Food & Drink

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

Matt Meltzer Published On 06/04/2014 Published On 06/04/2014

Miami June might be the most predictable month of the year in Miami: daily thundershowers at 4pm, the Heat playing San Antonio in the NBA Finals again. Fortunately though, there is some variety, thanks to a slew of sweet restaurants that're serving brand-new Summer menu items, including seven you should try right this minute.

Bacon Taco
BC CaféDavie
BC Café’s taco titan Brett Chiavari clearly hates your arteries or owns stock in Lipitor, because those are the only reasons he’d create a SHELL MADE OUT OF BACON, then fill it with seared scallops, white bean purée, arugula, tomato & gremolata. Besides the fact it's delicious, obviously. Continue Reading

Cheesy Spaetzle
EDGE Steakhouse and BarBrickell
By now, you've already run through our picks for Miami’s best mac and cheese, right? Of course you have, which is probably why Aaron Brooks has created this one -- made w/ house-made bacon, sweet corn & breadcrumbs -- which totally would’ve made the list if it'd been around the first time.


Spicy Crunch Burger
Rok:BrgrSouth Miami
In May, it seemed like even sushi joints were coming out with special burgers for National Burger Month, and lucky for you, one of the best new creations -- topped w/ Fritos, chipotle ketchup & chipotle gouda -- is still around.

Jamaican Bacon
The ForgeMiami Beach
Aside from giving it a really cool name that may or may not sound like a cholesterol-laden strain of marijuana, Forge’s new Chef Christopher Lee has taken thick-cut bacon and crusted it with Jamaican jerk spices, then topped it with fresh mango salsa.

El’EatNorth Miami
While eating Swedish meatballs is usually associated with furnishing your first apartment and spending the rest of the day assembling plasterboard, you can now associate the Danish variety w/ caramelized onions, mushroom gravy & Gruyere, as well as the massive selection of Funky Buddha and other local craft beers this North Miami newcomer has to pair with it.

Huevos Ahoghada con Shortribs
Rocco’s TacosFt. Lauderdale
Since sitting on the side of Las Olas and pounding pitchers of margaritas is really just as fun on Sunday as it is on Taco Tuesday, Rocco’s has started a new brunch, highlighted by these: poached eggs on shortribs and poblano hash, salsa verde, corn, spinach & manchego.

Spaghetti "O" With a Kick
AQ by AcqualinaSunny Isles
Because even a five-star, five-diamond resort knows that SpaghettiOs are possibly the most delicious food in history, AQ’s new Chef Dewey Losasso gives them a five-star spin, replacing processed tomato sauce and mystery meat with a rich, local crema sauce, and charred Serrano chile & truffle oil on the side.

We're sure brunch is on tap this weekend, too. Here're the 10 best brunch foods you'll wanna go try.

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1. B.C. Cafe 4801 S University Dr, Davie, FL 33328 (Fort Lauderdale)

Serving up tacos and more out of their mobile operation and brick-and-mortar, B.C. has been offering the people of Davie supreme eats since before... forget it.

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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)

An authentic, made on-site Mexican experience is what you're going to get from this eatery: 225 varieties of tequila are poured with a house sour mix, and genuine Mexican eats are served up, like the chimichanga nationale -- a house-made tortilla stuffed with spicy chicken, red onion, chihuahua cheese, spicy white rice, black beans and salsas.

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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.