Ocean Drive - - Contents March 2017 - BY CARLA TOR­RES

March mad­ness in Mi­ami brings new hot spots for brunch, drinks, poke, and Mex­i­can that you need to try right now.

FOR FRENCH FARE: BAKE­HOUSE BRASSERIE Menin Hospi­tal­ity is at it yet again. But don’t ex­pect tacos, New York deli-style sand­wiches, or the loaded fries the brand has be­come syn­ony­mous with. This time, chef Bernie Matz is de­light­ing with Parisian bistro-type fare with a twist, like pastelitos with ba­con, guava, and chèvre or duck con­fit. And those are just a few of the freshly baked goods; there’s also brunch ev­ery day, in­clud­ing crois­sant French toast, craw­fish beignets, wild boar chipo­tle Bene­dicts, and lemon honey Greek yo­gurt with roasted pears. Plus: live jazz and bot­tom­less mi­mosas on week­ends. 808 First St., Mi­ami Beach, 305-434-8249; bake­house south­beach.com

FOR MEX­I­CAN NIGHT: TOCAYA ORGANICA You know Chris Pa­ciello from ei­ther work­ing out at his fit­ness-meets-night­club haven, Anatomy at 1220, or par­ty­ing till sun­rise at his ac­tual club, Rock­well. Now the nightlife vet­eran is bring­ing tacos from Venice and West Hol­ly­wood to Lin­coln Road. This in­sanely pop­u­lar and health-con­scious mod­ern Mex­i­can shack is dish­ing out ve­gan chili, chipo­tle­dusted tofu, turkey pi­cante, and a slew of bur­ri­tos, bowls, que­sos, and of course tacos. 920 Lin­coln Road, Mi­ami Beach, 305-909-0799; to­cayaor­gan­ica.com

FOR WHISKEY AND TEQUILA: SOUTH POINTE TAV­ERN South of Fifth may boast one of the city’s most iconic dive bars (Ted’s Hide­away), one of the coun­try’s most suc­cess­ful mega­clubs (Story), and the cock­tail lounge-meets­bot­tle ser­vice dis­cotheque Craft So­cial Club. But for the largest se­lec­tion of


tequila and whiskey, along with a cachaça, kale, cu­cum­ber, and matcha cock­tail fit­ting for the neigh­bor­hood, there’s only one new lo­cal wa­ter­ing hole on the scene: South Pointe Tav­ern. 40 South Pointe Dr., Mi­ami Beach, 305-763-8368; south­pointe­tav­ern.com

FOR THE PER­FECT POKE: ONO POKE SHOP Love it or hate it, the poke craze is in the 305 to stay. Not all poke shops are cre­ated equal, how­ever, and the aptly named Ono Poke Shop leads the pack. With the Hawai­ian dish fused with Ja­panese in­gre­di­ents, fresh fish de­liv­ered daily, and Makoto alum Amir An­vari do­ing the slic­ing and dic­ing, it’s no won­der Ono’s bowls draw a line out the door dur­ing lunchtime. Pro tip: Walk over to The Salty Donut for dessert. 2320 N. Mi­ami Ave., Mi­ami, 786-6185366; onopokeshop.com

FOR START­ING THE DAY RIGHT: OTL The last thing you ex­pected to hap­pen in Mi­ami? The czar of the clubs LIV and Story, Dave Grut­man, serv­ing break­fast and cof­fee (and cur­ing the same hang­over he caused). But at his lat­est ven­ture, in part­ner­ship with Craig Robins and the crew be­hind NYC’S The Smile, he’s do­ing just that with manchego and pear sand­wiches on Zak the Baker sour­dough bread, as well as kiwi, co­conut, and chia oats that were soak­ing overnight while you were par­ty­ing. 160 NE 40th St., Mi­ami, 786-953-7620; mi­ami de­signdis­trict.com

An assortment of mouth­wa­ter­ing Parisian bistro-style pas­tries from Bake­house Brasserie, one of the new­est eater­ies on the Magic City’s flour­ish­ing din­ing scene.

Tacos at Tocaya Organica.

A Bloody Mary at South Pointe Tav­ern.

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