Having a brick-and-mortar restaurant is nice—just ask the folks who own food trucks and drive around Miami traffic all day. But owning a restaurant and avoiding any sort of social interaction with customers is even nicer. Two Miami restaurants that have managed that hospitality feat—serving the public, but avoiding them altogether—are El Chino Taco and El Taco Loco. Juvia Group’s Sunny Oh, the chef/partner behind South Beach restaurants Juvia, Sushi Garage and Sunny Poké, created El Chino Taco as an homage to his Korean roots and experiences cooking Latin American cuisine in Miami. The Asian-inspired selection includes tempura shrimp, a Japanese sausage quesadilla with kimchee and spicy pork tacos dressed with wasabi aioli. Green, jasmine and oblong teas are available to order with your meal. Over in Downtown, El Taco Loco draws from the coastal town of Tulum for its taco Mexican dishes. Try the poké or the blackened shrimp for something light and reminiscent of a beach vacation, or go for the convenient combo back that features best-sellers like chorizo and chicken. Wondering what the difference is between a virtual restaurant and a taco restaurant? One is customer-facing and offers delivery while the other is exclusively delivery. The full menus for both eateries are available online and can be purchased via UperEats, Postmates, GrubHub and DoorDash—basically everywhere food is sold that doesn’t require you to put pants on to procure it. Photograph: Courtesy E
Welcome to our new video series, The Grilling, where we put a different culinary star from Time Out Market Miami in the hot seat. Just don’t expect a typical, straightforward interview. We grill the chefs while they make a popular dish from their menu, and the questioning doesn’t stop until the dish is done and plated. This time, Christian and Domenica Plotzczyk from Salt & Brine, Michael Beltran from Leña and signature chef Jeremy Ford answer our burning questions. Watch the full series below! Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
Sea levels are rising, but new development along Miami’s extensive waterfront doesn’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon. In the always hot Brickell neighborhood, Una Residences is primed to become the first new condominium in the particularly exclusive Park Avenue area in a decade, and more over-the-top than all of its neighbors. Not only is Una set to become the tallest building along its stretch of Biscayne Bay waterfront, but its striking, wavy facade, private marina and luxury pedigree are sure to place it among the city’s most coveted new real estate projects. Designed by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture—distinguished for its innovative skyscraper designs like Saudi Arabia’s “mile-high” Jeddah Tower—the building’s exterior boasts some seriously sexy curves inspired by the timeless Italian design of the iconic Riva yacht. Each of Una’s 135 residences will have its own private elevator entry leading up to floor-to-ceiling bayfront views framed by a soft palette of teak, walnut and natural stone accents. Apart from its private boat marina, amenities will include daily spa, fitness and recreational activities backed by the team behind luxury hospitality brand Aman, a favorite of A-list stars and wealthy elites (Brad Pitt, Kanye West, DJ Tiesto and countless other celebs have vacationed at their properties). Developer OKO Group has already begun the work of dismantling and tearing down the site’s existing building at 25 Bay Tower, an 11-story condominium built
Super Bowl LIV is shaping up to be possibly one of the most Miami sporting events of all time. The 54th-annual NFL championship game lands in the Magic City (well, Miami Gardens) on February 2, when two yet-to-be-determined teams will duke it out under the hallowed dome of the Hard Rock Stadium. And today we learned who will be headlining the coveted (and oft-overhyped) half-time show: Jennifer Lopez and Shakira. The two Latina pop divas are a natural fit, of course. J. Lo and salsa great Marc Anthony co-parent their kids in Miami, where they live and attend school. Lopez has also been dating former pro baseballer and infamous Miamian Alex Rodriguez since 2017. Shakira, for her part, has also been a longtime Miami Beach resident. Last year, she put up her $11.6 million waterfront property for sale, listed by prominent real estate agent Antonio Mebarak, who’s also her brother. But apart from their strong Miami ties, both women are global crossover music phenomenons whose legacies have more than earned them their turn in the Super Bowl spotlight. Expect Billboard Icon Award recipient J. Lo to deliver plenty of her signature booty-shaking—her latest movie, Hustlers, proves she’s definitely still got the moves. Mononymic, mini-sized Shakira was recently ranked by Spotify as the most-streamed Latin artist of all time and in 2014 became the first musical act to perform three times at the FIFA World Cup. So we’re guessing she’s going to show us a thing or two about how to pull o
Miamians are literally obsessed with croquetas, so much so that we bake them into things that maybe shouldn’t (or should they?) have a deep-fried ham fritter inside. We didn’t think it could get any more, hm, confusing than last year’s croqueta cake but dessert shop Night Owl Cookies (10534 SW 8th St) and artisanal croqueta purveyor Dos Croquetas up the ante on the strange combination with the 3 “Dough Five:” a chocolate chip cookie stuffed with a chocolate-covered (!) ham croqueta and topped with chocolate chips and sea salt. The two companies partnered on this limited-edition creation in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from September 15 to October 15. It will be sold for $3.75 at the Night Owl store (until supplies last) and available for free delivery on Postmates beginning this Friday, September 27, through Sunday, September 29. We haven’t tasted the cookie so we can’t, in good conscience, weight in on whether this is the worst thing ever created or the most ingenious dessert. Although, how bad can a chocolate chip cookie be? It’s the weekend, live a little and give it a try. Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
One of the best things about being an adult is the freedom to day drink. It’s one we try to exercise weekly, usually at a bottomless brunch in Miami, where mimosas flow as freely as the condensed-milk syrup covering our favorite Cap’n Crunch pancakes. So when new places to go swig bubbles before noon open or fresh deals at existing spots spring up, we’re the first ones in line to try them—even if it happens to be one we know very well. This month, Time Out Market Miami launches a bottomless brunch that’s so good this writer is willing to drive to South Beach on her day off to enjoy. Truly, it’s a testament to the special even if technically it’s my Uber driver doing the actual driving. But I digress. Bottomless brunch at Time Out Market is $22 (plus tax and gratuity) and happens every Sunday from 11am to 3pm. And unlike other boozy brunches, this one has no time limit. You show up, flash your ID that proves you’re of legal drinking age and get a wristband to wear throughout your meal. Once you’re strapped, you can walk up to the bar at any time and request your choice of mimosa, Bellini or glass of prosecco. Change your mind mid-meal? Swap your drink for any of the three. The means you can pair your savory course (we’re fans of Leña’s wood-grilled mushrooms topped with a farm fried egg) and your sweet course (go for the aforementioned pancakes or try one of Bachour’s flaky red-velvet croissants), plus whatever snacks you’re likely to order and share with a totally differe
Fort Lauderdale is about to get a taste of Miami nightlife. This fall, the popular Miami River bar The Wharf opens a second location alongside Fort Lauderdale’s New River, forming part of the fresh spate of businesses setting up shop in the historic Las Olas district. The Wharf Fort Lauderdale will be marked by the same whitewash fencing and casual atmosphere, featuring dog-friendly Astroturf and communal seating that encourage mingling. Boat parking will be available for the nautical Broward folks, too, but anyone is welcome to enjoy some champagne during the day or liquor and dancing at night. Also within the expansive 1.25-acre space are two upgraded bars, five food pop-ups by area restaurants and seafaring elements designed for photo opps—not that we think the crowd needs the motivation to snap rosé selfies for the ’gram. The Wharf Fort Lauderdale will be located at 20 West Las Olas Boulevard (wharfftl.com) and is scheduled to open sometime this fall. In the meantime, you can follow them on Instagram, @wharfftl, and watch the impending chaos unfold. Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte season is officially upon us, folks. We know what you’re thinking: this milky, super-sweet cup of pre-holiday cheer (c’mon, is it really even caffeinated?) pretty much singlehandedly spawned the concept of “basic.” We’re totally with you! But that doesn’t change the fact that the classic blend of ground cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, and allspice known as “pumpkin pie spice,” when added to beverages, sweets, scented candles and most anything else has the ability to warm even the most frigid of hearts. Plus, it’s just delicious. So how can you indulge in this ubiquitous seasonal treat without giving in to our corporate overlords or conforming to yet another blatantly manufactured consumerist trend? Easy! Go local. Stalwart Cuban bakery Gilbert’s off of Coral Way has devised a shot-sized solution for when your inevitable annual pumpkin spice craving hits: the Pumpkin Pie Cortadito. “Since you can’t see the change of leaves in Miami, we wanted the city to experience autumn in their favorite Cuban hot beverage,” says Gilbert’s Maria Peris. “That’s how the pumpkin pie cortadito was born.” If you’re not already familiar with the cortadito, it’s basically the Cuban version of an espresso shot, brewed with lots of sugar and topped with steamed milk. For Gilbert’s pumpkin pie rendition, expect “an explosion of spices in a thicker and creamier cortadito,” Peril says. If Gilbert’s super-popular Pecan Pie Cortadito from last year serves as any indic
Enjoy Miami museums but would rather pay for a $15 cocktail than spring for admission? We have fantastic news for you. September 21 is Museum Day, when thousands of cultural institutions across the country provide free entry—including a handful of attractions in Miami. Tickets are available online at the Smithsonian Magazine website, and all you have to do to claim a pair is register your name and email address. Admission is available to one institution per email address provided, so you’ll need to invent an alias or get your plus one to sign up if you’re interested in museum hopping. Local options up for grabs include the Frost Art Museum at FIU, Coral Gables Museum and the Gold Coast Railroad Museum. You’ll need to show your digital ticket to gain admission, and regular rules and hours of operation apply. As for the extra cash you’ve got burning a hole in your pocket, nearly every one of these places neighbors a bar. Go get yourself that overpriced cocktail—it’s Saturday, you’ve earned it. Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
When it comes to travel, there’s so much information literally at your fingertips. Type a few keywords into Google and, just like that, you have your pick of things to do in a foreign city. But sometimes, it’s nice to go analog—flip pages, highlight sections, dogear chapters. Making the process of planning your vacation the old-school way all that more exciting is Time Out London’s new print city guide, which is on sale now. The London City Guides have been in circulation since 1968, are written by true local experts and are filled with all kinds of insider knowledge. Compact but comprehensive, this pocket-sized guide features hundreds of restaurant reviews, bar recommendations and tips on the best things to see and do in London—from the art exhibits actually worth your time and the landmarks you can’t miss to the greatest shops in the city. It’s a no-BS, curated approach to experiencing one of the largest, most exciting cities in the world. Traveling to London without a guide book would be like coming to Miami and forgetting your Spanish translator. Sure, you’ll get by but imagine all that you’ll miss without it. Pick up your copy online today. Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.