The latest in Miami food news.
“We want Talde to be a local staple you can’t live without,” says chef Dale Talde, who recently opened his Miami Beach restaurant after running Talde Brooklyn for the past three years and Talde Jersey City since February. Try the former Top Chef contestant’s kung pao chicken wings (named best in the country by Food & Wine) and unorthodox—but insanely fun—Asian-American grub (crispy oyster and bacon pad thai, anyone?) and you may indeed find you can’t live without Talde. Other delectables include late-night bowls of ramen and midnight specials, such as pretzel-pork-and-chive dumplings and Korean twice-fried chicken that’s been brined in kimchi yogurt. “We love Miami,” declares the chef. “It’s a melting pot of flavors and people, and the culinary scene is booming.” Thompson Miami Beach, 4041 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 786-605-4041
Handcrafted libations and global bites come together at Wynwood’s hippest restaurant and after-hours bar, Beaker & Gray. In the kitchen is former Sushi Samba executive chef Brian Nasajon, who is reinventing classic treats like churros, to which he adds shrimp, chorizo, and a ginger and charcoal aioli. Meanwhile, Ben Potts, the longtime barkeep at The Broken Shaker and Blackbird Ordinary, is doing some innovating of his own, offering three cocktail categories: shaken, stirred, and (for those who prefer their drinks weird) strange. 2637 N. Miami Ave., Miami, 305-699-2637
Apeiro Kitchen & Bar marks the miami return of award-winning restaurateur Burt rapoport. The menu embraces the countless favors of the mediterranean, serving up items like moroccan spiced chicken wings and smashed beets with candied walnuts and a truffe-beet vinaigrette. 3252 NE First Ave., Miami, 786-800-5389
There’s nothing trivial about Small Tea. certainly not the 84 loose-leaf tea options, the steampunk-style machines (which Small Tea proudly uses to maintain complete control over the brewing process), or the glass teapots blooming with tea leaves that have been sewn into rosettes. 205 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables, 786-401-7189
Juicing is the new eating, and Jucy Lu, the new kid on the Wynwood Block, is staying in front of the health trend with its all-organic, locally sourced, fruit- and vegetable-packed bevvies and inimitable smoothies (try the Funk Guanabana). also be on the lookout for the innovative sweet and savory bites that let you have your cake and eat it, too—only instead of cake, it’s banana zucchini “power bread,” avocado choco mousse with cashew milk and raw agave, or proteinpacked hemp ginger cookies. 2621 NW Second Ave., Miami, 786-536-2575
Photography by: photography by Felipe Cuevas (beaker & gray)