Plus, spots for Sunday splurges, tasty bubble tea, and more.
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⭐️ Miami restaurants are about to get even more star-studded

Plus, spots for Sunday splurges, tasty bubble tea, and more.

By Geoffrey and Dianne at Miami Food Pug

Happy Monday, everyone – Miami Food Pug here, back for our latest New Tropic takeover.

Something huge is set to shake up the 305’s food scene next year. Let’s get right to it:

🐶 What Miami Food Pug is talking about

Orilla’s Sunday Parrillada is a feast in the truest sense of the word. | Want to see your own picture in this space? Tag either #thenewtropic or @thenewtropic to be featured in our Instagram of the Day. (📸: @miamifoodpug

What’s the biggest 305 food news right now?

It’s finally happening: Miami restaurants can now earn Michelin Stars. In order to earn the coveted mark of culinary excellence, restaurants are rated on a number of factors including ingredient quality, value, and consistency. Tampa and Orlando restaurants will also be included in the upcoming Michelin Guide, which is set to publish sometime next year. So if you start noticing your favorite restaurants stepping up their game, now you know why. 

Where should I spend my Sundays?

If you’re trying to end your weekend on a flavorful note, round up some friends and head over to Miami Beach’s Orilla. The Argentine eatery recently debuted a Sunday Parrillada that’s one heck of a deal. It comes with steaks, lamb chops, chorizos, and grilled chicken all cooked to perfection in a Josper oven. As if that wasn’t enough, you’ll also get two sides pulled from the regular menu. The damage is $120, which is an overall steal considering the amount of food. Drinks aren’t included, but you shouldn’t pass up signature cocktails like the Mad Manhattan and Wild Margarita. Get a few of those in your system and the next thing you know, you’ll come to a few hours later with a belly full of unforgettable food.

What’s the one sweet treat I need to eat right now?

The cookies at Toothfairy Bakery — no ifs, ands or buts. The new Miami Beach bakery serves up some of the best confections in town; they're unbelievably soft, chewy, and loaded with toppings. Their Halloween spooky cookies stuck around our house for a whopping 30 seconds because we devoured them whole — we couldn’t help ourselves. Take a bite and see what the fuss is about for yourself — even the more straightforward chocolate chip cookies are sure to impress. 

What’s the best thing you’ve eaten lately?

The double chocolate croissant from L'Artisane Bakery & Bistro in Coral Gables, easily. It’s truly confounding how delicious this croissant is, especially considering it’s 100 percent vegan. As we bit into each layer, we couldn’t stop asking ourselves how such transcendence could be squeezed into a pastry. Run, don’t walk, to order this perfectly flakey and cream-filled delight next time you spot it on the menu. And if it’s not, order something else — you can’t go wrong at this totally vegan bakery.

Any new Miami-Dade spots we should know about?

Miracle Mile has a new bubble tea shop: Say Tea & Smile. The cozy store has the usual milk teas plus iced tea lattes, boba smoothies, fruit teas, and slushies. Expect to find traditional flavors like mango, watermelon, and coconut along with less common fare like butterfly pea and ube. One thing to note is that it’s a bit pricier than other shops; once you add the tapioca pearls, tax, and tip into the mix, you could spend close to $10 a tea. We swear it’s worth every penny, though.

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🎸 Start the week off right with live music by Bigg D and the Band at Kuba Cabana (Doral)

🍻 Meet the authors behind “The Dogfish Head Book: 26 Years of Off-Centered Adventures” at — where else? — Dogfish Head Miami (Wynwood)


🗣 Join The New Tropic for a virtual conversation on all of the ways Wynwood BID is investing in Miami's most colorful neighborhood (Online)

🖐 Check out job opportunities as a security guard during a local job fair (Opa-locka)

🌱 Explore landscape ecology and our relationship to place by joining artist and FIU Assistant Professor of Art Fereshteh Toosi for "Forest Immersion and Plant Sounds," a contemplative deep dive into nature (Miami)


💻 Connect with Miami Tech at Freehold (Wynwood)

🍽 Enjoy a special one-night-only dinner at Orno with seven chefs from Food & Wine Best New Chef's Class of 2020(Coral Gables)

🐕 Take care now, bye bye then!

See you back here in a few weeks — if you eat anywhere cool in the meantime, be sure to let us know on Instagram. Until next time, eat well and prosper.


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