Crazy About You- 1155 Brickell Bay Drive, Miami http://crazyaboutyourestaurant.com/
My dear friend and foodie, Maiko, just emailed me about a restaurant she and some friends ate at the other day. Since I trust her food sense and she seemed so excited about it, I asked her if I could post it here…even before I’ve had a chance to go! I checked out the menu (link above) and from the standpoint of value you can’t go wrong. There are three price points for entrée that includes a choice of appetizer. The food is a mix of Mediterranean with a little Italian and Spanish flavor thrown in. Maiko says, “The choice of menu items is pretty cool and the location is awesome. If you sit outside, there is a dining area with a view of the bay…and a cat to greet you too!” I need to put this place on my Miami to-do-list! Here are a few pix of what Maiko and her friends ate. Shown is The Flash Fried Avocado with chopped tomatoes and balsamic vinaigrette; Fish Sliders Duo: Key West fried Dolphin and seared Ahi Tuna; and the sweet and spicy Petit Pork Ossobuco. Maiko suggests a glass of wine with this last dish. Have you dined here? Share your thoughts.
BTTR Food Truck Events- http://miamifoodtrucks.com/
If you don’t know what this is all I can say is…where have you been hiding! Food trucks are hot. This West Coast phenomenon has made its way to south Florida in a big way. These gourmet food palaces on wheels serve up tasty treats representing many different cuisines. How do you find them? Usually you hear about one truck and begin to follow them on Twitter. Every day the trucks, with names like; Big Kahuna, Clara Belles, Daddy’s Grill, Divan Bakery, Dog Eat Dog, Gastro Pod, Giuseppe’s Italian, Jefe’s Original, Latin Burger, Miso Hungry, MsCheezious, Nacho Bizness, Nacho MaMa, Purple People Eatery, Red Koi, Slow Food Truck and the Rolling Stove to name a few, will tweet where they will be. When lots of these trucks link up at one location the result is a mobile food court party. Every Tuesday, BTTR assembles 30 food trucks near the campus of Johnson & Wales University. The result is an amazing selection of foods prepared while you wait. Hundreds of folks turn out to walk the line of trucks as they try to read the menus and make their selections. A large lawn nearby serves as your dining room. Just throw down a blanket and enjoy your meal. The atmosphere is an electric combination of sounds and smells. See more BTTR pix on my alanEATS Facebook Page. http://on.fb.me/iBp6o0
Palm Restaurant- 9650 East Bay Harbor Drive Bay Harbor Island, Miami, http://www.thepalm.com/Miami
I am a carnivore! I love Steaks & Chops done right! Starting with USDA Prime Dry Aged meat, cooked Pittsburgh (with a crust or char) Medium Rare. No fuss, no sauces, just beautifully grilled meats served hot! What makes this place so good is, that it is good every time you go. No surprises. No bad days. I guess for the money they charge it should be expected. But sadly, there are some places that will charge you more, but you wont get as good of a meal. I usually start with a Lump Crabmeat Cocktail & a Monday salad with the special blue cheese dressing. For the entrée I order a Bone-In Rib-Eye Steak or sometimes a Prime Rib, which comes to the table looking like it was carved for Fred Flintstone. For those of you who like seafood, the Palm also serves lobster up to about 8 pounds, which can be split and stuffed with crabmeat. The usual steakhouse sides are here and I like the creamed spinach, cottage fries & onions and wild mushrooms. If there’s room for dessert one of the staff makes a Rum cake to die for.