Delray Beach’s The Office delivers classic grub and cold brews
Self-described as a modern watering hole, The Office in Delray Beach attracts patrons hungry for a fresh take on lunch breaks and dinner plans. Appetizers, otherwise known as “office supplies,” include mango BBQ chicken sliders and fancy fried green tomatoes. Burgers, called “cubicles,” come in all types from the Prime CEO burger to the housemade veggie burger. Natural salads, delicious main plates and unforgettable desserts will cap or complete your meal. 201 E Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, 888.507.7463
BELLA LUNA Italian. For some of the most wonderful Italian food, dine at Bella Luna, where you’ll feel as though you’ve been transported to Tuscany. Enjoy delicious pizza, pasta, veal chops, seafood and lobster in a familyfriendly atmosphere. Try their popular Bistecca Griglia— grilled sirloin topped with Portobello mushrooms, artichoke, endive, garlic and oil; or perhaps their pollo Parmigiana, with mozzarella cheese and tomato sauce. Cocktails served. Outdoor seating is also available. Open daily for lunch and dinner, 11:30 am-11 pm. 19575 Biscayne Blvd., No. 1097, Aventura, 305.792.9330. BOURBON STEAK American. A contemporary American steakhouse, Bourbon Steak gives diners the chance to sample celebrity chef Michael Mina’s culinary style in a chic, 250-seat space designed by longtime collaborator, Tony Chi. Highlights include premier cuts of prime beef finished over a wood-burning grill, lobster pot pie, truffle mac & cheese, and beignets. Extensive wine list. Open nightly for dinner. “Raise Your Spirits” Social Hour M-F, 5 to 8 pm. www.bourbonsteakmiami.com. The Turnberry Isle Resort, 19999 W. Country Club Dr., Aventura, 786.279.6600. CHEESECAKE FACTORY American. Delicious dining for the whole family. Many locations to serve you. www.
thecheesecakefactory.com. 19501 Biscayne Blvd., 305.792.9696; 3015 Grand Ave., 305.447.9898; 7497 Dadeland Mall, 305.665.5400; 2612 Sawgrass Mills Cir., 954.835.0966.
CARPACCIO— Italian. Located on the first floor of the Bal Harbour Shops. The people-watching capital of Bal Harbour offers creative, fresh Italian fare featuring homemade pastas and delicious salads. House specialties include linguini with lobster in a spicy tomato sauce and snapper piccata. Dine al fresco for the complete experience. www.carpacciobalharbour.com. Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour, 305.867.7777. LA GOULUE— French. Located on the first floor of the Bal Harbour Shops and inspired by the classic style of a 1900’s Parisian bistro, La Goulue offers classic cuisine in a casual atmosphere, featuring traditional French fare such as Steak Tartare “La Goulue,” classic Croque Monsieur and Smoked Chicken Tartine. www.lagouluebalharbour.com. Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Ave., 305.865.2181. SANTA FE NEWS & ESPRESSO— American. Located on the second floor of Bal Harbour Shops, Santa Fe is a good spot to enjoy a rich espresso with your favorite international newspaper. On the terrace, enjoy a unique international menu featuring tapas and small plates including seared scallops, crab cakes, shrimp ceviche and Hearts of Palm Salad. www.santafebalharbour.com. 9700 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour, 305.861.0938.
FRANCESCO RESTAURANT— Seafood. Francesco primarily focuses on seafood and classic Peruvian cuisine. Their fresh ceviche features fresh fish with a citrus tang and the crunch of ripe vegetables. Their sliced tiraditos, as well as the Amazone Paiche fish from Peru, are worth trying. There also are locations in Buenos Aires, Lima and Mexico City. www.francescorestaurantmiami.com. 325 Alcazar Ave., Coral Gables, 305.446.1600.; 1111 Crandon Blvd., Key Biscayne, 305.361.8883. PASCAL’S ON PONCE— French. Pascal’s on Ponce is an intimate and upscale, yet unpretentious, French restaurant in
the heart of Coral Gables. Chef/Owner Pascal Oudin creates contemporary French cuisine using classic techniques learned from years under Europe’s master chefs. The full-service bar delivers high-quality spirits, unique cocktails, aperitifs and an impressive wine list. www.pascalmiami.com. 2611 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Coral Gables, 305.444.2024.
BILLY’S STONE CRABS Seafood. A world-famous restaurant with a view, this South Florida institution is now in its fourth decade. Specialties include stone-crab claws, Key West wild pink shrimp, jumbo Alaskan King crab legs, fresh Florida fish and lobster, USDA Prime steaks and free-range chicken. Enjoy the view of the Intracoastal Waterway from the second-floor dining room or at the waterside dock tables. L and D; seafood market and nationwide shipping available. It’s located one mile north of the Westin Diplomat Resort on A1A. www.crabs.com. 400 N. Ocean Dr., Hollywood, 954.923.2300.
DUNE OCEANFRONT BURGER LOUNGE French. Miami’s only oceanfront St. Tropez-style restaurant and lounge, located in the Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, features gourmet burgers, champagne, rosé wine and international beers. Special lounge parties Su with DJ spinning European lounge music. www.ritzcarlton.com. The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, 455 Grand Bay Dr., Key Biscayne, 305.365.4500.
CVI.CHE 105 Peruvian. Hidden gem in the heart of downtown Miami, showcasing the most exquisite ceviches, tiraditos, traditional Peruvian cuisine and the only Pisco 100 bar in town. Chef/owner Juan Chipoco will delight you with his creations, delivering a unique dining experience. L, D daily. www.ceviche105.com. 105 NE 3rd Ave., Miami, 305.577.3454. DB BISTRO MODERNE French. Chef Daniel Boulud’s restaurant, located in the new JW Marriott Marquis in downtown Miami, shares the energy and style of its famed Manhattan counterpart. The menu is a mix of traditional French bistro cooking with seasonally inspired, contemporary American flavors. Dinner offerings include Ricotta Cavatelli, Butter-Poached Halibut and Crispy Duck Confit. Also: Lunch L’Express, or quick sandwiches served at the bar with homemade soup du jour. The stylish bar and lounge, as well as the terrace, overlook the Miami River. www.danielnyc.com. 255 Biscayne Blvd. Way, Miami, 305.421.8800. LOU’S BEER GARDEN American. A tropical beer garden and gastropub, Lou’s offers a selection of brews perfect to be enjoyed in an outdoor dining area. Stop by for comfort bites such as pizza and burgers and enjoy the game pool-side on the big projection screen. lousbeergarden.com. 7337 Harding Ave., Miami Beach, 305.704.7879. POLLOS Y JARRAS Peruvian. Located in the heart of Downtown Miami, Pollos Y Jarras offers you a twist on familiar Peruvian flavor. With an extensive selection of BBQ, tapas, and an array of signature cocktails, you’ll be sure to enjoy a culinary experience like never before. pollosyjarras.com. 115 NE 3rd Ave., Miami, 786.567.4940. ROSA MEXICANO Mexican. This upscale Mexican restaurant, located in the heart of Mary Brickell Village and on Lincoln Road, has more to offer than just your average Mexican cuisine. Unique to Rosa is their popular Guacamole en Molcajete, prepared table-side. The Bebidas menu consists of more than 60 hand-selected, madeto-order, 100% agave tequilas. www.rosamexicano.info. Mary Brickell Village, 900 S. Miami Ave, Miami, 786.425.1001.; 1111 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, 33139, 305.695.1005.
BURGER & BEER JOINT American. This joint features an energetic, fun, atmosphere with a full bar including over 75 beers. Known for its rock ‘n’ roll vibe, the spot is a locals and tourist favorite boasting a happy hour, ladies night its famous “Beer Flight Fridays.” Menu offerings include signature burgers such as the Mustang Sally and Hey Jude. Try the 10-pound Mother Burger, a fried twinkie with ice cream for dessert, or stop by for light fare such as seafoods, salads and chicekn dishes. 1766 Bay Road, South Beach, 305.672.3287; 900 South Miami Ave., Suite 130, Miami, 305.523.2244. FOGO DE CHAO Latin American. Fogo de Chão® was founded in 1979 in Porto Alegre, Brazil and expanded into the U.S. in 1997. There are currently 21 locations throughout the U.S. and eight locations in Brazil. Further expansion is planned for 2013 including New York City and Sao Paulo, Brazil; San Jose to follow in 2014. Fogo’s 16 signature cuts of grilled meats are sliced from roasting skewers and carved tableside by Brazilian-trained gaucho chefs. Specially cut to each guest’s preference, diners may choose from grilled beef, lamb, pork, chicken, and sausage. Along with a 30+ item gourmet salad bar and southern Brazilian side dishes are served family style.www.fogo.com. 836 1st St., Miami Beach, 305.672.0011. MANGO’S TROPICAL CAFE American. This Ocean Dr. cafe is popular with the tourists and features dancers shaking it up to Latin music, tropical cocktails and an extensive menu. www.mangostropicalcafe.com. 900 Ocean Dr., Miami beach, 305.673.4422. MAXINE’S BISTRO AND BAR American. Located in the chic Catalina Hotel & Beach Club, Maxine’s features homey American cooking that’s available 24 hours. Staples include a delicious French Toast and breakfast served all day. At night, Maxine’s transforms itself into the perfect bar to peoplewatch on Collins Ave. while dining and enjoying a cocktail. Happy hour from 7 to 8 pm daily, featuring food and drink specials. www.catalinahotel. com. 1756 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305.674.3527. MIAMI BREW BUS Various. This tour is the best way to check out Miami’s craft beer scene in one day with a tour of three breweries, transportation and beer samples. www.miamibrewbus.com, 786.558.3860
ANDIAMO BRICK OVEN PIZZA Pizza. Andiamo is the brainchild of restaurant guru Mark Soyka. Set in a retro 1960s car wash, it features a causal ambiance in a funky setting. Ingredients on their select brick oven pizzas range from simple mozzarella cheese, basil, and tomato sauce, to fancier ones like portobello mushrooms, goat cheese, and truffle oil. www.andiamopizzamiami.com. 5600 Biscayne Blvd., 305.762.5751.
MICHAEL’S GENUINE FOOD & DRINK— AMERICAN. One of south Florida’s favorite chefs, Michael Schwartz, showcases his trademark New American cuisine at this restaurant featuring local organic products. Michael’s is known for its small plates at affordable prices as well as inventive hand-crafted cocktails. The restaurant also features an impressive wine and beer list. www. michaelsgenuine.com. 130 NE 40th St., 305.573.5550. SOYKA—AMERICAN. Soyka is a popular American bistro, perfect for a business meal or a date. If classic-meets-upscale is for you, then Soyka is a must visit for when in Miami’s Design District, featuring a variety of comfort bites and delicious dishes. Menu offers options range from wood-fired pizzas and burgers, to grilled pork chops and coriander-crusted mahi. Brunch served on Sat. and Sun, featuring mimosas and bloody mary drinks. www.soykarestaurant.com. 5556 NE 4 Ct., 305.759.3117.
CINE BISTRO @ DOLPHIN MALL— Latin American. This classy movie theater features a dining experience mixed in, where you can explore different tastes. Enjoy watching a movie in your own specially reserved leather seat which is a high-back rocking chair, and catch all the latest movie releases in style. Bites are gourmet and beer, cocktails and wine are also available. www.cobbcinebistro.com. Dolphin Mall, 11401 NW 12 St., Doral, 305.455.7373. MOJITOS— Cuban. Specializing in drinks of the restaurant’s namesake, Mojitos serves a great deal of one of Ernest Hemingway’s favorites. Dine on authentic Cuban eats, such as palomilla steak. Finish off the meal with delectable Arroz con Leche (rice pudding) or Flan de Queso (cheese custard). www. mojitos.com. Dolphin Mall, 11401 NW 12 St., Doral, 305.406.1002.
AREA CODE 55— Latin American. At Area Code 55 servers dressed as gauchos, a traditional Brazilian cowboy, will come to your table and offer up to 16 different cuts of meats all roasted over natural charcoal. The all-youcan eat restaurant will surely leave you full and satisfied. Make sure to enjoy a glass of wine with your meal, or a cocktail. www.areacode55.com. 16375 Biscayne Blvd., N. Miami Beach, 305.947.6202. HOUSTONS— American. Houston’s offers beef, pork, chicken and seafood, with a variety of unusual salads. Stop by for a glass of wine from their varied wine list, or enjoy a craft beer at its lively bar, which offers an afternoon escape in an upscale setting. www. houstons.com. 17355 Biscayne Blvd., N. Miami Beach, 305.947.2000. SUSHI HOUSE— Japanese. Sushi House specializes in modern sushi, combining flavors and textures from standard to downright adventurous. Stop by for their happy hour specials during weekdays, featuring some of their select sushi rolls, cocktails and handpicked wines and beers at a special price. The spot also offers an Asian fusion menu, sure to please unique food lovers looking for a pleasant meal in a classy spot. 15911 Biscayne Blvd.., N. Miami Beach, 305.947.6002.
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