CityPlace Doral: Exciting Addition to Doral’s Food Scene

Burger Fi at CityPlace Doral is one of the over twenty restaurants now open or coming soon.  

Burger Fi at CityPlace Doral is one of the over twenty restaurants now open or coming soon.  

Doral is one of the few neighboring areas in Miami where you can still see cows roaming around on open land. Now, with the opening of the new CityPlace in Doral , there’s a massive expansion in the restaurants available for residents and those who work in the area.

The opening of Downtown Doral last year brought favorites like Bulla Gastrobar, Dragonfly Izakaya, and Pisco y Nasca. The opening of CityPlace located just a mile down the road on NW 6th street is ready to bring so many new options to the once bland area.

Restaurants open or opening soon include:

CityPlace Doral Restaurants

·      4D Gelateria* - Homemade Italian Gelato and Italian Cuisine

·      Angelo Elia Pizza Bar and Tapas* – A perfect fusion of an Italian eatery, from traditional Italian fare, tapas, wood-fired pizza, daily-made Italian pastries, cakes, gelato and much more

·       Baires Grill - An acclaimed Argentinean Steakhouse, an ideal place to enjoy a delicious entrée with friends catering to every taste, even vegetarians

·      Sushi Siam - A unique authentic style of Thai and Japanese food blends into a wonderfully delicious dining experience

·      Brimstone Woodfire Grill* - Modern American classics in a contemporary and inviting atmosphere

·      BurgerFi* - Serving delicious handcrafted burger with the best ingredients

·      Cabo Flats* - The finest Mexican food and drinks from the freshest local ingredients at a reasonable price

·      CinéBistro®* - A world-class “dinner and a movie” concept developed by Cobb Theatres, Chef Max Santiago is currently handling their dessert menu

·      City Works Eatery and Pour House* - Eatery and “pour house” serving 90+ craft beers on draft and modern American cuisine with a twist

·      Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant* - A wine-driven dining experience, inspired by Napa Valley’s wine country

Live music at Copper Blues Rock Pub and Kitchen

Live music at Copper Blues Rock Pub and Kitchen

·      Copper Blues Rock Pub and Kitchen - A unique live music venue perfect for socializing, providing great quality food, a wide drink selection and a relaxed ambience

·      Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ - An award-winning barbecue concept from Japan and is all about social dining – spending time with friends and family

·      Icebox Cafe - A modern American menu with global inspiration, serving breakfast, lunch, brunch and dinner, with a focus on healthy and all-natural ingredients and delicious cakes

·      Juan Valdez Café - The Colombian coffee growers’ shop that offers you the unique flavors and aromas of 100% Colombian coffee

·      Kings Miami* - Offers a memorable and unique dining and entertainment experience. It boasts amazing dishes from its chef-driven, award-winning kitchen in a classic retro environment

·      Le Macaron French Pastries - offers a variety of French delicacies, providing their guests with the most authentic Parisian experience

·      Martini Bar - A contemporary experience of nightlife entertainment with a blend of gourmet American cuisine drafted with influences from Asia, South America and Europe

·      MOJITO Latin Cuisine and Bar – A tapas bar offering a wide variety of hot and cold appetizers

City Place Doral Rusty Bucket

·      Rusty Bucket* - A casual American restaurant and tavern, a gathering place where people come to share laughter, smiles, and great conversation over food that makes everyone happy

·      Salsa Fiesta* - A family-owned restaurant that delivers refreshing energy through flavorful urban Mexican style food

·      Sloan’s Ice Cream* - A whimsical ice cream wonderland for the young and the young at heart. With our locally handmade super premium ice cream with no added artificial flavors and colors, fresh baked brownies and cookies, succulent dipped apples, exquisite selection of bulk candies

·      The Cheese Course* - A European-style bistro and cheese market that will bring you the taste of tradition

·      Vapiano - Pasta, pizzas, antipasti and salads are ordered directly from our chefs at the individual stations

*Indicates already open

Many of these places are already open in other locations around Miami and some of them are chain restaurants, but either way it’s still a very exciting addition to Doral – an area that once had very few options is now full of dining options from every cuisine imaginable.

CityPlace Doral   

8300 NW 36th St.

Doral, FL 33166



Hamburger House Party Menu Sneak Peek

hamburger house party

Are you ready for a Hamburger Party? It's this Friday and it's a perfect way to end National Burger Month.

Burger Beast Feasts presents the annual Hamburger House Party happening on Friday, May 26th at Magic City Casino from 7pm to 10pm.  GET TICKETS HERE 

Over 20 restaurants will be competing for Best Burger in South Florida. This year features a rogue competitor, Hard Times Sundaes, coming all the way from Brooklyn to see if they have a shot at taking home to crown. Jr’s Gourmet Burgers are back to try to reclaim their crown for the 3rd year in a row. We’re wondering if they have what it takes to win again, right off the heels of their recent 2017 SOBEWFF Burger Bash win.

Guests can expected unlimited burgers from local favorites like Cheeseburger Baby, Twisted Fork Kitchen, Pinch Kitchen, and Mooyah. Beverages from local breweries like The Tank, MIA Beer Co., and Funky Buddha will be on tap. Of course, you can’t have a party without desserts – Sweetness Bakeshop and Dough Miami, along with a few others will be on hand to round out the night.

We've got the first peek and inside scoop on what's being served and it's definitely an event you won't want to miss!

Check out the mouthwatering burger bites below:

180 Degrees: Nitro Burger – Prime Patty topped with Baby Arugula, Shallot N Garlic Confit,Torched Fontina, Pickled Red Onion & Horseradish Garlic Aioli

Airport Cafe: Apple Whiskey Glazed Cheetos crusted Burger topped with a Queso Blanco Pimento Sauce, Piknik Papitas, Sriracha Caramelized Onions & Maple Chorizo

Bocas Grill: La César Burger – 100 % Wagyu Patty topped with Guasacaca Mayo, American Cheese & Salsa Criolla de Chimichurri, served on an Artisan Brioche Bun

Burbowl: Juicy Smashed Slider – 100% Secret Angus Beef Blend Slider topped with Melted Cheddar Cheese , Bacon, Sweet Relish & Burbowl Special Sauce

Cheeseburger Baby: Keep Calm & Bacon On – Cheeseburger Baby’s Grass Fed Angus Beef topped with American Cheese, Apple Cider Bacon on Texas Toast

Chefs on the Run: Ño  Burger – Churrasco, Brisket, Chuck 80/20 Burger Blend Patty topped with Irish White Cheddar, Applewood Bacon, BBQ Sauce, Very Special Sauce, Pickled Red Onions on a Challah Bun

Cinebistro CityPlace: Short Rib Burger Patty topped with Marrow Naise, Pimento Cheese & Shallot Chips

El Rey de las Fritas: Original Frita Cubana Dulce – El Rey de las Frita’s Signature Frita Beef Patty topped with Sweet Plantains, Julienne Potatoes & Onions on a Cuban Roll

Funky Buddha Brewery: Hawaii Five-Oh Baby! – Chuck, Naval, Short Rib Blend Grass Fed Beef Slider topped with pan-flashed Bermuda Onion. Spicy Barbecue Sauce, Swiss Cheese, Shredded Iceberg, Spiced Pork Rinds, & Pineapple Pico de Gallo on a Pineapple/Ginger-brushed Hawaiian Roll

Hard Times Sundaes: Hard Times Signature Burger – Signature Burger Patty topped with Cheese, Caramelized Onions & Bacon

Jr’s Gourmet Burgers: The Valley – Jr’s Signature Patty topped with Goat Cheese, Agave Lime Sauce & Watercress

Killer Melts: The American Gangster – Two Burger Beast Blend Burger Patties topped with Sautéed Onion, Maple Bacon, Mayo, Melted American Cheese on a Burger Bun

Monster Burgers: Monster Burger – Sirloin Beef Patty topped with Crispy Bacon, Mozzarella Cheese , crushed Potato Chips and Monster Sauces (Ketchup- Mayo mix, Garlic & Pineapple Sauce)

MOOYAH: Mooyah Bacon Cheese Burger – Angus Beef Patty topped with Apple Smoked Bacon, American Cheese & Mooyah Sauce on a Potato Bun

Orange Bear Grill: From Coast To Coast – 4oz Burger Beast Blend Burger Patty topped with Applewood Smoked Candied Bacon, Swiss Cheese, Guacamole, Pico de Gallo, Pickled Red Onions, Fried Jalapeños on the World Famous Breadman Miami Carne Pastelitos Bun

PINCH Kitchen: Pinch Burger – 8oz Custom Burger blend Patty topped with Swiss Cheese, Caramelized Onions, Aioli & Applewood Bacon on a Brioche Bun

Pincho Factory: El Funkete Burger

Pipo Burgers: Fritiburger – Beef Patty topped with hand-made White Cheese, Green Sauce, Ketchup, Potato Sticks, Shredded Cabbage,  Fried Plantains & Cotija Cheese

Swensen’s: Guayabera Burger – Signature Blend Burger Patty with Guava Pastelitos, Angus Patty & Cream Cheese

Tucker Duke’s Lunchbox: The Myla – All Beef Patty topped with Smoked Gouda, housemade Bacon, Tomato Bacon Chutney, Bourbon soaked Orange Zest, Thai Chili Dijon, Cole Slaw, crispy Jalapeño on a “Everything Bagel” Challah Bun

Tuto’s Street Cuisine: The Timba Burger – All Beef Angus Grass Fed Patty topped with Cream Cheese, Tuto’s Guava Marmalade, Smoked Bacon, Tuto’s signature Guava BBQ Sauce on a toasted Bun

The Twisted Fork: Twisted Fork Burger – Ravenous Chef’s Signature Burger Patty topped with 6 month aged Manchego Cheese, Guava & Maple roasted Nueske’s Bacon

109 Burger Joint – still pending

Get your tickets soon – they sell out every year! All tickets include unlimited sampling of the Burgers, Craft Beer & Cocktail Samples, Desserts, Water and Soft Drinks. All attendees must be 21 years of age or older.

Saturday Sweets: Just Cookie Dough

Just Cookie Dough in stores in Miami

If you’re a regular reader of Saturday Sweets, then you know I’m all about guilty pleasure foods. One guilty pleasure I think most people can agree with is raw cookie dough. Is it possible to bake cookies and not eat at least 3 cookies worth (or sometimes half a batch) of dough in the process? It’s not at all possible in my kitchen.

While we’ve been told raw dough isn’t safe to eat – even though I’ve never actually gotten sick from it and it usually doesn’t stop me – Hampton Creek, the makers of Just Mayo, Just Dressing, Just Cookies are launching Just Cookie Dough this week at familiar retailers aka Publix and Whole Foods. Just Cookie Dough has been created by a team of Michelin Star Chefs. It comes in three favorite flavors: Birthday Cake, Chocolate Chip, and Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip. 

Hampton Creek is very aware of the roughly 15 million Americans that suffer from food allergies - egg and dairy accounting for 90% of those. Just Cookie Dough is egg and dairy free, which are traditionally used in most store-bought cookie doughs. Instead, they use healthier and sustainable (plant-based) food products made by harnessing the untapped power of our plant kingdom. 

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

Just. Cookie Dough can be eaten raw right out of the container with a spoon or it can even be baked like a regular cookie. They’ve even gone as far as creating and testing tons of easy recipes that can be used to enjoy their new cookie dough.

Just Cookie Dough peanut butter cookie dough

When I tested their cookie dough flavors, I happened to be in a very peanut butter-y mood so the Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip gave me all the feels.

Here’s one of my favorite recipes using their peanut butter cookie dough:

Just Cookie Dough Peanut Butter Pie

Peanut Butter Pie


1 (14 oz) jar Just Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

3 cups powdered sugar, sifted

2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted

1 cup chunky peanut butter

7 tablespoons water

1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Bake the cookie crust: Using the jar of Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

Heat oven to 350°F. Scoop out the entire jar of Just Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough and evenly press onto the bottom of an ungreased 9-inch springform pan. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Allow to cool in the pan.

Make the peanut butter filling:

In a food processor, process the powdered sugar, coconut oil, peanut butter and water until paste forms. Don't over-process the mixture, there should still be some texture from the crunchy peanut butter. Spread the mixture evenly over the cookie crust. 

Melt the chocolate topping:

Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring in-between, until completely melted. Spread the melted chocolate over the top of the pie.

Alternatively, you can melt the chocolate with a double boiler. To set up a double boiler, put about 1 inch of water in a medium saucepan and bring to a simmer over low heat.  Set the chocolate chips in a heat-proof bowl over the simmering water. Stir occasionally until chocolate is fully melted. Spread melted chocolate over peanut butter mixture.

Chill the pie:

Refrigerate for about 1 hour until set, then slice and serve.

Kind of makes you want to get in the car and head to the store to buy some, doesn’t it? Be sure to check out Just Cookie Dough landing in stores all over Miami this week!

Craft Beer Week: Glass & Vine + Samuel Adams Beer Pairing Dinner

May 15th to the 21st is American Craft Beer Week. It’s a nationwide celebration of U.S. small and independent craft brewers.

The weeklong tribute provides an opportunity for craft brewers to share their diversity, creativity, and passion for the beverage they love. Samuel Adams is one of the most well-known brands of craft beer. Since 1984, Boston-based Samuel Adams has been brewing specially crafted beers for all to enjoy. I’m not a big beer drinker but when I was invited to a pairing dinner at Glass & Vine I was curious to see how Chef Giorgio Rapicavoli would pair dishes with 6 different kinds of beers. I knew the food would be outstanding, so really it was going to be a winning evening either way.

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Weekly Nibble: PAO Omakase, Hamburger House Party, Duck Duck Goose, New Menus & Happy Hours

Weekly Nibble MIAbites 5.15.17

The Weekly Nibble on MIAbites features a curated list of the most unique and best upcoming food events and new offerings in Miami.  Please check ahead to confirm specific details as they are subject to change.

Closing out National Burger Month at Pizza & Burger at The Fontainebleau is celebrity chef and restaurateur, Scott Conant. Food Network’s Chopped judge and owner of multiple restaurants, including Impero Caffe and Scarpetta at Fontainebleau Miami Beach, presents the modern Italian flavors he’s built his reputation on. The New Impero Burger is an Italian tour de force – double dry aged patties, pickled mustard seed sauce, truffle aioli, fontina, lettuce and tomato. 15 percent of proceeds will benefit Keep Memory Alive. All specialty burgers offered during National Burger Month are priced at $24. Fontainebleau Miami Beach, 4441 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL  305-674-4636

Wednesday, May 24th- 7 pm. “The Perfect Bite” Omakase Dining Experience Pao by Paul Qui. When a James Beard Foundation award-winning chef asks you to trust him regarding a menu, you do. This summer, Pao’s Executive Chef, Paul Qui, will host an Omakase—an intimate communal dinner inspired by the Japanese tradition of letting the chef choose your order. Throughout his career, Chef Qui created unpredictable flavor combinations that evolved over the years into dishes he’s deemed his “perfect bites.”. Tickets start at $95 per person, exclusive of tax and service charges. Seating is limited. For tickets, visit or call +1 786 655 5600 to book. Pao by Paul Qui The Faena 3201 Collins Ave. Miami Beach. 

Burger Beast Hamburger House Party

Friday May 26th Burger Beast presents the 2017 Hamburger House Party brought to you by Miami Lakes Auto Mall Downstairs Markets & Magic City Casino. It's happening on Friday May 26th (closing weekend of National Burger Month) at Magic City Casino from 7-10PM. 23 Burger Joints will be vying for the Hamburger House Party Trophy via attendee votes and a chance to participate on SOBEWFF Burger Bash. Tickets which will be $50 at the door (if not sold out) are now $40 (and will go up to $45 very soon) and include Unlimited samples from all 23 of the Hamburger House Party Competitors plus more food and drink. Tickets Magic City Casino 450 NW 37th Ave, Miami, FL 33125

Duck Duck Goose Deux

Sunday May 28th-  Duck Duck Goose is a culinary festival by Chef Jeremiah featuring Miami's top chefs each of which will be tasked with preparing locally raised and pastured fowl. In its second year, DDG Deux is bringing a star-studded line up of South Florida's most innovative purveyors of haute cuisine, gourmet street food, craft beer, and artisan cocktails. Tickets are $20-75 and available on Eventbrite link here . The Anderson 709 Northeast 79th Street Miami, FL 33138. 

Sunday May 28th & Monday May 29th- River Yacht Club (RYC). Not typically open on Mondays, it will celebrate the arrival of summer in style with a two-day, backyard-style barbecue, “Rock My Boat” Sunday brunch party will be packed with entertainment and amazing food and drink specials. In addition to their seafood-centric a la carte and brunch menus, a grilling station will be positioned outside, serving up delicious items such as fresh Maine lobster, Korean-style BBQ short ribs, Florida Yellowtail snapper, ginger barbecue half chicken and colossal tiger shrimp. For this weekend only, a variety of tacos will be available at a taco stand. Guests can expect drink specials all weekend long. RYC will donate 10% of food and beverage sales to the Wounded Warriors Project, a nonprofit organization who honor and empower wounded warriors by providing free programs, support, and services to injured veterans, their families, and caregivers. River Yacht Club 401 SW Third Avenue.(305) 200-5716.

New and Ongoing:

Pinch Kitchen Miami Burger

Pinch Kitchen continues its weekly Burger Month offerings with new burgers from Kiko Suarez week of May 23 and Miami Food Pug week of May 30th. The burgers will only be available during lunch and brunch Tuesday through Sunday, and prices will vary depending on the burger. The classic Pinch Burger will also be available. Pinch Miami 8601 Biscayne Blvd. Miami, FL

Ricky's South Beach Happy Hour

Ricky's South Beach is shattering happy hours all over the beach with its carnival food themed new Happy Hour- Monday through Friday from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. (10 p.m. PEOPLE, THIS IS NOT A DRILL!) where the entire Bar & Food menu is 50% OFF- Everything: Cocktails, Shots, Craft Beers and the whole. food. menu. And to sweeten the deal, for every alcoholic drink purchase made during happy hour you'll receive TWO TOKENS to spend at Ricky's arcade! Ricky’s 1222 16th St, Miami Beach, FL 33139

The Anderson Bar Miami New Menu and Cocktails

The Anderson has dropped a mouthwatering new menu for the first time since its opening.  Expect to find The Anderson’s rad take on cocktails broken up into two sections: Freshies and Stiffies, both made up of new, creative cocktails engineered by the bar’s own Joshua Alperstein. To complement the eclectic cocktails, a truly mouthwatering menu has officially given elevated bar bites a new meaning. Munch on things like: Mix & Match Empanadas with Chef’s Herb Aioli, Short Rib Naan Tacos made with Herbs de Provence Short Rib, Applewood Smoked Bleu Cheese & Caramelized Onions; or indulge in the Anderson Smoked Wings with Popcorn Buffalo & Bleu Cheese Sauce; or Griot & Tostones which includes Crispy Pork, Tostones & Pikliz, and of course “the best chicken sandwich in Miami”. The Anderson 709 NE 79th St. Miami FL.  

Lobster Bar Sea Grille Miami $39 dinner

Lobster Bar Sea Grille Miami Beach is celebrating their grand opening with an amazing Three-Course $39 dinner menu Sunday-Thursday from 5:30 to close. The three-course dinner menu includes signature favorites such as a 1.5 lb “Lobster Stuffed Lobster”, Whole Wood Grilled Fish and Surf & Turf -- Nova Scotia Lobster Tail & Petite Filet Mignon, to name a few. In addition, a fun cocktail and light bites Twilight Menu is available at the bar and patio and features specially priced cocktails, wines & spirits and bites. Lobster Bar Sea Grille 404 Washington Ave. Miami Beach, FL.

Quattro on Lincoln Rd will offer a special $25- summer lunch menu that will be available weekdays from 12PM to 6PM. For only $25, diners can enjoy two courses plus dessert. Regular a la carte menu is still available all day. The new prix fixe menu by Executive Chef Luciano Sautto has something for everyone. “I wanted to create a reasonably priced option for customers to try some of the amazing dishes Quattro has to offer,” says Chef Sautto. Quattro Gastronomia Italiana is located at 1014 Lincoln Road on South Beach.: (305) 531-4833.

(Information provided by various sources and subject to availability and change. Please confirm all details ahead of time)

TALDE Launches New Menu Items & Happy Hour

TALDE Miami Beach is not only known for its eclectic, Mafioso rap culture-esque environment and great playlists, but also the classic Chinese-driven dishes made by chef and entertaining personality, Dale Talde. This month he released a few new menu items that he says are inspired by what he craves when he wakes up at noon after a long night out. New dishes include, Chicken Fried Rice, General Talde’s Chicken, Shrimp Toast, Fried Dumplings and a few others.

We stopped in for dinner (and of course their newly launched happy hour) recently to see what all the hype was about. One bite of the Shrimp Toast – with preserved vegetables and soy vinegar aioli – and we knew we were hooked and ready to eat one of everything on the new menu.

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Gluten free Pizza at Ironside Kitchen Pizza and Cafe

Welcome to MIAbites Guest Contributor, Alejandro Fertitta, of, a local food blog focused on gluten free dining options.  Today’s feature is on everyone’s favorite, PIZZA…and his discovery of gluten free pizza.  Thank you for sharing this important find!

To say we’re partial to Italian cuisine would be a bit of an understatement… especially when gluten free Italian options are few and far between. That’s why we’re always grateful when we find places like Ironside Kitchen Pizza & Coffee. Named after the Ironside District situated in the historic Little River Industrial District, Ironside Kitchen prides itself on its authenticity and quality of the foods they serve their customers.

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Saturday Sweets: JetBlue’s Mint Experience Gets Even Cooler With Locally Sourced Artisanal Ice Creams

This week JetBlue announced its newest addition to its Mint experience with a locally curated ice cream program that features favorite flavors from artisanal ice makers based in Boston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York and San Francisco. The fresh approach to its ice cream program allows JetBlue to stay true to Mint’s locally curated roots as it expands the premium experience to new cities on both coasts.

Mint offers a more personal approach to service and features exceptional hospitality from specially trained crewmembers. These local purveyors will offer a rotating selection of ice cream flavors giving Mint customers a taste – literally – of the region from where their flight departs.

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The Dutch Delights Diners with Delectable Dishes for Spring

I am convinced that each trip to The Dutch at the W South Beach is better than the last. From its location at the W Hotel Miami Beach, to the friendly staff, each time dining at The Dutch provides a uniquely genuine experience. My most recent trip to sample the new Spring menu and cocktails was no exception. 

The evening began at The Living Room, the hotel lobby bar that packs more than just a punch. We were greeted with an array of handcrafted cocktails, reminiscent of memorable experiences.

As a self-proclaimed Bourbon lover, I opted to begin the night with the Bourbon Wash Manhattan. Made with Sweet Vermouth, Whiskey Barrel bitters, dry curaçao, and bacon fat washed bourbon, this cocktail is perfect for swine lovers. On the sweeter side, the Rum With Me cocktail feels like a lazy day by the pool— made with aged dark rum, fresh squeezed lime juice, coconut creme, pineapple, basil and granulated brown sugar. 

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Brickell Restaurant Week 2017 May 5- May 21

The Second Annual Brickell Restaurant Week(s) kicked off Thursday, May 4th with Savor Brickell, a tasting preview poolside at the W Miami.  

From atop the gorgeous 50th floor, Savor Brickell featured some of the local Downtown and Brickell restaurants participating in this year's BRW.

We are now one week into Brickell Restaurant Week and have you made your reservations yet?

BRW features special 3-course ‘prix fixe’ lunch and/or dinner options at many of Miami’s finest and newest restaurants such as Pubbelly Sushi Brickell City Centre, Coya, Spaghettino11 RooftopTac

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