MFP’s Picks of the Month – March 2018

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 March 2018.

Boulud Sud

Fans of db Bistro Moderne mourned the restaurant’s closure late last year, but its replacement — Boulud Sud — has made the loss much easier to bear. In fact, we actually enjoy Boulud Sud more than we did its predecessor.

Why? One of the main reasons is the type of cuisine: Unlike the heavy French fare, Boulud Sud’s Mediterranean menu is easier on the waistline; we could picture ourselves eating this food regularly instead of sporadically. And, of course, the food itself is great. Read our full review for our complete thoughts on this delicious addition to Downtown Miami.



Lunch is always a tough decision for us. We want a great (and filling) meal, but we don’t want to break the bank. Enter Ariete’s $19 lunch special: This weekday deal is an absolute steal. For under $20, you can get three courses of quality fare that includes your choice of soup or salad, one of Chef Michael Beltran’s exceptional entrees and a cookie of the day. The menu is subject to change, but we suggest you order the local fish and the Philly cheesesteak if they’re available. Both dishes are substantial — so much so that they can double for dinner. Look out for our full review later this month.


La Mar

Bottomless brunches are all the rage in Miami, but there’s one that stands above the rest: La Mar at the Mandarin Oriental on Brickell Key. The Peruvian-Japanese restaurant, which is helmed by Chef Diego Oka, continues to dominate the brunch game with an expansive spread that features everything from anticuchos and empanadas to lomo saltado and lobster a la plancha.

Here, bottomless doesn’t only mean mimosas or bellinis — brunch cocktails are also included in the cost. There’s even a dessert house — yes, that’s a thing — to take your Sunday funday to the next level.


Palme d’Or

The Biltmore Hotel’s signature restaurant doesn’t just serve dinner — it serves up an experience. The five-diamond establishment offers only tasting menus, and each one is designed to take your palate on a memorable journey. Regardless of which one you choose, you’re getting a lot of food for your money. One more perk of dining here: self-parking is free. Be on the lookout for our full review later this month.