Posts tagged ‘Downtown Miami’

July 27, 2015

Panther Coffee, Wynwood

by jem614

If you haven’t yet been to Wynwood in downtown Miami, you’re becoming one of the few.  It’s host to art shows and an unending stream of tourists coming to take pictures of random art all over the sidewalks and graffiti’d walls.

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I have driven through it and kept making a mental note to go but hadn’t made the time till this past weekend when my sister-in-law suggested we check out “Panther Coffee”.  It’s very hipster and packed full of people on a Saturday morning.  In fact, I waited over 5 minutes for a coffee but it’s worth it for the people-watching.

Their outside tables are quite large and even a middle table that resembles a “family eating” style as everyone is at one very large u-shaped table.  Definitely a must if you are in Wynwood and you have to try the Bunnie Cakes mini cupcakes- super cute and gluten/dairy free!

Prices: Think “Starbucks and a little bit more”.

December 31, 2011

Soya & Pomodoro Part 1: Downtown Miami’s Little Piece of Italy

by jem614

By Jessica Michael

Walking into Soya feels like walking onto a street in Italy.  Granted, I have never been to Italy like Ashley has, it feels exotic and timeless.  The fact that the waiters speak Italian definitely adds to the charm!

We are by no means the first to review this restaurant; on the wall are “positive review” plaques from the New Times, Miami Herald and Zagat.  The reviews are well deserved, even if just for the transporting experience.


Soya is actually quite hidden away between northeast 1st street and 2nd avenue downtown.  We only stumbled on it because our original restaurant choice was closed for the holidays – or for good, we couldn’t tell.


First thing when you walk in, is the kitchen and staff.  To the left is the sit-down area which actually looks like it’s between two old buildings with a roof overhead.  I really thought places like this only existed in Manhattan, the more I dine out in Miami, the more I fall in love with it.


In the back is a nifty little book store which makes it even more lovely.

At Soya, I ordered the Soy Burger with fresh spinach, tomato & mozzarella on Ciabatta bread.  It was delicious, fresh and so big that I ate only half the burger and brought the rest home (which was still delicious later by the way).



Overall, Soya is a wonderful experience.  The waiters seem very busy and you will probably sit very close to your fellow patrons but it all adds to the excitement of the place.  If you can’t afford the expensive airfare to Italy, just stop by Soya & Pomodoro for a $10 or so lunch time “shot” of Italy.

December 22, 2011

Kork Wine and Cheese- Sangria and Mimosa Saturdays!

by jem614

By Jessica Michael


Kork is one of the hippest wine bars in downtown Miami (if not the hippest).  It’s not hip for its “new age” themes or sexy bartenders.  It’s hip because it’s laid back, the decor gives you the feeling of being inside an oak wine barrel, and the staff is incredibly friendly.

Armed with our Couptessa coupons last Saturday, four of us trudged our way downtown; braved the parking and slid into our seats for some UNLIMITED Sangrias and Mimosas.  From 12-4pm every Saturday, Kork has these unlimited Saturdays that are a great way to  have brunch with the girls, celebrate a birthday, an engagement, etc.  The first floor is the bar with a few tables and then downstairs is additional seating in the wine cellar.

If you didn’t get a chance to purchase the Couptessa coupon, no matter, you can still have unlimited Sangrias and Mimosas for $15.  Their salads are fabulous as well, loaded with goodies you expect to see at a fancy restaurant like figs and candied pecans.  Delicious!

Not only is this place fantastic, it also has a $5 happy hour on the weekdays (excluding Mondays).  The only downside to Kork is that it’s downtown Miami next to Macys.  The parking is either astronomical or hard to find.  We were able to finally find parking for $5 (Saturday rate) all day at a parking lot two blocks north of Kork and were pretty happy with it.

**Update: According to Kork, Valet will be available starting next week so you won’t have to worry about the parking anymore!

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