Food & Drink

Miami's 7 new Summer menu items to try right now

Published On 06/04/2014 Published On 06/04/2014
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1. B.C. Cafe 4801 S University Dr, Davie, FL 33328 (Fort Lauderdale)

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.

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2. Edge, Steak & Bar 1435 Brickell Ave, Miami, FL 33131 (Brickell)

There are several things that separate this sophisticate venue from the high-brow steakhouses of Miami: for one, executive chef Aaron Brooks was named the Miami "Lambassador" by the Australian lamb council, and his lamb chops, served with chickpeas, fire-roasted peppers, red chimichurri, and coriander cream, are an award-winning signature. The rest of the meat-centric menu features Creekstone Farms steaks that are cooked over a mesquite-chipped grill, giving them a smoky, outdoorsy flavor that'll make you forget you’re sitting in the Four Seasons. And though the prices won't make a meal at Edge a casual spend, specialty seafood that's flown in every day makes the trip worth it.

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3. ROK:BRGR 5800 SW 73rd St, Miami, FL 33143 (South Miami)

ROK specializes in gourmet burgers like the King James (Kurobuta pork belly, red onion marmalade, brie, truffle aioli), craft brews and cocktails. Also, flatscreens to distract you from your imminent heart-attack.

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4. The Forge Restaurant & Wine Bar 432 W 41st St, Miami Beach, FL 33140 (Miami Beach)

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.

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5. El'eat Restaurant and Lounge 3207 NE 163rd St, North Miami, FL 33160 (North Miami)

With a massive selection of Funky Buddha and other local craft beers, El'Eat in North Miami serves up killer Danish eats like meatballs w/ caramelized onions, mushroom gravy & Gruyere

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6. Rocco's Tacos and Tequila Bar 1313 E Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 (Fort Lauderdale)

With 425 varieties of tequila, a house sour mix, and plenty of authentic Mexican eats, Rocco's is pretty hard to beat. The restaurant's famous guacamole is prepared table-side, the corn tortillas are all hand made on a Comal (a standard Mexican tortilla griddle), and the margaritas taste every bit as fresh as they are. In addition to serving tacos, quesadillas and enchiladas, the kitchen serves up a number of creative meat and fish-centric entrees, while guests seat themselves on the paper-lamp-adorned, red-brick patio. The restaurant offers a limited selection of nachos and tacos as late as 3am, and the cocktail menu features 13 different renditions of the margarita (try the strawberry basil), along with a full menu of non-tequila craft cocktails, and, of course, pitchers of sangria.

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7. AQ by Acqualina 17875 Collins Ave, Sunny Isles Beach, FL 33160

This five star, fike diamond resort's resto AQ boasts creative creations by Chef Dewey Losasso, who takes your favorite childhood classics like SpaghettiOs, and replaces the processed tomato sauce and mystery meat with a rich, local crema sauce, a charred Serrano chile & truffle oil on the side.

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