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Don’t know where to celebrate America’s birthday? Don’t worry. We do! This weekend, head to the restaurants below and pay homage to Uncle Sam with some fun, tasty drinks–and like all of our favorite events here at DiningOut Miami–lots of delicious food.

The Restaurant at The Raleigh/The Raleigh Hotel: On July 3 and 4, SBE’s iconic The Raleigh Hotel {1775 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach; 305.534.6300} will host an All-American Cookout with American-style grub like: grilled oysters with charred scallion and yuzu vinaigrette; Alaskan king crab legs with a lemon garlic aïoli; grilled St Louis ribs with kimchee barbecue, pickled coleslaw, and grilled sweet corn; and a Wagyu beef “Hot Dog ‘Everything’ Bun” with sauerkraut relish, beer mustard, and dirty chips. The party will continue for two full days, and will include family games like giant Jenga, giant Connect Four, ping pong, and corn hole, all with poolside ‘Americana’ tunes playing in the background. Adding to the festivities, $25 beer buckets and Red Bull + Ketel One buckets will be available, along with a live raw bar sitting right next to the grill. If that’s not freedom, we don’t know what is.

SOHO Bay Restaurant: On Sunday, July 3 from 11am-4pm, celebrate Fourth of July one day early with a brunch day party at SOHO Bay Restaurant {520 West Avenue, Miami Beach; 305.498.4644}. For just $29 per person, guests can feast on all-you-can-eat West Indian curries, Escovich fish, jerk chicken, jerk and roast pork, Ackee and saltfish, Callaoo, salt fish fritters, balmy, fried dumplings, soups, salads, and much more. Drinks aren’t included, but bottomless mimosas are available for just another $25 per person. The magical Biscayne Bay views and beats by Jazzy T? Those luxuries are free.

A Fish Called Avalon: On Monday, July 4, A Fish Called Avalon {700 Ocean Drive, South Beach; 305.532.1727} invites patrons to drink to America with a special wine deal: five glasses of select American wines for just $35. Taking place from 6-11pm, guests can pair their wine with tasty finger foods, all while watching the fireworks over the beach.

Bagatelle Miami Beach: At Bagatelle Miami Beach {220 21st Street, Miami Beach; 305.704.3900}, celebrate Independence Day like the French do–early and with a boozy brunch. To toast to the (American) red, white, and blue, enjoy French favorites like le pain perdu, a barbecue pulled pork “The Piggy” sandwich, spicy crab Benedict, Chateaubriand for two or three, a truffle-oil pizza, and more; all while being entertained by DJ Gotta.

Rusty Pelican: Want fireworks with a view? The Rusty Pelican {3201 Rickenbacker Causeway, Key Biscayne; 305.361.3818} has got it. To celebrate the day, this iconic Key Biscayne spot will have an American-style buffet with hearty entrées like brisket barbecue sliders, chicken wings, hot dogs, its signature mac ‘n’ cheese, potato salad, and more; all for $52.70.

KLIMA Restaurant and Bar: The brainchild of duo Pablo Fernández-Valdés and Yago Giner, KLIMA Restaurant and Bar {210 23rd Street, Miami Beach; 786.453.2779} gives diners near and far a taste of authentic Barcelona. Sitting in the heart of the historic district in Miami Beach, head there on the Fourth for a tasty, three-course American-inspired menu of dishes like pork ribs with a pimenton glaze, a prime beef burger, Key lime pie, and more. A vegetarian prix-fixe menu is also available, and the whole meal costs just $39 per person.

By Jennifer Agress

Lique Miami

A trendy new restaurant and lounge has made its way to North Miami Beach and, within just a few months, it’s already talk of the town. Located on the Intracoastal Waterway, Lique {3957 Northeast 163rd Street, North Miami; 305.705.2425}, offers chic nautical décor, 1,000 feet of docking space, an inventive craft cocktail list, and an eclectic menu featuring seafood-inspired delights such as snow crab claws, oysters, and whole grilled branzino. We had a chance to catch up with Peter Cumplido, director of operations at Trust Hospitality Group, the restaurant group behind Lique, to discuss the concept, the décor, the menu, and more.

How did the concept for Lique come about? What sparked the idea?
The idea was sparked when I joined Alex Podolnyy almost two years ago. But we pushed it aside to create Sweet Nectar (on Las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale). Then, some of the founding members of Seaspice came to us very interested in the space, which created the spark again. So Alex and I decided to open what we’d always envisioned for the space and its capabilities.

How does the décor of the space reflect this concept?
The décor represents the concept and what we envisioned it to be. It’s a feeling of St. Tropez and the south of France, with rustic and organic textures and colors.

What sets Lique’s location apart from other places in the area?
Lique is a destination, a hidden gem, and one of the few properties in South Florida with waterfront views and water access. The neighborhood has nothing like it. In South Beach, you have many options that are similar to our concept, but our cuisine makes us stand out from other restaurants in South Florida. We brought the touch and feel of South Beach to the fast-growing neighborhood of Sunny Isles and North Miami Beach.

Lique Miami

What does “Lique” mean? Why was this chosen for the name?
We were just playing around with words and thought it was different and funny once we started using it. “I want to lick you.”

Tell us about the overall menu concept.
The menu consists of whole fresh fish from our charcoal grill and raw fish, and contains lots of ingredients from the Mediterranean and Asia. It’s not a typical match, but when you put the two region’s ingredients together, they make sense—great combinations with unique flavors and outcomes.

Lique sushi

What about the drink menu?
Our drink menu consists of lots of fresh fruit and exotic flavors. We have a very rare scotch and Cognac collection and over 80 bottles of hand-selected wines from all regions. It’s a very big rosé venue with Miraval and the only Stoli Elit “Ice Bar” in Miami

How does Miami play a part in the flavors and ingredients on the menu?
It plays a big part; being so close to the Caribbean and South America, we use those exotic flavors, spices, and herbs to enhance all of our food and beverage options.

What might surprise visitors about Lique if they are coming for the first time?
The entire place! The water views, décor, and charcoal grill smell. When you walk in, it’s a shell-shocker because of the plaza it’s in, the entrance itself, and our neighbors.

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What is your personal favorite item on the menu? What would you recommend to first-timers to try?
The raw fish from our raw bar and anything from the grill. And our housemade Peking duck.

What about Lique are you most proud of so far?
That it’s become so popular so quickly. And that our dedicated team shares the same passion and belief that Alex and myself have for the concept.