2018 has been quite the year for Downtown Miami. The only-crowded-during-business-hours neighborhood is shedding its reputation of being a ghost town after 6 p.m. with a slew of notable culinary additions. The latest to join the lineup is Pez, a spacious restaurant that fuses Mexican and Mediterranean influences into “Baja-Med” cuisine.
There’s a new bar in (Down)town: Jaguar Sun. Located on the ground floor of the X Miami Apartments, this new watering hole — named after a collection of short stories by Italo Calvino — is helping turn the neighborhood around. Those of us who work in the area (::raises hand::) don’t feel the need to rush home at 5 p.m., and residents have less of a reason to head to Brickell for some good times.
We’ve been here probably 20 times already, and each time the place is full of new faces and regulars. No surprise there: Word is getting out that Jaguar Sun is the place to be.
With over 200 restaurants to choose from, Miami Spice can be daunting for diners. Figuring out which restaurants are worth your money is a mission; there are just so many menus to review. We’ll make your decision easy: Run — don’t walk — to Fooq’s for Miami Spice.
High above Downtown Miami, Area 31 at Kimpton EPIC Hotel is serving up sustainable seafood and other tasty fare day in and day out. The restaurant recently welcomed a new chef — Alex Olivier — who’s brought flavors and techniques from his world travels to the 305. The result: all-around excellent food that pairs beautifully with the restaurant’s skyline view.
Late last year, db Bistro Moderne called it quits. The French restaurant from Chef Daniel Boulud was a staple of the Downtown Miami food scene for years, and its loss saddened regulars who loved the upscale cuisine and generous happy hour.
Instead of saying bye to Miami after the closure, Chef Boulud brought his beloved Mediterranean concept to the former db space. It’s a decision that has made Miami’s culinary lineup all the better.