Momi Gyoza Bar: Dim Sum and Hot Pot Rice Galore (Photos)

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Photos by Carla Torres
Pretty little thangs.
Jeffrey Chen is a passionate craftsman. He's not much of a talker, but the few words he says hold substance. "American people have no patience." It is true -- patience is indeed a virtue, one that the Japanese have certainly mastered and is evident in Momi Gyoza Bar's signature dish: kamameshi hot pot rice. It takes 25 minutes to prepare, but its fixings -- which include pig ear, chicken heart, eel, or oxtail -- make it worth the wait.

In the meantime, chow down on one of the 12 dumpling, gyoza, and dim sum varieties that Chen kneads by hand, as he does with noodles at his neighboring ramen shop.

See also: Ramen Mania Sweeps Miami Restaurants

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GastroPod Opening at Aventura Mall, Makes Kickstarter Goal

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Courtesy of GastroPod
Aventura Mall is about to get a shot of cool.
Good news for GastroPod's Jeremiah Bullfrog -- twice over.

First and foremost, Bullfrog confirms GastroPod will open at Aventura Mall's food court.

See also: Gastropod Launches Kickstarter to Fund Wynwood Restaurant

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Repour Homemade Cocktails: Isaac Grillo Arrives at Albion Hotel

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Courtesy of IG Cocktails via Facebook
Isaac Grillo transporting a freezer to his new cocktail bar.
South Beach's creative cocktail scene is growing with the announcement of Isaac Grillo's Repour Homemade Cocktails at the Albion Hotel .

Grillo, who was named the Ultimate Miami Bartender by Magic City Casino, is opening his own establishment in the former Drogerie space at the boutique Lincoln Road hotel. The bartender-turned-bar-owner is doing a complete remodel to make the space homey and inviting. "My vision of having just a superchill environment is really taken from growing up in Colorado," he says.

See also: Isaac Grillo and Nick Nistico Win Miami USBG Legacy Cocktail Showcase

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Ms. Cheezious, Opening in Ten Days, Introduces Its Patty Melt

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Courtesy of Ms. Cheezious
All that is right in the world.
The countdown has officially begun. It is T-minus ten days until Miami gets a helluva lot cheesier when Ms. Cheezious finally opens its brick-and-mortar location in the MiMo District. Brian Mullins, Fatima Mullins, and M. Christian Dickens are the trio behind the roving grilled-cheese truck, and they've been hard at work testing recipes, curing bacon, and generally getting ready for the next phase of the grilled-cheese revolution.

It begins with their newest menu item: the Ms. Cheezious patty melt.

See also: Ms. Cheezious Opening February 1

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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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Toronto's Byblos Opening at the James Royal Palm

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Byblos is opening at the James Royal Palm.
Toronto-based Mediterranean restaurant Byblos is opening a counterpart at the James Royal Palm Hotel's Shorecrest Building in Miami Beach.

The restaurant, which is set to start operation in late February 2015 at the former Catch location, will serve dishes focusing on the spices and flavors of the Eastern Mediterranean. There will be both small plates and family-style dishes.

See also: Chef Art Smith to Throw 101 Gay Weddings at James Royal Palm Hotel

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La Savina at the Mondrian: Crudos, Chargrilled Meats, and Sangrias (Photos)

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Photos by Carla Torres
Local mahi mahi a la plancha the Mediterranean way.
A new year brings about new promises disguised as resolutions. Beach and healthy eats are two of them. Well, how about killing two resolutions with one visit over the bridge to La Savina Mediterranean Café & Grill at the Mondrian.

You know this space. It was once Asia de Cuba. (Not so healthy.) Then it was a random and no-name hotel restaurant with Saturday party brunch and DIY bloody mary bar. (Sure you get in the water, but still not that healthy.) And now, well, now it's more rustic, both in terms of décor and menu. Helmed by Morgan's corporate chef Tien Ho (formerly of Momofuko) along with chef de cuisine Gabriel Cruz, La Savina proffers a typical Mediterranean light, clean, and healthy diet combined with breathtaking views of Biscayne Bay.

See also: La Savina Mediterranean Cafe & Grill to Open at Mondrian in January

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Chef Bee's NaiYaRa Will Soon Top Off Sunset Harbour

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Chef Bee proudly poses with a friend.
One of 2015's most anticipated restaurants, NaiYaRa, is set to open at 1854 Bay Road in Miami Beach's Sunset Harbour neighborhood, joining Pubbelly, Lucali, Icebox Café, Sardinia, and the Fresh Market to further solidify the reputation of this out-of-the-way pocket of South Beach as a culinary oasis.

According to an update by Amicon Construction, a boutique firm that's spearheading the build-out, the restaurant's design will showcase "retro Thai culture, materials, and artifacts in a contemporary setting" and is slated to be finished by the end of this March.

See also: Chef Bee to Open NaiYaRa Asian Street Fare Restaurant in South Beach

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Whole Foods Market in Downtown Miami Opens Tomorrow (Photos)

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Photos by Carina Ost
It's gonna be bananas.

The lease was signed in 2003, but tomorrow is the day your organic and gluten-free dreams come true. Short Order got the chance to tour the 41,000-square-foot Whole Foods Market in downtown. It has some distinct Miami flair, selling made-to-order churros, croquetas, and flan from Versailles, brew from Funky Buddha, and cold-pressed juices from Jugofresh.

The store opens to the public tomorrow at 8:45 a.m. with a bread-breaking ceremony featuring the mayor. The first 500 customers in line opening day will receive mystery gift cards, valued at $5, $10, $20, or $50, with one lucky shopper getting a gift card valued at $500.


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Coyo: Miami's Taco Craze Comes to Wynwood

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Photos by Laine Doss
Coyo Tacos is open in Wynwood.
Miami has been smitten by tacos lately. It seems new casual Mexican restaurants are joining established places like Huahua's and Naked Taco by the day.

At the very end of December, Coyo Taco opened in Wynwood, sandwiched between Panther Coffee and Freshii on NW Second Ave.

See also: Wynwood's Coyo Taco Taps Scott Linquist for Executive Chef Position


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