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.
“You need to go to Andiamo.”
“How have you not been to Andiamo?”
“We love Andiamo. Definitely check it out.”
Whenever we talk to our friends about good pizza in Miami, Andiamo always pops up in the conversation … and at least one of the above statements makes an appearance, too. For about two years, we’ve been told we need to visit, and we finally did — just in time for their 16th anniversary (a huge milestone in Miami). By waiting so long, we’ve been missing out on some amazing pizza.
Brunch is one of our favorite meals for two reasons: 1) It’s a sign of the weekend and 2) It’s delicious. At Le Zoo, the Stephen Starr restaurant inside Bal Harbour Shops, that second reason is especially true. The French brasserie injects the mid-day meal with Parisian flair and European flavors that will have you wishing the weekend didn’t have to end.
Miami Food Pug and Fooq’s go way back. In 2015, owner David Foulquier was one of our first interviews for the blog, and we’ve been following the restaurant ever since. Although there have been a few changes in the kitchen since that initial article, there has been one big constant: Fooq’s “feel good food.” With incredible local talent leading the kitchen (first Nicole Votano and then Bryan Rojas), you could always count on Fooq’s to deliver a quality meal.
Now that Executive Chef Saul Ramos (ex-Michael’s Genuine) is at the helm, Fooq’s “feed good food” slogan should be changed to “feel great food.” Chef Ramos has revamped the international menu, keeping old favorites like the Bucatini Amatriciana and Fooq’s Burger while adding sure-to-be-new favorites like the Local Burrata and Lamb Chops.
There are restaurants, and then there are Stephen Starr restaurants. If you’ve had the good fortune of experiencing the latter, you know that a Starr restaurant is equal parts style and substance. Not only do the locations look cool, but just as much attention has been paid to the food and service. All those elements combine to make one heck of a meal.
Steak 954, the Starr property in the W Fort Lauderdale, is the third Starr concept we’ve visited; Le Diplomate in Washington D.C. and The Continental on Miami Beach popped our cherries last year — and did so with some incredible food. There’s a reason these restaurants are among the hottest seats in their respective towns.
While Le Diplomate wowed us with its Parisian decor and the Continental piqued our interest of tiki culture, Steak 954 is a more traditional steakhouse. But as you’ll soon find out, it’s no less awesome than its peers.