Uncle Tom's Barbecue Opens in Hialeah

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Uncle Tom's opens in Hialeah
Uncle Tom's Barbecue is opening up its second location today, in Hialeah.

The restaurant, which has been serving ribs and chicken to Miamians since 1948, will officially open its doors at 2200 Palm Ave. with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 4:30 p.m. City of Hialeah mayor Carlos Hernandez, along with Dennis Fantis (son of Uncle Tom's founder, Tom Fantis), will do the honors of officially marking the grand opening.

Uncle Tom's Ariel Rodriguez said that opening a Hieleah location "wasn't in the plans", until an act of sheer fate happened.

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At Bulla Gastrobar, Try the Huevos Bulla

Categories: Favorite Dishes

Photo by Carla Torres

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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MO Bar + Lounge: Celebrate Chinese New Year with Dim Sum Happy Hour

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Fill up on dim sum.
While there may be some confusion whether this is the year of the goat, sheep or ram, there is no doubt that our favorite Chinese New Year celebratory offering is at MO Bar + Lounge.

We love a good happy hour and this one at the Mandarin Oriental in Brickell Key checks everything off our list: beautiful view, fancy cocktails, and all-you-can-eat food.

For this week, 'til Friday, between the hours of 5 to 8 p.m. you can celebrate with three themed cocktails and unlimited dim sum for $50. Monday was the kick off this special happy hour so we were invited in to scope it out.

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Quality Meats Opens Friday: House-Made Charcuterie and Negronis on Tap

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Quality Meats' charcuterie is made in-house.
The Miami outpost of New York City-based Quality Meats will open this Friday, February 27, at 1501 Collins Ave. in South Beach.

The decor is inspired by the original art deco design of the former Bancroft Hotel. Terrazzo flooring and the original reception desk -- now turned into a butcher counter -- have been incorporated into the new space, which seats 120 indoors and 70 on the patio.

The eatery/butcher shop, owned by Fourth Wall Restaurants, is led by executive chef/partner Craig Koketsu and Quality Meats Miami Beach executive chef Patrick Rebholz.

See also: Quality Meats' Craig Koketsu on Miami Beach Opening: "You Let The Locality Form What You Do"

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Spike Mendelsohn to Open on Collins, Dale Talde to the Thompson

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Dale Talde opening a restaurant at Thompson Miami Beach.
The South Beach Wine & Food Festival is not only a great place to eat and drink your way through thousands of dishes and vintages, but it's also the best time to catch up with chefs.

Without the assistance of PR machines and lubricated by a few drinks, restaurateurs and toques are more apt to talk about new restaurant plans and potential moves. Here's the latest intel on restaurants to look out for and potential chef moves.

See also: SoBeWFF 2015 Grand Tasting Village: Giada, Rachael, Emeril, and More

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Saint Arnold, Texas' Oldest Craft Brewery, Launching in Miami

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Saint Arnold beer will soon be found on tap and shelves throughout Miami.
Craft beer drinkers in Miami will soon be able to purchase suds from Saint Arnold Brewing Company locally. The Houston-based brewery announced it's coming to the Magic City April 6.

Saint Arnold already has a presence in the Sunshine State. The company introduced itself in the Panhandle and on the Gulf Coast in August 2013.

See also: Esquire's Brew Dogs Wraps Filming at Wynwood Brewery

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Kevin Aoki, Roman Jones to Open Otabe Japanese BBQ Near Wynwood

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Otabe will be located on the ground floor of Canvas.
Miami developers have big plans for the Arts & Entertainment District. This area, just south of Wynwood, is home to the Adrienne Arsht Center, PĂ©rez Art Museum Miami, and the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science.

One of the latest projects to begin is Canvas Condos, a 513-unit, 36-story condominium to be located at 1630 NE First Ave.

Although groundbreaking won't happen until later this year, with a completion date of 2017, there's already buzz about the restaurant to be located in the space.

See also: El Bulli Veteran Najat Kaanache on Opening of Piripi: "We're Very Close"

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Miami Is Having a "Middleterranean" Moment: Byblos, Laffa, and Cleo

Categories: Opinion

Chef Danny Elmaleh's lebaneh yogurt with feta and za'atar is a must-have at Cleo.
This spring, words like "sumac," "za'atar," and "tahini" will become increasingly common in local food circles. The first two refer to spices, while tahini is a sesame-seed paste most notable for its integral role in making hummus. All three are ubiquitous in "Middleterranean" cuisine, which just so happens to be having a moment in Miami.

In case you're wondering, "Middleterranean" is a relatively new term used to describe the dining trend of combining foods from the Middle East, the Mediterranean, and North Africa. Think familiar Mediterranean staples such as vegetables, olive oil, and fish but with the addition of exotic spices and flavors.

See also: Cleo Offers Classy, Affordable Mediterranean Fare in SoBe

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El Bulli Veteran Najat Kaanache on Opening of Piripi: "We're Very Close"

Categories: Openings

The Village of Merrick Park got a bit more Parisian with the opening of Pascal Oudin's Brasserie Central. The European flair will continue when El Bulli veteran Najat Kaanache opens Piripi in the ritzy outdoor mall in a couple of weeks.

Piripi, which is Spanish slang for tipsy or buzzed, refers to the state between dreamlike awareness and reality. Although the restaurant will be Spanish, don't expect tapas. "We don't use the word 'tapas' in this Piripi concept," Kaanache explains. "We have a new word that we think is fun, and we want to teach and educate, and that goes with the concept."

See also: Niu Kitchen: Promise for Downtown Dining

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SoBeWFF 2015 Recap: The Best and the Worst

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Rachael Ray and Parker Lasch at Yappie Hour.
As the sun sets on the 2015 edition of the South Beach Wine & Food Festival, it's time to take stock of the weekend.

The festival saw an improved Grand Tasting Village that had better flow in the massive tasting tents. There was also a roster of new parties that included Meatopia, the Italian Al Fresco Feast, and the Art of Tiki.

The weekend was packed with dozens of well-organized dinners and fetes, but some suffered serious glitches.

New Times' food writing staff has compiled a list of the best and the worst at the festival.

See also: South Beach Wine & Food Festival Grand Tasting Village Photos

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