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

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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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Campania Opens in the Design District (Photos)

Categories: First Bites

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When Tony Gallo and Pietro Vardeu opened Sardinia in 2006, Sunset Harbour wasn't the dining neighborhood it is today -- customers stumbled across the pasta and Pubbelly by mistake or word of mouth. At Campania, Gallo and Vardeu's third and latest concept place in the former Egg & Dart space, the same applies. Located just a few blocks from Harry's Pizza and north of midtown, Campania isn't close enough to anything to attract pedestrian traffic, which means that the cuisine will have to charm locals to go out of their way.

Campania brings the regional sun-kissed fare of the Naples and the Amalfi Coast to the Design District. New Times was invited for a taste last night.

See also: Owners of Sardinia Open Campania in Design District Tonight

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La Savina at the Mondrian: Crudos, Chargrilled Meats, and Sangrias (Photos)

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Photos by Carla Torres
Local mahi mahi a la plancha the Mediterranean way.
A new year brings about new promises disguised as resolutions. Beach and healthy eats are two of them. Well, how about killing two resolutions with one visit over the bridge to La Savina Mediterranean Café & Grill at the Mondrian.

You know this space. It was once Asia de Cuba. (Not so healthy.) Then it was a random and no-name hotel restaurant with Saturday party brunch and DIY bloody mary bar. (Sure you get in the water, but still not that healthy.) And now, well, now it's more rustic, both in terms of décor and menu. Helmed by Morgan's corporate chef Tien Ho (formerly of Momofuko) along with chef de cuisine Gabriel Cruz, La Savina proffers a typical Mediterranean light, clean, and healthy diet combined with breathtaking views of Biscayne Bay.

See also: La Savina Mediterranean Cafe & Grill to Open at Mondrian in January

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Whole Foods Market in Downtown Miami Opens Tomorrow (Photos)

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Photos by Carina Ost
It's gonna be bananas.

The lease was signed in 2003, but tomorrow is the day your organic and gluten-free dreams come true. Short Order got the chance to tour the 41,000-square-foot Whole Foods Market in downtown. It has some distinct Miami flair, selling made-to-order churros, croquetas, and flan from Versailles, brew from Funky Buddha, and cold-pressed juices from Jugofresh.

The store opens to the public tomorrow at 8:45 a.m. with a bread-breaking ceremony featuring the mayor. The first 500 customers in line opening day will receive mystery gift cards, valued at $5, $10, $20, or $50, with one lucky shopper getting a gift card valued at $500.


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Coyo: Miami's Taco Craze Comes to Wynwood

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Photos by Laine Doss
Coyo Tacos is open in Wynwood.
Miami has been smitten by tacos lately. It seems new casual Mexican restaurants are joining established places like Huahua's and Naked Taco by the day.

At the very end of December, Coyo Taco opened in Wynwood, sandwiched between Panther Coffee and Freshii on NW Second Ave.

See also: Wynwood's Coyo Taco Taps Scott Linquist for Executive Chef Position


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Eat Greek Opens in Edgewater

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Photos by Carla Torres
Check out this branzino
There are not very many places for light-on-the-wallet eats in Edgewater. While Sir Pizza used to fill the bill, even though it was nowhere near the Key Biscayne original.

So when Sir Pizza unexpectedly stopped opening its doors a few months without any warning or sign (and no one answered my email inquiries as to what happened), those who lived near the lonesome corner on Northeast 29th Street and Biscayne were desultory.

So last week when a banner that read "Eat Greek" went up, we decided to check it out for dinner.

See also: Whole Foods Market in Downtown Miami Exclusives: Versailles, Jugofresh, La Churrascaria, More

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Vagabond Restaurant: Jerk Chicken Wings, Iberico Skirt Steak, and Pistachio Cake (Photos)

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Photos by Carla Torres
Food with heart.
It's impossible to miss Vagabond Restaurant when you're driving on Biscayne Boulevard on Miami's Upper Eastside. If the convivial atmosphere glowing through the windows doesn't attract your attention, the resurrected Vagabond Motel sign certainly will. Pull into the driveway and hope for a spot. Otherwise, there's ample parking around the corner.

Expect your draw to drop when you walk into the dining room. It's both retro and futuristic. Focal points are a sunken bar, a wall of photos paying homage to vagabonds, and an Airstream-style open kitchen. That's where you'll find 25-year-old chef Alex Chang expediting orders.

See also: Vagabond Restaurant Announces January 12 Opening

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Ted's at YoungArts: Stephen Starr Dinner and a Show (Photos)

Categories: First Bites

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Photos by Jose de las Casas
Dinner and a show.
If you're looking for dinner and a show, tonight is the perfect night to head to Ted's at YoungArts. A collaboration between Stephen Starr and the National YoungArts Foundation, Ted's is a tribute to YoungArts founder Ted Arison.

A place to dine, wine, and enjoy a performance, the intimate lounge perched on the seventh floor of the YougnArts tower and the former Bacardi building is actually built like a sound studio -- a sound studio with a full bar, 360 HD projection, and a globally inspired tapas menu that Short Order was invited to check out last night for YoungArts Week.

See also: Ted's at YoungArts Opens Today

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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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27 Restaurant & Bar at the Freehand: "True Miami In Every Sense" (Photos)

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Photos by Laine Doss
Put an egg on it.
27 Restaurant and Bar is helmed by chef James Seyba in collaboration with Bar Lab's Gabriel Orta and Elad Zvi and Sydell Group's Roy Albert,takes up up an old two-story house on the property of upscale beach hostel the Freehand. A year ago, there was virtually nothing there. Orta, though, saw potential in the building.

The work paid off. Multiple rooms on the first floor are reminiscent of a vintage bed and breakfast.

See also: 27 Restaurant & Bar at Freehand Miami Beach Opens

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