Plus, where to eat in Coconut Grove and how to eat more sweets.
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🍻 Tobacco Road is back (sort of)

Plus, where to eat in Coconut Grove and how to eat more sweets.

Happy Monday, folks — Miami Food Pug here, back for our latest New Tropic takeover.

It’s been a crazy two weeks, and a lot has happened since our last newsletter. We lost a Miami institution, regained another, and discovered that Miami’s recent influx of out-of-state restaurants shows no signs of stopping. Have some news for us? Send us an email at or DM us on Instagram.

We have a lot of ground to cover, so let’s get to it.

🐶 What Miami Food Pug is talking about

Navé in Coconut Grove just relaunched their brunch service. Pro tip: Get the donuts. | Want to see your own picture in this space? Tag #thenewtropic to be featured in our Instagram of the Day. (📸: @miamifoodpug)

What’s the biggest headline in food right now?

Wynwood’s Wood Tavern is calling it quits with one last Backyard Boogie on Sunday, March 14. The beloved bar opened up at a time when all the neighborhood basically had was Panther Coffee and Joey’s; Wynwood was definitely not the tourist destination it is today. We’re going to miss you, Wood Tavern – thanks for the memories. 

In more upbeat news, one of Miami’s oldest bars is making a comeback. Tobacco Road closed its doors for good back in 2014,  but now the historic Brickell bar is back — kinda. Tobacco Road by Kush is a tribute bar and popup from Matt Kuscher (Kush, LoKal) and Patrick Gleber, one of the establishment’s original owners. Former regulars don’t need to travel far for a taste of nostalgia; this new project is housed in the old River Oyster Bar space, mere steps away from the Road’s original location. 

2021 is still young, but 2022 is already looking good too: By summer 2022, New York’s Pastis will be making its way down south to Wynwood. The iconic Parisian-style bistro from restaurateurs Stephen Starr and Keith McNally should satisfy diners with classics like croque madame, steak frites, and beef bourguignon. The duo is also scouting sites for a future Buddakan outpost. 

What are some of the best bites you’ve eaten lately?

Navé in Coconut Grove recently relaunched their brunch service, and it’s a doozy. The eatery, which is known for its flavorful pasta and seafood, is serving up hearty options like crab toast benedict, breakfast pizza, and salted espresso French toast. Raw bar selections like scallop crudo and shrimp cocktail are also on the menu. One of our favorite items is the donuts with honey along with lemon glaze and bee pollen. 

Based on the crowds we saw on a recent Monday night, Uchi — which originally hails from Austin, Texas — is taking Wynwood by storm. The neighborhood newcomer is famous for its sushi selections, and the multi-course omakase tasting is a must (if you have the budget). The menu is obviously subject to change, but visitors can indulge in an array of sashimi and specials like a mouthwatering king crab/sea urchin/corn combination as well as a delectable bigeye tuna and goat cheese pairing. Come with an open mind. 

What neighborhood are you exploring?

We’ve been spending a lot more time in Coconut Grove lately because of all the new restaurants. The Cocowalk plaza is finally open after years of construction, and it’s now home to great spots like Planta Queen (plant-based Asian cuisine) and Mister-01 (pizza, pizza, and more pizza). Old haunts have also reopened like Peacock Garden, a hidden gem that’s home to one of the best al fresco dining experiences in town. And we can’t forget El Taquito, our favorite hole-in-the-wall home for tacos. 

The future also looks bright for the area as a whole. Cuban diner Chug’s is scheduled to reopen in a bigger space later this year, and Scoop Records — an ice cream shop and record store experience — is coming soon as well. 

What are you listening to?

When we created Miami Food Pug roughly eight years ago, there weren’t many other Miami cuisine bloggers in the scene. Burger Beast and Fatgirl Hedonist are the two that stand out from that time. 

The former recently appeared on Pan Con Podcast — a local podcast hosted by Ariete chef Michael Beltran — and talked about how food coverage has changed in the era of influencers. Naturally, there’s also plenty of discussion about burgers, fritas, and croquetas. 

How are you supporting local?

We’ve been on a sweets kick lately and are always looking forward to ordering from local bakers. When it comes to chocolate, brownies, and other desserts, these are the three places that usually come to mind:

Casa Gioia: Tarts, brownies, alfajores, guava empanaditas … Casa Gioia has a little bit of everything. The cake collection is what impresses us the most, though: Dominican cakes can be tough to find, but you’ll find several here including coconut cake and dulce de leche. 

Dolce Cartel: You’ve heard of tiramisu, but have you had fanguimisu? The “hybrid tiramisu” is the specialty of Dolce Cartel, whose creation is available in flavors like Nutella, mango, and passion fruit. The OG is our go-to: dulce de leche, Cuban coffee, and amaretto-dipped chocolate cookies topped with dark chocolate flakes and sea salt. 

Exquisito Chocolates: Miami’s first chocolate factory has no shortage of offerings, including bars, truffles, hot chocolate, chocolate-covered Oreos, and a cool twist on Twix. The Little Havana shop offers delivery, or you can pick up in person. 

Promotion from Knight Foundation

🎉 Knight New Work 2020 winner: Sharing Grandmothers

Inez Barlatier, Charlos Miguel Caballero, and Lornoar prove that three heads are better than one. This dynamic trio are collaborating on their upcoming theatrical music concert, “Sharing Grandmothers.” 

Directed by Carlos Caballero of FundArt, Sharing Grandmothers will feature Black women artists from Cameroon and the Haitian Diaspora in Miami, which incorporates original music and dance by Inez Barlatier and Afo-Pop artist, Lornoar.

Watch their live Q&A with The New Tropic

🎉 A giveaway for you

The New Tropic's new giveaway with Wild Fork may be among the tastiest offerings we've ever served up. 😉 (📸: @wildforkfoods)

This week’s giveaway is for our foodies: Wild Fork is a South Florida-based grocery concept that is changing the way folks shop for fresh meat and seafood. With brick and mortar stores from Pinecrest to Boynton Beach and 1–2-day delivery on online orders, Wild Fork offers a convenient and affordable way to purchase everything from traditional meat and seafood to hard to find exotic proteins like elk, venison, and alligator, all of which have been carefully sourced. With more than 700 products, Wild Fork is a go-to for everything from easy, ready-to-eat meals on weeknights to bundled feasts for special occasions. 

Enter now for your chance to win a $100 gift card redeemable at one of their eight South Florida locations. Good luck! 


🗣 Take part in a virtual night of conversation and Spanish song with The Betsy Hotel's Zen and the Art of Zarzuela event (Online)

✊ Watch "In Black and White: What Afro-Cubans Want You To Know" with director Ibis Valdés on International Women's Day (Online)


📚 Join HistoryMiami Museum’s resident historian Dr. Paul George for a five-week course examining South Florida's historical trends and themes (Online)

🌴 Take a psychedelic sonic voyage with Tropico Virgo's monthly residency at Melinda's (Downtown)


📝 Reboot your resume with the help of MDC Works (Online)

😌 Set yourself up for success with an interactive workshop detailing everything you need for a healthy, productive workday (Online)

➡️ Hear about Miami's history of redlining and segregation as well as how it affects climate gentrification in Little River today (Online)


😂 Bust a gut laughing with comedian Carl Rimi outdoors at Pinecrest Gardens (Pinecrest)

🗣️ Learn the story of Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune in the first installment of the "Florida Talks: Black Florida & Voices of Change" webinar series (Online)

♻️ Sip on wine and learn fun, useful sewing skills with local fiber artist Pangea Kali Virga at the Sagamore Hotel (South Beach)


💐 Enjoy a colorful display complete with live plant demos, music, and more during the Orchids in Bloom multi-day festival (Coral Gables)


🎶 Score some treasures at The Black Market, an outdoor flea market featuring vintage vendors, drag shows and a live show by Afrobeta (Wynwood)

🎸 Support the next generation of artists and join The Rhythm Foundation for the fifth annual Miami Beach Youth Music Festival (North Beach)

🔍 Learn all about how fossils are formed by making your own and checking out samples from HistoryMiami's collection (Online)

🐕 See you soon

Thanks for reading and stay safe out there. 

— Miami Food Pug

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