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Plus, tasty boba tea, restaurant romance, and more.
The New Tropic

🍽 Miami has a full plate of restaurant grand openings… and grand closings

Plus, tasty boba tea, restaurant romance, and more.

By Geoffrey and Dianne at Miami Food Pug

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

A lot can happen in a few weeks. In fact, a lot has happened since our last takeover. The good news: Miami welcomed some new heavy hitters into the city’s food scene. The bad news: We’ve said goodbye to just as many. There’s plenty to cover, so let’s get right to it. 

🐶 What Miami Food Pug is talking about 

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What’s new in the Miami food scene?

Chef Adrianne Calvo (Cracked; Chef’s Adrianne’s) continues to expand her culinary footprint with the opening of Forte By Chef Adrianne in Coral Gables. This new Italian eatery by the celebrity chef has taken over the former Cibo Wine Bar space. Wine is still a big focus here, but it’s now paired with Chef Adrianne’s tasty pastas and Italian specialties. 

Over on Miami Beach, Chef Benjamin Murray opened a brick-and-mortar shop for his banh mi concept, Benh Mi. The idea started during the pandemic when Chef Murray was furloughed from Pao by Paul Qui at Faena Hotel; he soon started making the sandwiches out of his home. Now with a bigger space on Espanola Way, he’s created a bigger menu with items like extra crunchy spicy chicken tenders, green papaya salad, and vegetable spring rolls.

Sadly, this past weekend was the last weekend for The Local Craft Food + Drink, a Coral Gables mainstay known for elevated bar food and cocktails. Eating House, another Gables staple, also announced its closure. Fortunately, you still have until mid-July to relish its famous carbonara, dirt cup, and Cap’n Crunch pancakes. 

Eaten anywhere good lately?

Happy hour just launched over at Zitz Sum in Coral Gables, and we’ve already become regulars. Expect beer, wine, and sake a plenty along with a few snacky snacks. There’s charcoal grilled ribs, pork belly buns, and our favorite, chicken wings with Vietnamese glaze, crunch garlic, and herbs. When you do visit this Asian-inspired spot, make sure to order the crudo as well; the fish being offered changes regularly, but it's consistently delicious. Happy hour is Tuesday to Friday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Another happy hour worth checking out: Glass & Vine in Coconut Grove. From 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays, guests can enjoy half-off well spirits and wines by the glass along with $8 cocktails like the Cute Can’t Sit With Us. The real star is the discounted food, though. We can't stress this enough: Get the charred cauliflower. 

Anything you’re looking forward to? 

We’re huge fans of boba tea. And at the rate we’ve consumed it over the years, our bodies are likely 90% boba by now. That’s why we’re super stoked about the new Hollywood location of Tiger Sugar. Yes, it’s a sizable trek to make for us Miamians, but it’s well worth it for some stellar black sugar bubble drinks; we’re especially partial to the Black Sugar Boba and Pudding Milk with Cream Mousse.

Why the name? Tiger Sugar’s drinks are known for their unique “tiger stripes” from the syrups they pour. And despite how they might look on social media, the drinks aren’t overly sweet. You should still definitely hit the gym afterward, though.  

What are you reading?

The New York Times just shined a spotlight on one of our favorite chef couples: Jamila and Akino West of Rosie’s in Overtown. You can’t help but feel all warm and fuzzy after reading about their culinary and romantic journey. Check it out here (and make sure to visit Rosie’s). 

What are you working on? 

Aside from our bi-weekly takeovers for The New Tropic, we also write a ton for Dish Miami, a great resource for restaurant reviews. We recently visited The Wagyu Bar and it was unlike any steakhouse experience we’ve encountered. Read our feature to find out why. 

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Asian flavors meet the distinctive techniques of American barbecue paired with refreshing beer brewed onsite at EST. 33 Thai Craft Brewery & Kitchen. Located on the fourth floor of Brickell City Centre, EST. 33 celebrates time-honored Thai traditions and the tropical influences of Miami through its blend of Eastern and Western cultures along with its extensive beer selection.

You can try it for yourself by entering here for your chance to win a $150 gift card to spend at the Bangkok-inspired eatery along with a private brewery tour led by EST. 33's Master Brewer Todd Space. Best of luck!

Today

💡 Boost your brain during an innovative Virtual Summer Camp(Online )

Wednesday

🚌 Learn about how Miami-Dade County’s Climate Action Strategy addresses "Transportation & Land Use" and share your thoughts on a sustainable future for the 305 (Online)

🤓 Happy hour with the best in #miamitech over pizza and drinks at The Freehold(Wynwood )

Friday

🎷 Enjoy the sound of Miami-made "Jazztronica" courtesy of TWYN during the latest Virtual Jazz at MOCA (Online)

🌴 Explore the history of Coconut Grove, the land across from the light, on a virtual tour with HistoryMiami Museum’s Resident Historian Dr. Paul George(Online)

🎥 Catch a screening of "La Piscine" at Coral Gables Cinema between Friday, June 25 and Thursday, July 1 (Coral Gables)

🎶 Kick off the weekend at EST. 33 Thai Craft Brewery & Kitchen and groove to live music all weekend long, with DJ sets from DJ Ani Phearce, DJ Elle & DJ Smeejay.(Brickell)

Saturday

🎶 Sway to the sounds of three dynamic, powerful performers — singers, musicians, and songwriters Yusa, Inez Barlatier, and Keba— as they headline the Women of the Caribbean concert at the Koubek Mansion and Gardens (Little Havana)

Sunday

🎶 Kick off the weekend at EST. 33 Thai Craft Brewery & Kitchen and groove to live music all weekend long, with DJ sets from DJ Ani Phearce, DJ Elle & DJ Smeejay(Brickell)

Monday, June 28

😃 Hear how you can become an Arsht Center volunteer and learn what it's like to work with one of Miami's premier cultural institutions (Online)

🐕 Take it easy out there

See you again in two weeks. And if you visit any cool spots, be sure to let us know by dropping a line to bark@miamifoodpug.com

Take care,

Miami Food Pug

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