When Federal Donuts closed earlier this year, we were bummed. Not just because we lost some great donuts, but also because we lost some damn good fried chicken. Thankfully, Le Chick in Wynwood — just a stone’s throw away from FedNuts — is doing an exceptional job filling that void (and more).
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.
Let’s get right to it: You need to visit River Yacht Club. The colorful maritime space is worth checking out for the decor alone — it’s beautiful on a sunny day — but the real draw here is the food. While we lamented the loss of Finnegan’s River at first, River Yacht Club has made it a distant memory. In other words, what we’re trying to say is that River Yacht Club is awesome.
Southern food is bae. It’s hearty, personable and fun on its own, but The Social Club’s Blair Wilson is kicking it up a notch with his personal touch on the restaurant’s latest menu. This isn’t the time-tested American-inspired fare you’re used to — it’s so much better.
It’s been a while since we last visited Juvia, the popular South Beach restaurant known for its fusion of Japanese, Peruvian and French cooking. While it was a great experience for our palates, it wasn’t so great for our wallets. Juvia’s quality food and view come at a premium price (and deservedly so).
Fortunately for us, Juvia’s new brunch items and prix-fixe lunch menu make the establishment much more approachable. There’s just something about Juvia’s Miami Beach view paired with a fun cocktail and delicious, budget-friendly fare that makes for a memorable meal. And that’s exactly what our most recent experience was.