Mina’s Mediterraneo: A 79th Street Favorite

Mina's Mediterraneo - Inside

When people have asked us for restaurant recommendations lately, we’ve been finding ourselves naming more and more restaurants from 79th street and the surrounding areas. With new spots like The Anderson, PINCH Kitchen and Antica Mare opening in the neighborhood, NOT bringing up MiMo/El Portal/Ironside/Upper East Side (or whatever you want to call it) in culinary conversation is a glaring omission.

But before all these new spots started coming in, there was Mina’s Mediterraneo. The restaurant, which specializes in Middle Eastern cuisine, has been serving up Turkish, Greek, Spanish, French and Italian flavors since 2013 — pretty good for a Miami restaurant. It wasn’t until just this year, however, that we discovered this local favorite. Shame on us because the food is exceptional.

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Apeiro: A Taste of the Mediterranean in Midtown

Apiero - Apeiro

When we heard that Apeiro was opening in Midtown Miami, we were ecstatic. We had heard amazing things about the one in Delray Beach, and we were very much looking forward to trying out their progressive Mediterranean cuisine closer to home. The time finally came for Apeiro to open, and our first visit was… meh.

The service was off, the food was off and the experience was nothing like the awesomeness we had read in the Yelp reviews of the Delray outpost. We swore we’d never go back.

Well, that boycott was short lived. A media invitation showed up in our inbox, and we decided to give the place another chance. Big changes occurred since our visit last year — including a new chef — and we’re happy to report we’re on great terms with Apeiro Midtown Miami 2.0.

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