The scoop so you won’t miss a beat on the eating scene in Miami! Read on for high profile restaurant closings, both permanent and temporary; restaurant openings in Miami that you don’t want to miss, and others coming online in the fall; new popups by some of the big names in Miami’s restaurant scene; and Chef Michelle Bernstein’s online offerings of some of her most popular dishes and cocktails from temporarily shuttered Cafe La Trova.
Miami Restaurant Closings
I’m in mourning for some of my favorite restaurants that have permanently closed including Obra Market, Lobster Bar & Sea Grille (the one in Fort Lauderdale is still open), and Ortanique on the Mile. Also on the list is John Martin’s, after 30 years in business. Other faves temporarily closed are Chotto Matte, Zuma, Hutong and Osteria Baiocco. Let’s hope there’s more financial help in the offing for the beleaguered industry.
Restaurant Openings in Miami, a Positive Note
A notable new addition for Puerto Rican cuisine which gets high marks from friends who lived in the island for many years is the South Beach restaurant 100 x 35 Cocina Con Raices (520 West Avenue). On tap are PR favorites including mofongo, fried snapper, pork chops, bacalaitos (cod fritters), sorullitos de maiz (cornmeal fritters), along with Caribbean cocktails.
Bulla Gastrobar marks its continued expansion in South Florida with a new location at The Falls Shopping Center in Kendall. This location offers outdoor dining daily for lunch and dinner from 11:30 am-10:00 pm. On the menu are tapas, paellas, house-made sangrias and more. Menu highlights include signature small plates such as Huevos ‘Bulla,’ Croquetas de Jamon, and Patatas Bravas, Larger plates include shareable items such as the Paella Mixta.
Fooq’s, that temporarily closed in Downtown early in the lockdown is back, reinvented. It’s hosting a Lil Laos Pop-Up in partnership with husband and wife team, Sakhone Sayarath and Chef Curtis Rhodes from Café Roval. From now until September 30, Sakhone and Chef Curtis will take over the Fooq’s kitchen and dish out their savory and soulful Laotian dishes available Tuesday-Sunday from 12-8 p.m. for takeout and delivery only. Expect more popups from big names in Miami’s restaurant scene, with Zak the Baker, Michael Schwartz, Baker Hedy Goldsmith, Mignonette, and even the Burger Beast among others joining the scene and surely more to come (see Sunday’s Miami Herald. Speaking about the Herald, they’re offering low rates on subscriptions which help support the important work they’re doing in investigative journalism about South Florida).
Perricone’s has reopened in The Roads and offers outdoor dining (1700 SW 3rd Avenue)…..Popular South Beach spot La Sandwicherie has opened another outpost in Coral Gables at 142 Giralda Avenue….Red South Beach (formerly Red the Steakhouse) is moving to a new home,happily with a place for outdoor dining. They haven’t announced their address, just that their zip code will still be 33139…..Craving Israeli food? Motek Cafe just opened in the Seybold building downtown (the wholesale jewelry center). The fast casual spot is a New York import. The menu includes hummus bowls, salads, sandwiches and small plates. They deliver too.
For all the foodies planning a visit to the area, the new buzzy restaurant and members-only lounge imagined by Cuban-American actor William Levy Ovation will be making its debut at the Miami Design District in the upcoming months. Born and bred in the Miami Design District, local favorite Itamae will be opening a standalone location serving their signature Nikkei cuisine in Palm Court Plaza later this summer. In the Fall, the popular New York Korean barbeque steakhouse, Cote will open.
New Delivery Option
Miss Café la Trova and Chef Michelle Bernstein’s cooking? She’s bringing some of her most crowd pleasing offerings online with Fried Chicken Dinners on Wednesday and Saturday Meal Delivery with a rotating menu. Fried chicken is offered as a half or whole bird, complete with sides of watermelon salad, coleslaw and chocolate pudding for $49 and $95 respectively. This Saturday meal delivery, August 1, it’s Cafe La Trova night. The menu for four, which includes Mojitos, is salad miraflores, meat empanadas, lechon asado, frijoles negros and flan. Add ons for two include jamon serrano and cheese croquettes, grilled octopus and more. Price is $99. Order deadline for Saturday is July 30. For more information go to www.chefmichellebernstein.com or call 305-213-2512.