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First Taste : Monkitail

There’s an even better reason to make the trek up to The Diplomat Beach Resort, Monkitail.

Monkitail comes to us from celebrity and famed chef Michael Schulson. Monkitail is contemporary izakaya or Japanese gastropub. The menu has sharable small plates and sushi, specialty cocktails and sake.

There is defininetly something for everyone at Monkitail. If chef’s tasting menus are your thing, then there is a chef’s tasting option for $65 per person that allows you to pick one item from ten sections plus a dessert. Plus after dinner, grab some drinks at their awesome bar tucked away behind the main dining room called Nokku.

Monkitail was recently voted ‘Best Hotel Restaurant’ by USA Today.

See the full menu here.

I recently got a chance to check out Monkitail for dinner and was simply blown away.

Check out the photos below:


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First Taste : Plomo Tequila & Taco Bar

Miami’s obsession with tacos continues.

Plomo Tequila & Taco Bar has officially opened in Coral Gables on Miracle Mile. Plomo comes to us from the Atomic Group, which are behind Crema Gourmet Espresso Bar and Copper 29.

Think of Plomo Tequila & Taco Bar as a Mexican-style speakeasy.

At Plomo you could expect bomb tacos, tequila based cocktails and Mexican style brunch. Plomo’s bar has over 65 tequilas and mexcals. Plomo offers Taco Tuesday, where all tacos are $3, half off all bottles of wine on Wednesdays and margaritas for $4 on Ladies’ Night, Thursdays. A daily happy hour from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. offers drink specials and $3 tacos. 

See the full menu here.

We checked out Plomo Tequila & Taco Bar for brunch.

Check out the photos below:

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First Taste : Dizengoff Hummus

Chef Michael Solomonov have officially opened Dizengoff, right next to their popular Federal Donuts in Wynwood.

Dizengoff is known for their hummus.

The hummus at Dizengoff is made fresh daily and topped with rotating garnishes like corn masabacha with chickpeas and tehina; onion with turnips, turmeric and schug. The hummus comes with fresh baked pita, Israeli salad and pickles. The menu also includes some sides and a Lemonnana, which is a Israeli frozen mint lemonade. On Sundays and only on Sundays, Dizengoff serves their version of shakshuka, North-African baked eggs in a spicy tomato and pepper stew, served with pita.

Check out the full menu here.

We couldn’t wait to get our hands on Dizengoff and try their hummus. Let’s just say I don’t want to eat hummus again unless it’s from Dizengoff.

Check out the photos below:

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First Sip : Veza Sur Brewing Co.

A new brewery is coming to Wynwood.

Veza Sur Brewing Co. is set to open on August 19th. Veza Sur is a Miami-born craft brewery with Latin and American roots that honors authenticity, great tasting brews, and hella good vibes in one of Miami’s most creative neighborhoods, Wynwood.

Veza Sur comes to us from Anheuser-Busch InBev.bAnheuser-Busch InBev is adding to its craft-and-import-focused, “high-end” portfolio with the launch of Veza Sur Brewing Co.

The 10,000-square-foot space will include a 15-barrel DME brewhouse and a 5,000-square-foot taproom with a terrace.

When people visit the brewery for some awesome beer, they can also feast on Pubbelly’s latest creation,Baja Bao. Chef Jose Mendin says the concept centers on bao buns with Latin flavors from countries such as Argentina and Mexico. The idea is to place traditional and nontraditional taco fillings inside the fluffy buns.

On top of all that greatness, Veza Sur Brewing Co. is also going to offer Beer Cocktails created by none other than Bar Lab.

Veza Sur is located at 55 NW 25th St. in Wynwood.

We recently got a chance to try the beer first and one of their amazing beer cocktails. Check it out below:

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First Taste : Via Emilia 9

Tucked in a corner on 15th street in South Beach is this Italian restaurant called Via Emilia 9.

Via Emilia 9 is the first, authentic regional Italian restaurant in Miami. The food is traditional fare from the Italian regions of both Bologna and Modena. They import all products except for fruits, vegetables, flour and eggs.

The pasta at Via Emilia 9 is home-made daily. When you dine at Via Emilia 9, Chef Wendy Cacciatori makes you feel at home.

From the environment to the sounds of the Italian language, Via Emilia 9 is a place you want to be at to have some really great Italian cuisine.

See the full menu here.

Via Emilia 9 is located on 1120 15th Street in Miami Beach and is open daily from 11am until 11pm for both lunch and dinner and brunch on weekends.

We recently got a chance to check it out and here are some of the dishes we feasted on 🍽

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First Taste : Federal Donuts Miami

Miami is officially riding a donut explosion.

Federal Donuts has officially joined the growing list of donut shops in Miami. Federal Donuts is different though, they are also serving fried chicken. 🤗

Federal Donuts comes to us from chef Michael Solomonov and his business partner Steve Cook. The Miami location is the first one outside of Philly.

The menu here is simple: ‘Hot and Fresh and ‘Fancy.’ The fancy donuts rotate throughout the year, but when we went by it was guava poppy, strawberry shortcake, lemon meringue, black & white, chocolate éclair, and blueberry mascarpone. The hot and fresh donuts are made to order and tossed in flavored sugar including strawberry lavender, cinnamon brown sugar or cookies ‘n cream. Both donuts are made in house daily.

Now for the fried chicken! You can get some of Miami’s best fried chicken at Federal Donuts everyday, made to order starting at 11am daily. You can get a half or whole chicken served dry, wet or naked. Wet includes chili garlic, sweet soy garlic and honey ginger. Dry includes za’atar, buttermilk ranch and coconut curry. You can also get a fried chicken sandwich with buttermilk ranch seasoning, spicy sauce inside a Martin’s Potato Roll and served with a doughnut on the side.

Check out the menu here.

Federal Donuts is located at 250 NW 24th Street in Wynwood.

Federal Donuts is open Sunday to Wednesday from 7a to 8p and Thursday to Saturday until 10p.

We had a chance to swing by twice and here are some of the amazing donuts and chicken you could be feasting on:


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First Taste : River Yacht Club – The Table

River Yacht Club is one beautiful spot. I would consider it one of Miami’s best waterfront locations for dinner and drinks.

Everything about River Yacht Club speaks Miami. Nestled in downtown on the bank of Miami River, River Yacht Club is an outdoor/indoor restaurant with amazing water views accessible by land and by sea and docking facility. River Yacht Club features a unique chef residency which welcomes a rotating roster of renowned chefs, who recreate the menu seasonally. Currently in residency is Chef Jeff Pfeiffer.

Check out the full menu here.

On Thursday nights, River Yacht Club features ‘The Table.’ The Table is a set 3 course meal for you and 10 of your closest friends. It’s fun, it’s good and the views don’t get any better.

River Yacht Club is located at 401 SW 3rd Avenue in Miami.

We recently got a chance to check it out and here are some of the dishes we feasted on 🍽

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First Taste : Quinto La Huella

With the addition of the new Brickell City Center, comes this beautiful new hotel called East. With East, comes new restaurants and bars like Quinto La Huella.

Quinto La Huella is the first outpost of Uruguay’s beachfront restaurant, Parador La Huella. Quinto La Huella offers a unique fire cooking method with a wood fire parrilla centered at the heart of our kitchen and includes a wood fire oven, sushi counter, and outdoor dining experience.

Check out the full menu here.

Quinto La Huella is not only a beautiful restaurant, but it also an amazing restaurant. A must for all food lovers and a perfect spot for date night.

We recently got a chance to check it out and here are some of the dishes we feasted on 🍽

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First Taste : Kona Grill

Up until recently, there were not many places you could dine at in Dolphin Mall that would leave you feeling satisfied. Fear not, Kona Grill has come to the rescue!

Kona Grill is one of the fastest growing restaurants in the US. At Kona Grill, you could expect affordable freshly prepared food. The menu has something for everyone. If you have a picky eater in your life, take them to Kona Grill. On the menu at Kona Grill you could find salads, sandwiches, chicken, seafood, sushi, pasta and pizzas all made from scratch.

Kona Grill is located at the Dolphin Mall (in the new section) and is open for both lunch and dinner.

Check out the full menu here.

We recently got a chance to check it out and here are some of the dishes we feasted on 🍽


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First Taste : PM Fish and Steak House

From afar, PM Fish and Steak House looks like just another steak house, where you can get a quality piece of steak or fish and some great wine. But once you step inside, your inside one of the most beautiful steak houses in Miami.

PM Fish and Steak is located on the exterior of One Broadway in Brickell. PM Fish and Steak is huge. Inside PM sits 202 people and outside in the gorgeous outdoor patio, PM seats 90.

The restaurant group behind PM Fish and Steak has more than 25 years of experience under their belt and specialize in Argentine cuisine. At PM Fish and Steak, you can enjoy everything from select meats, fish and seafood including items like Ceviche, Provoleta Cheese, Chorizo, Soufflé Potatoes, Savory Empanadas, Shrimp Puerto, Rib Chop Madero and Crispy Tuna.

Lucky for us, we got a chance to try PM Fish and Steak and were incredibly satisfied. One of our favorite stand out dishes were their famous Soufflé Potatoes. These are little pillows of amazingness. Everything about this dish is edible, including the basket it comes in. The best part about these potatoes is the cream cheese dipping sauce it comes with. Basically this dish is to 🔪 for 😋.

Next time, you’re looking for that next special occasion restaurant, give PM Fish and Steak House a try.

Click here to check out the full menu.

PM Fish and Steak House is located at 1453 S Miami Ave in Brickell.

Check out everything we had including the amazing Soufflé Potatoes 🙌🏻