MFP’s Picks of the Month – April 2015


If you haven’t noticed, we go out to eat a lot. It’s sometimes hard to keep track of the best spots we’ve visited each month (and week and day). That’s why we’ve decided to put together a monthly list of our top picks. You can expect restaurants both young and old on this list — we’re always discovering new spots on our foodie adventures.

Here are our top picks for April 2015. We selected an inventive Spanish restaurant in Merrick Park, a Midtown gelateria, a Sunset Harbor bakery, Miami River crudo and hot stone restaurant, and a coastal Italian restaurant in the heart of Brickell.

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Meet Your Bartender: Nathan Rogers of Tamarina

Tamarina Head Bartender Nathan Rogers with his dachshund, Sommer.

A few months back, we sat down with Tamarina Head Bartender Nathan Rogers to discuss the restaurant, an Italian/Mediterranean concept that had just opened on 600 Brickell Avenue. After our brief talk, there was no doubt in our minds that we would become happy hour regulars. The second you sit at the bar and are greeted by Nathan, you feel right at home.

We met up with Nathan again to find out more about him: what led him to bartending, how he stays at the top of his game and what his future plans are. You’ll be hard-pressed to find someone who’s as passionate about his craft as he is. That’s why we had to interview him.

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Interview: Yona Puri and Nathan Rogers of Tamarina



A new Italian restaurant is making a name for itself in the heart of Brickell. Located at 600 Brickell Avenue, Tamarina has found a home at the location of the now-shuttered Lippi.

The owners of Lippi – Tunu and Yona Puri – have teamed up with Zuma investor Arjun Waney on this latest venture that specializes in coastal Italian cuisine. We had the chance to speak with Co-Owner Yona Puri and Head Bartender Nathan Rogers on the new restaurant, its first few weeks and future plans.

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