Miami Admit it: you saw they took the garbage bags off all the "Port Tunnel" signs and got all excited to spend the weekend seeing what $800 million pays for these days... only to find out it isn't going to open for another three weeks?! Well, unlike those teases from the Port of Miami, we’ve got something you can definitely do this weekend: try these six sweet, new desserts that're available RIGHT NOW, and cost significantly less than $800 mil.
La Bomba at ToroToro
Don't have a Dexter flashback when your waiter brings a giant sheet of plastic to your table: that's just to minimize the mess he's about to make when he drops a globe-sized chocolate ball filled with dulce de leche mousse, strawberry ice cream, almond cookie crumbles, berries, and edible orchids, and it explodes into a berry, vanilla, and dulce-covered mess of deliciousness for you to scoop up.
Chocolate Mousse Cake Taco at B.C. Cafe
If you see this homemade, chocolate tortilla filled with layered chocolate cake and chocolate mousse on the menu at Davie’s top taco joint, make sure you take full advantage and order it, because much like the one person at Comcast who can help you with your bill, it’s not available every day.
Textures of Chocolate at Shikany
Michael Shikany’s new Wynwood restaurant/cooking lab is rolling out this dish in a glass, filled with caribe chocolate cream, cocoa CIB powder, pretzel mousse, cocoa tuile, and caramel chocolate rock... a marked improvement over the kind of “rock” you used to get in Wynwood, but just as addictive.
Tarta de Queso de Cabra at Taperia Raca
Ryan Harrison’s taking pieces of goat cheesecake, wrapping them in donut batter, deep-frying 'em, and then tossing them in blueberry butter, which transforms them into giant blue balls (but the good kind!), and finishes 'em off with strawberry jam and a combination of goat/cream cheese.
Chocolate Fondue at The Forge
Because nothing at The Forge is ever understated, brand-new pastry chef Alycia Delaney is rolling a giant vat of homemade milk chocolate to your table and flanking it with caramel-crunch marshmallows, Rice Krispies treats, jelly donut holes, strawberries, and eclairs for you to dip in it, while sitting under a 10ft chandelier in a chair four times your size, obviously.
Mini-Indulgences at Seasons 52
While the dessert-in-a-shot-glass trend has been kicking around longer than Adam Vinatieri, the people who originated the under-150-calorie dessert have dropped a whole new set of them, including carrot cake, Rocky Road, chocolate-peanut butter mousse, mocha macchiato, pecan pie, and S’mores.
Or you can drink your dessert at one of these 57 boozy brunches...
This Pan-Latin restaurant sits in the lobby of a hotel, but its swank dark wood embellishments and leather booths make it feel like it's its own Miami establishment. The menu includes unexpected items like lamb skewers with yogurt sauce, though classic meat dishes like lamb chops and rib-eye steak are also popular.
This brick-and-mortar annex of food truck monolith BC Taco touts its signature caveman-themed taco menu, shelling out favorites like the Hunter, the T-Rex, the Missing Link, and the Cave-Dweller, which -- though unconfirmed by archaeologists -- are speculated to be visible in prehistoric cave paintings around the world. The BC Café also serves breakfast items like pancakes, waffles, and breakfast sweet potatoes to fuel fellow hunter-gatherers for the long, arduous day ahead. And after a night out around the bonfire, BC Taco is the cave-orhood saving grace for its Hangover Burger, with beef, barbecue pork, mustard, coleslaw, and a sunny-side-up egg.
This restaurant/cooking school refuses to be put in a box. "Global cuisine" means duck fat poached black cod served up beside beef tartare and even scallops and sweetbreads. A featured eight- to 18-course tasting menu ensures you'll take in as much as possible from this experimental kitchen.
Giorgio Rapicavoli's tapas spot in MiMo serves up wine-and-soda cocktails and sumptuous Spanish small plates like Patatas Bravas (fried baked potatoes, garlic aioli & smoked tomato), and a poached octopus dish w/ lemon and olive oil called Pulpo a la Vinagreta.
If you think New American food tastes best when consumed in a space with all the opulence of Jay Gatsby’s mansion-meets a medieval library-meets a Tim Burton-themed wedding a la Martha Stewart, well -- you should probably try to grab a highly coveted reservation at the Forge. Regulars rave over gussied up comfort food like the black truffle macaroni and cheese pot pie, decadently tempting enough that you’ll likely ignore the server’s advice to “let it cool.” Fortunately, the cavernous wine cellar – one of the largest in Miami – features enough chilled wines to offer a cooling respite.
We know you probably don't care that whatever you order from this seasonally rotating menu of fresh eats is under 475 calories, but that is indeed a thing. You know what's also a thing? Flatbreads, desserts in shot glasses, and choosing from a list of over 100 wines while all out on the patio; definitely a thing.