A Season of Specials
The holiday spirit is alive and well at foodie destinations throughout South Florida.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year—and perhaps the most flavorful, as well. Throughout December, South Florida is awash in holiday-inspired meals, deals and specials—a Spanish-style food-topia at Bayside, a truffle-inspired menu in Miami Beach and special holiday suds courtesy of Concrete Beach Brewery. But that’s not the half of it. Here are 10 reasons to treat yourself to what the local culinary landscape has to offer.
Beauty & the Feast Bar/Kitchen (601 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954.567.8070): Located inside the Atlantic Hotel and Spa, Beauty & the Feast Bar/Kitchen features myriad holiday dinners through December. Celebrate Christmas Eve at the restaurant with “Feast of the Seven Fishes,” an Italian-inspired meal. Enjoy more than a dozen seafood dishes, from small plates to sharing-style à la carte items, or opt for the regular dinner menu. On Christmas Day, the restaurant has a brunch buffet, including carving stations, salads, cold and hot plates, and a spread of desserts. For New Year’s Eve, check out the four-course dinner that includes entertainment and a midnight Champagne toast. The next morning, the restaurant offers a “Polar Bear Plunge” brunch, where guests are encouraged to dive into the ocean dressed in their outfit from the night before, and then indulge in a prix-fixe brunch. Those who take the plunge will receive a $20.17 discount off their meal.
Juvia (1111 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, 305.763.8272): Ring in the New Year inside a penthouse above the city. The contemporary Japanese-Peruvian-French fusion restaurant offers two dinner seatings on New Year’s Day with specially crafted four-course menus. Menu highlights include Maine lobster, bluefin toro, warm mixed mushroom salad and a chocolate feuilletine caramel dessert shot.
La Feria by Mercado de San Miguel (301 N. Biscayne Blvd., Bayfront Park, Miami, 786.465.6436): The famed Spanish market, celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, has reopened its signature North American outpost for the second year in a row. Just in time for the holidays, La Feria mirrors its counterpart in Madrid. Open through January, visitors can expect 9,000 square-feet filled with Latin-fusion eats, including meats, fish, rice and tapas. The space includes live entertainment, retail, guest chef programs and cooking classes. The market, which is open nightly Thursday through Sunday, is perfect for an evening dinner or as a grab-and-go option. Reservations are not needed.
NaiYaRa (1854 Bay Road, Miami Beach, 786.275.6005): The Asian-fusion restaurant divulged one of its most-coveted secrets: the name to its popular secret dish. The O’Toro Tartare, which doesn’t appear on the restaurant’s menu, is one of the restaurant’s best-loved plates. Made with bluefin otoro and minced with Japanese knives, the meat is blended with grated wasabi, truffle paste, hot sesame seed oil and honey-kimchi sauce. Then, it is pressed into a wooden box and brushed with soy kizami, which is marinated fresh wasabi, along with red caviar, edible gold flakes, black truffle shavings and crunchy rice crackers.
Hoffman’s Chocolate Factory (5190 Lake Worth Road, Greenacres, 888.281.8800): Through Dec. 30, Hoffman’s Chocolates hosts its 26th annual Winter Wonderland, a family-friendly event. Sights and sounds include 75,000 LEDs, colorful holiday displays, live entertainment and photo opportunities with Santa. Naturally, guests also can expect to indulge in a smattering of chocolates, confections and hot cocoa varieties while meandering through the venue.
Concrete Beach Brewery (325 NW 24th St., Miami, 305.796-2727): The Miami-based brewery has crafted a holiday-inspired drink this season. Deck the Walls, a spiced imperial porter, features cinnamon, cardamom and ginger balanced by roasted chocolate malt notes. It is available in 12-ounce cans, as well as on draft at the brewery and at select bars and retailers throughout South Florida.
The Dutch (2201 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305.938.3111): South Beach’s popular Americana-inspired dining destination, The Dutch inside W South Beach has special menus for diners on Christmas and New Year’s. Menus will be curated by executive chef Adonay Tafur and executive pastry chef Josh Gripper.
Quattro Gastronomia Italiana (1014 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, 305.531.4833): Through December, Lincoln Road’s staple Italian restaurant features its seasonal truffle menu. White truffle, native to Alba, Italy, is coveted for its distinct aroma and taste. Using the ingredient, find an array of à la carte truffle dishes such as fonduta tartufata con crostini, a cheese fondue topped with a poached egg yolk and toasted croutons; along with tartare di filetto all’albese, a plate of filet mignon with baby artichoke and parmesan salad. All dishes come with two grams of Alba white truffles shaved on top. Additional truffle shavings are available at an added cost.
The Continental (2360 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305.604.2000): Inspired by the Japanese Christmas tradition of eating fried chicken and chocolate cake with a glass of Champagne, the Continental offers a Korean fried chicken special through Christmas week. It includes a green salad, indulgent chicken, a glass of bubbly and a slice of Millionaire’s Chocolate Cake.
Jaya at the Setai (2001 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 855.923.7899): On Christmas Day, the restaurant serves a Christmas-themed buffet with seatings at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. For $125 a person, festivities include live jazz along with an expansive spread. Expect an array of seafood on ice, along with truffle-roasted chicken, barbecued Kurobuta pork ribs and a selection of Chinese dim sum.