Don't have your barbecue up and running yet for summer? These eateries have you covered with World Cup celebrations, a foodie tribute to the Miami Heat, waterfront dining, and ice-cold cocktail specials.
SUSHISAMBA Miami Beach and Coral Gables are marking the World Cup with their own Brazilian twist during a month-long event called SUSHISAMBA Mundial 2014. For the opening game on Thursday, June 12, the restaurants will host a festive celebration with in-house samba dancers and food and drink specials. The party continues during all World Cup matches through Sunday, July 13. Soccer fans can dine on special menu items and sip cocktails inspired by the competing teams, like the Bourbon Kick with coffee-infused Bourbon, Bénédictine, and dry cacao for team USA. 600 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, 305-673-5337; 180 Aragon Ave., The Westin Colonnade Hotel, Coral Gables, 305-448-4990
Mary Brickell's Toscana Divino is cheering on the Miami Heat during the finals with a Heat-inspired $25 dinner menu available during each of the championship games. Diners can catch the matches indoors or on the patio while enjoying a ricotta Cavatelli pasta with spicy Calabrian sausage, a red and white panna cotta, and a glass of Chianti. This week, the Heat plays Tuesday, June 10; Thursday, June 12; and Sunday, June 15. 900 S. Miami Ave., Miami, 305-371-2767
This summer, Icon Brickell is opening a waterfront Mexican restaurant and bar, Cantina La Veinte, with its own mercado, vast tequila and mescal selections, and cuisine crafted by Executive Chef Santiago Gomez from Mexico City. The menu will include Mexican appetizers like Tostadas de Atun with yellowfin tuna, wonton chips, grilled corn guacamole, peppers, and chipotle aioli, and main dishes such as the Huachinango Frito, a deep-fried whole boneless red snapper with chile de arbol salsa and garlic flakes. 495 Brickell Ave., Miami, 786-357-0038
The Federal, Food, Drink & Provisions' owners, husband and wife team Chef Cesar Zapata and Aniece Meinhold, are hosting weekly Solo Cup Sundays this summer at 6 p.m. The backyard, barbecue-style soiree will feature a self-serve bar ($20 per person) with three hand-crafted batch cocktails that rotate weekly. Guests can nosh on bites like barbecue deviled eggs, southwest mac and cheese, and summertime watermelon with bourbon, chipotle, lemon, and mint, as well as items from the grill such as St. Louis-style pork ribs and Hawaiian duck leg in a Coca-Cola hoisin glaze. 5132 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305-758-9559