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Yes, there will be fireworks

Isabelle’s Grill Room & Garden

Looking for a way to say “Happy Birthday, America?” Look no further than these four Miami celebrations below. The forecast calls for a 100% chance of fireworks—and a 100% chance of fun.

Morton’s The Steakhouse

This Fourth, head to Morton’s The Steakhouse {2333 Ponce de Leon Boulevard, Coral Gables; 305.442.1662}for a special Power Hour at the bar from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. During Power Hour, beer, wine and cocktails are priced at $5.50, $8.50, and $9.50, and select bar bites are priced between $7 and $9.

No. 3 Social

No. 3 Social {50 NW 24 Street, Wynwood; 305.395.5811} will start the July 4 festivities early! Guests can kick off the long weekend with a live DJ on Wednesday, July 3, followed by a Fourth-themed ladies night on Thursday, July 4. On the actual holiday, all girls will get half-priced drinks from 7 p.m. to Midnight, and any guest of No. 3 Social will get the best view of fireworks in all of Wynwood.

Isabelle’s Grill Room & Garden

Celebrate America’s independence and cool down with colorful spritzers at Isabelle’s Grill Room & Garden {3300 SW 27 Avenue, Coconut Grove; 305.400.0562}. On July 4, Isabelle’s will have three refreshing libations all day long for just $7: Aperol Spritz, Tito’s Spritz, and Agave Spritz. Finish the holiday weekend with a hangover brunch on Sunday, July 7, where you’ll get live jazz and bottomless Bloody Marys and mimosas for just $22 per person, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

A Fish Called Avalon

Get front row seats to fireworks over the Atlantic Ocean when you book dinner at A Fish Called Avalon {700 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach; 305.532.1727}. Make your reservation for anytime between 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. on July 4. The fireworks show starts at 9 p.m.

Happy dining!

By Jennifer Agress | Miami Editor

Check out the latest dining news and events, all happening in Miami this week

Pizza & Burger by Michael Mina

Here is this week’s Miami food news:

All Week Long: Social Hour at Pizza & Burger by Michael Mina
Drink, eat, and mingle at Social Hour at Pizza & Burger by Michael Mina {4441 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach; 305.674.4636}. During this daily happy hour, get discounted bar bites, beer, and wine, and any specialty cocktail or punch is buy one, get the second for just $1. Social Hour runs from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., and the same deals are offered during a “Reverse Hour,” which runs nightly from 11 p.m. to Midnight.

Tuesday, June 25: Café Boulud “Culinary Muses” Pop-Up Series at Boulud Sud  
Daniel Boulud’s top Executive Chefs are collaborating in Miami! This summer, Boulud Sud Miami {255 Biscayne Boulevard Way, Downtown Miami; 305.421.8800} has invited four chefs from Café Boulud, part of the Daniel Boulud family of restaurants, for a pop-up series that celebrates the four “culinary muses” that are pillars of Daniel Boulud’s culinary philosophy: La Tradition, La Saison, Le Potager, and Le Voyage. The series will kick-off this week with Executive Chef Aaron Bludorn, of Café Boulud NY, who will put together a four-course wine pairing dinner with elevated French classics like Crispy Squash Blossoms, Summer Bean Fricassee, and Peach Melba with Bourbon Ice Cream. A cocktail reception will start at 7 p.m. and a seated dinner will follow at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are priced at $65, excluding tax and gratuity, and can be purchased here. The menu will be available a la carte for two weeks following the dinner, until July 6.

Thursday, June 27: Thursday Cibo Sociale at Cibo Wine Bar
If you live near Miracle Mile, head to Cibo Wine Bar Coral Gables {45 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables; 305.442.4925} for half-off wine, beer, and cocktails from 4 to 7 p.m. This deal is available every Thursday starting at 4 p.m, and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., there’s a live DJ and free drinks for all ladies.

Happy dining!

By Jennifer Agress | Miami Editor

It’s next week: June 24 through June 30

Negroni Cupcake and the 100 Year Negroni from Market at EDITION

Drink up! It’s time to pay tribute to one of the world’s greatest cocktails: the Negroni, a sweet and bitter drink from Italy made with gin, vermouth, and Campari. From Monday, June 24, through Sunday, June 30, 10,00 venues from San Francisco to Sydney will whip up Negronis for a good cause during the sixth-annual Negroni Week 2019—which, this year, couples the 100th anniversary of the cocktail itself.

In honor of the occasion, the team behind Negroni Week has partnered with 30+ charities, and every participating venue picks one from the list to support. There are over 30 bars and restaurants in Miami participating this year. Read below to find out where we’ll be celebrating and why!

Novikov Miami

Order a Negroni at Novikov Miami {300 South Biscayne Boulevard, Downtown Miami; 305.489.1000}, and you’ll help raise money for the Arbor Day Foundation, the largest nonprofit membership organization dedicated to planting trees.

Matador Bar

Next week, head to Matador Bar {2901 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach; 786.257.4600} and get a bougie twist on the classic Negroni for $18, excluding tax and gratuity. This version is made with Wild Turkey Rare Breed, Campari, Cocchi Vermouth di Torino, and Grand Marnier Centenaire slow cooked with citrus peels. It is served on a 24k gold-flaked ice cube and finished with essence of Bergamot. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Matador Bar’s charity partner, the Surfrider Foundation.

Tanuki Miami

Located in the heart of South Beach, Tanuki Miami {1080 Alton Road, Miami Beach; 305.615.1055} is a trendy sushi and Pan-Asian hotspot just off Alton Road. Next week, it will offer two variations of the classic Negroni: the Golden Fields with Hiro Junmai Sake, Campari, and Antica Formula, and the Beekeeper with Barr Hill Cat Reserva, Campari, and Gonzalez Bypass. Both drinks are priced at $15 and will benefit No Kid Hungry.

Mr. C Coconut Grove

A new hotel brought to Coconut Grove by the Cipriani family, Mr. C Coconut Grove {2988 McFarlane Road, Coconut Grove; 305.800.6672} is already joining in the citywide celebrations. During Negroni Week, head to the hotel’s lobby outdoor garden, Il Giardino, between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. and get the classic cocktail for buy one, get one free. Proceeds from Negroni sales will benefit Trigger’s Toys.

Market at EDITION

Market at EDITION {2901 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach; 786.257.4600} is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Negroni in more ways than one. Guests can get the 100 Year Negroni—an ode to centennials living in the Italian village of Acciaroli, where the local rosemary is believed to be a factor in their good health—made with artichoke-infused Plymouth Gin, rosemary, orange-infused Campari, Lillet Blanc, and Antica Carpano. This twist on the classic is priced at $17, excluding tax and gratuity. For $5, excluding tax and gratuity, get the booze-filled Negroni Cupcake with rose-tinted icing, a rosemary sprig, and an orange peel garnish. A portion of the proceeds from both items will benefit No Kid Hungry.  

Generator Miami

In honor of Negroni Week, The Jim and Neesie, a new restaurant inside Generator Miami {3120 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach; 786.496.5730}, will serve two special drinks: the Negroni Supreme (raspberry-infused gin, red pepper-infused Campari, Cocchi Vermouth di Torino, and pistachio extract) and the White Negroni (Pisco Torontel, Friulano vermouth, Cocchi Americano, and Peychaud’s and orange bitters). Head outside to Driftway bar, and you’ll find a Frozen Negroni with apricot-infused gin and lemongrass-infused select Cardamaro. All three drinks will be priced at $12 and benefit the Wild Foundation.

Dolce Italian

You better believe an Italian staple like Dolce Italian {1690 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach; 786.975.2550} knows how to make a good Negroni. Order the Barrel Aged Negroni with Tanqueray Malacca Gin, Campari, and Cocchi Vermouth di Torino (it’s only $8 during happy hour!) and proceeds will benefit the Surfrider Foundation.

Happy dining!

By Jennifer Agress | Miami Editor

A refreshing summer drink from BLT Prime

Sandia Mojito

A mojito is always a good idea in Miami, especially during the summer heat! Next time you’re in Doral, head to BLT Prime {4400 NW 87 Avenue, Doral; 305.591.6606} and try the new Sandia Mojito. Because we know you’ll love it, we’ve even included the recipe below.

Here’s how it’s made:

Pour 1 1/2 ounces Flor de Caña Rum, 1 ounce simple syrup, and 2 ounces watermelon juice in a shaker. Smack 5 mint leaves; add them to the shaker. Squeeze 4 lime wedges; add those to the shaker, too. Shake and pour the mixture into a rocks glass. Garnish with a mint sprig and a piece of watermelon. B

Check out the latest dining news and events, all happening in Miami this week

R House Wynwood

Here is this week’s Miami food news:

Tuesday, June 18: Free Sushi at Sushi By Bou on National Sushi DayTuesday is National Sushi Day! Miami has lots of places to celebrate, but Sushi By Bou {1116 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach; 305.922.9195}—the exclusive omakase hotspot on the second floor of The Villa Casa Casuarina—has a deal you can’t ignore. Make a reservation for you and a guest to enjoy either the Sushi by Bou (17 courses) or Sushi Suite (12 courses) experience, and your guest dines for free. Make it extra special by getting there early or staying a little late! You’ll get private access to the G-Lounge, where a personal bartender will serve you fine Japanese Whiskeys and craft sake cocktails, and you can take advantage of the self-service sake vending machine. This offer is only available on Tuesday, June 18. The 17-course Sushi By Bou experience is priced at $125 per person and the 12-course Sushi Suite experience is priced at $65 per person. Reservations are required and can be made online via www.SushibyBou.com.

Wednesday, June 19: Sapphire Noir Chocolate Wine Pairing Experience at StripSteak by Michael Mina
Head to StripSteak by Michael Mina {4441 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach; 877.326.7412} and try three different wines from different parts of the world, all paired with Fontainebleau’s exclusive dark chocolate blend, Sapphire Noir. The guided pairing will run from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., and guests will learn how each wine complements the dark chocolate. This event is priced at $25 per person, excluding tax and gratuity. Reservations are required and can be made by sending an email to concierge@fontainebleau.com.

Saturday, June 22: Dinner + Inaugural “Miss Pride of Wynwood” Pageant at R House
This Saturday at 8 p.m., R House Wynwood {2727 NW 2 Avenue, Wynwood; 305.576.0201} will host the first-ever “Miss Pride of Wynwood” pageant! The emcee will be Athena Dion, voted Best Drag Queen in Miami by Miami New Times, who will lead the live competition to help find “the best drag performer in all of Miami.” Go for dinner and make it a night you won’t forget—dinner and drink packages are available especially for the occasion. Reservations are strongly suggested and can be made here.

Happy dining!

By Jennifer Agress | Miami Editor

Fun fact: It’s a celebration that will last all summer

Grab your bib, Miami! National Lobster Day is BACK this Saturday, June 15, and Lobster Bar Sea Grille Miami Beach {404 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach; 305.377.2675} is ready to celebrate in a big way. Just for lobster lovers, this South of Fifth staple will kick-off the food holiday with a summer-long special that makes sure you get your claw fix.

In honor of National Lobster Day, the dazzling restaurant is amping up a guest favorite at a special price: the Ultimate Jumbo Lobster for Two with a salad, a side dish, and a dessert, all priced at just $99 per couple. Caught from the deep waters of Nova Scotia, these four-pound lobsters will arrive tableside straight from the steamer, where each will be de-shelled and dressed with a squeeze of fresh lemon and side of drawn butter.

And because it’s a celebration, the party won’t just last for a day. It will go on all summer! This decadent dish and its accompaniments will be available at the $99 price from this Saturday, June 15, all the way through July 31.

Reservations for dinner are recommended, and can be made by calling Lobster Bar Sea Grille Miami Beach directly or booking through OpenTable here. The full a la carte menu will also be available

Happy dining!

By Jennifer Agress | Miami Editor

The secret to the restaurant’s most popular salad

Caesar Salad Dressing from The Rusty Pelican

makes eight cups


1/4 c Worcestershire sauce
1/4 c balsamic vinegar
4 large garlic cloves
2 anchovy fillets
1 c lime juice, freshly squeezed or bottled
1 c Parmigiano Reggiano, grated
5 c canola oil
2 large eggs
Kosher salt, to taste
Fresh black pepper, to taste


Fit a blender or food processor with a blade attachment. On high speed, blend the Worcestershire sauce, balsamic vinegar, garlic, anchovies, lime juice, and Parmigiano Reggiano until smooth. Reduce to low speed and add eggs until combined. In a steady stream, slowly add the canola oil while gradually increasing the speed of the blender—allowing the dressing to emulsify.

To serve: Season the dressing with salt and pepper, to taste. Keep refrigerated in an airtight container for up to five days.

The Rusty Pelican is located at 3201 Rickenbacker Causeway.

And these are just our favorites

BLT Prime

Don’t know where to take Dad this Father’s Day? We’ve got some ideas. Check out ten of them, below!

Father’s Day Jazz Brunch at The Setai, Miami Beach

Head to Jaya at the Setai {2001 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach; 855.923.7899} for Father’s Day Jazz Brunch! Helmed by Executive Chef Vijay Veena, this brunch will have an enhanced BBQ station, seafood and Indian stations, an Asian room with a sushi bar, a dedicated kids table, a dessert section, and free-flowing Louis Roederer Champagne. Every father will get a special gift, and there will be live jazz from Yamit and The Vinyl Blvd. Brunch is priced at $145 per adult and $65 per child (ages 5-12), excluding tax and gratuity. Brunch service will run from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

A Special Steak Menu at BLT PRIME

What Dad doesn’t love steak? This Father’s Day, BLT Prime {4400 NW 87 Avenue, Doral; 305.591.6606} will couple their signature steak and seafood dishes with a special prix-fixe menu just for the occasion. The restaurant overlooks the famed Blue Monster golf course—so the views are perfect for Dad, too. The restaurant is open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Father’s Day Brunch Buffet at Rusty Pelican

For this buffet brunch, head to The Rusty Pelican {3201 Rickenbacker Causeway, Key Biscayne; 305.361.3818} and treat Dad to a one-of-a-kind feast. There will be classic brunch offerings and seafood specialty stations alike, including different kinds of sushi, a raw bar, and tartare and American caviar stations. Brunch selections will include: Banana French Toast crusted with Frosted Flakes, Hazelnut Chocolate and Ricotta Pancakes, Traditional Eggs Benedict, St. Louis BBQ Ribs, Coconut Crusted Salmon, Whole Roasted Pork, and so much more. Dads can also enjoy a complimentary beer tasting by local brewery, Veza Sur, and a special take away gift. It is priced at $85 per adult and $35 per child, excluding tax and gratuity. Brunch service will run from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Whiskey Specials at Villa Azur

Cheers, Dad! Commemorate the occasion with a glass of Johnnie Walker atVilla Azur {309 23 Street, Miami Beach; 305.763.8688}, which will be offering Johnnie Walker Flights with one-ounce pours of Johnnie Walker Black Label, Johnnie Walker 18 Year Old, and Johnnie Walker Blue Label. As usual at Villa Azur, there will be live entertainment, music, and delicious Mediterranean-inspired dishes. These flights are priced at $30 each. They will be available from Friday, June 14 to Sunday, June 16.

A Poolside Retreat at Fontainebleau Miami Beach

At the Fontainebleau Miami Beach {4441 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach; 800.548.8886}, celebrate with the Ultimate Father’s Day Experience! Enjoy it all day long—the package comes with an Ultra-Arkadia Pool Cabana that has a 42-inch flat screen television, personal butler service, a mini fridge filled with different treats, a digital safe, and a phone. To go along with that, guests will. get one box of cigars, one Grey Goose Vodka bottle, two six packs of Red Bull, two platters from FRESH, two buckets of Heineken Beer, and one luxury deck of playing cards and poker chips. The Ultimate Father’s Day Experience is priced at $1,500, excluding tax and gratuity, and can include up to six guests. It will be available from Friday, June 14 to Sunday, June 16, from Noon to 7 p.m.

Brunch at Isabelle’s Grill Room & Garden

If you’re in Coconut Grove, treat dad to Father’s Day at Isabelle’s Grill Room & Garden {3300 SW 27 Avenue, Coconut Grove; 305.400.0562}. For brunch, get a la carte plates like Roasted Beets with Greek Yogurt, Jumbo Lump Crab Cake, Burrata, Chicken and Waffles, Challah French Toast, Eggs Benedict, and more. Brunch dishes are priced a la carte, and the bottomless beverage package is priced at $22 per person. Brunch will run from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

A New Burger and Steak Special at Market at EDITION

Want to try something new for Father’s Day? Head to Market at EDITION {2901 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach; 786.257.4600} and get a special cheeseburger: the Loaded Cheese Burger with bacon, Pepper-Jack cheese, sautéed mushrooms, Russian dressing, yuzu pickles, and onion rings. At dinner, the restaurant will offer a Steak Special that includes a 12-oz Bone-In Ribeye with gingered shiitake, broccoli rabe, shoestring fries, and a caramel emulsion. The burger is priced at $30 each and the Steak Special is priced at $55 each. Lunch service will run from Noon to 6 p.m. Dinner service will run from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

45 Years of The Dalmore at Lobster Bar Sea Grille Miami Beach

This Father’s Day, Lobster Bar Sea Grille Miami Beach {404 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach; 305.377.2675} will offer a special trio of The Dalmore (aged 12, 15 and 18 years), all day long. Pair that single malt whiskey with popular dishes like “Lobster Stuffed Lobster” with savory lobster stuffing, lemon, and drawn butter; Iceland Arctic Char “Unilateral” with Santorini capers and steamed Tuscan kale; and the Signature Filet Mignon “Au Poivre” Cracked Pepper Crusted with brandy cream, seasons mushrooms, potato confit, and port-braised shallots. Dishes are priced a la carte.The Dalmore flight will be priced at $45 per person, excluding tax and gratuity. Brunch service will run from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and dinner service will run from 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Drink Specials at Sardinia Enoteca Ristorante

This Father’s Day, head to Sardinia Enoteca Ristorante {1801 Purdy Avenue, Miami Beach; 305.531.2228} and get Johnnie Walker Black, Buchanan, and Ketel One cocktail specials. Cocktails are priced at $8 during brunch. Brunch service will run from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

A Haute Brunch at Seaspice

Seaspice {422 NW North River Drive, Miami; 305.440.4200} always knows how to throw a good brunch, and this Sunday, it will host one fit for a Captain. Go there and treat Dad to Father’s Day specials like Rack of Lamb served on volcanic hot stones, Bone-in Ribeye, Whole Maine Lobster, Seafood Casserole, and a Wagyu Burger. To add to the experience, there will be live music, a DJ on deck, and of course, that waterfront view Seaspice is known for. Dishes are priced a la carte. Brunch service will run from Noon to 3:30 p.m.

Happy dining!

By Jennifer Agress | Miami Editor

Check out the latest dining news and events, all happening in Miami this week

Lobster Bar Sea Grille Miami Beach

Here is this week’s Miami food news:

Tuesday, June 11: Southern Tuscany Wine Dinner at Lobster Bar Sea Grille Miami Beach
Head to Lobster Bar Sea Grille Miami Beach {404 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach; 305.377.2675} and enjoy a five-course dinner paired with wines from Castello Banfi in Montalcino, Italy! The special night will begin with a sparkling wine reception at 6:30 p.m., and move on to a seated dinner at 7 p.m. This dinner is priced at $99 per person, excluding tax and gratuity.

Thursday, June 13: Miami Spice Mash-Up at Swan
Miami Spice will kick off with its popular Miami Spice Mash-Up Series. Starting at 7 p.m. at Swan, the first event of the series will be a one-night-only collaboration between Chef Benjamin Goldman of Planta South Beach and Chef Carlos Torres of Swan. The three-course meal will feature two dishes per course—one from each chef—and each course will be paired with a cocktail from Miami Spice sponsor ABSOLUT® JUICE Strawberry & Apple. This dinner is priced at $75 per person, excluding tax and gratuity.

Sunday, June 16: Pizza Sundays at Sardinia Enoteca Ristorante
Head to Sardinia Enoteca Ristorante {1801 Purdy Avenue, Miami Beach; 305.531.2228} and get $10 pizzas all day long.

Sunday, June 16: Happy Father’s Day!
This Sunday is a day to toast to everyone’s favorite guy: D-A-D. Find out our favorite places to celebrate here.

Happy dining!

By Jennifer Agress | Miami Editor

So you better get to Ocean Drive and order a slice

In America, we don’t mess around with pie. They’re a must-have at Thanksgiving dinners. They come in so many flavors, with so many different fillings, crusts, and toppings. Take that tradition down to South Florida, and we don’t mess around with our own version of the classic: Key Lime Pie.

Built into the Art Deco architecture Ocean Drive is known for is A Fish Called Avalon {700 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach; 305.532.1727}, another South Florida classic. A celebrated landmark for more than 30 years, this restaurant has become known for its romantic Atlantic Ocean views, perfect Ocean Drive location, and of course, Executive Chef Kal Abdalla’s exquisite sea-inspired cuisine. With its 1955 Oldsmobile convertible parked right out front, which just happens to be one of the most photographed vintage cars in America, its façade is undeniable. Add that to the fact that A Fish Called Avalon has served as the backdrop for scenes in some classic American films—like Scarface, Miami Vice, Sydney Pollack’s film Random Hearts, Old Dogs, and most recently, Will Smith’s Bad Boys 3—and this corner restaurant is pretty much a Miami Beach icon.

Just recently, one classic paired with another and magic happened. At the 25th Annual National Pie Championships®, which was hosted by the American Pie Council, A Fish Called Avalon’s Pecan Crusted Key Lime Pie dessert won the national title of “Best Key Lime Pie.” Taking place in Orlando, this event brought 470 amateur, professional, and commercial pie bakers from around the country together to compete in front of 200 professional judges from the United States and Canada.

Pecan Crusted Key Lime Pie from A Fish Called Avalon

Adding to a long list of the restaurant’s accolades, like OpenTable “Diner’s Choice” Winner and earning TripAdvisor’s 2018 Certificate of Excellence, having the “Best Key Lime Pie” gives foodies one more reason to visit the classic establishment. Per its team, sit down at A Fish Called Avalon and add to your dessert experience by pairing a slice of its award-winning Pecan Crusted Key Lime Pie with a French Gewurztraminer. Don’t have time to sit and indulge? Get that same award-winning pie to go. At A Fish Called Avalon, the world is your oyster—or in this case, a slice of Key Lime Pie.

Happy dining!

By Jennifer Agress | Miami Editor