Antica Mare: Not Just Another Italian Restaurant

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When we think of neighborhoods with good food, Shorecrest has typically been at the bottom of the list. Scratch that: it’s been nowhere on the list. But with recent additions like Pinch Kitchen and The Anderson in Shorecrest/El Portal/Mimo/Upper Eastside/whatever you want to call it, that whole area around the 79th Causeway is transforming into quite the foodie destination.

Antica Mare, with its delicious Italian offerings, should help bolster the neighborhood’s culinary identity even further. Read more

The Sarsaparilla Club: Flavorful Cart-to-Table Cuisine Comes to the Shelborne

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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.
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Pinch Kitchen: Creative Cuisine Comes to El Portal

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El Portal isn’t a neighborhood that’s really known for its food. Okay, it’s not really known for food at all. But times are changing. Just like neighboring areas like MiMo and Miami Ironside have seen a significant uptick in restaurant openings, El Portal is seeing culinary growth of its own. And at the head of the pack is Pinch Kitchen. Read more

Cantina La Veinte: Authentic, Delicious Mexican Cuisine in Brickell

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Having been to Brickell’s Cantina La Veinte only for drinks, we were pretty excited about being invited in for dinner. The restaurant, located on the ground floor of The Icon Brickell, is helmed by Executive Chef Santiago Gomez, whose resume includes stints at Nobu (both in Miami and Mexico City) as well as multiple outposts of Cantina La Veinte throughout Mexico.

Knowing that this was our first true Cantina La Veinte experience, Chef Gomez brought out an assortment of classics and favorites for the perfect first impression. Here’s a rundown of what we had (and what you should order).

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Pisco y Nazca: Kendall’s Dining Scene Just Got Way Better

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When we first heard that Bulla Gastrobar’s sister restaurant was opening in Kendall, we were a little skeptical. It seemed strange to us that a quality Peruvian eatery would open in the land of chain restaurants and strip malls. But after visiting during opening week, we were sold on the location. Pisco y Nazca is a welcome addition to the neighborhood and a much-needed break from Outback Steakhouse, Blue Martini, Cadillac Ranch and other area chains. And oh yeah, it has great food.

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