Create-your-own Poke House debuts in Fort Lauderdale
Bringing a restaurant devoted to the trendy Hawaiian poke recipe (a fish-based dish) is coinciding with the build-your-own trend. That means The Poke House gives customers a large choice of customized meals, and the prices start at $9.95. Start with a protein (tuna, salmon, Hamachi, tofu), add white rice, quinoa or kale, and then choose a sauce and some toppings. Or choose one of the already-made recipes, such as the Cocoa Beach Florida, marinated in spicy passionfruit salsa fresca, with plantain chips, pineapple, orange Fresno peppers and quinoa. This is the first of five planned locations in Florida, and the team behind the venues includes “CSI: NY” star AJ Buckley. Executive Chef Jeremy Powell, who has worked in Miami, Kuwait and Dubai locations, will head up this new venture. (666 Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale)
James Beard Dinner replicated with prix-fixe at Kuro
In October, Kuro’s Executive Chef Alex Becker and his team were in New York at the James Beard House, where they prepared an enticing dinner. They are back in town, and presenting the same dinner to diners through Nov. 14, for $100 per person (excluding tax/gratuity). The five-course tasting menu includes Wagyu beef, lionfish (subject to availability), among other dishes. Reservations are required: Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, One Seminole Way, Hollywood; 954/316-2900.
Oui! New 24/7 Paris 6 opens on Miami Beach
It’s Brasserie meets the Left Bank with the opening of Paris 6, a French restaurant featuring traditional dishes created by Venezuelan-born and Spanish-trained Chef de Cuisine Atilio Padra. In other words, totally Miami Beach!
This is a sister restaurant to six other restaurants, all from owner Isaac Azar in Brazil, which means Miami Beach is the first U.S. location. Named for the 6th Arrondissement in Paris, it’s a 24/7 restaurant, which is special all by itself. But add the beautiful Art Deco-inspired surroundings, and the portrait paintings from Brazilian artist Flavio Rossi, and those are enough reasons to try the dishes that are all named after artists, celebrities or icons. Dishes run from $20-$45, and the “Grand Gateau” desserts are created by Azar. (2200 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305/363-6801)
A pop-up becomes permanent: Pizza & Burger by Michael Mina
How can you lose with two of our favorite things in the name of this pop-up-here-to-stay, Pizza & Burger by Michael Mina. The popular summer pop-up restaurant will now roost permanently at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach—a classy surrounding for an eatery inspired by Michael Mina’s back yard (and ours, too!).
This affordable new kid on the block will offer social hour daily from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., and means BOGO $1 cocktails, half-priced beers and $5 wine specials. Snacking dishes cost $8-$14 and include wings, lobster corn dogs and nachos. Then you get into the burgers and pizza. And salads. And other yummy stuff. All at 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305/674-4636.