Miami's Best Pizza On Closing After 44 Years: "It's Total Devastation"

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Devin Peppler
A sight that will be no more come November
A couple of days ago, the Miami Herald reported some sad news that Miami's Best Pizza confirmed it would be closing its door after 44 years in business. The US1 institution just south of Sunset Place is a Miami landmark.

Best known for its laid back vibe, cheerful owners, and hand-tossed pizza, Miami's Best is uncertain whether it will be re-opening elsewhere. "Both owners love to work here. It's their life and whatever decision they make is going to be best for them and the pizza shop," says Nick Butler, one of the managers at Miami's Best and son of co-owner Charles Butler.

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Fontainebleau's Bakery and Chocolate Factory: Golden Ticket to Miami's Wonkaville

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All photos by Laine Doss
Executive pastry chef Jordi Panisello takes us inside Miami's own Wonkaville.
A lot has changed at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach since its opening in 1954. The hotel has undergone renovations and upgrades, but some things remain constant: the resort has always been the most lavish playground on Miami's famed stretch of beach and the resort has always had a coffee and patisserie shop for its guests.

Chez Bon Bon, which opened about a month ago in the former Solo space, continues this tradition of offering a sweet treat and a caffeinated pick-me-up to hotel guests and locals alike.

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Gaston Acurio at La Mar for James Beard Benefit Next Tuesday

If you have yet to make it to La Mar and try Gaston Acurio's Peruvian fare, you might want to mark your calendar for next Tuesday, September 23, because the celebrity chef will be making an appearance at Brickell Key's snazzy cebicheria.

In benefit of the James Beard Foundation, La Mar and executive chef Diego Oka are hosting a special Friends of James Beard benefit dinner filled with Peruvian specialties. Think raw fish and pisco sours.

See also: At La Mar, Peruvian Classics Are Elevated to Haute Cuisine

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Pubbelly Brunch Fare: Media Noche McBelly and Granola With Yuzu

Categories: Brunch Report

All photos by Carla Torres
Pubbelly does brunch
The Pubbelly boys might be growing an empire, but that's not keeping them from keeping the location that started it all fresh and exciting. Since opening in 2010, Pubbelly has lacked one thing: brunch. If you wanted the breakfast-meets-lunch indulgence in the form of French toast sticks, you headed over to PB Steak.

But when PB Steak announced it would close to move to the mainland, French toast dreams were shattered. Until a couple of weeks ago that is, when Pubbelly started serving "Sunday brunch fare: a wonderful fresh ingredient feast."

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Miami Brewers Alliance Unites Craft Beer Scene

Categories: Homebrew

Courtesy of Miami Brewers Alliance
Take a break from bottled imports and domestic beer drudgery. Craft beer has joined the party. The Miami Brewers Alliance aims to bring the word to the street by educating vendors, consumers, and local government officials about the emerging craft brewing industry.

Ross Appel, executive director and attorney, explains the passion behind rallying the community in support of this marketplace: "It's ultra-collaborative between the brewers [in Miami] and hopefully the vendors and other businesses we work with, brewers, ultimately to promote the industry," he says.

Luis Brignoni, vice president and owner of Wynwood Brewing Company, hopes to encourage home brewers to reach a professional level so that the Miami craft brewing scene can pluck from a pool of talent.

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Miami's Best Eats and Drinks This Weekend: Beer, Bernstein, and a Benefit

Categories: Weekend Guide

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Louis Salgar will be remembered at Gramps.
Can you feel a change in the air? Fall is coming, bringing a time for endings and new beginnings. We say goodbye to summer, but look forward to a new school year for some and the holidays for most.

This weekend is filled with endings and new beginnings. Celebrity chef Michelle Bernstein, who closed her flagship restaurant Michy's a few months ago, is debuting a host of new dishes at a pop-up.

We enjoy the first tastes of Oktoberfest.

We also honor Louis Salgar this weekend, a member of Miami's bar community who was killed in a tragic burglary gone wrong.

Weekend starts now!

See also: Bartender Louis Salgar Remembered With Events, Special Coin

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New Times' Pairings Is Tonight: Five Reasons to Go

New Times' Pairings is here! South Florida's best foodie event happens this evening when the Broward Center for the Performing Arts hosts over 40 restaurant, each serving amazing food paired with a fine wine or craft beer.

If you haven't already snagged tickets, don't worry. Tickets available online at until 2 p.m. today. After that, they're available at the door tonight (general admission $55; VIP while supplies last $90). If you're still on the fence about going tonight, here are five reasons why you absolutely cannot miss out:

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Jacob Anaya, Brad Kilgore Fit to Fight Barbecue Dinner at OTC Monday

As the Fit to Fight challenge comes to a close in just two weeks, a dozen Miami chefs are going full force in the final stretch to shed pounds and raise funds. Dinners, brunches, cooking classes, and workout sessions have all been part of the fun events chefs and supporters of the challenge have participated in.

This coming Monday, Brad Kilgore from J&G Grill and Anaya of OTC will collaborate on a rather unusual event: healthy barbecue. Yeah, we bet your eyes just lit up.

See also: Fit to Fight: Chefs Look Back at the Shed Pounds

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Biscayne Bay Brewing Company Open for Production: Inaugural Tappings Today at Select Locations

Categories: Booze Hound

Courtesy of Biscayne Bay Brewing Company
Another Miami brewery opens its doors for production.
Biscayne Bay Brewing Company is officially open for production and its first kegs are shipping out today to three locations throughout Miami-Dade County.

The inaugural kegs will be delivered to Rok:Brgr, the Butcher Shop, and Taurus. The tappings will begin at each location at noon, 5, and 9 p.m., respectively. The kegs will be BBBC's flagship brews: 1513.MDXIII Golden Ale, Miami Pale Ale, and Biscayne Bay Saison.

See also: Biscayne Bay Brewing Company to Hold First Public Tasting at Key West Brewfest

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Ball & Chain Opens Today: Pastelito Daiquiris and Jazz on Calle Ocho

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The Calle Ocho old-fashioned: Classic cocktail gets Cuban flair.
Ball & Chain hasn't opened yet, but the Calle Ocho lounge already has quite an interesting history.

The bar, which originally opened in 1935, back when the area now known as Little Havana was a mostly Jewish neighborhood known as Shenandoah, was a well-known jazz palace where the likes of Billie Holiday and Count Basie jammed until the sun came up. The original Ball & Chain closed in 1957 and the neighborhood changed around it.

Now, nearly 60 years later, Ball & Chain is poised to reopen as a music venue and cocktail lounge. Partners Bill Fuller, Zack Bush, and Ben Bush will reopen Ball & Chain tonight, planning to stay true to the original concept -- with a few nods to the 21st Century.

See also: Ball & Chain Club Brings Colorful History of Gangsters and Feuds Back to Little Havana

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