Plus, stone crab season, holiday treats and more.
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🍖 Kosher BBQ is coming to Aventura

Plus, stone crab season, holiday treats and more.

By Geoffrey and Dianne at Miami Food Pug

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

We’ve got a lot of recommendations to share this week, so let’s dispense with the hors d'oeuvres and dive right into the main dish:

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What’s the biggest 305 food news right now?

New openings have slowed down some since our last takeover, so things have been a bit quiet. With that said, there’s one big opening — and an equally notable reopening — you should keep on your radar.

First up: Izzy’s Brooklyn Smokehouse in Aventura. You’ve had BBQ before, but you’ve probably never tried kosher BBQ before — and that’s exactly what this new spot is serving up. The restaurant is expected to open any day now (if it hasn’t already by the time this reaches print), and guests can expect pulled beef, fried smoked chicken, dino beef short ribs, and Polish sausage among the many offerings available.

And in case you missed it last week, Little Havana’s Ball & Chain is set to reopen. The nightclub and restaurant shuttered last October amidst headline-grabbing local political drama, but the neighborhood spot says it has satisfied all city requirements to open its doors back up — what a rollercoaster of a year. 

Eat anywhere/thing good lately?

If you’re looking for a memorable night out, look no further than Doya in Wynwood. Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine abound at this gorgeous spot from a former owner of Mandolin Aegean Bistro. The menu is packed with shareable plates that cater to a variety of palates. Highlights include the grilled Turkish meatballs, the Adana kebab with chopped spiced lamb, and the zucchini and spinach pancake (trust us on this one).

Doya also boasts plenty of vegan- and vegetarian-friendly fare, including artichoke hearts, roasted cauliflower, red lentil meatballs and some awesome salads — the greens and fig with hazelnut-pomegranate dressing is worth a look. 

The holiday season is upon us. Where can I get some tasty treats?

It’s crazy to think that the holidays are around the corner. And you know what that means: parties and gatherings galore. Don’t show up empty handed — instead, take some treats from The Pastry Lady (@thepastrylady_mia). 

The home baker is currently offering a fall menu full of treats like pumpkin spice snickerdoodles, apple pie bars, apple cider cake donuts and — our favorite — brown butter Rice Krispies treats; that last one barely lasted an hour in our house. Selections rotate regularly, but make sure to get those Rice Krispies whenever they pop up; we can’t recommend them enough.  

It’s stone crab season. Where else can I go besides Joe’s?

When you think of stone crab season in Miami, one name comes to mind: Joe’s. The place is a South Beach institution and rightfully so. But what if the restaurant is swamped or you just want to mix things up? Head over to Coral Gables and check out Holy Crab based out of MKT Kitchen. The stone crab delivery service offers same day pickup and express delivery for South Florida customers, as well as overnight delivery for anyone out-of-state. The claws are freshly caught from the Keys every day; just pick your claw size, submit your order, and they’ll be ready in no time. 

What are you reading? 

We’re slowly but surely making our way through the Bar Exam 2022 from Miami New Times, a guide that highlights the top 100 watering holes in South Florida. That’s… a lot. 

Whether you’re been searching for a new dive or want to splurge on some fancy cocktails, you’ll find it on this guide. And if you’ll excuse us, we’re going to be very busy the next few weeks. 

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⛓ Delve into the darker side of dance music and get ready for Halloween with the latest edition of Salem featuring Jovi, Klauss, Souls Departed, and more on DJ duties (Downtown)


📸 Hear photographer Robert Andy Coombs discuss his craft and career trajectory during a virtual tour of the Frost Art Museum's exhibit "Robert Andy Coombs: Notions of Care" (Online)

🗣️ Connect with Miami Tech at Freehold (Wynwood)

🇨🇺 Take a close look at Cuba's architectural legacy around the world during this talk with Victor Deupi and Jean-François Lejeune, authors of the new book "Cuban Modernism: Mid-Century Architecture, 1940–1970" (Miami Beach)

🏆 Watch Oolite Arts' Virtual Awards Ceremony and meet the winners of this year's edition of The Ellies (Online)


🎭 Witness Vizcaya Museum and Gardens transform as IlluminArts presents a cinematic spin of Benjamin Britten's gothic chamber opera, "The Turn of the Screw" (Coconut Grove)

🐟 Savor the latest episodes of Sereia Films' web series "Eating Out: The Hunt for Sustainable Seafood" during a screening at The Anderson's new garden space, the Santuario (MiMo)


👻 Ring in scary season and summon the Halloween spirit during Haunted Circus Miami — runs Friday, Sept. 17 - Sunday, Oct. 31 (Westchester)

🐕  Hasta two weeks from now

We’ll catch you back here soon. In the meantime, DM us with your restaurant recommendations on Instagram — we’re always looking for new spots. 

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