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.

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Il Mulino Opens South of Fifth: Classic Italian in an Art Deco Setting

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Photos by Carla Torres
Meats fit for a high-rolling Mafioso.
SoFi just got way more luxurious with Il Mulino, the popular Italian New York outpost, opening its doors today. You might be thinking "but there's an Il Mulino in Sunny Isles at Acqualina," and you're right. But not having to trek to indulge in an overabundance of Italian delights is so much better.

Besides, they are totally different vibes. While Sunny Isles screams old-school Italian, this new spot embraces its Art Deco persona flawlessly. Oversized portraits with Vogue covers add a pop of color to the white dining room that's floored by gray marble and lit up through colossal sphere lamps. Servers speak with an accent (even those that are not Italian) and managers are outfitted in paisley button up shirts to match with the clients. Liberace would have loved it here.

Short Order was invited to preview Il Mulino's offerings before opening day.

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Drunken Dragon: Tiki Drinks and Korean BBQ in a Hidden Lair

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Photos by Laine Doss
Tiki drinks: Order one, or disturb the gods.
Drunken Dragon opened just a few weeks ago, but already it's one of the buzziest places in town.

Located in a strip mall on a patch of Alton Road that more resembles a war-torn town than South Beach, the small restaurant is unassuming from the street. In fact, the only way you know this is the place is the fact that people are walking in and out of the unmarked spot. That, and Siri tells you the Drunken Dragon is located between Bank of America and Domino's.

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Threefold Cafe: Aussie Breakfast All Day Long

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All photos by Cassie Glenn
This should be your new go-to breakfast.
When Melbourne transplants Teresa and Nick Sharp arrived in Miami, they soon discovered a culinary void. While Cuban tostadas, French croissants, and New York bagels run rampant, authentic Aussie eats are hard to come by.

The couple decided to blend their native city's coffee philosophy with fresh food to hatch Threefold Cafe in Coral Gables. This new spot offers an all-day breakfast menu that's truly unique not only for this area but also for the 305.

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Porfirio's Offers Upscale Mexican Classics: Enchiladas, Taquitos, and Manchego Cheesecake

Categories: First Bites

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Photos by Carla Torres
No fiesta is complete without flan.
With Viva Mexico, the Magic City got a taste of authentic Mexican tacos and incomparable carnitas, but what about upscale Mexican food that still has a touch of homestyle cooking? And no, Rosa Mexicano doesn't count.

Enter Porfirio's, SoFi's newest addition from Grupo Anderson, the guys behind the popular fiesta chain Señor Frog's. The first U.S outpost of the successful Mexican restaurant opened last week, and Short Order was invited for a bite of the home-cooked but upscale Mexican fare.

See also: Porfirio's Restaurant to Open in SoFi; Señor Frog's Miami Coming Soon

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Tapas y Taps: Whole Foods Coral Gables' New Boozy Hangout

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Photos by Cassie Glenn
Wine and mac & cheese? Thanks, Whole Foods.
Have you ever walked through Whole Foods and thought, "I really need a drink"? Maybe that feeling comes while perusing their extensive wine selection. Perhaps it hits when your shopping companion won't stop complaining about that awesome soccer match he's missing at home. Well now, there's a spot where you can grab a glass of wine to sip while browsing, send your nagging partner to sit and watch the game while you shop, or simply pop a squat yourself to enjoy the new venue's killer eats and libations any time of day.

Whole Foods Coral Gables' Tapas y Taps is the first of its kind. While other Whole Foods stores have bars serving wine and beer, none serve tapas because, well, none are in Miami.

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Embarcadero 41's Peruvian Fusion: Ceviche Samplers and Tiger's Milk Shots

Categories: First Bites

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Photos by Carla Torres
Tiger's milk shots at Embarcadero 41. Meow.
In 2002, Embarcadero 41 opened its first outpost in the ceviche capital of the world, Peru. Twelve years and 12 restaurants later, the Peruvian fusion eatery has embarked on a transatlantic journey and landed in Miami. It's the brand's first outpost in the states and they couldn't have picked a better place. "We had our eyes set on two other locations -- one in Chile -- and abandoned both to come build our presence here," said vice president of operations Jose Carlos Morales.

The restaurant's been soft open for a couple of weeks now and prepping for a grand opening in the end of July. We were invited for a first taste of what Peruvian fusion from authentic Peruvians tastes like.

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MiMo Art Cafe on Upper Eastside Serves Croissants and Community

Photos by Laine Doss
The MiMo neighborhood is seeing a real resurgence, with vintage motels getting facelifts and restaurants opening weekly. One of the new places is the tiny MiMo Art Café. The coffee shop, tucked behind an artist's studio at 592 NE 77th St., is easy to miss -- hence, the sandwich board on busy Biscayne Boulevard that touts "breakfast all day."

The coffee shop, opened just weeks ago, reflects the eclectic neighborhood. Pop icon Marilyn Monroe and a Chanel bottle dominate the walls, and sea creatures swim on the booth's upholstery in the 20-seat café. Co-owner Houria Beckner, who also does double duty as hostess and server, asks if I'm from the neighborhood and then proceeds to introduce me to everyone else in the room -- a local artist, some workers from down the block, a designer. Beckner, who on a hot summer afternoon keeps my glass filled with ice water, brings out the chef when I ask for ordering recommendations.

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Eccolopops Brings Authentic Italian Gelato, Pops to Downtown Miami (and Our Dogs Too)

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Coconut gelato made fresh each morning.
July has just begun, and everyone in Miami can't seem to shut up about how hot it is. We get it -- it's miserable outside. That means you have to get creative. When the A/C isn't enough, what's a guy or gal to do?

It just so happens that a frozen-pop shop opened last Thursday, right in time to cool us down.

Filippo Tavazzani, age 31, is 100 percent authentic Italian, and so are the products sold in his new downtown Miami store, Eccolopops. An admirer of the American dream since his youth, Tavazzani finally realized his goal of starting a business in Miami with the opening of his shop.

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Aoki in Dadeland Continues Benihana Legacy

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Photos by Carla Torres
Steak or lobster sauce? The lifelong teppanyaki battle.
Chances are you've heard of Benihana, the teppanyaki chain founded by Rocky Aoki that spread like wildfire across America. But did you know that his son Kevin Aoki is the owner of Doraku, that Kevin's brother is superstar DJ Steve Aoki, and that the new teppanyaki joint at Dadeland Mall is the latest addition to the restaurant family? True story.

Aoki opened its doors at the end of April. Short Order was invited to check it out. Photos after the jump.

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