Foodable Labs Ranks South Florida's Top 10 Restaurants for 2017

Foodable Labs Ranks South Florida's Top 10 Restaurants for 2017

South Florida has an evolving, ever-growing culinary scene, which makes it THAT much exciting to keep up with. This Top 10 list features some of Miami’s Top 25 veterans, but here we are taking a closer look to learn more about the top five restaurants. Read below to learn overall scores for all ten restaurants!

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Miami Spice Newcomers to Try Post Hurricane Irma

Photo Courtesy Of Elena Vivas

Photo Courtesy Of Elena Vivas

In the wake of Irma, where ruble dresses the streets and electricity serves as currency, Miami is gallantly finding its way back to normalcy; and we have never been hungrier.

As hurricane snacks dwindle and stale, locals are in search of a stiff drink, good meal and strong AC. Thankfully, Miami Spice offers just that.

Miami Spice is the coveted sampler platter of South Florida’s restaurant year. Every August and September, hundreds of top-ranked eateries slash their prices and foodies flock to their tables like it’s Black Friday. Prix-fixe menus crafted by world-recognized chefs— in other words, a tableau of signature dishes that will cure your Irma blues.

Being the new kid on the block is never easy, and for these Miami Spice newcomers Irma has definitely served as the proverbial bully, cutting their premiere short. Not to fret, Miami Spice has been extended till the end of October, plenty of time to welcome these newbies to your Miami Spice round-up.

Please note that some menu offerings may have changed subject to the storm.

Tacology

This place offers much more than just tacos. Chef Santiago Gomez offers a mercado or “station” dining style, which employs preciseness and expertise for every dish. To start choose the octopus ceviche, topped with pico de gallo or the mini guacamole for the less adventurous. For your entree, I highly recommend the lobster tacos, butter poached and topped with black beans and rich chipotle sauce. The special rib eye tacos are also notable. They are crested with spicy chorizo, crispy chicharron and salsa. The fattiness of the chorizo and crunch of the chicharron are a delightful union for the senses. Wrap-up your evening with the creamy, cinnamon-rich arroz con leche, this rice pudding is the perfect remedy to soothe all that self-inflicted pain from Tacology’s many hot sauces.

Photo Courtesy Of Elena Vivas

Photo Courtesy Of Elena Vivas

Photo Courtesy Of Elena Vivas

Photo Courtesy Of Elena Vivas

Phuc Yea

This place offers a unique marriage of Vietnamese and Cajun spices; gristle-rich flavors juxtaposed to Vietnamese crispness. Although Phuc Yea is a newcomer to Miami Spice, owners Cesar Zapata and Aniece Meinhold are veteran Spice purveyors with their former eatery The Federal. Phuc Yea’s premiere offering includes a thorough collection of appetizers like country-fried oysters, jelly fish crudo and crispy imperial roll. The menu continues to impress with Cola confit duck, lemongrass chicken, peppercorn churrasco and vegetable curry. The fun continues with your choice of fried rice, chilled spicy beef noodles or mangoes and cukes. Phuc Yea’s hearty selections will leave you, well… saying Phuc Yea!

Photo Courtesy Of Elena Vivas

Photo Courtesy Of Elena Vivas

Pinch Kitchen

El Portal’s hidden gem. The off-beat kitchen that houses a clean menu of locally sourced produce and sustainable proteins kicks off the season with an underground, off-spice menu. Pinch’s prix-fixe menu includes their “K-town Guac”, a creamy guacamole blended with kimchi and topped with bulgogi. Options for entrees include their signature Fideua, an aromatic pasta permeated with cockles and fish, a hearty and rustic dish perfect for sharing. Although the scallops are not included in their prix-fixe offering they are worth sharing; tender morsels blanketed with fragrant beef sauce beneath cauliflower puree. Chefs John Gallo and Rene Reyes’ food truly displays the farm-rich, free-spirit that Pinch embodies, and best of all, their natural wines won’t give you a hangover. Cheers to that!

PHOTO COURTESY OF ELENA VIVAS

PHOTO COURTESY OF ELENA VIVAS

PHOTO COURTESY OF ELENA VIVAS

PHOTO COURTESY OF ELENA VIVAS

Gili’s Beach Club

Lastly, this restaurant is for the hands-on diner who doesn’t mind doing some of the work. The restaurant offers a lava stone experience where entrees are delivered on hot stones allowing patrons to cook their dishes to their likeness. Offerings include skirt steak, organic chicken and jumbo shrimp, accompanied by paella style rice, steak fries or chorizo potato salad, along with an assortment of sauces. Conclude your unique evening with house-made key lime pie or a sinful snickers cake. This beachside eatery is the perfect escape post Irma.

Thank you to all the local restaurants offering post-Irma deals and refuge for Miamians. We will rebuild one bite at a time!

Stadiums Are Amping-Up their #FoodGame

Stadiums Are Amping-Up their #FoodGame

In some ways, once football season begins, the stadium becomes the second home of a dedicated football fan. Traditionally, it’s a place where family and friends gather together to cheer on their favorite team to victory, but some would argue that good food and beverage make up a big component of a positive game-day experience as it is watching the home team win.

As consumers become increasingly immersed into food culture they are demanding better quality food and diverse choices throughout the restaurant industry— football concession stands are no different and feel the same pressures from fans.

At the Hard Rock Stadium, choices beyond hot dogs, burgers, and fries are available in multiple floor levels with local restaurants and recognized chefs flocking over to Miami Gardens to showcase their selections.

However, because Miami is so diverse, it only makes sense that transplant concepts, like Fuku— a fast-casual concept featuring spicy fried chicken from New York’s popular Momofuku Group — would also be featured at the stadium.


Fuku at Hard Rock Stadium is celebrity chef David Chang’s first venture into South Florida, but it’s the third time he opens one of his fast casual concepts inside an establishment that features sporting events (Fuku can also be found inside Citi Field stadium and Madison Square Gardens arena in New York).

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Why South Florida Is Set to Be the Next Hot Food Scene

Why South Florida Is Set to Be the Next Hot Food Scene

By Mae Velasco, Associate Editor

South Florida is on fire, and not just because of its sunny temperatures. Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and West Palm Beach are heating up the restaurant industry and making moves as culinary cities. While Chicago, New York, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, and San Francisco are heralded for their distinct foodie personalities, diverse offerings, and as the homes of James Beard Award winners, South Florida has been going through major transformations.

From food trucks to haute cusine, from celebrity chefs migrating to the Magic City to potential food halls, this area has come far from its days being branded as the capital of Cuban restaurants and nightclubs. In fact, the Sun Sentinel reported that 800 new restaurants have cropped up across Miami-Dade to Palm Beach County since 2006. Only more are on the way.

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Haute Happy Hours Kicking Off in 2017

Haute Happy Hours Kicking Off in 2017

By Ryan Ross, Foodable Contributing Writer

For as long as it's been in existence, the concept of happy hour has focused on quick, cheap and no-frills food and drink options...but not anymore. These four Miami restaurants are leading the way in redefining the happy hour experience in 2017 and beyond.

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The Healthy Drive-Thru Revolution

The Healthy Drive-Thru Revolution

By Adria Valdes Greenhauff, Editor-at-Large

Americans are used to a fast-paced way of life. In a society that thrives on being “busy,” the average American is spread thin, often putting work and social commitments before other necessities. So it comes as no surprise that as a culture, we’ve become obsessed with fast food over the last several decades. Today, “more than 160,000 fast- food restaurants feed more than 50 million Americans each and every day, generating sales of more than $110 billion dollars annually,” OnGreenPlanet.org reports. Cheap and convenient, a traditional burger and fries has quickly become the go-to for the busy commuter trying to sneak in a quick bite in between meetings or before picking up the kids from school.

The only problem  fast food is extremely unhealthy and more people are starting to realize it.

Thanks to the Internet and popular documentaries like Fed Up and Fat Sick & Nearly Dead, we’ve become acutely aware of the correlation between diseases like cancer, diabetes and hypertension and the large amounts of processed (a.k.a. fast food) we consume. This has created the growing demand for more fresh food options that are also convenient, even if people have to pay a little more for it.

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