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What’s the biggest 305 food news right now?
All eyes are on the opening of Orno, the latest concept from Food & Wine’s Best New Chef Niven Patel. Patel — who’s also known for Ghee and Mamey — is returning to his fine dining roots with this New American spot inside Thesis Hotel Miami. Diners can expect a lot of wood-fired cuisine with ingredients harvested from Patel’s own farm. Get your reservations ready: The restaurant is slated to open this Thursday, Oct. 14.
If you’re looking for more casual fare, head over to the new Mimi’s Cafe in Edgewater. The all-day spot just opened up in the former Latin Cafe 2000 space on Biscayne Boulevard. No matter what time of day you visit, you’re in for a treat. Start your morning with a drippy egg sandwich or enjoy steak and eggs or crispy skin branzino later in the day.
Eat anywhere or anything good lately?
Few things have wowed us recently as much as the veggies at Hachidori Ramen, the bok choy particularly. It’s crispy, crunchy, and every leaf is well seasoned; we’ve fought over the last bite every time we order it. The other vegetables are great too, but the bok choy is really something spectacular.
On that healthy-ish note, we’ve also been floored by the poke boxes at Downtown Miami’s Poke OG. Yes, you read that correctly: poke boxes. Think of them as bento box-esque lunches with two pokes, rice, salad and sauces for around $20; there’s also a vegan-friendly option with a tasty watermelon and pineapple mix. When you’re looking for something fast and affordable, keep these in mind.
What are you reading?
Comedian Eric Wareheim of Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! fame isn’t a Miami guy, but he’s a very down-to-earth dude with a cooking and food philosophy we dig. His quote about dining out really resonated with us:
“I just start with the basics – a carne asada taco, cochinita pibil taco, and then you start moving out, because I feel like you could tell the craft of a place by the simplest thing. Just like when you go into a restaurant and you try the bread, you get the Parker house rolls and you’re like ‘Oh my god.’ And you go to a restaurant with s--t bread, you know they don’t care. There’s no love in that food.”
Check out his full thoughts on Lifehacker. Also, don’t miss this hilarious reminder that sheet cakes used to be perfectly acceptable as birthday cakes.
It’s late and I’m hungry. Where should I end my night?
Our No. 1 spot is La Sandwicherie, which has multiple locations around town; nothing hits the spot quite like one of their sandwiches served on a croissant. Tacos are another late-night favorite, so thankfully COYO Taco has plenty of locations around town, not to mention an impressive menu of adult beverages.
Chug’s Diner in Coconut Grove recently expanded its hours and is now open until 2 a.m. Whether you’re looking for a hearty burger or breakfast sandwich after a night of drinking or just want to sneak one last old fashioned in there, this neighborhood diner has got your back.
Any events we should look forward to?
Beer lovers, listen up: Unbranded Brewing Company in Hialeah is hosting its first-ever beer fair this December. Dubbed Maverick Town, the event will host over 35(!) breweries from Florida and beyond for your drinking pleasure. Expect 10+ food vendors as well, along with carnival games, live music and some other surprises that are in the works. You can find more information here; we’ll see you there!