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Photograph: Estrella Damm
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Nine delicious beer and food pairings to try in South Florida right now

The Estrella Damm Culinary Journey invites South Florida’s finest restaurants to create bespoke dishes to pair with the much-loved Spanish beer. Here are nine of our favorites...

Written by Time Out. Paid for by Estrella Damm
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Ready to take your dining game to the next level this fall? The Magic City’s got a new specialty dining menu, and this one comes with an ice cold beer. From now through November 30, Estrella Damm is bringing its Culinary Journey to South Florida, where over 50 restaurants around Dade and Broward have developed special dishes to pair with the fabled Spanish beer, which has been brewed in Barcelona since 1876. Even better, each of the specials comes with a fresh Estrella Damm. And while this is an ideal opportunity to get out and explore some of South Florida’s best restaurants, here are our picks for the best spots to try.

1. Finka Table and Tap

Kendall’s most inventive restaurant has possibly the most interesting offering of the journey, serving up arroz con pollo fritters with Cuban fried rice, filled with pineapple, maduros, shrimp, fried egg and red peppers for $25. The crisp flavors from the Estrella Damm cut right through the delicious grease in the fried rice, and make this meal lighter than you might think.

2. Fiorito

If you’re trying to savor your Estrella Damm outside, you could do a lot worse than the airy, wood-chaired courtyard at this Little Haiti Argentine gem. They’ll be giving you a heaping plate of arroz con pulpo to pair with your Estrella Damm beer, with argentine sausage, pance glaze, and a fried egg for $30.

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3. Sottosole

With two bright, citrusy courses at this MiMo Italian hotspot, you might want to consider ordering two Estrella Damms to pair with your $30 meal. The bruschetta fresco mare with tomatoes and marinated boquerones will pair nicely with the acid in your beer. But if the pairing is so good you have no beer left over, grab another to wash down the  spaghetti in white wine and garlic sauce, all of which runs you $28.

4. Stanzione 87

There may be no food combination on Earth better than pizza and beer, and this month Brickell’s finest Neapolitan pizza makers are firing up something special to pair with your Estrella Damm. The Amatriciana pizza is topped with san Marzano tomato, shallots, proper bacon, basil, pecorino, and smoked mozzarella, all for a scant $15. This one's takeout only, which makes it perfect for a relaxed night at home.

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5. Ariete

Ariete’s menu, $65, is in every sense of the words a ‘Culinary Journey’, blending cuisines and ingredients from the world over. You’ll start with wood grilled oysters, then move on to pastrami style short rib, and finish off with a candy cap mushroom flan.

6. Bachour Coral Gables

You might not initially think one of the top ten pastry chefs in the world is adept at pairing beer with food. But Antonio Bachour is up to the task, plating meticulously sliced ribeye steak on one of his fresh baguettes, and topping it with fontina cheese and fresh shallot marmalade for $19.

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7. La Fresa Francesca

If you haven’t discovered this romantic French bistro in Hialeah (we’re not kidding) this month gives you the best excuse you’ll ever have. Chef Benoit Rablat has created a special dish using Estrella Damm, calling on the beer’s acidity to bring out the flavors in his clams and garbanzos fritos a la cerveza, priced at $18.

8. The Bazaar by Jose Andres

You can't go wrong at the SLS South Beach outpost of award-winning chef Jose Andres any night of the year—but this bao-and-beer feast will be extra-special. Take full advantage and order the bao con lechon – a Chinese bao bun with pork belly – and wash it down with an Estrella Damm for $18.

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9. El Carajo

Miami’s favorite restaurant-in-a-gas-station departs from its Spanish tapas specialties with its special Estrella Damm battered fish and chips. The British staple consists of a cod filet fried in a special Estrella Damm batter, combined with homemade chips and tartar sauce for $21.50.

For more information on 'Estrella Damm Culinary Journey', including a full list of participating restaurants and menus, visit www.estrelladammjourney.com.

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