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.
Earlier this month, we teamed up with Pinch Kitchen to raise money for a great cause: Born Free Pet Shelter, a no-kill and non-profit dog rescue that has been helping homeless dogs since 1981. Guests who participated in the event enjoyed an all-inclusive brunch with delicious dishes from Pinch duo John Gallo and Rene Reyes. Here’s what you missed.
Stephen Starr and his projects are no strangers to South Florida — or to us. The Continental, Le Zoo and Steak 954 are all places we love, so naturally we were excited to hear about New York’s Upland opening up on Miami Beach. Helmed by Chef Justin Smillie, the restaurant serves up California-inspired cuisine that’s taken South of Fifth and the city by storm. Stop by for brunch, and you’ll see exactly what all the fuss is about.
When we hear the term “Mexican food,” the first thing that comes to mind is tacos. We blame this on late-night trips to Taco Bell in college and, more recently, all of the great taco spots that have opened up throughout the city: Coyo, Taquiza, Bodega … the list goes on.
To be honest, we’d be perfectly cool with eating tacos and queso fundido — our other kryptonite — every day. But a few recent visits to Olla opened our eyes to cuisine beyond tortillas and melted cheese. The new Mexican eatery from Coyo Taco’s Scott Linquist just took over the former AltaMare space on Lincoln Road, and it’s already on track to become a local favorite.
Brunch is quickly becoming our favorite meal, and Sweet Liberty Drinks & Supply Company is a big reason for that. The widely acclaimed bar — it’s topped lists by The Miami New Times, Playboy and The Spirited Awards — recently debuted a brunch service that’s one heck of a good time.
Why do we love it so much? There’s everything we want in a brunch here: boozy cocktails, hearty food and a fun playlist that takes us back to the West Coast.