Beginning August 22 through fall 2011, Monday-Friday from 2pm to 5pm, OYE Cuban Grill offers 25% off any menu item — on the go or tableside service — and free WiFi to students with a valid school ID.  OYE’s extensive Cuban menu includes afternoon snacks i.e. Croqueta Preparada, The OYE Wrap with churrasco and sweet plantains or a baked empanada with picadillo or chicken.

OYE Cuban Grill,11327 South Dixie Highway,Miami, 786.249.4001,

sostaSosta — “quick stop” in Italian— , the casual indoor/outdoor Lincoln Road eatery owned by twin chefs Nicola and Fabrizio Carro (of Quattro Gastronomia Italiana on Lincoln Road) known for its thin crusted pizzas and fresh salads, has recently expanded its menu to include a variety of dinner salads, crudo and Italian at affordable prices ($4 – $19).

New antipasti selections include cozze alla marinara – Prince Edward Island mussels in a house-made sauce and served with crostini; gamberí e guacamole con carta de musica – shrimp and guacamole with a toasted flatbread and le polpete dí manzo – the house meatballs in a tomato sauce which won praise from Rocco DiSpirito and helped Chef Fabrizio win the competition.  The new Sosta pasta salad features fregola pasta, Italian tuna, corn, black olives, green peas, capers, bell peppers, Swiss cheese and basil with extra virgin olive oil.

The crudo section lists tartare dí tonno pomodoro e capperí dí salína – tuna tartare with fresh tomato, capers and chives; salmon marínato al límone e prezzemolo – salmon tiradito with parsley and lemon dressing and carpaccío dí manzo con rucola e parmígíano vacche rosse – beef tenderloin carpaccio with arugula and selected parmesan cheese.  New entrees are modern takes on traditional Italian dishes such as the filetto dí merluzzo alla lívornese con pomodoríní e olive – Atlantic cod fish, prepared Livornese style with cherry tomatoes and black olives and salsíccía e fríaríellí – grilled traditional Italian sausage with broccolini rabe.

Sosta also offers a carefully selected list of over 75 wines from around the world, including a small selection of dessert wines, beers and non-alcoholic beverages.


Sosta, 1025 Lincoln Road, South Beach  is open for lunch and dinner daily from noon – midnight 305-722-5454.



The Miami Beach Stage Door at the Byron Carlyle Theater is offering special discount deals  at participating North Beach restaurants with the Miami Beach DiSh (North Beach Dinner & Show) pilot program to promote the new Miami Beach Stage Door Theater at the Byron Carlyle Theater.

Participating restaurants will offer show ticket holders a 15 percent discount on their order before or after a show through October 31, 2011. A valid ticket must be shown at time of purchase. Miami Beach residents also receive a 10 percent discount on show tickets at the Byron Carlyle.

What’s showing?  “SUDS,” a bubbly ‘60s musical about romance in a wash-o-rama, runs through September 4. The Byron Carlyle Theater is located at 500 71 Street, Miami Beach.

For information on participating restaurants and theater shows:

 Meat Market, executive chef Sean Brasel’s modern steakhouse, has appointed Sarah Almand as the new sommelier to manage the  newly expanded world class wine list. She was previously at Michael Mina’s Bourbon Steak in Aventura, Florida. As part of her new wine program, Almand has launched a series of wine dinners such as the recent Ferarri Carano dinner that are accessible and affordable and meant to introduce diners to new wineries and cuisines. Meat Market is located at 915 Lincoln Road on South Beach  on the corner of Jefferson  (305) 532-0088.

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The new in-house sommelier Morton’s The Steakhouse in North Miami Beach is Dexter Ennis. Mr. Ennis has worked for Morton’s for over 13 years, and in his new role, he will be responsible for maintaining/developing of the wine list, training the restaurant staff on different wines, and suggesting the perfect bottle of wine to go with dinner.  Morton's The Steakhouse, 17399 Biscayne Blvd, North Miami Beach, FL 33160

Chef Todd Miller has been appointed Chef de Cuisine of Gotham Steak at Fontainebleau Miami Beach. He was previously Executive Chef at STK in New York and Miami Beach.  The Utah native  began his career in 1997, as Chef de Cuisine of the Buccaneer Bay Club, at the Treasure Island Hotel and Resort, in Las Vegas, and worked at major resort properties throughout the world including the Bellagio, Las Vegas and  the Four Seasons Las Vegas, Maldives, and Singapore.  As Executive Chef at Salt Lake City’s Fresco and Café Trio, Fresco was rated Utah’s number one restaurant by Zagat’s and Café Trio received City Weekly magazine’s “Best New Restaurant” award.  Todd Mark Miller has been featured in numerous national publications and appeared on The Today Show, The Early Show, Bravo’s Real Housewives of New York and The Food Network’s Chopped, among others.

Gotham Steak, inside the Fontainebleau Miami Beach, 4441 Collins Avenue on Miami Beach, is open for dinner  6 p.m. to midnight, Sunday through Thursday; until 1 a.m. in The Lounge Friday and Saturday.    (305) 674-4780.

Legal’s summer menu offers skinny drinks —  Skinny Piña Colada, Cucumber Cooler , The John Daly and Watermelon Rain Organic Vodka crush — as well as  four options containing less than 500 calories:Almond Crusted Baked Scallops with  Roasted sweet potatoes and braised greens ( 498 Calories - $ 16.95); Herb Rubbed Grilled Tuna with White bean and fennel ragout, chimichurri (473 Calories - $ 17.95); Grilled Atlantic Salmon with Tabouli-style quinoa and herbs   (454 Calories - $15.95); and “Fish in Foil” with Monterey jack cheese, sweet corn eggplant caponata (436 Calories - $13.95).

Legal Sea Foods is located at 6000 Glades Road at Town Center in Boca Raton. Call 561-447-2112

While others are enjoying the off season, Michaels restaurant in Key West did a breakfast dinner. “Four courses of breakfast items.  The guests arrived at 6:30pm to a reception of Bloody Mary and Screwdriver Martinis,” writes Chef Michael Wilson.  “We started them with a smoked salmon plate with grilled vegetable ratatouille, pickled egg, goat cheese and crispy bagel chips, next was a deep fried poached egg served in a crispy prosciutto cup on a bed of creamed spinach the 3rd course was pulled braised short ribs served on a bed of cheesy grits and dessert was dark chocolate-stuffed French toast. The dinner was very well received.”

Michaels restaurant in Key West opened in January of 1997.    The menu features USDA prime beef (flown in from Allen Brothers in Chicago), local seafood, and some innovated pasta dishes. Their 2011 Zagat scores were 28 food 27 service and 23 on decor.

Michael’s is open for dinner nightly from 5:30 -11:00. 532 Margaret St. Key West,( the heart of old town) 305-295-1300

The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau’s (GMCVB) Miami Spice, celebrates its 10th anniversary August 1 – September 30, 2011 with over 125 participating restaurants (a Miami Spice record), providing three-course lunch ($22) and dinner ($35) menus, excluding gratuities.

For the full list of participating restaurants, menus, and scheduled events, visit the Miami Spice Restaurant Month’s dedicated website: and for other “groovy deals” such as special offers for spas, attractions and hotels go to

 The kick off event will take place on Thursday, July 28, from 7-9 p. m., at the Miami Beach Convention Center at 1901 Convention Center Drive, with live entertainment, tastings, live cooking demos by chefs Michael Schwartz and Tom Azar (City Hall the Restaurant), a VIP area featuring live performances from the world-famous Cirque Eloize and luxurious gift bags, demos, specialty cocktails and book signings by some of the area’s top chefs.

Tickets are $50 per person in advance and $100 per person on the day of the event; VIP tickets are $125 and include a special reception beginning at 6 p.m., complimentary sponsor specialty drinks and complimentary self-parking adjacent to the event hall. To purchase tickets, call 888-302-5441 or visit

Schakolad Chocolate Factory a boutique chocolateria in Davie is opening its doors for children ages 6 to 15 to learn how to make, dip and decorate chocolate!

Their professional chocolatiers will take the children on a 45 minutes to an hour magical journey of how chocolate transforms from the Cacao Bean to the Chocolate Bar as they prepare the group to become mini-chocolatiers.

This includes:

-         A brief history of the art of chocolate-making
-         Tasting of white, milk, and dark chocolate
-         Each child will create their own treats, including:
o       A chocolate pizza made with a chocolate crust covered with an assortment of toppings of the children’s choice and melted “cheese” (white chocolate!)

o       three different treats dipped in milk or dark chocolate
o       Crafting their own goodie bag to bring home their creations

The rate is $9.50 per child. Send an email to or call 954-472-6155 to pre-register.

Thursday, July 14 @ 4 PM;Wednesday, July 20 @ 4 PM;Thursday, July 28 @ 11 AM;Tuesday, August 2 @ 4 PM;Wednesday, August 10 @ 5 PM;Tuesday, August 16 @ 4 PM;Thursday, August 18 @ 11 AM

7740 Nova Dr. – Davie, FL 33324 – For Information: (,

Chef/owner Mike Ponluang offers a $35 three-course, prix fixe summer menu at Coco Asian Bistro & Bar in Ft. Lauderdale,  through September 30, 2011.

Dishes include Thai-style, stir-fried New Zealand Green Mussels; a Deluxe Orange Dragon Roll (with shrimp tempura, asparagus, avocado, scallions, and masago, topped with salmon, wahoo, spicy mayo, eel sauce, and spicy Sriracha sauce); grilled USDA Black Angus rib eye steak; seafood salad (with shrimp, squid, and scallops); shrimp ceviche; and organic chicken teriyaki tortillas; from this terrific menu, at prices that are gentle on the wallet.

Coco Asian Bistro & Bar is open for lunch and dinner daily.  1841 Cordova Road --  in the Harbor Shops off of 17th Street, Ft. Lauderdale 954 525 3541



The Cheesecake Factory is celebrating National Cheesecake Day on Saturday, July 30, with the introduction of the new Hershey’s Chocolate Bar Cheesecake and special offer for dine-in guests.

Dine-in guests on July 30 can enjoy “Any Slice at Half Price,” and choose from more than 30 flavors or be among the first to try the new Hershey’s Chocolate Bar Cheesecake.  This flavor features silky smooth Hershey’s Chocolate Cheesecake between layers of moist

Matthew Goldberg – former owner/executive chef of The Eatery, Ft. Lauderdale – is Cafeina’s new executive chef. Goldberg is bringing the menu back to its light and fresh tapas roots, just in time for summer.  Cafeina, a lounge and art gallery with a lush outdoor garden in Wynwood Art District,  is open Thursday and Friday from 5:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m., and on Saturdays from 8:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m.   305.438.0792   Cafeina Wynwood Lounge, 297 Northwest 23rd Street, Wynwood Art District, Miami, 305.438.0792,

braised shrort ribs-0546660 at The Angler's is spicing things up this Summer with  new menu items from brunch to dessert.

New brunch items include the steak & eggs grilled 5 oz. flat iron steak with two eggs “as you like ‘em”, home fries & choice of toast or English muffin and the  “Elvis” pancakes  griddled banana, applewood bacon, housemade peanut butter, Vermont maple among other choices.

For  dinner, the new dishes include avocado bruschetta with mozzarella, basil and extra virgin olive oil; handmade tagliatelle “al telefono” with San Marzano Tomato, Fresh Basil and melting mozzarella,  and twelve hour braised short ribs. The dessert menu lists pecan-less pecan pie with caramelized milk, pretzel crust, pecan-toffee ice cream, and banana & bacon pancake fritters with bourbon & vanilla bean.

pasta tagliatele-0555660 at The Angler’s is located at 660 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach 33139.  786-594-5811.

BRIO Tuscan Grille at The Village at Gulfstream Park is offering a $16.95 three-course prix fixe dinner (through September 8) and $5 martinis on Thursday evenings.   The Village at Gulfstream Park,600 Silks Run, Suite 1205,Hallandale Beach, (954) 362-1600, For menu and additional information

This July, every Friday night -- July 1,8,15,22,29 -- chef Dewey LoSasso at The Forge Restaurant l Wine Bar will host a Clambake , $48 pp,   432 W. 41st Street Miami Beach, FL , 305.538.8533, ,


To celebrate American and French Independence days, from July 5 through 21, Angelique Euro Café offers special two-course menus for $17.76  with a choice of appetizer (i.e. Gruyère Gougères and Vichyssoise) and entrée (i.e. Coq Au Vin, Sausage and White Bean Cassoulet, and Pasta Ratatouille among others…). For Dessert:  an additional $4 . Guests that show up to the restaurant in red, white or blue on Bastille Day, July 14th , will receive a complimentary petit Kronenbourg draft. Angelique Euro Café, 117 Miracle Mile,  Coral Gables.  305-529-9922




Every Wednesday through July, experience Chef Subin’s SAIA Sensations, a multi-course tasting featuring miso soup, Asian-prepared lobster creations, Sake pairings and a delicious SAIA dessert for $35

SAIA sushi restaurant is located at B Ocean Fort Lauderdale, the flagship property of the new upper-upscale B Hotels and Resorts® brand,    Fort Lauderdale Beach.   954.302.5252 or visit


steak wollensky_focusSmith & Wollensky Restaurant Group’s new Summer Menu at its eight locations  include a selection of premium seafood, new and seasonal ingredients paired with the restaurant’s famed USDA Prime steaks and frozen hurricane cocktails.

The 2011 Summer Menu includes Steak Wollensky, a surf and turf of sliced USDA Prime dry-aged sirloin accompanied with roasted colossal lump crab, fingerling potatoes and green bean salad; Chilled Gazpacho with Lobster Quesadilla; Crispy Tempura Soft Shell Crabs served with Asian Peanut Slaw; Lobster Mango Salad; Seared Sea Scallops with Tomatillo Gazpacho; and Atlantic Swordfish, grilled line-caught swordfish topped with the famous Smith & Wollensky au poivre sauce. Guests can cool off with one of four new frozen hurricane cocktails—Banana Berry Colada, Fuzzy Peach, Watermelon Refresher and Summer Breeze.

A new 10,000-square-foot Smith & Wollensky — the brand’s second Boston restaurant — is located on the historic waterfront Atlantic Wharf  across from the Boston Children’s Museum and Boston Harbor.

For additional information on the Summer Menu:    The classic à la Carte menu is available in all locations.

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My Yogurt Bliss, self-serve yogurt store in Coral Gables, has begun a weekday "happy hour."

From 5-7 pm, Monday through Friday, guests receive $1 off any yogurt and milkshakes over 5 oz (which comes out to about half off if you order a 5-6 ounce yogurt) with more than 60 toppings and  new flavors such as Island Coconut, Raspberry, Blueberry, Pistachio, Pineapple as well as Cake Batter, Nutella, Red Velvet and the Original Tart.

All yogurts and milkshakes are priced by weight at 48 cents an ounce.

My Yogurt Bliss, 1554 South Dixie Highway, Coral Gables, FL 33146.  305.667.0244

Big City Tavern, City Oyster & Sushi Bar and City Cellar Wine Bar & Grill invite guests to their Saturday & Sunday Brunch featuring $12 unlimited Mimosas (with the purchase of an entrée). Standout dishes include: Big City Tavern’s Crabcake Eggs Benedict and Banana & Chocolate Chip Pancakes; City Oyster & Sushi Bar’s Lobster & Asparagus Omelet and Biscuits & Gravy; and City Cellar Wine Bar & Grill’s Bistro Steak & Eggs and Caramelized Banana & Crème Brulee Stuffed French Toast. Brunch is available Saturday & Sunday from 11:30am – 3pm at:

Big City Tavern, 609 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301, 954.727.0307 |

City Oyster & Sushi Bar, 213 E. Atlantic Ave, Delray Beach, 33444, 561.272.0220 |

 City Cellar Wine Bar & Grill, 700 S. Rosemary Ave, West Palm Beach, 33401, 561.366.0071 |

Cinco Cantina & Tequila Bar June 2011 Line-up:


·         Nightly Happy Hour Specials: $5 specials on appetizers by executive chef Nunzio Billante, drinks, and house wines; $2 specials on select Domestic Draft Beer – Sunday – Thursday, 4-7 p.m./10 p.m. to close; Friday & Saturday, 4-8 p.m.

·         In the Biz Monday: 50% off food and drinks, from 5 p.m. until close, for all you people in the biz (must bring current pay stub).

·         $2 Tuesdays: $2 Tequila Shots, $2 Domestic Draft Beer and $2 Tacos.  Live music from 5 p.m. until close.

·         Thursday Ladies Night:  Ladies receive 50% off all drinks all night long.

·         Fiesta Fridays: $5 appetizers, $5 Wells, $2 Domestic Draft Beer and $5 House Wine. Featuring DJ Rico, starting at 10 p.m.

·         Saturday Special: Enjoy dinner and drinks to the sounds of Cinco’s special guest performer.

·         Sunday Siesta: $5 Bloody Mary Specials and Signature Champagne Cocktails from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.


Cinco Cantina & Tequila Bar, 4251 Salzedo Street, Suite 1325 (The Village of Merrick Park) in Coral Gables. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner daily; valet and municipal parking available. (786) 439-1730.

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