Shhh, it’s Hiden

Eight seats. Two daily seatings. One chef. The secret is out. Kind of. Hiding out in Wynwood and bringing an exceptional omakase experience to Miami diners, this underground restaurant has quietly arrived. Hiden, part of the Shōwa Hospitality Group, delivers authentic Japanese fine dining by blending top-notch domestic ingredients with imported delights straight from Japan. I […]

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Monkitail

If Hakkasan and Kuro had a love child, Monkitail would be it. While visiting the new Point Royal restaurant at the renovated Diplomat Beach Resort in Hollywood Beach recently, I caught a peek of this addition and moved it up on my list of must-try places. As in, I went back the next day. Philadelphia […]

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Fi’lia

Located on the ground level of the SLS Brickell and just one week into service,  the very modern and chic,  Fi’Lia already functions like a seasoned restaurant veteran. Considering the restaurant was full to capacity during my visit, that’s a good thing. I’ve been to Michael’s Genuine more times than I can remember, as well as the former […]

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Le Zoo, Je Like

September 16th, 2016 Miami Spice Update Le Zoo 9700 Collins Avenue Bal Harbour, FL 33154 HIT: The Bistro Chicken: pan roasted breast in sherry vinegar and a black pepper jus…simply delightful. MISS: Not a single one. Despite its ritzy location, dining there is surprisingly low key. Le Zoo continues to deliver quality food: uncomplicated, simple French goodness. =================================================================== April 22nd, 2016 Despite my […]

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Beachcraft

I know; I know.  I’ve said I don’t usually rush to new restaurant openings, and yet here I am again. I had to visit this one as soon as possible. It’s Tom‘s!  If you follow my blog, then you already know (a) I am a Craft fan and (b) I have a not-so-secret-crush on Colicchio (it’s OK, the […]

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The Whet Palette Turns Two!

I am not quite sure how that happened, but it did. It must be true, time flies when you are having fun! Here’s a quick look back at 2013 and a walk down memory lane for 2014 (below). South Florida Strip Mall Jewels: Part 2  “My first post on this blog highlighted ten wonderful restaurants with locations hidden […]

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Miami Michelin Guide Selections

November 2014 Part 1  New York City has them. The San Francisco and Wine Country area has them. Chicago has them. Miami does not. Well, why not? How much longer do we have to wait? Miami restaurants are ready. Bring them on! I am, of course, talking about the much coveted Michelin stars given out […]

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1826 Restaurant and Lounge

Growing up in South Florida has allowed me to experience the rebirth of our beloved South Beach, a.k.a. SOBE, first hand. Surprisingly, not everyone knows that for a while there SOBE resembled a scene out of Miami Vice. Ocean Drive? Think quiet, retirement homes, and oceanfront rocking chairs. Washington and Collins Avenue? Good luck walking those shady, dark streets […]

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