Miami Food, Dining & Restaurants

 Shanea Savours: MC Kitchen in the Design District

Quiet and more elegant, which is a rarity in this part of town, MC Kitchen stands out from many other restaurants in this area. It’s uber-talented Chef, Dena Marino, was an Iron Chef alumni. The food is what I would call modern Italian cuisine with inventive takes on Italian classics. Chef Dena uses only fresh, seasonal ingredients.

Pictured: The black mission fig and prosciutto pizza

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 Shanea Savours: Pao in the new Faena Hotel

Arriving at Pao, you walk up a circular staircase, are greeted by lovely and friendly hostesses, and they walk you inside a curtained area into the circular dining room, which is dominated by a 6.5 million dollar Damien Hirst Unicorn, raised in the center of the room. The menus focus is Contemporary Asian, and was designed by celebrity Chef Paul Qui. Qui, a James Beard award winner, dominated on Top Chef. He is of Filipino heritage and the menu had Chinese, French, Spanish, Japanese and Filipino elements to it.

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 Joy Wallace Spreads The Love

Joy Wallace believes that food isn't just for eating, it's for loving. One of South Florida's most sought after caterers with her A Joy Wallace Miami Catering and Design says every day is filled with love.

Our pre-Valentine's Day conversation centered on love in its many forms: love for what you do, love for the people who surround you, romantic love and love for yourself...

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 Foodie Find: Ms. Cheezious

There was a time when tracking down the beloved Ms. Cheezious food truck was akin to a culinary version of Where’s Waldo. But for the droves of hardcore fans out there, some stability has been added to aid their addiction. In addition to the two trucks that still make stops all around the city (including the weekend stops right outside of Gramps Bar in Wynwood), the grilled cheese favorite finally opened their first brick and mortar restaurant in February.

Located in Miami’s MiMo district, Ms. Cheezious offers the same delicious fare that they’ve built their stellar reputation on, except now the menu is twice as long. Some of the new mouth-watering editions include the Mackin Melt -- which consists of creamy gouda mac n’ cheese with house cured bacon on bread -- and for those that prefer sweet to savory, the S’mores Melt: roasted marshmallows, salted chocolate hazelnut spread and graham cracker crumble on sourdough bread,

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 The Bar at St. Regis

The St. Regis Bar at Bal Harbour is a burgeoning Miami hot spot. With live music nightly and an exquisite variety of culinary options - including a gourmet sushi menu – The St. Regis Bar is perfect for date night, business meetings, or to simply relax after a busy day of shopping at Bal Harbour Shops. Additionally, the semi-private wine vault is ideal for corporate functions, baby showers, birthday parties and more; and because it’s adjacent to the bar, events in the wine vault receive at no added cost all of the amenities that The St. Regis Bar offers, including live music, Champaign sabering, and the splendid and serene outdoor area.

Local social figure and former editor of Ocean Drive magazine, Suzy Buckly Woodward, spent some time at The St. Regis Bar, and we documented her experience.

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