Where to Eat and Drink in Miami for the NBA Finals
Tonight, the Miami Heat heads to the NBA Finals for the fourth consecutive year and is just four wins shy of a three-peat. Ever wonder where the term "three-peat" came from? It was coined by Byron Scott in 1988 and trademarked by none other than Pat Riley, who hopefully soon enough will own it. A three-peat is no easy feat, and few teams have made history in the 68 years of the NBA. They are the Celtics, Bulls, and Lakers (L.A and Minneapolis). We didn't know who the Minneapolis Lakers were either. This is a food blog after all.
Photo by Alex Broadwell Get ready, Heat fans.
But because sports and food go hand in hand, Miami restaurants are celebrating the White Hot Heat by offering specials during game time. So tonight, put on your game face and support the players as they attempt to make history as back-to-back-to-back champs. Game on.
Monty's Miami Beach
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Watch the game on one of Monty's fifteen 90-inch TV screens and knock back a 12-piece order of wings and a pitcher of domestic draft beer for just $20. The catch: It's inside only.
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E11even's rooftop bar isn't running a food or drink special per se, but the club is doing a pregame unlike any other -- free. That's right, for an hour before every NBA Finals game, E11even will offer the best open-air seating downtown to watch the game on a jumbo projector screen and enjoy free drinks. And if you get hungry? Well, Carla Pellegrino's restaurant Touché is just feet away so you can go snack on some of her delicious offerings during halftime.
Giorgio Rapicavoli and Alex Casanova are big Heat fans, so they're hosting viewing parties throughout the finals at their new tapas joint in MiMo (except Sunday night and Monday, when the restaurant is closed). TV sets and a large high-def projection screen will broadcast the game, and game specials will be sizzle in the kitchen. Choose from sweet-and-sour shishito-glazed D-Wade Duck Wings; King J croquetas with truffle, Manchego, arroz Valencia, and aioli; 3-peat pinchos; the Big 3 (a variety plate of four pinchos, four duck wings, and four croquetas); and the B.O.S.H. burger (a beef patty topped with blue cheese, onion jam, Serrano ham, and heirloom tomato). Wash it all down with $15 Pat Riley pitchers of Mahou or Fat Tire. What's a Spanish place without sangria, though? White Hot or Red Hot sangria pitchers are also available for $25. Now that's a slam drunk.
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