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By MIA bites
This piece was originally published by our partner MIAbites.com and is produced by them.
As we approach the beginning of the 2015 busy season, heralded by the 70,000 attendees expected for Art Basel/ Miami Art Week, December 2- 6, we pulled together our MIAbites Best Bites.
Miami continues to grow as a food destination to be reckoned with. No longer just an “expense account” city offering only 42 oz steaks and stone crabs, Miami, Miami Beach and its emerging neighborhoods: The Design District, Wynwood, Midtown, Brickell, MiMo, Edgewater and beyond, are offering creative dining options, innovative chefs and carving out a food scene that is international in flavor, yet very Miami.
New restaurants in new hotels seem to be leading the pack on Miami Beach. Ian Schrager’s Edition and The Thompson, opened their respective restaurants, Matador by Jean Georges, Market and Seagrape, The Crown Room and 1930’s House by James Beard Award winner, Michelle Bernstein and celebrity chefs, Dale Talde and Tom Colicchio have recently joined the Miami Beach dining scene with respectively, TALDE in The Thompson and Beachcraft in the 1 Hotel. With the Faena opening on the horizon with Frances Mallman’s Los Fuegos and Paul Qui’s PAO, these new restaurants have quickly made Mid-Beach the hot dining destination in town.
Pop-up restaurants are also another option for Art Basel and include Chef Michelle Bernstein’s Garden Cafe and Michy’s Pop-up at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden, and Dominique Ansel’s soft serve ice cream pop-up at The Setai.
So by request, the MIAbites contributors put our heads together to flesh out the restaurant scene and to compile our suggestions for dining while in Miami. Many of the below suggestions have been featured on MIAbites so please SEARCH for more details.
1. Best of the City– Popular for consistent and well-prepared dining options and excellent service. These are the “sure-things” in town and priced accordingly.
2. New and Emerging– Opened in the last couple of years or so and are new hot spots to check out. Innovative and creative chefs abound.
3. Casual or Quick Bites– Lunch or more casual for dinner but fun places with good food
4. Coffee and Cocktails– Refueling before, during or after hitting up the art shows, or after beach or shopping. Or late night cocktails. Step out and try some new cocktails like Peruvian Pisco, Mezcal and Negronis.
Reservations are probably mandatory and may require multiple calls to secure, so be prepared to be flexible with times and days. Both Open Table and Table8 are good resources for reservations but you may need to leave credit card information or pay up front. HINT: When in doubt, call directly as many restaurants will block out peak times and days to avoid paying Open Table a fee.
Best of Miami:
Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink– 130 NE 40th St, Miami, FL 33137
MC Kitchen– 4141 Ne 2nd Ave., Suite 101a Miami, FL 33137 305 456-9948
Mandolin-4312 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33137
Salumeria 104– 3451 NE 1st Ave #104, Miami, FL 33137
BlackBrick aka Midtown Chinese– 3451 NE 1st Avenue #103
Miami, FL — 33137
Blue Collar -Biscayne Inn, 6730 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33138 305 756-0366
SUGARCANE Raw Bar & Grill – 3252 NE 1st Ave, Miami, FL33137 786 369 -0353
The Dutch – W Hotel 2201 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139 305 938-3111
Scarpetta – The Fontainebleau 4441 Collins Ave. Miami Beach, FL 33140 305 674- 4660
Hakkasan– The Fontainebleau 4441 Collins Ave. Miami Beach, FL 33140 786 276-1410
Casa Tua– 1700 James Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Prime 112– 112 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Red SteakHouse– 119 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Joe’s Stone Crab– 11 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139 (305) 673-0365
Pubbelly– 1418 20th St, Miami Beach, FL 33139
BLT Steak Miami– The Betsy South Beach 1440 Ocean Drive Miami Beach, FL 33139 305 673-0044
Juvia– 1111 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Lure– The Loews 1601 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Macchialina– 820 Alton Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Milos– 730 1st St. Miami Beach, FL 33139 305 604-6800
New and Emerging- Open less than two years and worth checking out!
Alter– 223 NW 23rd Street, Miami, FL 33127 305 573 5996
Bocce Bar – 3250 NE 1st Avenue, Miami, FL 33137 786 245- 6211
Cena by Michy– 6927 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33138 305 759 2001
Cypress Tavern– 3620 NE 2nd Ave. Miami, FL 33137 305 520-5197
Coyo Taco– 2300 NW 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33127 305 573-8228
Fooqs– 1035 North Miami Avenue, Miami Fl, 33136 (786) 536-2749
Mignonette– 210 NE 18th St, Miami, FL 33132 (305) 374-4635
The Vagabond Restaurant and Bar– 7301 Biscayne Boulevard
Miami, Florida 33138 305 400-8420
27 Restaurant in The Freehand Miami– 2727 Indian Creek Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33140
Bazi– 1200 Collins Ave, Miami Beach , FL 33139 (305) 695-0101
Continental– 2360 Collins Ave Miami Beach (305) 604-2000
Izzy’s Fish & Oyster – 423 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139 (305) 397-8843
Seagrape at The Thompson The Thompson Miami 4041 Collins Ave. Miami Beach FL 33140 877 793 8519.
Matador Room by Jeans George – The EDITION 2901 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33140
786 257- 4600
Casual and Quick Bites- Lunch or casual dinner or snacks
Harry’s Pizzeria– 3918 N Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33127(786) 275-4963
Crumb on Parchment– 3930 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33137(305) 572-9444
ella cafe– 140 NE 39th Street #136, Miami, FL 33137 (786) 534-8177
Mercato– 4141 NE 2nd Ave #101a, Miami, FL 33137 (305) 456-9948
Buena Vista Deli – 4590 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33137(305) 576-3945
La Latina– 3509 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33137(305) 571-9655
Zak The Baker– 405 NW 26th St, Miami, FL 33127
Proof Pizza and Pasta -3328 N Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33127
My Ceviche South Beach– 235 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139(305) 397-8710
La Sandwicherie– 229 14th St, Miami Beach, FL 33139 (305) 532-8934
Taquiza-1506 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139 305 748-6099
Puerto Sagua– 700 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139 305 673-1115
Hua Huas Taqueria– 1211 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139(305) 534-8226
True Loaf Bakery– 1894 Bay Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139(786) 216-7207
Market– The EDITION 2901 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33140
786 257- 4600
Coffee and Cocktails- Hot coffee…even hotter cocktail bars!
Panther Coffee– 2390 NW 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33127 (305) 677-3952
Miam Cafe & Boutique– 2750 NW 3rd Ave Suite 21, Miami, FL 33127 (786) 703-1451
Jugo Fresh– 1935 West Ave #102, Miami Beach, FL 33139(786) 472-2552
Panther Coffee in Sunset Harbour– 1875 Purdy AvenueMiami Beach, FL 33139
Lee & Maries Cakery– 40 S Pointe Dr #108, Miami Beach, FL 33139 (305) 672-5167
Broken Shaker at The Freehand– 2727 Indian Creek Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33140(305) 531-2727
Repour Bar – Albion Hotel -1650 James Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139 305 913-1000
The Regent Cocktail Club at The Gale – 1690 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139 (305) 673-0199
We could go on and on… and each one of us has favorites that did not even make this list.
There is also many top spots in downtown Miami like Edge Steak House in the Four Seasons, La Mar and Azul at The Mandarin Oriental and Zuma, in the Epic Hotel, recent openings like Tamarina ,and Momi Ramen in Brickell.
So eat, drink and savor the NEW Miami!
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By Troy Duffie
We’re going on an extraordinary trip. But don’t prepare to travel because it doesn’t require a car, train, or any conventional transportation device. It only requires your mind for we’re going on a trip back in time.
The winds pick up as we travel back to Miami circa 1950, a few years after the end of World War Two. We’re moving quickly past fishing boats and the Jungle Queen tour boat at Pier 5, past the Bayfront Park Bandshell, and even past the Olympia Theatre, finally stopping in “Colored Town”.
You may hear the sweet soft echoes of Count Basie and Ella Fitzgerald as you make your way down NW 2nd Avenue. You should feel the summer breeze on you cheeks, and savor the smell of fresh fruit in the air.
The crowd you see off in the distance is being let out of the Lyric Theater after watching the latest performance of the hottest play in town. If you turn westward, you may see three buildings hanging above the small houses between NW 2nd Avenue and NW 3rd Avenue. Those buildings are home to St. John Baptist, Mt. Zion Baptist, and Greater Bethel AME, the three churches that anchor this community.
This is the legacy of our nation’s urban policy. This is the legacy of poor race relations in Miami and in America.
Wind begins to pick up speed as we move forward through time. You slowly, then with some consistent pace begin to see houses disappear. Construction trucks pile in, trees are cleared and the earliest version of I-95 is built where those houses were.
As you turn your face northward on northwest second avenue boards go on business windows, buildings are torn down, and frustration rests on the faces of those who’ve called this place home for years.
The wind picks up speed as we move faster towards the present and when you open your eyes again, what you saw on our trip twenty minutes ago is gone.
It’s been replaced with apartment buildings, homelessness, and poverty. The land that held culture and hosted Joe Louis, WEB Du Bois, and Zora Neale Hurston, has been reduced to dirt, sidewalk, and abandoned buildings.
What you see is modern-day Overtown. A land who’s pride was carved out by urban renewal and the interstate that looms over its residents. This is the legacy of our nation’s urban policy.
This is the legacy of poor race relations in Miami and in America. Communities of color are not inherently poor, or crime infested.
They simply aren’t aided the way they should be. So let’s make that effort to stand up for those communities and give everyone a fair shake.
Let’s make the effort to find ways to “improve” our cities without trucking out people of color. Let’s find a way to expand our skyline without destroying history and culture that spans 40+ years.
Let’s attempt to make communities of color better by improving education, attracting small businesses, and creating resources before we attempt to gentrify.
Let’s adjust this broken urban policy so situations like the one in Baltimore are unlikely to happen across America. Miami’s history can serve as a guide to solve this problem.
Troy Duffie is a Miami native who is a student at Howard University. He is also an ordained minister in Overtown.Post Views: 478
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By Thomas Gerald
Everyone wants to be the best. The same is true for area high schools.
Among Miami Dade County’s 108 public high schools, there are many really great institutions. So for the sake of this list, we will rely on U.S. News & World Report’s 2015 rankings of Miami-Dade County public high schools. The three main categories used to determine these rankings are “college readiness”, average proficiency in math and the average proficiency in reading.
Below is the top ten public high schools in Miami-Dade according to the U.S. News & World Report in descending order.
10. Mater Academy Charter High (7901 Northwest 103rd Street, Hialeah Gardens, FL 33016)
Ranked 23rd within Florida, Mater Academy Charter High is the 10th best school in Miami Dade County on this list. Mater Academy boosts a 65% proficiency in reading with a 77% in math and 58.8% college readiness (U.S. News calculated values based on student performance on state exams).Open since August 2002, Mater Academy offers the students the opportunity to take Advance Placement classes, allowing students to earn college credit while still in high school, with a participation rate of 87%.
- Doral Academy Charter High School (11100 NW 27th St, Doral, FL 33172)
Ranked just one above the previous entry within the state, Doral Academy has proficiency rating slightly above Mater (Reading, 74%, Math, 81%, College readiness 58.9%) and a 74% participation rate in the Advance Placement program.
- New World School of the Arts (25 NE 2nd St, Miami, FL 33132)
Ranked nationally as the 306th best, #20 in the state and 56th among magnet schools, New World is the 8th best school on this list. Starting as an experiment between Miami Northwestern Senior High and Miami Dade College, New World has become one of the top schools in the state for preforming and visual arts with some of the highest proficiency ratings in the state at 88% in reading, 89% in math and a 60.6 college readiness average.
- Coral Reef Senior High (10101 SW 152nd St, Miami, FL 33157)
Ranked #37 among Magnet schools in the nation, Coral Reef is the 7th best in Miami Dade County. Along with the Advance Placement program, Coral Reef is a magnet school that has programs in Leisure Medicine and Health Sciences, Agriscience and Engineering Technology, Business and Finance, Legal and Public Affairs and Visual and Performing Arts and also offers an International Baccalaureate program.
- Doral Performing Arts & Entertainment Academy (11100 NW 27th St, Doral, FL 33172)
A public charter school, Doral Performing Art & Entertainment Academy has a small student body of 232 with a 77% proficiency in math and reading. The school has a 90% participation rate in its advance Placement program with a ranking of 13 in all of the state of Florida.
- Young Women’s Preparatory Academy (1150 SW 1st St, Miami, FL 33130)
An all-female school on this list, Young Women’s Preparatory Academy is a magnet school located in Little Havana. This school has an enrollment of 404 with student reading proficiency at 89% with a college readiness percentage of 87.5%.
- MAST Academy (3979 Rickenbacker Causeway, Key Biscayne, FL 33149)
A magnet school with focus on marine studies, MAST Academy student proficiency in reading is 94%; math is 94% with a college readiness index of 87.5%. Along with standard high school curriculum MAST academy affords student the opportunity to learn in different marine studies including Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences (OAS), Maritime Studies and Culture (MSC), and Marine Related Industries (MRI).
- Archimedean Upper Conservatory Charter School (AUC) (12425 SW Sunset Drive, Miami, FL 33183)
Another charter school, AUC is a member of the Archimedean Schools, a charter school system founded in 2002 by Archimedean Academy Inc. Students at AUC are chosen by lottery and pay no tuition. A grade A school, AUC’s curriculum and extracurricular activities are designed to offer students a disciplined and balanced education at the highest quality. AUC is ranked 5th in the state and 16th among other charter schools in America.
- Design and Architecture Senior High (DASH) ( 4001 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33137)
Ranked 2nd in the state and 6th among magnet school, DASH has programs in Architecture/Interior Design, Entertainment Technology, Fashion Design, Industrial Design, and Visual Communications/Web Design. DASH includes dual-enrollment college level design courses taught by professors from college with an eight course curriculum instead of the traditional six. DASH also says that it helps its students gain internships with Miami design firms.
- International Studies Charter High School (ISCHS) (2480 SW 8th St, Miami, FL 33135)
Formed by the Spanish, Italian and French Embassies, ISCHS is the top ranked school in Florida and the 4th ranked among charter schools. With a 100% college readiness index, ISCHS offers students studies in various languages including Italian, French and Spanish. Of all the schools in Miami-Dade county ISCHS has one of the most diverse student bodies in Miami. Proficiency ratings are above average in both reading and math for the school making it the top school in Miami Dade.
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Cover Photo Credit: International Studies Charter High School
This story was originally published on RiseMiamiNews.com on June 10, 2015.Post Views: 3,349
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