Wynwood Kitchen & Bar
2550 N.W. 2nd Ave.
Miami, FL 33127
Miami’s entertainment renaissance is in the Wynwood neighborhood. The Wynwood Kitchen & Bar is in the center of artist and entertainment studios and seems to have sprung from an artist’s canvas because of its beauty and setting. The chefs also add their artistry with delicious salads (Wynwood salad), appetizers (fish skewers, baby octopus), entrees and cocktails (The Wynwood Inferno). The result is that anyone who dines here will walk away with an appreciation for the restaurant the masterminds behind it.
Tap 42 Bar & Kitchen
1411 S. Andrews Ave.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316
The Best Bar in Broward County as voted by readers of the Broward New Times – the food, ambiance and flowing craft beers would satisfy anyone and convince them to stay “a little while longer” in situations when going home early to get up for work would be the best play. Pulled pork or beef sliders, goat cheese-stuffed peppadews, coconut lime lychee ceviche and shrimp mac and cheese are comforting, decadent dishes that Tap 42 offers. Along with a vast selection of craft beers, there are cocktails such as Lavender Lemonade, Te-Kill-Ya, Strawberry Cane Mojito and the Ghost Bramble to wash down the enormous amount of food ordered (and eaten) during a sitting.
Barrezito South Beach
2000 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Barrezito means “Full Bar” as said by Any Webber, partner of Barrezito South Beach. The first of 55 establishments by Grupo Impluza in the United States, Barrezito captures the essence of South Beach. A great two-minute teaser of a night at Barrezito can be seen on its website and a viewer will feel the electricity of the establishment from the video and immediately begin to call friends to plan for the night. The restaurant mixes Japanese cuisine with Hispanic influences. As a result, the menu has sashimi, ceviche, tacos and tostadas. Barrezito opens in the mid afternoon during the week and doesn’t close until almost the crack of dawn (5 a.m.). Sunday is like a day of rest before the festivities continue on Monday with the hours of 12 p.m. to 2 a.m.
1201 N. Federal Highway
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33304
A beautiful location on Federal Highway, Chef Angelo has been given four stars by food critic M.L. Warren of the Sun Sentinel, the Best of Award of Excellence for 13 years running from Wine Spectator and the Golden Spoon Award from Florida Trend magazine. The menu doesn’t leave any doubt of the expertise with options like linguini with white water clams and white wine sauce, veal scaloppine, beef carpaccio and an extensive wine menu (champagne, prosecco, red and white wines and wines by the glass).
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