Town Kitchen & Bar's Executive Chef Michael Altman earned his whites in New York City, working under renowned restaurateur Charlie Palmer. When Altman moved to Miami in 2005, he brought with him a flair for crowd-pleasing American cuisine that can be seen in his menu of brick-oven pizzas, Black Angus burgers, and shareable bar nibbles. Classic egg and pancake breakfasts fill bellies on the weekends and come accompanied by mimosa and bloody mary specials. Town’s decor blends the industrial with the sleek, mixing exposed ductwork and high ceilings with leather booths and pendant lights. The bar stays hopping seven days a week, offering a daily happy hour that lasts three hours, as well as ladies’-night promotions. As they listen to a DJ’s tunes, revelers can sip microbrews, specialty shots, and signature cocktails such as the Spring Samba—Veev açai and St.-Germain elderflower liqueurs with agave nectar, lemon, and cucumber. The bar discounts many bottles from its nearly 200-strong list of domestic and imported wines throughout the week; it won a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence in 2012.
Sushi may be synonymous with Japan, but Chef Adrian Rojas draws on international influences when creating Miyako Japanese Restaurant's menu. In addition to working in modern sushi bars, Chef Rojas has cooked his way through Europe and South America. The flavors he picked up along the way add tasty flair to each plate, whether he's rolling up sushi or cooking a noodle dish.
Chef Rojas and his team infuse unexpected notes into hot entrees such as breaded, deep-fried pork, or spicy chicken saut?ed with onions and carrots. But it's the sushi rolls that best represent the kitchen's culinary fusion. The red kryptonite roll, for instance, combines spicy tuna with jalape?os, while the coconut shrimp roll holds tropical ingredients including guava and mango. Equal detail is lavished on presentation?rolls and sashimi can be strapped into tiny life vests and loaded into sushi boats, or served atop live models during body sushi events.
VeganAroma's owners, Sabina Torrieri?dubbed a "health food guru" by Daily Candy?and chef Grace Augier, know that any specialty diet, and healthy eating in general, can be extremely difficult to maintain while eating out. So they created VeganAroma in order to help diners get access to healthy foods that are 90%?100% organic.
The duo actually takes healthy eating a step farther by following the raw-food diet, which relies on uncooked fruits, whole-grains, and leafy green vegetables, nuts, seeds, beans and superfoods to nourish the body and help aid digestion and weight loss. Some of the food is never heated above 116 degrees so as not to destroy important enzymes and nutrients. Cooked vegan entrees are served up as daily.
The plant-based meals are yeast-, dairy-, and 95% gluten-free (excluding sandwiches) and handcrafted using vitamin-rich ingredients, such as kale, quinoa, and cashew cheese. Juices, served up individually or for 3- or 7-day juicing detox cleanses, are made fresh from leafy greens. Desserts such as raw cheesecake and chocolate macaroons satisfy any sweet-tooth cravings, as highlighted by the Urban Times, which raved about the chocolate-mousse pie.
The "ARTernative vegan caf?" also attempts to better the community by displaying a colorful collection of locally made artwork. It spreads the word about raw eating through regular cooking classes and offers wellness programs that teach healthy lifestyle habits, such as how to floss using celery strands.
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BGR The Burger Joint’s burgers start with high-quality ingredients—most importantly, all-natural beef from grain-fed cattle, free to run in the fields and given zero hormones, fillers, or antibiotics. The prime beef is dry-aged, blended, and ground fresh to form patties that are grilled over an open flame, and then placed atop buttery, locally made brioche buns delivered fresh each day. The menu focuses on the Legendary Burger, which includes gourmet toppings such as avocado, applewood bacon, and grilled jalapenos. For nonbeef eaters, the menu's selection of burgers also includes turkey and veggie varieties, as well as The Greek, a seasoned lamb patty topped with tzatziki and feta. Burgers are also available in a lettuce wrap or on a salad in a healthy salad bowl.
Diners can request all of BGR The Burger Joint's freshly made fries—from thick-cut yukon gold potatoes to asparagus fries—be topped with parmesan, rosemary, roasted garlic, or a tiny tiara. The staff hand-spins shakes with Gifford's or Breyers ice cream to create extra-thick treats for finishing off meals, and some shops curate their own selection of bottled vintage sodas and offer beer and wine.
There's a reason CBS Miami hails Maroosh Mediterranean Restaurant as one of the area's Top Spots for Middle Eastern Food?in fact, there are many. First and foremost is the food: everything from Lebanese and Armenian sausages to charcoal-grilled skewers of lamb and crispy falafel with sides of tahini. The chefs go the extra mile to make the meals as authentic as possible, too, pairing dishes with sides of homemade yogurt and topping their basmati rice with roasted almonds.
Yet when recreating the Middle East, Maroosh Mediterranean Restaurant doesn't just stop with the cuisine. The dining room's vibrant collection of pan-Mediterranean accents includes bright red and purple fabrics hanging from the ceiling, an ornate metal chandelier, and framed paintings of musicians and belly dancers. Those paintings even echo reality?the eatery invites belly dancers to perform for private parties, where they mesmerize families and re-inspire chiropractors who've lost their passion.
CRAVE's eight locations have gained a plethora of press and even an Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator. Each sleek eatery also entices diners with a diverse menu of modern American lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch fare devised by Corporate Executive Chef Bill King and a sushi menu of traditional and creative rolls inspired by Executive Sushi Chef Tony Lam's upbringing in Hawaii. Each menu is then artfully executed using fresh and locally sourced, seasonal ingredients, as well as seafood flown in daily and handcrafted sauces made from authentic Asian recipes. Brick ovens give flatbreads a crisp exterior while the grill keeps steaks, chicken, and burgers juicy.