Uvaggio: New Wine Bar Opens in Coral Gables, Introduces "Backwards Tasting"

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Coral Gables has a bevy of options when it comes to food and drink, so it's an ideal area to open a European-style wine bar.

Hidden among the shops along Miracle Mile is the intimately sized Uvaggio. Past a small entry that can easily be overlooked, there it sits, dimly lit yet welcoming.

This new restaurant has styled itself as wine-driven because the menu was created with the elixir of the gods in mind. The team selects small-production wines using its understanding of the aromas, flavors, and textures. The menu items come next. They call this process "tasting backwards."

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Caporal Chicken: Fried Chicken Legend Lands in Miami via Cuba, New York

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Simple. Cheap. Worth the drive.
A small fried chicken joint so far west on SW Eighth Street it could be in the Everglades is breaking a lot of hearts on the outer edges of New York City.

Caporal Chicken is tucked inside an easy-to-miss cubbyhole in a remote shopping plaza, where Vincent Herryman turns out piles of juicy, salty, smokey-tasting fried chicken the same way his uncle did in Cuba and later in Washington Heights.

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Porcao Farm to Grill in Brickell: Cart Service and Fresh Flavors (Photos)

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All photos by Carla Torres
Porçao Farm to Grill is lots of things. Downstairs, it's a farm-to-table restaurant with its own herb garden and room for dry-aging meats. Upstairs, it's a private club, KAO Lounge, equipped with full bottle service, as well as a smoking place, KAO Smoke, outfitted with faux cork leather floors and lockers for executives to keep their cognac and cigars. Outside, it's Brickell's soon-to-be ultimate patio happy-hour experience, thanks to a $5 and $10 all-day bar bites menu and ladies glam hour.

It's not, however, anything like the Porçao you knew from the Four Ambassadors that had ever-flowing cuts of meats sliced tableside by passadores. Instead, there are carts that do that. A raw cart, a charcuterie and cheese cart, a salad cart, and a liquid nitrogen cocktail cart all peruse from table to table while Jeff O'Neill holds down the kitchen.

Short Order was invited to a media tasting to sample Porçao's farm-to-table offerings.

See also: Porcao Farm to Grill Opening in Mary Brickell Village


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La Mar: So Busy It Should Install a Revolving Door, but Does It Live Up To the Hype?

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Ily Goyanes
Deconstructed crab causa at La Mar.
La Mar, noted chef Gaston Acurio's new restaurant located in the Mandarin Oriental Hotel on Brickell Key, has been slammed with customers since it opened March 19.

The food is upscale gourmet Peruvian. Don't expect your abuela's causa. Twists on classic Peruvian dishes, such as lomo saltado served with potato wedges rather than shoestring or classic-cut french fries; deconstructed causas; and desserts such as chocolate mousse topped with caramelized quinoa and fruit ice bombs, set La Mar apart not only from your neighborhood Peruvian joint, but from Miami's upscale restaurants as well.

Appetizers, sides, and salads -- dishes normally cast in supporting roles -- were unexpected showstoppers. From a potato and ají amarillo (yellow pepper) purée served under a layer of grilled asparagus, to a chunky potato mash served under jumbo prawns, these supporting actors stole scene after scene.

See also: Q&A with La Mar's Executive Chef, Diego Oka

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Taperia Raca: Spanish Tapas on the Upper Eastside (Photos)

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Photos by Carla Torres
Doesn't get any more Spanish than tortilla española.
In less than two years, Giorgio Rapicavoli has gone from executive chef at 660 at the Angler's and winning Chopped to making Eating House a pop-up-turned-Miami-mainstay that boasts lines down the block for Wakin-n-Bacon brunch and tang mimosas every Sunday. This past Friday, he -- along with partner and longtime friend Alex Casanova -- opened their second concept: a Spanish tapas joint named Taperia Raca.

Rapicavoli's Argentine-Italian background might have made an Italian eatery the obvious choice, but his time in the kitchens of Chispa, Por Fin, and 660 have prepped him well for this endeavor. Besides, there's really no other Spanish place in MiMo. Short Order headed there to try the dinner offerings. Pictures of tapas galore after the jump.

See also: Taperia Raca Opens Friday: Giorgio Rapicavoli Tells Us What to Expect

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Kush: Burgers, Beer, and Bacon Brownies in Wynwood (Photos)

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All photos by Laine Doss
Baby remember my name...
Kush, the beer and burger joint that opened in Wynwood about two weeks ago, can best be described as Lokal's scrappy little brother.

Coconut Grove's Lokal is the more polished older sibling, while Kush has a younger, edgier feel. But there's no doubt, whatsoever, that the two restaurants share the same DNA.

Matt Kuscher, the "father" of both restaurants, if you will, has made sure of that. Although each of the locations has a different vibe, both have the same commitment to serving simple, quality food and craft beer. Kush's menu is short, serving only about a dozen or so items, but each one is made with fresh, local produce and Florida beef. How many burger and beer joints can proudly tout where their meat came from? (Kush's beef comes from Cowart Ranch in Sumpterville, Florida, weekly and is ground in-house, by the way.)

See also: Matt Kuscher on Kush: "We Are Aiming to Have Florida's Best Craft Beer Selection"


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Flavorish Market: Good as Trader Joe's on the Upper Eastside (Photos)

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Photos by Carina Ost
Scoot on over.
The Upper Eastside has reason to celebrate (and picnic) with the addition of a new gourmet grocery store, Flavorish Market.

The store has been open for about a month, and it showcases the best of food, wine, cookbooks and, most important, Miami. Trader Joe's may play up the fun and affordable, while Marky's has the fancy and international, but Flavorish shines most with the offering of Zak the Baker bread and sandwiches, Chef Josie's PopNature ice pops, and Mimi's Ravioli. Aside from food, the market also organizes events such as winetastings, chef talks, and book signings.

See also: Marky's Gourmet: A Wonderland of Caviar, Cheese, and Foie Gras

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Taco Bell Breakfast Is Here (Photos)

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Photos by Laine Doss
Taco Bell's holy trinity of breakfast.
It's here. Taco Bell's much-anticipated breakfast arrived early this morning, with fans already freaking out over the fast-food chain's variety of morning meal offerings.

Of course, the company is pushing the hype, giving away special Taco Bell breakfast phones to a select group of rabid followers and offering prizes to people who eat their breakfast and tweet a picture by 11 a.m. today.

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1826 Restaurant & Lounge: Gorgeous Food in a Mad Men Setting

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1826 Restaurant & Lounge has been open for only a month, but the restaurant has already generated buzz. Scarpetta's Nina Compton tweeted pictures of her date night at the restaurant, and at a recent awards ceremony, several chefs discussed the restaurant.

It could be the restaurant's multilevel dining experience, which incorporates a restaurant, lounge, and private club with bottle service in one location (a robotic garage that pampers your car while you dine will soon open on premises). Or it could be the man behind the concept. Danny Grant earned two Michelin stars at his former Chicago restaurant, Ria, and in 2012 was named one of Food & Wine's best new chefs.

See also: Danny Grant's 1826 Restaurant Opens Tonight

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Prime Fish Is Open in Former Nemo Space: Massive Menu and Fresh Fish

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The raw bar at the newly opened Prime Fish.
After successfully coaxing your out-of-town guests to treat you to dinner at the pricey Prime Fish, there's still one more hurdle you must face: deciding what to order. The menu is massive, which is just one of the many things the month-old spot has in common with its sister restaurants: Prime One Twelve and Prime Italian, and to a lesser degree, the retro-style diner, Big Pink.

Located in the former Nemo space, Myles Chefetz's latest endeavor is described on the company's website as "a unique combination of fish shack meets upscale dining." Though the large indoor/outdoor eatery is slightly less glamorous than the other Primes, it most certainly isn't casual.

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