When one door closes, another one opens. Although diners bid farewell to Shelborne South Beach’s Sarsaparilla Club last year, Top Chef stars Jeff McInnis and Janine Booth — the couple behind the American dim sum restaurant — aren’t done saying goodbye to the hotel property: They’ve now opened a popup of their beloved New York eatery Root & Bone, giving guests plenty of reasons to salivate.
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.
Whiskey. We love the spirit (or at least the drinking half of MFP does). So imagine the excitement when we caught wind of Commonwealth, a Miami Beach whiskey bar and restaurant that has taken over the old Automatic Slim’s location.
This excitement increased exponentially when we found out who was leading the kitchen: Daniel Roy, who served as sous chef at Matador Room and worked with Top Chef Jeremy Ford. Chef Roy has crafted a delectable menu with deep smokey flavors, which pairs wonderfully with the extensive selection of whiskey on hand. Emphasis on extensive: There’s over 100 whiskeys to choose from. In other words, you’re going to need an Uber.
All summer long, Verde invited guest chefs to collaborate on family-style feasts inside the Perez Art Museum Miami eatery. The star-studded lineup for the monthly meal included local favorites like Edge Steak and Bar’s Aaron Brooks and Macchialina’s Michael Pirolo. To close out the series, Verde’s own Kaytlin Dangaran and former Michael’s Genuine Food and Drink Chef de Cuisine Niven Patel treated diners to an unforgettable three-course culinary experience.
We here at Miami Food Pug have been eagerly counting down the days until Chef Patel opens his latest project, Ghee Indian Kitchen, in Downtown Dadeland. And if this meal was any indication of what to expect, the neighborhood is really stepping up its restaurant game.
Having really enjoyed Morimoto at the Shelborne Wyndham Grand, we were bummed to see it shutter last September. Thankfully, its replacement has made that loss a very distant memory. Chefs Jeff McInnis and Janine Booth, no strangers to Miami, have made their way back to the Magic City to open The Sarsaparilla Club in the Iron Chef’s former space. An American dim sum concept, it’s the first of two restaurants the couple plans to open in the 305. If our recent experience at The Sarsaparilla Club was any indication, the duo is already 1 for 1.