Archive for ‘Miami Beach Restaurants’

March 13, 2012

Smith & Wollensky for Beachside Lunch

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By Jessica Michael

I haven’t been back to S&W since my second wedding anniversary when my husband and I spent a whopping $150 on dinner (we were broke at the time, both of us in school and that was a big deal for us).  We enjoyed it enough to treasure the experience but not enough to go back and spend the money again.

However, we discovered that their lunch menu isn’t all that bad.  If you’re careful, for about $30 each, you can eat a very nice meal and split a desert because they are huge!

They don’t have many veggie options but they have an amazing flat bread that tastes like a very light pizza.

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The crusty truffle Macaroni & Cheese was absolutely divine (in fact, I had to pack the rest and take it home so I could share the experience with my husband.

I am so stuffed I am falling asleep at my desk and feeling slightly sick at the same time.  If you’re a food lover like me though, it’s all worth a little discomfort once in a while.

We topped it all off with a little creme brulee trio though I was eyeing this amazingly huge piece of Carrot Cake instead.  Don’t let the camera angle fool you, that is a full size plate and the cake enough to feed an army:

October 17, 2011

The Morgan’s Restaurant Brunch

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By Jessica Michael

In searching for a great “brunch” option for my friend Naomy’s Saturday Birthday party, I came across a restaurant called “The Morgan’s”.  The Morgan’s Restaurant on the beach is a very “Sex and the City” type restaurant on Purdy Avenue close to The Green Monkey Yoga studio.  It’s a great place for brunch …. if you’re not in a hurry.  The wait staff was friendly, if a bit forgetful. They forgot (twice) to bring the birthday girl’s cake (which we waited almost an hour to get) but besides that, it was a pretty good brunch experience.

Ashley, the birthday girl, Naomy and her daughter Jazmin

The French Toast Brioche was mouthwatering.  It was light, fluffy and sweet, the perfect combination on an overcast Saturday morning.  Every brunch meal they brought out looked beautiful. I wasn’t impressed that they charge you for coffee refills but I guess that’s to be expected for cafe con leche.

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There was so much french toast that I was farming it out to the other girls at the table.  One piece was enough to stuff me.

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Ashley, our friend Ivette and her son, Luis

This restaurant is not vegetarian (and Vegans for sure will have a hard time eating here) but they do offer many Vegetarian options.  All in all, I would give them 4 out of 5 carrots.  Though their forgetfulness was disappointing, the ambiance, friendliness of the server and the taste of the food won out.

For more information on The Morgan’s restaurant go to http://www.themorgansrestaurant.com/

September 26, 2011

China Grill Vegetarian Spice Menu

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By Jessica Michael

I’ve lived in Miami for ten years and have never taken advantage of Miami Spice.  For those of you not from Miami; Miami Spice is a event that the higher-end restaurants participate in every year.  There are about 80-100 restaurants in and around Miami that create a special menu for the price points of: $22/lunch and $35/dinner.   For some restaurants, this is an incredible deal that you don’t want to miss.

Each restaurant offers their own menu and a separate “Spice” menu for their customers.  The menu usually includes a starter, a main meal and a desert (drinks are not included).  At China Grill, regular menu items for just the entrees usually start at around $18 and go up from there, most averaging about $30.

So, for the last week of Miami Spice, a friend and I decided to check out China Grill.  The staff were very friendly and accommodating.  Most people there for lunch were ordering off the spice menu (why not for that deal!).

The only negative about China Grill’s menu is that it’s a “Share” menu.  If you have three people in your party, you split two entrees.  If one of you is vegetarian and the others aren’t, that means that you are sharing one entree with two other people while you can’t even touch their’s because unfortunately, China Grill only has one vegetarian entree option on the spice menu.  Not that I’m complaining! 😉 It was a very good mushroom and sundried tomato pasta and the Wasabi mashed potatoes were amazing.

At the end of our meal we got to share these incredible deserts!

We had a great lunch and are looking forward to checking out more restaurants next year during Spice month!

For more information on Miami Spice go to http://www.ilovemiamispice.com

August 19, 2011

Pizza Fusion for Vegan Pizza

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By Jessica Michael

After months of wanting to go to Pizza Fusion to try their Vegan Cheese pizza and Gluten Free crust, we finally went last night.  The service was extremely friendly, the decor light and airy and the prices fairly normal.  This place seemed like a great place to chill on a Friday night and spend time with friends, there was even a couple near us drinking wine in rather large wine glasses.

The pizza itself was tasty, very light on the salt (but there are salt shakers there so don’t panic!) and I didn’t feel bloated and disgusting afterwards.  I chose the Spinach and Artichoke pizza on Gluten Free crust with the vegan cheese.  It wasn’t overwhelming or dripping in oil which was a healthy surprise.   We drank Green Tea which was served with Truvia packets (bravo for them). I will definitely be going back for seconds.

For more information on Pizza Fusion, it’s menu, etc. please go to http://www.pizzafusion.com.  They have locations in the following states:

California
Colorado
Connecticut
Florida
New Jersey
Ohio
 
I give them four carrots for not compromising on healthy options!
 
*Note that the Gluten Free crust does have egg- if you are vegan, please be sure to ask for the vegan crust.
June 20, 2011

Thai Coconut Curry at Tamarind Thai Restaurant

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by Jessica Michael

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If the picture looks delicious, it’s because it is.  Tamarind Thai Restaurant is a little hole in the wall restaurant on Normandy Drive just over the 79th street Causeway in Miami Beach.  On Sunday afternoon, the only person waiting on you is a pretty, older, Thai woman who is very intent on serving you well.  The ambiance is a little cheese with a little sophistication wrapped into one (if that can be done).  The artwork on the walls could be described as “uneventful” but I don’t think that’s the fault of the restaurant.

I chose the Coconut Curry Tofu with basmati rice that turned out amazing.  It was very spicy but coconut curry is supposed to be that way!  The curry was rich and saucy and I was sad to run out of rice to pour it on.  The only complaint I have is that the curry would have been better with some more vegetables as it was a bit soupy and the tofu could have been a little less crispy but besides that, it was the best tasting Coconut Curry I have eaten in a long time.  They do have quite a few vegetarian options and even have two on their lunch specials menu which ranges from 6.99 to about 10.00.

This restaurant is Zagat rated and is supposed to have THE BEST empanadas?  Odd that a Thai restaurant has been recognized for it’s empanadas but I guess you just need to check it out and see for yourself!

They also apparently have some cooking classes that you just have to try out!  Their website is a plethora of information on their restaurant and Thai Cooking. Go to http://tamarindthai.us/ for more information and tell them Veg On The Run sent you!

They get four carrots for great service and yummy curry!

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