I am frequently asked for my favourtie spots not only in my native cities of vancouver and miami but others in which I've spent time or frequent. Here is a collection of guides and lists that will perhaps better orient you and provide you with a better visit.
(FINE SPIRITS SELECTIONS AND WELL MADE COCKTAILS)
THE BROKEN SHAKER & 27 - Located in the Freehand Hotel, this jewel box bar and surrounding secret garden is a must visit. Gabe and Elad have dominated the Miami bar scene with their creative, local approach, attention to detail and relentless work ethic.
THE REGENT COCKTAIL CLUB - Located in the Gale Hotel at 17th and Collins, The Regent is an elegant bar, reminiscent of a bygone era. With of the finest bartenders on staff and some celebrity bartenders making cameos (ie, Julio Cabrera), you are sure to have one of the best cocktails here.
RADIO - The best bar SoFi South Beach bar. It's a neighbourhood bar with a great vibe, lots of space and a good spirits selection.
PAO at the Faena Hotel - (3/7/16) I have dined at PAO twice now since it opened in the luxurious Faena hotel and I have been VERY impressed each time. The dining room is sexy and well designed and the food and service are on point. On Miami Beach at 30th and Collins. "Modern Asian cuisine from James Beard Foundation award-winning Chef Paul Qui in a spectacular ocean view setting".
KLIMA - (2/15/16) The Josper oven meats at this Miami Beach gem are excellent. The decor is a warm collection of mid century modern and the bar has a good selection of mezcal and tequila.
27 Restaurant - If you're familiar with one of the best bars in town, The Broken Shaker, then you should also know their restaurant, 27. These guys are not only passionate about cocktails but food for sure. 27 is nestled in a lovely historic home, with a restaurant on the ground floor and a handsome bar upstairs. Some of my favourite dishes are: Arepa Platter, Griot & Pickliz and the radishes in brown butter when available. Very fresh, menu changes frequently.
all timE dining:
Michael's Genuine Food & Drink - In the Design District of Miami. The original farm to table restaurant now featuring an expanded raw bar program. Michael's will always be my first choice, first recommended and default. The freshest of ingredients come together on the ever-changing menu. Additionally, the cocktail and wine program is one of the finest in the city. Favourite dishes: Crispy Rice Cake, the pizza, Crispy Hominy, the daily roasted fish, the steak, the vegetables...it's all good!
Mandolin - A charming and consistently delicious place to get some of the best Mediterranean food in Miami. Their original location in the Design District is my go to for any occasion and the new spot in Soho Beach House, also in a lovely garden setting with beach breezes is diving. Favourite dishes: Taramasalata, Kefte, Shrimp Ouzo & Grilled Octopus.
all time dining:
WHITE SPOT - Casual, midscale diner. Various locations. Best burgers in town. Now this is not a huge patty with a brioche bun etc, but rather a thinner patty, homemade bun and two proprietary sauces called Tripple O that you must have it smothered in.
Trou Normand - Next to one of the most handsome skyscrapers in the city, Trou Normand is well know for their charcuterie. We sat outside in their L'Orangerie and had a lovely spring lunch of pig parts, pasta, salads and a good white burgundy.
From their website: Trou Normand focuses on whole-animal butchery and house-made charcuterie using pork from Riverdog Farm and dried meats made from rare Mangalitsa pigs bred exclusively by Csarda Haz Farm and Dinner Bell Farm. We have up to 40 types of salumi and charcuterie available all-day with seasonal sides, pasta and chophouse style cuts of meat for dinner. Lunch is served throughout the week, featuring handmade sandwiches and freshly-brewed Four Barrel coffee. Our menus change daily based on the freshest, local ingredients available.
SAN ANTONIO, TX
(updated Jan 2016)
HOTEL EMMA - In the Pearl District, Hotel Emma was a former brewery that has been beautifully adapted to emulate the grandeur of hotels of a bygone era.
THE ESQUIRE - One of the best bars I've been to. Serious spirits program, 108' long bar, good food.
HOT JOY -
NEW YORK CITY
THE WHITNEY MUSEUM - Recently relocated to the Meatpacking district, you won't find a greater collection of Contemporary and 20th century American art anywhere else. Also, eat at Untitled on the ground floor. Chef Michael Anthony (of Gramercy Tavern)
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