At Bulla Gastrobar, Try the Huevos Bulla

Categories: Favorite Dishes

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Photo by Carla Torres
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Bulla is pronounced boo-yah, and that's the perfect statement after you try the huevos Bulla. It is a dish that must be experienced to be fully understood -- messy, fragrant, and so wrong that it becomes so right.

Canucks have poutine, Americans have chili cheese fries and truffle oil on everything, Mexicans have nachos, and Spaniards have huevos estrellados. But Miamians are fortunate enough to have huevos Bulla ($10), a dish that strangely combines them all with a twist.


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GastroPod's Medianoche Is the Ultimate Nocturnal Snack

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Photo by Carla Torres
How can you not love dis?
Jeremiah Bullfrog has been hard at work lately. The chef and owner of GastroPod recently announced he would open up shop in Aventura Mall while almost simultaneously reaching his fundraising goal on Kickstarter to keep his converted shipping container in Wynwood going.

The mastermind never stops creating or thinking about what's next. Case in point: a series of upcoming brunches and dinners with some serious culinary players and the introduction of the GastroPod medianoche.

See also: GastroPod Opening at Aventura Mall, Makes Kickstarter Goal

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Macchialina and Seagrape Nail Spaghetti Alle Vongole

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Macchialina's spaghetti alle vongole has everything you'd want from this classic Italian dish.
We often take for granted simple foods, like a traditional Margherita pizza or a warm grilled-cheese sandwich. That is, until we taste a bad version; then we gain a new-found appreciation for them. It's also then that we begin to realize that our beloved Margherita pizza and grilled-cheese sandwich aren't quite as simple as we thought.

A perfect example is spaghetti alle vongole (spaghetti with clams), a relatively straightforward dish that hails from Venice, where bivalves are available by the boatload. Sometimes tomatoes are added to the mix, but the recipe usually includes clams, parsley, white wine, garlic, chilies, and extra-virgin olive oil.

Ubiquitous at restaurants both in Italy and abroad, this pasta dish frequently disappoints despite its simplicity. According to Macchialina Taverna Rustica's chef and co-owner, Michael Pirolo, "spaghetti alle vongole is one of the easiest dishes to mess up."

See also: Fabio Vivani Brunch at Siena Tavern

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OTC: Chef Anaya Is Gone, but the Steak Wrap Is Still Amazing

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Photo by Carla Torres
Fries inside the wrap. Oh, yeah!
Like most Americans, chances are you're into wraps. And steak. And French fries. Now imagine a ménage a trois with the all three plus truffle mayo, caramelized onions, and kale. It's like an orgy in your mouth.

Turn your taste buds on with OTC's steak truffle frite. This baby puts French fries inside the wrap, where they rightfully belong. The fries, by the way, are cooked to order, so they go from the fryer to your mouth, and you don't even need to lay a finger on them.

See also: Kush's $13 Pan Con Bistec Is a Jawdropper


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Visa-O1, Best New Hidden Gem in South Beach, Has Star Pizza

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Photo by Carina Ost
This pizza is the star.
Pizza in a hidden location just tastes better. We discovered Visa-O1 on the Eat24 app when searching for local delivery options. A look at the address -- on Michigan Avenue just off Lincoln Road -- had us even more curious. There's no restaurant space there.

We decided to scope out the location in person. Across the street from the recently closed Lucky Strike bowling lanes is an unassuming multistory office building. Inside, a person sits on a stool slinging menus for this same mysterious pizzeria.

"Is there really a restaurant here?"

A door opens, and the host leads us to a first-floor restaurant in the back of the building.

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Miami's Best Dish: MC Kitchen's Artichoke Heart Bruschetta

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Thomas Zuccherino
The artichoke heart bruschetta at MC Kitchen is a scene stealer of a dish
If I were forced to pick just one favorite dish in Miami, it would have to be the artichoke heart bruschetta at MC Kitchen ($26).

The antipasti has five components, beginning with lightly charred ciabatta infused with rosemary and olive oil. The bread is then crowned with a fresh artichoke heart that envelopes a poached egg. Sound good? Wait, it gets better. Executive chef and co-owner Dena Marino then dusts the starter with black truffle shavings and drips a Parmigiano-Reggiano cream sauce over it.

See also: Bahamian Pot in Liberty City: Try the Conch and Souse

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Andiamo's New Sunday Pie Is a Pizza After Our Own Heart

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Photo by Carina Ost
Everyday can be Sunday.
Andiamo is a favorite neighborhood pizza joint that serves up our number one pick for meatballs in Miami. When it comes to pies they have a full page dedicated to speciality combinations or else you can play Frankenstein and create your own.

However, on a recent visit we noticed a pizza listed under "New Andiamo Pizzas" and on it was a pizza after our own heart: Sunday Pie.

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Miami's Best Mofongo Hides Near Hialeah

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Churrasco and mofongo ($15.50) at El Rinconcito de Santa Bárbara in Hialeah Gardens.
If it weren''t for the blinding sun outside, it would be difficult to tell whether it's lunch on Tuesday or dinner on Friday night inside El Rinconcito de Santa Bárbara.

Nevertheless, people are lined up for a table outside the darkened windows of this Hialeah Gardens Puerto Rican spot. Inside, the staff belts out "Happy Birthday" in Spanish as someone rakes a spoon across a washboard and rainbow-colored club lights splash against the ceiling and walls.

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Kush's $13 Pan Con Bistec Is a Jawdropper

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Carla Torres
Look at this baby.
Kush has a new sandwich and it isn't a burger, although it does have grass-fed meat. And tomatoes. And lettuce. And grilled onions. And melted jack cheese. And potato stix. All pressed between two challah buns stamped with the Kush seal of approval.

If the above description sounds like some twisted-but-miraculous version of a pan con bistec, that's 'cause it's exactly that. And it's damn good.

See also: Ms. Cheezious Croqueta Monsieur Will Ooze With Deliciousness Tomorrow on Calle Ocho


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This Is Why Lucali's Meatballs Are Ridiculously Good

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The melt-in-your mouth meatballs at Lucali in Sunset Harbour.
When it comes to our favorite dishes, more often than not it's best to avoid finding out what makes them great. Ignorance can be oh so blissful. But since taking my first bite of the meatballs at Lucali, I just had to know why they're so insanely delicious.

Apart from these ranking among the best meatballs I've tasted, what piqued my interest is that they're all beef. Traditionally, the ubiquitous Italian dish is made using a combination of veal, pork, and ground beef, so I was curious as to how Lucali serves such an excellent version using only one type of meat.

See also: Lucali: Pricey, Classy Pizza in Sunset Harbour

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