May 24, 2017
The Forge Restaurant Winebar: "The Forge opened in a former blacksmith's shop. Its specialty was steak from inception. Alvin Malnik purchased the restaurant in 1968, remodeled it and reopened it in 1969. His son Shareef took over in 1991 and closed the restaurant again for the infamous remodel and menu over haul of 2009. [He then reopened] with chef Dewey LoSasso, who spent an estimated twelve weeks researching the original menu." 432 41st St., Miami Beach, 305-538-8533
Joe's Stone Crab: "One of the Miami Beach's earliest food pioneers was Joseph "Joe" Weiss. In 1913, he began a lunch stand at Smith's bathing casino. In 1918, the family purchased a bungalow in the same neighborhood and began serving food on the front porch—they called it Joe's Restaurant. They didn't serve the famous stone crabs until 1921, but began by serving snapper, pompano, crawfish mackerel, and some meat dishes." 11 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 305-673-0365
Royal Castle: "Wayne Arnold owns the Seventh Avenue location while James Brimberry owns the Seventy-Ninth Street location. The latter is the more famous because Brimberry held a stake in the restaurant. They were open during the Civil Rights Movement but did not allow black customers to sit at the counter, instead forcing them to order items through a side window. After the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Brimberry was hired as the first black manager for the brand. " 12490 N.W. 7th Ave. & 2700 N.W. 79th St., Miami
S&S Diner: "[S&S Diner] was opened by Greek immigrants in the 1930s, [making it] one of the longest standing restaurants in Miami. In 1989, it was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places: They are believed by many as the best place to get pancakes in Miami." 1757 N.E. 2nd Ave., Miami, 305-373-4291
Jumbo's: "[Jumbo's] opened in 1955; it was one of the most important restaurants of the 1960s as it was a hotbed for the Civil Rights Movement. In 1966, it was the first restaurant in the city to integrate." 7501 NW 7th Ave., Miami, 305-751-1127
Fresh off debuting her new tome, The Sizzling History of Miami Cuisine: Cortaditos, Stone Crabs & Empanadas, first-time author and Miami foodie Mandy Baca shares five landmark restaurants featured in the book, as well as a few facts you may not know.
May 4, 2017