to attract customers.
Unfortunately, the process has been anything but smooth for Giralda Avenue. Because of numerous delays, the usually busy strip was an active construction site (and an eyesore) for months after its scheduled completion date; the place was a ghost town. As a result, several businesses shuttered and others hung on — and continue to hang on — by a thread. Thankfully, construction is just about complete and a grand opening celebration is planned for mid-September.
We’re celebrating for another reason, though: It’s no longer a mission to get to The Local Craft Food & Drink for their awesome brunch.
When it comes to brunch, there are several things that separate great spots from mediocre ones. We love big menus, stiff drinks and great views. At Stephen Starr’s Steak 954 inside W Fort Lauderdale, the weekend brunch has all of that — and more. If it’s a fantastic meal you want, it’s a fantastic meal you’ll get.