Wine flight Wednesday in the Grove, an Israeli inspired hummus haven by the folks from Federal Donuts, uber pastry chef Antonio Bachour’s exciting plans in Coral Gables,new Southern brunch at Bird & Bone, the latest on three story Italian eating hall La Centrale and more in Eating News for August. Plus, updates on Miami Spice.
Wine Flight Wednesday, don’t you think it has a special ring to it? Restaurants in Coconut Grove have launched a new promotion where diners can enjoy a wine flight or bottle with an appetizer for $33. Ten of some of your favorite Grove restaurants are participating, from now through September 27. Here’s the list:
Jaguar, 3067 Grand Ave
Le Bouchon Du Grove, 3430 Main Hwy
Panther Coffee, 3407 Main Hwy
Boho, 3433 Main Hwy
33 Kitchen, 3195 Commodore Plaza
BICE Bistro, 3015 Grand Ave #120
Spartico, 3000 Florida Ave
Atchana’s Homegrown Thai, 3194 Commodore Plaza
Peacock Garden Café, 2889 McFarlane Rd
The Spillover, 2911 Grand Ave #400D
For additional details and a list of participating restaurants, visit https://www.coconutgrove.com/wineflightwednesday/.
The team behind Philadelphia import, Federal Donuts, is at it again. James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Solomonov and his business partner Steven Cook have opened a location of their popular hummusiya Dizengoff (250 NW 24th Street) next door to Federal Donuts . The fast casual eatery is named after a boulevard in Tel Aviv and inspired by local hummus stands. According to Eater, the hummus comes with the real deal — toppings like corn asabacha with chickpeas and tehina. There’s also lamb merguez sausgae with cabbage, pita, Israeli salad and pickles; Israeli frozen mint lemonade and wine. I haven’t made it there yet, but it’s definitely on my “to go” list based on a great experience at their Federal Donuts and that this is their fifth outpost of Dizengoff. It’s open Sunday to Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday to Saturday until 10 p.m. T. 305-573-9292.
Uber baker Antonio Bachour, formerly of the St.Regis Bal Harbour and then of Bachour Bakery of Brickell, will be opening a new Bachour Bakery and Restaurant for breakfast and lunch at 2020 Salzedo in Coral Gables. Also on tap is an afternoon tea menu to be served in an oh so gracious palm court. He’ll be offering a pastry academy where he’ll be teaching along with international pastry chefs.
Chef-Partner Richard Hales, of Sakaya Kitchen and Blackbrick, has launched a Southern style Sunday brunch of Bird & Bone that will transport you to the deep south, and guarantees you won’t be asking for dinner Sunday night. Crowd favorites include the fried chicken and cornbread waffle — buttermilk battered crunchy and moist chicken on an heirloom corn waffle and topped with slices of candied bacon and bourbon syrup on the side ($23); tipsy Texan — BBQ brisket, smoked sausage, cole slaw, pickles, a brioche bun and waffle fries ($14); and an entree that could very well be dessert — sweet potato pancake stack with toasted marshmallow, candied walnut and maple syrup ($17). I had the fried chicken with three sides ($24, also for brisket). Couldn’t resist the cheddar and chive biscuits baked to order, brussel sprouts tossed in pepper jelly with honey, and simple grilled vegetables. And for those who want to eat healthy (at least relatively so), there’s the uber popular avocado toast with eggs, ham bits, olive oil and sprouts ($14). Dishes are enough to share. A favorite with Mr. W was their “hydrate” smoothie — watermelon, cucumber, raspberry, chia, lime and coconut water. Yours truly had their bottomless bloody marys for $25 and made the mistake of asking for “spicy” as it’s really spicy (there are also bottomless mimosas and bellinis). Bird & Bone is a very good brunch value, not surprising the farmhouse like decor on the outside terrace was jumping. Note if you want to stay for the day and relax and have a swim, the hotel offers day passes for $35. The Confidante Miami Beach, 4041 Collins Avenue, T. 305-424-1234. Parking with validation is $12.
More details on the much awaited, first-ever Italian food hall for Miami, La Centrale. Official opening date for the three level, 40,000 square foot space with 14 different dining areas, is December at Brickell City Centre. Some of what’s in store — an all-day café with espresso bar, traditional Italian bakery, savory mozzarella and fresh raw bars, on-the-go prepared meals, Italian chocolate and gelato eatery, a cocktail and aperitivo bar with a live performance stage, and La Cucina, a dedicated kitchen event space for cooking classes, book signings, guest chef takeovers, wine tastings and more. Want to recreate the dishes you liked at home? All of the ingredients and products used for the dishes in the restaurants will be available for purchase. Hopefullly the recipes too.
Light bites….. Reliable sources tell me the Miami Spice menu at Capital Grille is very good, both in quality and value. I had a look at the menu and indeed, they include some serious steaks on the discount menu. Check it out. And speaking of Spice, really enjoyed the Spice lunch at Nobu in the Eden Roc Hotel. It’s not a lot of food, but everything was beautifully presented, perfectly seasoned, and was served in the iconic sunlit lobby.