Midtown Oyster Bar to Open This Month

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Oysters headed to midtown soon.
Good things supposedly happen in threes, so we can only hope that a third oyster bar will open in Wynwood/midtown. Midtown Oyster Bar will start operation sometime in October, making it the area's second oyster bar this year, after Mignonette.

Midtown Oyster Bar is the brainchild of the Graspa Group. You might be familiar with its other restaurant concepts, which include Salumeria 104, Spris, Tiramesu (making a comeback later this year), and Segafredo. What does that mean? Expect New England favorites with a touch of Italian.

See also: Danny Serfer's Mignonette Is Edgewater's Pearl

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The Seven Dials American Gastropub Opens in Coral Gables

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There's a new gastropub in town, and its chef and owner was the former toque at the Local Craft Food and Drink.

Andrew Gilbert, who also worked the kitchens of Michy's and Sra. Martinez, quietly opened the Seven Dials last week on a quiet street in Coral Gables.

"My wife and I have been looking for a restaurant space for four years, and we found it on the same street we live," Gilbert says. "We didn't even realize the street went down this far."

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Giorgio Rapicavoli to Appear on Chopped Champions Tonight

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Remember two years ago when chef Giorgio Rapicavoli competed on Chopped and became the first Miami chef to win? The $10,000 gave Rapicavoli the chance to pop up Eating House, which has become a staple of Miami's dining and brunch scene.

Well, tonight the chef is making his way back to the show that kicked things off -- sort of. Tune in to the Food Network at 10 p.m. for the first Chopped Ultimate Champions tournament.

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Lilt Lounge to Open at the Epic

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Lilt Lounge, a sophisticated cocktail lounge inside the Epic, is set to open tomorrow. An alternative to the club scene of South Beach, Lilt intends to create a new social experience in downtown Miami by blending libations with art and music.

See also: Three Boozy Lemonade Recipes For Your Weekend Picnic

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Blackbrick Named One of Bon Appetit's Top 50 New Restaurants

Blackbrick is one of the Top 50 New Restaurants of 2014.
Bon Appetit has just released its list of the Top 50 New Restaurants of 2014 and one Miami establishment made the list of 50 nominees.

Blackbrick, Richard Hales Midtown Chinese restaurant was the only South Florida restaurant to make the list, compiled by Andrew Knowlton. According to Bon Appetit's website, although the restaurants range in cuisine, style, and size they all have one thing in common -- "flat-out ambitious deliciousness."

The restaurant was named New Times' Best Chinese Restaurant for 2014.

See also: Blackbrick Launches Brunch: Peking Duck and Waffles, Breakfast Fried Rice

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Lauren Bacall's Best Food Commercials

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Lauren Bacall sure liked her coffee.
Film legend Lauren Bacall has died at the age of 89.

The sultry beauty, best known for teaching Humphrey Bogart how to whistle in the Hemingway classic To Have and Have Not, captured the hearts and imagination of the world when she said "you put your lips together and blow."

The talented actress won two Tonys, an honorary Academy Award, two Golden Globes, a National Book Award for her autobiography, and many other accolades for her work in film, television, and on Broadway and was married to Bogart, Jason Robards Jr., and briefly engaged to Frank Sinatra.

In addition to her memorable roles in movies like Key Largo, Dark Passage, and How to Marry a Millionaire, Bacall's distinct smoky voice made her in high demand for commercials. Over the years, the actress hawked everything from cars to cat food to coffee...lots and lots of coffee.

Here are our five favorite of Bacall's food commercials from one of Hollywood's most iconic stars.

See also: Panther Coffee Opening in Coconut Grove

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Two Injured in South Beach McDonald's Shooting

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McDonald's South Beach was the scene of a shooting over the weekend.
The McDonald's on Washington Avenue at Lincoln Road is one of the liveliest places in Miami Beach. At any hour of the day or night, the fast-food restaurant is filled with a mix of young and old, trendy and homeless, tourists and locals craving a quick bite before the beach or after a long night of partying.

But the usual busy scene turned chaotic when two men were shot inside the eatery early Sunday morning.

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Save Sear'N Gears: Aleric Constantin Sets Up Go Fund Me Page

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When Aleric Constantin introduced his Sear'N Gears a little over a year ago, it seemed like a sure thing. After all, who doesn't love a good ice cream to cool them off in the Miami heat?

The former Michael's Genuine line cook promotes his business at most Miami Critical Mass events and also runs a pop-up dinner series called Social Cena. The chef, who in the past has worked with Proper Sausages, plans to open a restaurant called Decorated Slang.

But, even the best laid plans can go awry.

See also: Sear'N Gears: Miami's First Ice-Cream Bicycle Sears Through Critical Mass

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Bocce Bar Announces New Executive Chef; Timon Balloo at Sugarcane Full Time

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Change is on the menu at Bocce Bar.
Samba Brands Management (SBM) has announced a personnel change at some of its Miami restaurants.

The company, which operates Sushi Samba, Bocce Bar, and Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill, has announced that Daniel Tackett will take on duties as executive chef of Bocce Bar, replacing Timon Balloo as top toque in the kitchen.

With a major brand expansion planned for the near future, key players are being secured in key spots.

See also: Timon Balloo on Bocce Bar: "I Have a Deep Infatuation With Italian Cuisine"

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Food Critic Wanted for Broward/Palm Beach New Times

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New Times Broward Palm Beach is looking for a restaurant critic.

The ideal candidate will have experience both reporting about food and writing long-form restaurant criticism.

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