Rincon Escondido: Still Spanish but With a Dash of Argentine Influence

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Photos by Carla Torres
Cheese bombs. Literally.
It's not atypical for restaurants to change ownership. It is, however, unusual for restaurants to leave most of the previous furnishings and menu items in place after such a change takes effect. Such is the case with Rincon Escondido, Edgewater's hidden Spanish gem.

Though Rincon Escondido has been serving authentic Spanish tapas since 2011, its new Argentine owner has planted some of his roots in the menu. There's still gazpacho and gambas al ajillo (which have been left pretty much untouched), but meatballs have an Argentine twist in the sauce, and for dessert, choco tarta has the consistency of an alfajor but with layers of chocolate.

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South Beach's Coral Cafe Brings Cuban Classics to Locals

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Photo by Zachary Fagenson
Lechon asado, maduros, and black beans at Coral Café.
The O Group, owned by Carlos Flores and Ana Rivaroli, is Miami's quietest, top Cuban café company. Late last month, it added Coral Café, on the corner of Tenth Street and West Avenue in Miami Beach, to a growing collection of casual, pocket-size spots that includes Key Biscayne's Oasis Café and South Beach's Las Olas Café.

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The Federal After Three Years: Free Champagne, Phuc Yea, and Blue Piano Replays

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Short Order alum and the Federal's Aniece Meinhold can attest to the old adage of third time being a charm. First came Blue Piano, then popped up Phuc-Yea!, and shortly thereafter, the shuttering of the insanely named Vietnamese pop-up, The Federal Drink & Provisions was born in a matter of a month.

She and business partner (as well as life partner) Cesar Zapata struck gold with their unconventional yet comforting American fare that included jar-o-duck and pig wings from day one. And three years later, the same hype still buzzes amongst locals who flock to brunch every Sunday or sell out their monthly wine dinners.

In honor of this milestone, the Federal is taking the entire week (starting today) to celebrate, including the re-introduction of Sunday supper. "We did our friends and family January 12th, 2012 and opened the doors on 16th," she reminisces. "That entire time is this entire week, so it's only right to celebrate accordingly."

See also: The Federal Food Drink and Provisions: New neighborhood spot features ducks in jars and pig wings

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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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Limited Edition Caffe & Vino Buono at Ironside: Java, Cookies, and BYOB

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Photos by Carla Torres
Coooooookies.
If you're lucky enough to work from home, you know the dangers of staying in your pajamas and posting up on your couch with your computer (falling asleep and watching too many cat videos). This is why people work in coffee shops. Know what's better than a coffee shop? A coffee and wine bar with tapas. Even better than that? The fact that the wine portion is currently BYOB.

Enter Limited Edition Caffe & Vino Buono. Perched inside the Ironside Miami Complex in Northeast Miami, Limited Edition is brought to you by the same guys behind Toscana Divino and Ironside Pizza located right next door. A courtyard with lawn furniture, tables, Wi-fi, and, soon to come, hammocks connects the two, which means you can make a whole breakfast, work, lunch, wine, and dinner situation happen here.

See also: Ironside Pizza: Italian Off the Beaten Path

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Former Makoto Cook Brings Thai Street Food to MiMo

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Zachary Fagenson
Roast duck soup at Cake Thai Kitchen ($12).
The 28-year-old chef and owner of Cake Thai Kitchen, Phuket Thongsodchaveondee, learned to cook at his father's hotel in the idyllic southern Thai beach town for which he's named.

"This is just street food, something Thai people would eat quickly on the way to somewhere," he says.

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West Miami Seafood Spot Disco Fish is Revived

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Zachary Fagenson
Grouper soup at Disco Fish.
Unless you've time-traveled straight from the Mad Men era, you may not be too familiar with lobster Thermidor. The out-of-date, insanely rich dish made with diced, cooked lobster meat blended with egg yolks, cream, and brandy first appeared in France prior to the turn of the 20th Century and seemed to have gone out of style around the same time as the Jheri curl.

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At Casola's Pizza, Size Does Matter: Massive Slices and Enormous Wings

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Photos by Carina Ost
A slice so nice.

You don't know pizza slices until you know Casola's. The pizza -- and also the wings at this open-late spot are mouth-dropping and beyond massive.


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Esther's Restaurant: First-Class Chow at Affordable Prices

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Photo by Zachary Fagenson
Fried catfish, okra and tomato stew, and peas and rice from Esther's Restaurant.
At Esther's Restaurant, a decades-old takeout joint in Liberty City, the line snakes around the room as women with thick eyeliner holler out orders that are then packed in Styrofoam containers. People count fistfuls of crinkled bills, or hold their chins and furrow their brows, trying to decide what to order off a mashup menu of soul food and Cuban favorites.

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Fresh Juice King: Fantastic New Juice Joint in North Miami

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Citrus boost.
In a shopping plaza in North Miami that features two favorites, Ricky's Thai Bistro and Vega's Burgers, a new star is born. Open for less than two months, Fresh Juice King is your best bet for refreshing juices, smoothies, and friendly service.

Perhaps you tried their healthful slurpable concoctions before at a bevy of farmer's markets across South Florida. Although, at this brick-and-mortar location your fruit and vegetable dreams are made beyond a once a week timetable.

See also: Ten Best Restaurants in North Miami

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