Lilt Lounge at the Epic: Oysters, Caviar and Champagne Cocktails

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Photo by Carla Torres
Well aren't you excited that it's a three-day weekend? If you're staying in town and are in need of some food and drink, you might want to check out Lilt, the new lounge at the Epic.

You'll find live music and champagne cocktails poured tableside from a trolling champagne cart. Oh, and don't forget the oysters with green apple caviar and cucumber granite. Don't worry, it's faux caviar.

See also: Lilt Lounge to Open at the Epic

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Kaiseki Your Way at N by Naoe

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All photos by Zachary Fagenson
Box of treats at N by Naoe.
Kevin Cory's newest undertaking, N, which opened July, is far different from the neighboring Brickell Key omakase temple that earned him bundles of praise.

For most of your $100, hourlong meal at N, you won't see the soft-spoken chef. Also his staff has grown beyond Wendy, Naoe's longtime manager, to include a small troupe who tend your every need. They pour toasty, earthy Sencha tea, a variety commonly use in Japan's orderly tea ceremonies, into diminutive earthenware cups.

See also: N by Naoe Opens on Brickell Key

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Janette & Co. Opens in Coral Gables: French Macarons Done Right

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All photos by Cassie Glenn
Meet your new favorite sweet treat.

Let's start with the basics: macarons and macaroons are not the same thing. So dispel any image in your head of coconutty cake balls (macaroons) and instead, visit Janette & Co for a taste of France's beloved sweet treat (macarons).

Quentin and Agnes Garrigou opened their first shop in South Miami nearly two years ago. Last week, they debuted another outpost on Miracle Mile in Coral Gables. Together, the pair is educating neighborhood folks on the art of French pastry and preserving their sugar high with delicious macarons of all flavors.

See also: With Macarons, the Price Isn't in the Bite


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Burgerlove in Brickell Key: For the Love of Honest Food

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All photos by Carla Torres
There is no such thing as too many burgers, except maybe when you're trying to make up your mind on which one to order at Burgerlove, the newest addition to Brickell Key.

Burgerlove opened this past Tuesday and is the brainchild of Vanessa Diaz, who also owns the Juicery Bar next door. Diaz wanted to bring something to the island that was healthy but indulgent. "There's lot of kids and families here," she says. "Burgers seemed like a natural fit."

See also: Choices Kitchen Hosting Free Cooking Class Featuring Field Roast Grain Meats

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Illegal Bakery Pop-Up at Taperia Raca: Cutest Lunch in Town

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Photos by Laine Doss
Mike Mayta and Keily Vazquez: Sweetest couple in town.
Walking in to the Illegal Bakery pop-up at Taperia Raca is sort of like entering a time warp. Frank Sinatra croons on the stereo as an adorable couple in matching old-school soda-jerk-meets-'50s-diner garb greets you upon arrival.

The two, adorned in matching wooden bows (around neck for him, in hair for her), are real-life sweethearts and Illegal Bakery partners Mike Mayta and Keily Vazquez.

See also: Taperia Raca Offers Rich, Easy-to-Enjoy Tapas in MiMo

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Cantina La Veinte in Brickell: A Shared Mexican Meal (Photos)

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Photos by Carla Torres
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Driving through Philippe Starck's columned entrance at the Icon makes you feel as if you're in the Flintstones. Well, prepare to go from the Stone Age to the Roaring Twenties as you make your way back to Cantina La Veinte, Miami's newest high-end Mexican restaurant.

This is the Cinbersol Group's first U.S. concept. The group is no stranger to opening restaurants -- it has more than 30 in Mexico. And you won't just find tacos at this place.

See also: Cantina La Veinte: High-End Mexican Restaurant Opens Next Monday in Brickell

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Prost Wurstgrill & Bierhouse Holds a Sausage Fest

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All photos by Laine Doss
House-canned sausage by Prost.
Prost Wurstgrill & Bierhouse had a little shindig yesterday and, what started as a pretty sophisticated evening (a welcome cocktail of sparkling wine and mint was refined and refreshing), turned into a rousing sausage fest.

Of course, when you're a restaurant that specializes in house-made tubular meat products, that kind of behavior is expected. Encouraged, even.

See also: Prost Wurstgrill & Bierhouse Opens in Brickell

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Ferris Pop-Up: Hookahs, Kebabs, and Brazilian Dancers

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Photos by Laine Doss
Ferris: Brazilian dancers and Lebanese food, a combo that could lead to world peace.
It's Friday night in Sunny Isles Beach, and at the top of the glass stairs leading to the Ferris pop-up at Sole on the Ocean, I am greeted by a lovely young woman dressed in an elaborate Brazilian samba costume.

See also: Ralph Pagano's Ferris Pops-Up This Saturday: We Get a Kitchen Preview

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Loba in MiMo: Zesty "On Guard" Swordfish and Frida's Secret Brownie Brittle (Photos)

Categories: First Bites

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All photos by Carla Torres
Loba is Spanish for she-wolf, which is exactly what Jessica Sanchez is. "The name came to me in a moment in my life where I felt like I evolved into what my definition of a loba is," says the 28-year-old restaurant owner. "Someone who just fights and hunts for what they want. Someone who doesn't let fear get in the way of their pursuit."

Nothing has stopped the former financial analyst and real estate agent from following in the footsteps of her parents and opening her own restaurant. The concept for the food -- Latin spice meets Southern comfort -- is as unassuming and humble as Sanchez and the rest of her team.

Short Order was invited to get a taste of Loba's offerings.

See also: A Look at Loba: Latin and Literary Flavors Meet Friday in MiMo

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Bistro BE's Belgian Fare: Fruity Beers, Mussel Pots, and Dill-Stuffed Waffles (Photos)

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Photos by Carla Torres
Drink like a Belgian.
What do you know about Belgian cuisine? Chances are not much. Well, with the opening of Bistro BE in Brickell last Friday, you'll be able to eat your way through the country well known for its waffles.

Short Order was invited to check out Bistro BE's 100 percent Belgian fare and extensive beer selection, which features 70 brews that are, yep, all Belgian. Even the table next to ours had a Belgian soccer player who was bringing his teammates to get a taste of home.

See also: Bistro BE Coming to Miami: Belgian Waffles, Chocolate, and Beer Galore

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