Quality Meats has been on our to-do list for a while. We had been there for drinks and dessert but never actually for a full meal. So when Miami Spice came around, we knew it was the perfect time to go. After a generous chef’s tasting of their Spice offerings, we can safely say Quality Meats lives up to its name (and then some).
Byblos and Miami Food Pug have a history. We’ve been following this popular Toronto restaurant for months now; when we first found out a Miami outpost was coming, the place was scheduled to open in March. So yeah, we’ve been waiting a while.
A few weeks back, the media invite arrived and we found ourselves in the former Catch space at 1545 Collins Avenue. Would Byblos’s Eastern Mediterranean fare impress us after all these months?
A new dining concept has popped up at 1628 Collins Avenue: 9Beach Fusion Kitchen and Lounge Bar. Inside this 3.300 square-foot space, guests will find a Mediterranean-inspired menu, tasty craft cocktails and an exotic design. Outside, a 5,000-square-foot lounge awaits visitors with ample seating and live musical performances. Is all of this enough to stand out amidst the hustle and bustle of Collins Avenue? There was only one way for us to find out.
Sugar Factory is your dentist’s worst nightmare. The Miami Beach outpost is known for its laundry list of sweets, which come in both liquid and solid form. You’ll find everything from colorful candy cocktails to King Kong-sized sundaes on the menu here. Needless to say, it’s not a place to go if you’re working toward a beach body.
But if you’re looking for a sweet and filling night out on the beach, this is your place.
Nothing could have prepared us for the meat feast that was Sunday’s Cochon 555. In fact, we’re still recovering from the pig overload. The annual festival, which took place at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel this year, pit five local chefs against one another to create the tastiest pork dishes.
The winning chef would go on to Aspen, Colorado to represent South Florida at the main competition later this year: Grand Cochon. Fin & Feather’s Lindsay Autry took home the prize Sunday night and was crowned the 2015 Princess of Porc.