Shikany Closed: Scheduled to Reopen Mid-February

Categories: Restaurant News

Laine Doss
Shikany dark on a Saturday evening.
Shikany, the inventive Wynwood restaurant from Michael Shikany, is closed this weekend.

When trying to make a reservation, OpenTable's system stated that, "A temporary connectivity issue occurred between OpenTable and the restaurant's electronic reservation book."

See also: Shikany in Wynwood: Foams, Dehydrated Foods, and Vanilla Cotton Candy (Photos)

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27 Restaurant & Bar Launches Brunch: Tres Leches French Toast and Panther Coffee Cocktail

Categories: Brunch Report

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Behold the green bloody mary. Brunch in a glass.
Have you tried 27 Restaurant & Bar yet? The cozy little cottage-turned-restaurant at the Freehand Miami is probably the must buzz-worthy place on the beach.

The Broken Shaker's Gabe Orta and Elad Zvi, along with chef James Seyba, have created a space that's friendly, filled with innovative-yet-accessible food and drink at reasonable prices.

Now, there's brunch.

See also: The Freehand's 27 Restaurant: Broken Shaker Extravaganza

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Miami's Best Eats and Drinks This Weekend: Miami Marathon, Miss Universe, and National Pie Day

Categories: Weekend Guide

George Martinez
The Miami Marathon is this weekend, with tens of thousands of runners preparing to do the ultimate in sightseeing -- take in 13.1 or 26.2 miles of the city on foot.

If you want to cheer on the runners, you'll find a course map at As a marathoner, I know firsthand how great it is to see crowds of people at the race.

Besides the marathon, there's a ton of events this weekend, from a three-day festival of chocolate in the most beautiful setting in South Florida to the Miss Universe Pageant (right in Doral). Oh, and today is National Pie Day.

Weekend starts now!

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Momi Gyoza Bar: Dim Sum and Hot Pot Rice Galore (Photos)

Photos by Carla Torres
Pretty little thangs.
Jeffrey Chen is a passionate craftsman. He's not much of a talker, but the few words he says hold substance. "American people have no patience." It is true -- patience is indeed a virtue, one that the Japanese have certainly mastered and is evident in Momi Gyoza Bar's signature dish: kamameshi hot pot rice. It takes 25 minutes to prepare, but its fixings -- which include pig ear, chicken heart, eel, or oxtail -- make it worth the wait.

In the meantime, chow down on one of the 12 dumpling, gyoza, and dim sum varieties that Chen kneads by hand, as he does with noodles at his neighboring ramen shop.

See also: Ramen Mania Sweeps Miami Restaurants

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Fabio Viviani Brunch at Siena Tavern: Stone Crab Benedict, Coccoli Lox, and Tiramisu French Toast (Photos)

Categories: Brunch Report

Photo by Giovanny Gutierrez
In Chicago, the birthplace of SoBe's Siena Tavern, the brunching culture is serious. "That's how people spend and plan their weekends," says co-owner David Rekhson. "Our brunch up there is a total party brunch."

Rekhson and his "Top Chef," Italian heartthrob Fabio Vivinai, are trying to replicate this culture at Siena Tavern in South Beach through tiramisu French toast, bottle service, bottomless bloody marys, and a breezy terrace.

See also: Siena Tavern: Try The Twitterific Meatball and Bomboloni

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GastroPod Opening at Aventura Mall, Makes Kickstarter Goal

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Aventura Mall is about to get a shot of cool.
Good news for GastroPod's Jeremiah Bullfrog -- twice over.

First and foremost, Bullfrog confirms GastroPod will open at Aventura Mall's food court.

See also: Gastropod Launches Kickstarter to Fund Wynwood Restaurant

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Bravo's Best New Restaurant: Dolce Italian Advances

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Chef Paolo Dorigato wants Dolce to be Best New Restaurant.
Dozens of people filed into South Beach's Dolce Italian last evening for the first Best New Restaurant watch party. The reason behind all of this interest in another Bravo TV series is the fact that five Miami restaurants are in the game, vying for a feature in Bon App├ętit magazine, a $100,000 spot at a Las Vegas food festival, and the title of Best New Restaurant.

The show's format is such that it features two restaurants each week in the initial phase of the competition as they are individually introduced and then compete against each other. This week, Dolce Italian squared off against Doma in Beverly Hills. The watch party drew other competing restaurants in a show of solidarity. R House's Rocco Carulli and the Federal's Ani Meinhold and Cesar Zapata were on hand to support their fellow Bravo-lebrities, as was Haven's Todd Erickson.

See also: Bravo's Best New Restaurant Premieres January 21, Meet the Miami Restaurants

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Jugofresh's Matthew Sherman and Darren Laszlo to Open New Concept in Sunset Harbour

Categories: News

Carina Ost
Kelp noodles by Jugofresh.

Sunset Harbour Shops is Miami Beach's hottest address, and Jugofresh owners Matthew Sherman and Darren Laszlo are apparently planning to expand their commercial presence accordingly.

Though there's already a Jugofresh location in Sunset Harbour, at 1935 West Ave., Suite 102, sources tell New Times the duo has a new concept brewing for a space in a different part of the complex, on Bay Road.

See also: Jugofresh to Open in Downtown Whole Foods Market

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Edge Steak & Bar: Lamb Specials and Cheap Marathon Brunch

Categories: Food

Photos courtesy of Edge Steak & Bar
Brooks and his lamb.
Edge Steak & Bar's Aaron Brooks has lots to celebrate this week. For starters, he's running his second Miami Marathon this Sunday, which is kind of perfect considering the Aussie chef (and Miami's official "lambassador") will honor Australia Day this Monday by cooking (and eating) lamb the entire week. Stop by anytime tomorrow through January 31, when Brooks will pay homage to the land down under with weeklong Aussie specials.

And that's not all. If you're also running the Miami Marathon, you'll want to have brunch afterward. Take your runner's bib to Edge and receive 10 percent off the restaurant's famous spread of limitless oysters, stone crabs, overnight roasted pig, booze, and a special Australia Day brunch special.

We talked to the chef about his newfound fit lifestyle and why Australian day is so important for him.

See also: Oolite Launches Vegan, Gluten-Free, Prix Fixe Lunch Menu

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Darwin Brewing Co. Takes Over Taps at MIA Brewing Friday

Categories: Booze Hound

Miami's rapidly growing craft beer scene will get a little more international when Darwin Brewing Company takes over MIA Brewing's taps this Friday night.

Darwin Brewing Company is owned by Darwin Santa Maria, a Peruvian brewer and James Beard Award-winning chef who has been winning over palates at Darwin's on 4th, his restaurant and brewpub in Sarasota, since 2011. Building on the success of house-made brews that feature ingredients from the Andean and Amazonian regions of Peru, Darwin Brewing Company opened in May 2014. It features the full line of his beers, as well as snacks and pub fare inspired by the street foods of Peru.

Santa Maria began his brewing operation with flavors like chicha morada and maracuya (passionfruit). His cacao-infused beers paired well with his Peruvian menu, and they became a favorite among locals. However, Florida law restricted their sale beyond the restaurant; thus, the idea of the full-time brewery was born. "We built the production brewery because people love our twist of making Andean craft brews, the love and passion that we have to make beer with culinary ingredients," Santa Maria explains.

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