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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.