From luxe dinner specials, additions to TimeOut Market Miami Beach along with a deal for residents, and new restaurant openings, to a look at Nordstrom’s in the Village of Merrick Park’s revamped Bazille restaurant and more, all in Eating News for October.
It’s time to get cracking! Tomorrow marks the official start of the long-awaited season showcasing Florida’s most famous crustacean – the Stone Crab. Truluck’s Seafood, Steak and Crab House invites locals to celebrate with a very special offer: all you can eat Florida Stone Crab for $89 on Monday night until the season ends on May 15! Their stone crabs are delivered directly from its dedicated team of crabbers to guests’ tables within 24 hours.
Prepared chilled and pre-cracked, the fresh-caught claws are served with a specialty mustard sauce, although many crab connoisseurs say the favored fare requires no accompaniment. Also available are horseradish-cocktail sauce, key lime mayo and warm melted butter (my preference) for the perfect Stone Crab complement. Recipient of The Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence, Truluck’s Miami ,777 Brickell Ave., (Tel. (305) 579-0035)
Great news! Lobster Bar Sea Grille is extending their Miami Spice dinner menu for October and November! The exact same menu will continue to be available daily through November 30th at the same $39 price! The additional wine pairing presented by Duckhorn Winery ($21.50 for two glasses) will be available alongside the menu as well. For my writeup on the dinner menu for Spice, click here. And there’s more! Lobster Bar’s new “Taittinger Tuesdays” special! Every Tuesday at the bar for just $55, guests can order a bottle of Taittinger and a crisp French tarte (choice of smoked salmon or wild mushroom). Lobster Bar Sea Grille, 404 Washington Ave, Miami Beach (T.(305) 377-2675)
TimeOut Market Miami Beach uber food hall, has some new additions you’ll want to check out including Chef Miguel Angelo Gomez Navarro ‘s La Gringa Tostaderia, and Ms. Cheezious. La Gringa Tostaderia has moved into the demo kitchen for six months. Chef Navarro, is offering bold-flavored dishes of Mexican cuisine that draw from his heritage and upbringing in Tijuana and Mexico City.The menu includes savory dishes such as Blue Crab Tostadas with morita mayo, blue crab ceviche, mixed green pickled red onions and jalapeño ash; Shredded Beef Chalupas with cotija cheese; Lamb slow-cooked in banana leaves, and a salsa borracha (chiles and beer) served with a side of corn tortillas.
Known as one of the first food trucks on the streets of Miami since 2010, Ms. Cheezious’ popular grilled cheese concept includes Smoked Turkey, served with fontina cheese, rosemary honey on toasted sourdough bread and BBQ Pulled Pork with sharp cheddar on Texas toast. In other news, for you brunch lovers, Bottomless Bubbly Brunch will be available for $22 (tax and gratuity not included) from 11 am to 3 pm every Sunday. Mix and match between classic mimosas, bellinis or prosecco for the ultimate afternoon of booze and brunch. Check out their special programming, too, on the website – like Saturday Family Fun, craft activities, and DJs on Friday and Saturday. Finally, Miami Beach residents with proof of ID receive 50% off at the Time Out Market Bar Monday through Thursday from 5-8 pm.
The steakhouse with a difference – as in a party atmosphere (besides top notch beef), STK South Beach has its new seasonal menu with some mouth watering additions. How about a new take on beef tartar made with caramelized onions, tarragon ranch and sesame cracker; Crispy Calamari with basil, shishito peppers, roasted garlic & lime aioli, and Asian chili sauce; and for sides, fresh Butternut Squash Fregola with exotic mushrooms, roasted pine nuts and shaved truffle and Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes with a parmesan crust. They also just added an incredible 72 oz dry-aged Double Tomahawk to their large selection of prime steaks. It’s a solid choice for a celebration given the “glam” ambiance, loungey music and delicious food, all of which come together to create what STK has called “vibe dining.” STK South Beach, 2305 Collins Avenue (T.305-604-6988).
Light Bites: Ghee Indian Kitchen owner Niven Patel is at it again. He just opened a new pasta restaurant popup called Erba which is the site of the former Harry’s Pizzeria Downtown in Dadeland. Depending on how things go, it could become permanent….Vagabond Hotel on Biscayne Boulevard has a new restaurant, a 50’s diner called Gregory’s Diner run by Anastasia Koutsioukis who built Mandolin Aegean Bistro.Emphasis is on the classics. It’s open Noon to 11 p.m……EMBER is now open for lunch Tuesday through Saturday, 11:30 to 2:30 p.m. One of the menu items that caught my eye — a Reuben sandwich.
Looking for a casual spot for a tasty lunch with friends (that won’t break the bank) in Coral Gables? Nordstrom’s in the Village of Merrick Park has revamped its Bazille restaurant and has a very appealing menu that happily lists calories. My friend and I each had the crab, mango and avocado salad with organic baby arugula, cucumber, tomato and red onion with cilantro lime vinaigrette that was super delish. No crab salad laced with mayo here, just chunks of fresh lump crab ($17.50). Other options that looked good were halibut & chips with fresh slaw ($20), and French dip – warm roast beef, sharp white cheddar cheese, toasted parmesan baguette, au jus, herbed french fries or side salad ($16.75).