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New Restaurant Rules And Greek Donuts: The Weekly Miami Restaurant Update

PHOTO: Emily Schindler
Updated July 10th, 2020

If you want to stay on top of what’s happening with Miami restaurants and bars right now, you’ve come to the right place. Every week, we’ll be keeping track of the latest openings, reopenings, specials, or any other mildly interesting thing we think you might want to know.

Week Of July 6

  • Some New Restaurant Rules: In case you haven’t seen (or are just incredibly confused), some new Miami dining rules went into effect this week. You can read about them here, but the gist is: only outdoor dining will be allowed now, in addition to takeout and delivery.

  • Wynwood Restaurants Take To The Streets: In light of these recent rules, a lot of restaurants will try and adapt with more outdoor seating in the coming weeks, especially Wynwood restaurants. KYU has already converted street parking into outdoor seating and places like Zak The Baker are working on it too.

  • Greek Donuts In The Design District: There’s a new dessert spot in Miami that’s open right now. It’s called Meli Gourmet Greek Donuts and they serve loukoumades - a sort of Greek donut - and they’re open for takeout now.

  • Con mucho, mucho amor (y mofongo): The Walter Mercado documentary Mucho Mucho Amor is out on Netflix this weekend. The film was made by Miami filmmakers and heavily features our fine city, the longtime home of the late, great, and fabulous Puerto Rican astrologer himself. For a proper takeout pairing, order from the Puerto Rican restaurant La Placita. Also, let’s all call Ariete and ask them to bring back the Walter Mercado cocktail.

Week Of June 29

  • A New Restaurant In The Rubell: Leku is a Basque restaurant inside Allapattah’s Rubell Museum. It was supposed to open a while ago but, well, you know. So instead it’s finally debuting on July 1 as a lunch pop-up, Wed-Sun from 11am-3:30pm. The menu includes Iberian ham croquettes, mushroom paella, branzino, and cocktails. Reservations are available online and there’s outdoor seating as well.

  • A New Curfew For Restaurants: As coronavirus cases continue to go in the very wrong direction in South Florida, Miami-Dade County recently announced a 10pm curfew. So, whatever your dining plans are, they have to be over by then. Also, strip clubs are officially closed. Fauci would be proud.

  • Return Of The Proof Burger: Taurus in Coconut Grove is bringing back Proof Wednesdays starting this week. Each Wednesday, they’ll offer the very excellent Proof Burger until they run out. If you want one (and you do), they recommend calling ahead at (305) 529-6523 to reserve yours for dine-in or takeout.

  • Hometown And Jaguar Sun Team Up: A special guest will be joining this weekend’s installment of the Jaguar Sun pop-up (which we went to and wrote about). Hometown Barbecue will be collaborating with the Jaguar Sun team this weekend for a special menu. We don’t claim to predict the future, but we have a feeling it’s going to be good.

Week Of June 22

  • Boia De Is Back: Boia De, a place we really love, is opening back up for dine-in service on June 26. Masks will be required (just like everywhere else) and guests will be asked to sanitize their hands immediately upon entry. You can make a reservation online.

  • A New Waterfront Spot: Redfish is finally making its debut in Coral Gables. The new seafood restaurant is located in Matheson Hammock Park and has a pretty fantastic waterfront view. Reservations are available online. See the rest of Miami’s new restaurant openings here.

  • Mac’s Has New Merch: We can not stress how badly we miss dive bars. And while we probably won’t be drinking in them any time soon, we can still support one of our favorites, Mac’s Club Deuce. The classic South Beach bar debuted some brand new merch today in collaboration with Miami artist Ahol Sniffs Glue. Maybe it’ll even smell like cigarettes and bourbon.

  • Free Coffee This Weekend: A new Downtown coffee shop and cafe opened this month. It’s called Borsalino, and in an effort to introduce themselves, they’re giving away free cups of coffee from their pick-up window on Saturday and Sunday between 8am and 2pm.

  • Calling Out The Rule Breakers: A new Instagram account is calling out businesses that aren’t following Covid-19 guidelines. It’s called covid_305, and many of the worst offenders featured on the page are restaurants - like Wynwood’s Astra and Swan, both of which have already been shut down once for a lack of social distancing. It’s also featured a few strip clubs, which, for some reason, are allowed to be open right now.

Week Of June 15

  • A Good Weekend For Ice Cream: Overtown’s Red Rooster still isn’t open yet, but they’re giving a little preview to the public this weekend with a slightly different concept starting June 19. It’s called The Creamery and it’ll serve mostly ice cream, with flavors like brown butter cornbread, and salted caramel. They will also serve fried chicken and sides like mac and cheese.

  • Kush Comes To The Grove: Miami now has two Kush’s, at least for a little while. The wonderful Wynwood restaurant (where we go for some of our favorite burgers in Miami) is taking over its Coconut Grove sister restaurant, Spillover. Kush 2.0 will have a new look and a menu familiar to those who love the original Wynwood location. The restaurant is now open for dine-in service and has a Happy Hour featuring $1 oysters, BOGO draft beers, and $5 appetizers.

  • A Permanent Closure: In some not-so-great news, the Brickell spot Obra announced on Instagram that it will close permanently. We will miss them and their arepas.

  • Baked Goods For A Great Cause: There’s a bake sale happening this weekend at the Vagabond Hotel in MiMo, presented by Bakers Against Racism. The event will feature baked goods from local chefs from Mandolin, Stubborn Seed, and more. 100% of proceeds raised will go to the Community Justice Project and Dream Defenders. It’s happening Saturday, June 20, from 10am-2pm.

Week of June 8

  • We get to welcome back Michael’s Genuine this week. The Design District Greatest Hits restaurant hasn’t been open since quarantine started, but they’re back at it now, offering takeout, delivery, and dine-in service (and yes, they have outdoor seating). Phuc Yea also opens back up for dine-in this Friday. For the first time in a while, they’ll offer seating on their back patio, which is lit up with Chinese lanterns and looks quite pretty at night.

  • Jaguar Sun is doing a cool thing this weekend. For the second week in a row, they’re taking over Lot 6 (a big, outdoor space in Little River) and basically turning it into a much bigger, more humid Jaguar Sun. Dinner seatings are happening Friday and Saturday, and you can email info@jaguarsunmia.com to see if they have any spots left. If they’re sold out, don’t cry. Just keep your eyes on their Instagram to see if they do it again next weekend.

  • Beaches are officially open in Miami. And even though there are rules (including a temporary ban on coolers, inflatable devices, and playing any sort of sports), the opportunity for a beach picnic is still possible. Lolo’s Surf Cantina is offering a beach picnic takeout package for two that comes with burritos, chips and guac, pre-batched margaritas, and a six-foot burrito blanket for $69. Find more spots on our Where To Eat After The Beach guide. All the places on there are currently open.

  • Miami Spice is officially back and will last for four months (until September 30) this year. Although, the number of participating restaurants is way down, which makes sense. See what restaurants are taking part here.

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