Florida Stone Crabs, Florida Vodka, BLT Brunch and Location, Location, Location

Categories: The Critic
Stone Crab Season Begins
Dolphins shmolphins -- the season we really care about kicks off at Joe's Stone Crabs next Thursday, October 15th. Stone crabs are always winners.
11 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 305-673-0365.

Florida In A Bottle
4 Orange Premium Vodka is the world's first and only vodka distilled from pure Florida oranges -- four varieties, in fact, culled from Florida's Peace River Basin. The 80-proof, super-premium vodka is being launched by Imperial Brands, Inc., which also produces Sobieski vodka and is headquartered in Palm Beach Gardens. The 4 Orange brand will be produced in the Sunshine State, and indeed the company claims to be capturing "the essence of Florida in a bottle" -- though we think they'd need something besides citrus to accomplish that.
Launch party is tonight, Thursday October 8th, 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. at The Shore Club, 1901 Collins Ave.

From Morocco to Andaluz
Ta-zin Moroccan Cuisine, which opened last December at Jefferson Ave. and 5th St. in South Beach, has been renamed El Patio Andaluz, and is now touting Spanish Mediterranean cuisine. This is a quirky restaurant location that over the years has hosted one dismal, confusingly conceptualized failure after another. Doesn't help that there's virtually no parking in the neighborhood.
427 Jefferson Ave., Miami Beach; 305-531-8900.

BLT For Brunch
BLT Steak at The Betsy Hotel on South Beach is introducing Sunday Brunch at the Betsy. An eclectic selection of classic brunch and lunch items will be available from 11:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. The $24 prix fixe menu -- and that includes a complimentary Bloody Mary, Mimosa or White Peach Bellini -- offers up dishes such as BLT Popover Poached Eggs (a classic eggs Benedict served with spinach, ham, bacon, Bechamel and gruyere cheese on BLT's signature popovers); the SoBe Burrito (with cheddar scrambled eggs, peppers, black beans and onion-tomato salsa); and a Black Angus Burger with hand-cut French fries. Sides such as maple chicken sausage and home fries will be $7. An Oceanside Basket ($14) brings freshly-baked croissants, pain au chocolat, Danish, scone, coffee cake, muffin and lemon pound cake. So popover if you get the chance.
BLT Steak at The Betsy is located at 1440 Ocean Drive. Reservations: 305-673-0044.

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