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.
Sushi and fried chicken are two of our favorite foods. Any menu that has either one is sure to excite us. At Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill inside The Plymouth Hotel, our excitement reached a new peak. The Asian eatery, which has sister locations in Los Angeles and New York, features both items along with an array of other mouthwatering goodies to quell your appetite.
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.
Two of our favorite foods are donuts and fried chicken. At Federal Donuts in Wynwood, we can have them both. The Philadelphia-bred concept from James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Solomonov has moved into 250 NW 24th Street and taken the neighborhood by storm with yummy donuts and super-crispy fried chicken.
Few foods excite us like fried chicken. There’s something about the juicy bird and crispy skin … omg brb drooling all over the keyboard right now.
Where were we? Oh yeah, fried chicken. We love it and its many iterations — hot chicken included. Earlier this year, Miami got a taste of hot chicken at Wynwood Yard from Richard Hales (Sakaya Kitchen/Blackbrick) and his latest concept, Bird & Bone. The popup has since made a permanent move to The Confidante and taken over the old Seagrape location.
With the bigger space comes a bigger menu filled with Southern favorites beyond the bird. Make no mistake: The chicken is the main attraction (and rightfully so), but you’re going to want to try a little bit of everything … and you should.