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Miami Food & Drink News: September 2015


Taste Spotlight - September 2015

By Carla Torres | August 27, 2015 | Food & Drink

Famed New York bread maker Sullivan Street Bakery has big plans to heat things up in little Haiti.

Baker's Double

Jim Lahey, the owner.

“Miami is the coolest place after New York City,” says Jim Lahey, who for 20 years has been baking the best no-knead bread in the Big Apple at Sullivan Street Bakery. Come early 2016, the 2015 James Beard Award winner for Outstanding Baker will set up shop in Little Haiti. “Since 1992, I’ve toyed with the idea of [opening] a bakery in Miami. [Sullivan Street Bakery New York’s] persona was certainly influenced and formed by this weird admiration for Deco from my time spent down here.” To bring it full circle, Lahey is partnering with Perricone’s Marketplace & Café founder Steven Perricone, who has run Brickell’s longest-standing restaurant for the past two decades. As for the baked goods, expect pizza, pastries, cookies, and, of course, beautiful loaves of bread. Say, Lahey, “We might even develop our own version of Cuban bread.” 5550-5570 NE Fourth Ave., Miami

Omakase Dreams


Kazuo Yoshida, who opened up the original SushiSamba 18 years ago, has planted roots in Wynwood with Miami’s first and only omakase food truck. Stationed between Wood Tavern and gastroPod, the truck delivers pristinely formed cylinders of rice topped with fresh and rotating catch. “Miami doesn’t really have traditional omakase,” says partner Jake Smith. “We want to educate locals on what real sushi is.” 160 NW 26th St., Miami, 305-915-9819

All About Ella


Until recently, Michael Schwartz had never dished out breakfast. But he is now at Ella, the light-filled café inspired by his 19-year-old daughter and restaurateurin- training, perched in the Miami Design District’s Palm Court. At Ella (the eatery), try made-from-scratch everything bagels with beetcured salmon or decadent avocado toast. “Ella is beautiful just like the real Ella,” says Schwartz, “and the best part is we were able to work on it together before she left for college.” 140 NE 39th St., Unit 136, Miami Design District, 786-534-8177

As American As...


If the name Philippe Ruiz sounds familiar, it may be because you recognize the top toque from the Biltmore’s Palme d’Or. Now Ruiz has taken his Michelin-starred background and French technique to Fresh American Bistro, where he’s redefining American and Italian classics. That means ahi tuna cannelloni with spiced tomato and basil coulis or red wine–braised short rib with pumpkin potato gnocchi. 17315 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach, 786- 923-9305

Place of Comfort


If there’s one thing that Miami’s art district is lacking, it’s a diner. That will change as Wynwood Diner opens in the Wynwood Block. “We’re calling it a fine diner,” says general manager Jeroen Böck, “or diner 2.0,” meaning it’s American but with a refined twist and a commitment to sourcing responsibly. Think smoked salmon or maple soy porkbelly biscuits and open-faced goat cheese croque madames, but also house-ground burgers and spiked floats—old-school diner fare turned new-school. 2601 NW Second Ave., Miami