October in Miami is still considered a transitional month. Although the weather is getting better, many restaurants are still working on their progress, hosting family & friends dinners and putting the finishing touches on their menus in anticipation for a late fall opening in time for Art Basel and "season". Places we're looking forward to include Fabio Viviani's Siena Tavern; the Vagabond Restaurant; The Rum Line; and Seagrape at the Thompson Miami Beach (by chef Michelle Bernstein).
Photo by Carla Torres Miami Smokers brings fresh bacon to Miami.
Some notable openings in October included Moye, a restaurant by Sardinia Enoteca owners Tony Gallo and Pietro Vardeu; and Miami Smokers, where Miamians can get freshly smoked and cured meats from heritage-breed pigs free of antibiotics and hormones.
Then there was Barley & Swine, the Kendall gastropub that was forced to close due to construction and ventilation issues in its building. Fortunately, owner Jorgie Ramos would not "go gently into that good night" and, with a little ingenuity, reopened his restaurant as Barley & Wich, a sandwich-driven concept with items that require less grill time.
Miami took some hits in the closing department. Taperia Raca, the MiMo tapas restaurant by Eating House's Giorgio Rapicavoli and Alex Casanova, closed abruptly; and Tobacco Road, the iconic bar and restaurant closed after decades and decades of memories. For those of you jonesing for a death burger, the Tobacco Road food truck is operational at the restaurant's parking lot.More »