Miami Beach is a classic tourist attraction. Hotels are all along the strip with bars and restaurants just waiting for customers. It’s a little hard to navigate as well. Most bars are open late and many are open until 5AM with nightclubs filling in the party scene.
Here are some recommendations on where to go in South Beach when you’re there.
Uber Pool and Lyft will easily transport you around this area for less than $ 5 in most cases so avoid attempting to park if possible.
Bodega Taqueria y Tequila: This place is unassuming from the outside, but behind the front and through a few doors is a beautiful bar with libations and food as well as music spinning until 5AM. The best part about this place is their daily happy hour from 6PM to 8PM which features loaded tacos for $ 2 and $ 6 cocktails as well as $ 4 chips and salsa / $ 5 mezcal and tequila shots. There is a $ 35 minimum for card so make sure you bring cash or use the ATM there if you don’t mind paying a fee. These were some of the best tacos I have enjoyed in a long time. The ribeye and mahi mahi tacos were excellent. I enjoyed a Maduro Old Fashioned. I highly recommend this spot. Note: 18% Gratuity and 7% Sales Tax will automatically be added to your bill. 1220 16th Street, Miami Beach, FL 33139 (305) 704-2145 http://www.bodegasouthbeach.com/
Employees Only: Quality craft cocktails await at this speakeasy hidden behind a psychic / tarot card room. The best seats are at the bar in my opinion just because its beautiful, but service was also great tableside. Drinks are fairly priced for Miami Beach and they pack a punch. The Hurricane was enjoyable. 1030 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139 (786) 264-3945 http://employeesonlymiami.com
Sweet Liberty Drinks & Supply Company: You’ll find this beautiful neon lit bar in Collins Park area. The best time to go is during happy hour from 4PM to 7PM where you can enjoy a fantastic Classic Daquiri for $ 5 as I did or even Tommy’s Margarita for $ 8. You’ll easily spend $ 20 a drink in the off hours which is pretty average for Miami. 237 20th Street Suite B, Miami Beach, FL 33139 (305) 763-8217 http://mysweetliberty.com/
The Broken Shaker: Socialites can enjoy a tiki bar with craft cocktails at The Broken Shaker at Freehand Hotel. There is plenty of people mingling and on dates so it may not be the best bar for someone flying solo. The drinks here are strong, inventive, and flavorful. It might be one of the best bars I have been to and I would go with a crowd or some friends for sure. Expect to spend $ 15-$ 20 on a drink. Happy Hour is only for hotel guests as is the pool area. 2727 Indian Creek Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33140 (305) 531-2727 http://freehandhotels.com/miami/broken-shaker/
Moshi Moshi: If you want a reasonably priced Japanese restaurant in South Beach, Moshi Moshi will fit the bill. It’s located right next to Española Way. They deliver and are open-late. Lunch specials here are under $ 8 which is a steal for South Beach. I enjoyed a takoyaki (octopus balls) during my visit and it was superb as well as Crunchy Krab Ceviche which wasn’t ceviche at all but a great assortment of imitation Krab, crunchies, avocados, eel sauce, and spicy mayo. Sushi rolls start at $ 5 and many are under $ 10. 1448 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139 (305) 531-4520
Rosseta Bakery: This local bakery in Miami has excellent Italian breads and pastries as well as a beautiful interior and is a great place to get work done and wake up in the morning with a coffee after a long night of drinking and partying in Miami Beach. You must try the prosciutto croissant sandwich. It is life-changing. The staff is incredibly friendly and they were playing Destiny’s Child and Beyonce songs at 7AM. I can get behind that. 929 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139 (786) 216-7795 http://www.rosettabakery.com
July 12, 2018 |
Did you hear that Tampa is now ranked one of the most hipster cities in the United States?
If we’re talking hipsters, Seminole Heights has taken the mantle from Ybor City in the past few years as restaurants, bars, breweries, and cafes have popped up all over this small town that supports local busines.
Here are 10 places to eat and drink in Seminole Heights when you visit:
1. Brew Bus Brewing / Florida Ave. Brewing: Brew Bus has quickly grown to be one of the most successful businesses in the Seminole Heights neighborhood. The owners have Exectuive Chef Max Sherard making gourmet food in the kitchen and plenty of beers rolling out of the brewery all the time. They also recently added craft cocktails to the menu. You can jump on the Brew Bus here and ride all around town to some of Seminole Heights less parking friendly businesses. It’s a good hub to the neighborhood. 4101 N. Florida Ave., Tampa, FL 33603 (813) 990-7310
2. Angry Chair Brewing Co.: One of the most popular local breweries in town. Parking is a conondrum, but you did jump on the Brew Bus like I told you above right? Angry Chair has craft beer fans lining up hours before release parties and most people in town will tell you it has grown to be one of their favorite local breweries. 6401 N. Florida Ave., Tampa, FL 33604 (813) 238-1122
3. Chop Chop Shop: No one can deny that what is cooking in this kitchen is delicious. The cuisine is a mixture of Japanese and Korean inspiration and whatever the chef is cooking up in the kitchen. No complaints from hungry fans who happily call in orders and show up to eat whenever they get a chance. 6605 N. Florida Ave., Tampa, FL 33604 (813) 770-7306
4. The Independent Bar & Cafe: I hope you’re noticing a theme that Seminole Heights is a bit of a watering hole. The Independen has long been a local stronghold in the neighborhood where you’ll see local business owners and residents grabbing a beer and having a blast. 5016 N. Florida Ave., Tampa, FL 33603 (813) 341-4883
5. The Refinery: Always give credit where credit is due. The Refinery was one of the first restaurants to take a risk inside Seminole Heights and helped to form the foundation of the restaurants all over Florida Avenue now. It’s unfortunate that the original location is now closed as I was a fan, but you can find them a few blocks away now in the former Fodder & Shine spot. The burger is my go-to. 5910 N. Florida Ave., Tampa, FL 33604 (813) 234-3710
6. Revolution Ice Cream: After making a name for themselves in Brandon, Revolution Ice Cream brought their delicious desserts to Seminole Heights and saved many people a trip on I-4 or I-75 and that’s truly a miracle. Their ice cream incorporates many local businesses into their flavors and they are constantly changing and evolving. 6701 N. Florida Ave., Tampa, FL 33604 (813) 513-5053
7. Rooster & The Till: If you want a truly gourmet experience, Rooster & The Till is arguably one of the best restaurants in Tampa offering that. Be prepared to spend some money, but you’ll want lick your plate as you taste their creations. 6500 N. Florida Ave., Tampa, FL 33604 (813) 374-8940
8. Lowry Parcade: We nerds needed a spot to join together and Lowry Parade has provided done just that. Where else can you catch a rock band playing Mega Man on a speedrun, sip a local craft beer, and hit an arcade or pinball machine. I hope Lowry Parcade grows and expands so they can increase their selection and add some more fighting games and retro throwbacks, that’s my dream personally. 1213 W Waters Ave, Tampa, FL 33604 (813) 915-9180
9. The Mermaid Tavern: This dive bar is much more of the core, original feeling that Seminole Heights was founded on. This is a great spot to catch up with friends or unwind. DJs spinning regularly. 6719 N. Nebraska Ave., Tampa, FL 33604 (813) 238-5618
10. Spaddy’s Coffee Co.: Every neighborhood needs local coffee and Tampa wouldn’t be a hipster town without our coffee scene. Spaddy serves local roasts from Zeal Coffee Roasters and offers a wide menu of choices. His truck is open early and has really grown into the neighborhood. One of the great things about Seminole Heights is the local feel of it and Spaddy embodies that feeling all the way. 5206 N. Florida Ave., Tampa, FL 33603 (954) 829-2111
June 27, 2018 |
So you’ve made it to Orlando, Florida? Home of big household names such as Disney and Universal Studios. Orlando has a pretty great and growing food scene as well as a growing craft beer market. Here are my recommendations on where to go when in the town of Mickey Mouse.
- Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’: Three words – Buttermilk Fried Chicken. It is not cheap, but it is delicious. Splurge here and you will not regret it. The sides are great as well. If you love moonshine the restaurant also has a large list of them available for sampling and enjoying.
- Morimoto Asia: No expense was spared in the creation of this restaurant. It is beautiful inside and out. The menu changes pretty regularly, but you really can’t go wrong with Morimoto’s Signature Peking Duck. The cocktail selection is also great and incorporates some interesting mixtures from soft drinks in Japan as well tea cocktails. Come ready to spend money and enjoy.
- Wine Bar George: Master Sommelier George Miliotes opened his first wine bar at Disney Springs. It features over 135 wines by the glass, bottle, and ounce. The servers are just as passionate about wine as George himself. The food selection is great and the wine selection is vast with many countries, styles, and price points represented, some that George personally prefers that might be difficult to find elsewhere. I recommend coming here for a glass or two or three.
- STK: The rooftop bar at STK is what lands it on this list. There is this tower with a fire pit inside that is just really the perfect backdrop to sip a glass of wine and to look over Disney Springs from the sunset into the evening.
- Aku Aku: Sweet little tiki dive in Downtown Orlando. Prices are pretty fair even if the menu is a little limited, don’t be afraid to ask the bartenders to make you a cocktail and they will try their best accommodate. It does get pretty busy so get there early if you want a seat or come earlier in the week.
- The Woods: This has been one of my choice spots to go drink for some years. Many of the bartenders are affiliated with the bartender’s guild in Tampa and the drinks here are always made well and are nice and strong. They have a large liquor selection and their craft beer list isn’t half bad either.
- Izziban Sushi & Korean BBQ: People like to talk smack about Izziban, but if you ask me Izziban has one of the best deals I have ever seen. All you can eat Korean BBQ, appetizers, and sushi for under $ 22. I absolutely love sliced pork belly so this is a goldmine for me. Most Korean restaurants in Florida will charge you over $ 20 for one entry. The tip is included for AYCE but the service is almost always great. This is a quality business and I always have to stop by here when I’m in town. I just wish they would hurry up and open one up in my hometown in Tampa.
- Boi Brazil Churrascaria: I wandered into one here one day on a trip to Orlando and was not disappointed with the meat cuts or price. Come hungry because the meat just keeps coming and coming at you.
- Cafe Tu Tu Tango: This spot is filled with art and culture – even if its a touristy spot it is good and very close to several hotels on I-Drive if you’re staying around this area.
- Domu: Domu has a very contemporary feel to it and delivers a solid ramen menu with prices that easily destroy any business in my hometown of Tampa. The other must-try thing on this menu is the KFC “Korean Fried Chicken” which is excellent. It isn’t traditional, but it is delicious.
- Foxtail Coffee Co.: My favorite coffee shop in Orlando. This shop is beautiful and has a coffee is roasted on-site. They also have plenty of pastries, food, beer, and wine. The shop is filled with seats and plugs for device charging. The Wi-Fi here is great too.
- Gideon’s Bakehouse: This small bakery inside East End Market is almost worth a drive to Orlando by itself. They have some of the most delicious cookies I have ever tried. You must make an effort to come here, but beware that they sometimes are sold out of their supply completely.
- Krungthep Tea Time: One of those places easily made famous across I-4 thanks to Instagram. Krungthep has a famous pink drink which is a Thai street drink. I hear their sandwiches are also delicious, but haven’t had a chance to try them myself yet. Don’t forget to get a photo on their couch.
- East End Market: One of the first food halls in Florida. East End Market was once a church and now is a facility that hosts a variety of vendors from various concepts – most of them involving food. There is even a bar there if you want to have a drink and Domu is located right next door.
- Inay’s Kitchen Filipino Cuisine: Quality Filipino food is hard to come by, but Inay’s delivers that homemade touch and the food is great. Prices are reasonable too. They also have karaoke for those of you into that.
- Kissimmee Bakery & Latin Food: Puerto Rico meets El Salvador at this restaurant which has amazing pupusas. Best you might find outside of San Francisco and California. We always try and grab a bag to take home when we visit family in Orlando.
May 26, 2018 |
Visiting San Francisco? I was born there and have a history with the city. I’ve been visiting frequently since 2014 and have noticed a major shift in the city as Silicon Valley has pushed into the Bay Area.
There are great quality food destinations to visit, but it takes more work than before to find quality businesses so I thought I would share some of my favorites with you.
Hopefully this guide helps you when you are in San Francisco. I separated the businesses by neighborhood because San Francisco is really broken up by neighborhoods and there is an obvious change between each one.
I believe San Francisco is one of the most beautiful cities on Earth and I hope you enjoy it.
- Bernal Heights
- Barebottle Brewing Co.
- Bolompie Cafe No 3
- Mitchell’s Ice Cream
- Harmonic Brewing
- Triple Voodoo Brewery
- Los Planes de Renderos Pupuseria
- Financial District (FiDi)
- 111 Minna
- Cafe Madeleine
- Tropisueno SF
- Workshop Cafe
- Fisherman’s Wharf
- Hayes Valley
- Smuggler’s Cove
- Inner Sunset
- Japanese Tea Garden
- The Taco Shop at Underdog’s
- Mission District
- Outer Richmond
- Russian Hill
Suburbs & Surrounding Cities:
- Daly City
- Napa Valley
- Oriental B.B.Q. Chicken Town
- San Mateo
May 18, 2018 |
May 14, 2018 |
Full disclosure: I was invited to Coppertail Brewing for a complimentary menu tasting in exchange for my opinion of their menu. Opinions are my own and do not reflect Coppertail Brewing.
Coppertail Brewing located in Ybor City has been serving food from the Stein & Vine Kitchen (known as S & V Kitchen for some time now). I visited recently to give the menu a taste. What I found was plenty of great food that paired well with their beer. How about that?
The meal started off with the potstickers. Potstickers are one of the things that you’ll find on plenty of menus but are often ruined. Sometimes they are soggy or fried too much. These were perfect – and it went perfect with an assortment of beers ranging from sours to lighter beers. The dish is seasonal and rotates on and off the menu, but to me it was good enough to be a regular item.
Then came the Drunken Shrimp made with Coppertail Unholy Trippel. I was a little skeptical of this dish when I first saw it, but oh my god this was the best sauce ever. I wanted to put it on everything. This is simply the best menu item they have and I will definitely be ordering this one in the future. They could sell this sauce…it’s that good. Yum.
From this beer flight there was some German inspiration and some sours mixed in. The BOMP! was by far the winner and I just had to have a glass of that with my food. Coppertail always has an interesting mixture of beers on the menu, but that BOMP is something special.
Back to the food.
Stein and Vine has always had an arrangement of spicy burgers. This one packs the heat and I’d recommend tuning down the sauce if you’re heat sensitive. However those who love the heat will love this Sriracha Bomb. Burgers and beer makes perfect sense especially with summer coming – I’m hoping to see some more burger ideas on the menu for that!
Then there was the Schnitzel Sandwich. My favorite of the two entrees I tried. Schnitzel and German beer is just perfect. The price was fair and the portion was great. I was dipping my tator tots in that drunken shrimp sauce because ITS DELICIOUS. I am a fan of this sandwich and I hope it eventually would make its way to the standard menu. German food and beer just makes me happy.
Overall, the options at S & V Kitchen are excellent for Coppertail Brewing. There is definitely some culinary genius going on here and I think the more they incorporate the beer in the process the better! I’m a fan and can’t wait to go back soon for more.
Restaurant Name: S & V Kitchen at Coppertail Brewing
Neighborhood: Ybor City
Address: 2601 East 2nd Ave, Tampa, FL 33605
Phone Number: (813) 247-1500
March 4, 2018 |
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January 6, 2018 |
While many of our readers like drinking tequila all year round, Cinco de Mayo is the perfect excuse to mix up a round of Classic Margaritas with other non-traditional, south-of-the-border-inspired cocktails. So celebrate Cinco de Mayo with METRO while following these cocktail recipes, and then invite some friends over for a party. ¡Salud!
Spicy Rosa Picante
2 oz Patrón Silver
.5 oz Patrón Citrónge Lime
1 oz Fresh Lime Juice
.5 oz Ginger Syrup
+ Barspoon Jalapeño Oil
+ Dash rosewater
+ Rose petal sea salt
Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake with ice to chill. Strain into a chilled cocktail coupe that has been half-rimmed with rose sea salt, and top with a dash of rose water. Garnish with a rose petal, if available.
Spicy Grand Margarita
Contributed by Grand Marnier
Red pepper and chile pepper powder make this Margarita almost too hot to handle.
.5 oz Simple syrup or agave nectar
.25 tsp Red pepper flakes
1 pinch Chipotle chile powder
1.75 oz Reposado tequila
.5 oz Grand Marnier
.75 oz Fresh lime juice
Garnish: 1 Jalapeño or red chile pepper
Coat the rim of a rocks glass with salt, fill with ice and set aside.
In a shaker, muddle the agave nectar or simple syrup, red pepper flakes and chile powder.
Add the remaining ingredients, fill with ice and shake vigorously.
Strain through a tea strainer into the prepared glass.
Garnish with a jalapeño or red chile pepper.
Photograph by Cabo Wabo Tequila
Cabo Jalapeño Margarita
This jalapeno margarita recipe was developed as part of our partnership with Cabo Wabo Tequila. It’s a fiery twist on the classic margarita that features Cabo Blanco tequila infused with fresh jalapeno peppers. Brown sugar simple syrup is added for a sweet richness that perfectly balances the citrus notes in this refreshing summer drink.
1/2 cup fresh squeezed lime juice
1/2 cup jalapeno-infused Cabo Blanco
1/4 cup brown sugar simple syrup*
1/4 cup orange brandy liqueur
The infused tequila is made by placing slices of fresh jalapeno pepper inside a bottle of Cabo Blanco tequila. Let rest 24-48 hours before using.
Combine all ingredients and pour over ice in a frosty mug rimmed with salt and sugar. Float a small amount of simple syrup on the surface of the drink before serving.
For an even THICKER CUT margarita, use 1/4 cup jalapeno-infused Cabo Blanco and 1/4 cup Cabo Reposado. The barrel aged flavor of the Cabo Reposado will add complexity and a nice depth of flavor to the drink.
*Brown sugar simple syrup is made by combining equal parts light brown sugar and water in a sauce pan. Stirring constantly, slowly warm the mixture just until the sugar has fully dissolved. Remove from heat and allow to cool before using.
Cinco de Laphroaig®
Ditch the tequila, leave the margaritas at home and reach for a tasty, easy-to-make libation that’s smoky, sweet and refreshing this Cinco de Mayo.
1.5 parts Laphroaig® 10 Year Old
Pour the Laphroaig® 10 Year Old into a Collins glass with ice. Top with Mexican Cola and garnish with a wedge of lime.
Why it works:
The smokiness of the whisky is complemented by the sweet flavors in the Mexican Cola. Caramel, cane sugar and the citrus aspects of the cola work alongside the brininess and the underlying tones of the whisky, helping to turn the smokiness of the whisky into a supporting partner instead of dominating the glass.
The Resting Garden Margarita
1.75 oz Patrón Reposado
5 oz Patrón Citrónge Mango
1 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
.75 oz Agave Syrup
6 Sage Leaves, (2 for garnish)
+ Pinch of Salt
Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake with ice to chill. Holding a fine mesh strainer in one hand, “double strain” the drink by pouring the drink through it into an ice-filled old fashioned glass. Garnish with two sage leaves and a grilled mango slice.
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May 6, 2016 |
A signature cocktail is a must at any holiday get-together. Tampa Bay Metro has discovered some tasty holiday cocktails, sure to warm the cockles this season.
Bourbon Pumpkin Pie Frappe
2 oz. Four Roses Yellow Label Bourbon
4 tsp. pumpkin puree
2 tsp. Sugar in the Raw
Pinch of ground cinnamon
Pinch of ground allspice
3 oz. half-and-half
1 cup vanilla ice cream
Combine all of the above ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Garnish grated nutmeg.
Fernet Branca – Apple Toddy
by Douglas Derrick , Nostrana
3 oz. fresh apple cider
1/2 oz. fresh lemon juice
1/2 oz. honey syrup *
1 3/4 oz. aged rum
1/3 oz. Fernet- Branca
2 dashes of Angostura bitters
In a small saucepan, heat the cider, lemon juice, and honey syrup to a simmer.
Remove from the heat and stir in the rum, Ferent-Branca, and bitters.
* To make the honey syrup, stir together 2 1/4 teaspoons of honey and 3/4 teaspoon of warm water.
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 pint cream
1 pint milk
2 cups Four Roses Bourbon
1 oz. aged Jamaica rum
Beat the yolks and whites of 6 eggs separately. Add 1/2 cup of sugar to the yolks while beating. Add 1/4 cup of sugar to the whites after they have been beaten very stiff. Combine the egg whites with the yolks. Pour in cream and milk, as well as the bourbon and rum. Serve cold with grated nutmeg.
Vodka Pomegranate Holiday Cocktail
1 ounce vodka (1/8 cup)
1 ounce grapefruit juice (1/8 cup)
1/2 ounce tonic syrup (2 tablespoons)
2 ounces soda water (1/4 cup)
12 pomegranate seeds
3 mint leaves (for garnish)
Fill your glass about 3/4 full with ice. A lowball glass is the perfect size. Add the vodka, grapefruit juice, tonic syrup and stir.
Pour in the soda water and garnish with the pomegranate seeds and mint leaves.
Templeton Rye Spiced Tippler
1 1/2 oz. Templeton Rye
3/4 oz. Carpano Antica Formula
1/2 oz. Honey Liqueur
2 dashes allspice dram
2 dashes orange bitters
Mix all ingredients and pour over ice, add lemon peel for garnish.
By Jay Silverman from Agave, NYC
2 oz. Casa Noble Crystal
.5 oz. St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram Ancho chili liqueur
Fresh cranberry maple syrup
Combine 1/2 lb. fresh cranberries and 1/2 cup maple syrup, 1/2 cup water and a pinch of salt and cook
or 3 ‐ 4 minutes on medium heat or until the cranberries are just soft but still round. Rosemary sprigs for garnish and 4 – 5 of the cooked berries.
Stir together the tequila, dram and the ancho liqueur in a glass. Add 1/2 oz. cranberry maple syrup that has been strained.
Pour over fresh ice into a rocks glass and garnish with a sprig of Rosemary and a lemon peel, and a small amount of the cooked cranberries.
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December 24, 2015 |