Food and Drink

Miami's 9 James Beard Award semifinalist nominations

Zak the Baker in Wynwood.

Zak the Baker in Wynwood. Photo: Jeffrey Greenberg/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

Miami's food scene has once again been recognized as one of the best in the country.

Driving the news: A total of nine Miami restaurants, chefs, bakeries and bars were announced yesterday as semifinalists for the 2023 James Beard Awards.

Who made the cut: Some of Miami's most popular spots are on the list, including Michelin-starred restaurant Ariete and Little Havana's Cafe La Trova.

Martin Vassolo
Jan 23, 2023 - News

Miami is getting three new Wawas in 2023

A Wawa gas station is pictured

Customers refuel vehicles at a Wawa gas station in Annapolis, Maryland. Photo: Joshua Roberts/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The 305 is getting three new Wawas this year.

What's happening: The Philadelphia-area chain of gas stations and convenience stores is opening new locations in Hialeah and Homestead this spring, the Miami Herald reports.

Miami weekend guide: Chocolate Festival, Chinese New Year and more

The inside of a yellowish cacao bean

A cacao display from the 2008 International Chocolate Festival at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. Photo: Jeffrey Greenberg/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

Making weekend plans? Here are four events to keep on your radar:

Festival of Chocolate: Pair specialty chocolates with sips of bourbon, indulge in choco-cocktails and unwind with a chocolate-infused massage at the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden tomorrow and Sunday. There will be kids' activities, a "chocolate lab" and food vendors. Entry: $25 for adults, $12 for children.

Martin Vassolo
Jan 13, 2023 - News

Cold weather means churro time in Miami

A batch of churros from Churros Manolos sits behind display glass.

Trays of Churros at Churros Manolo in North Beach. Photo: Jeffrey Greenberg/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

It's going to get chilly this weekend, with temperatures dropping to the 40s.

Why it matters: Apart from falling iguanas, cold weather in Miami means freshly fried churros and hot chocolate dip.

Deirdra Funcheon
Jan 13, 2023 - News

Former NFL star twins open new distillery in Miami

A pink room has a bar at the center

Photo: Courtesy of Tropical Distillers

Twin brothers and retired NFL stars Mike and Maurkice Pouncey have opened a new distillery in Allapattah.

Driving the news: Tropical Distillers, at 2141 N.W. 10th Ave., is an 8,000-square-foot space with a pink tasting room, a 30-seat cocktail bar and a gift shop.

Martin Vassolo
Dec 21, 2022 - News

What's in and what's out in Miami as 2022 departs?

Illustration of the Axios logo moving sidways like a leftward arrow, and revealing the year 2022 over a field of blue and black streaks.

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

We're a little more than a week away from kicking 2022 out of the club like some dude wearing shorts and a fitted hat.

  • In the spirit of gatekeeping, we thought it'd be appropriate to compile an inaugural list of what's in and what's out in Miami as we head into the new year.

Enjoy an exclusive omakase experience at new Miami spot Sushi By Bou

A person fires a flaming blowtorch at four pieces of sushi on a black plate.

This nigiri is fire. Photo: Deirdra Funcheon/Axios

I had never tried omakase — wherein a chef selects pieces of sushi for the diners — until this Friday, when I was invited to try Sushi By Bou's new Miami location.

Driving the news: Sushi By Bou, which has a restaurant in Fort Lauderdale and locations in three other states, opened at SLS Brickell on Dec. 1.

Vietnamese spot Phuc Yea serves up tasty courtside meals at FTX Arena

A steak bowl from Phuc Yea is pictured at the Heat game.

This steak bowl from Phuc Yea pairs well with a Heat win. Photo: Martin Vassolo/Axios

I went to a Heat game last week and noticed a new food vendor at FTX Arena: the trendy Vietnamese restaurant Phuc Yea.

State of play: Usually when I catch a game on an empty stomach, I either go for Papa John's or Bodega Taqueria, both good choices to pair with a cold beer.


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