With its nautical design and rollicking atmosphere, stepping into La Cueva del Pirata truly is like stepping onto the deck of a pirate ship. But instead of danger and wooden appendages, it offers live music, comedy, and full food and beverage menus. Open until dawn on Saturday nights, this sports bar and entertainment venue is as dedicated to good times as it is to good food.
Approaching three decades as a Miami Springs institution, Treats Café serves old-fashioned french dips and reubens, grilled-sirloin burgers, and dinner dishes such as pasta, seafood, and baby-back ribs. All meat and produce are carefully chosen from local markets, and the fruits of their harvest are posted each day on the restaurant’s Twitter feed. Treats Cafe now offers delivery service so that customers can stop dragging their couches and TVs through the leafy bushes out front. Before the storefront’s big, plate-glass window, umbrella-clad tables and a leaning shade tree give respite on sunny days.
In 2010, a young couple enlisted the help of chef Ernesto Vargas to open Ceviche Inca Restaurant in the heart of the Wynwood Arts District. Vargas draws on more than 15 years of experience in Peruvian cooking to prepare specialties such as moist, flavorful pollo a la brasa, lomo saltado steak, and fresh ceviche, which he marinates in lemon juice before beautifully presenting it scooped into shells. The restaurant's decor is simple, with white tablecloths, potted plants, and wall-to-wall windows that let in streaming sunlight or the gentle glow of nearby firefly conventions. On Saturday nights, musicians entertain diners with live music.
Wine racks the color of warm wheat chaff crisscross the walls at Holleman’s Restaurant, the sleek bodies of the bottles reflecting servers as they slip through the dining room. The vessels, stamped with labels from France, Argentina, and Italy shimmer beneath visions of Black Angus steaks, fresh pasta, and racks of New Zealand lamb. From the kitchen drift the scents of garlic-and-rosemary demi-glace and cognac-and-peppercorn sauce. In that busy room, New York strip steak crackles against the open-flame grill and chefs busily mold crabcakes.
Beneath wrought-iron chandeliers, the high-topped tables are covered in crisp white cloths like ghosts appearing in traffic court. On some evenings, the smooth twang of an electric guitar fills the room, flitting softly beneath a crooning singer.
Husband-and-wife restaurateurs Jorge and Licet Torres aren't new to the Miami dining scene. They've lived and worked in Miami Springs since 1997, operating a duo of Latin-cuisine restaurants?both named Latin Cafe. In April 2014, the Torres's opened an eatery closer to their own neighborhood, on a prime corner just off of Circle Park. They called the spot Sabores Restaurant & Lounge.
At Sabores, the Torreses and their team skillfully prepare Cuban classics such as steak sandwiches, whole fried snapper, and smoked pork chops. A private area hosts special events, and a full bar keeps glasses filled with adult libations such as imported beers, creative cocktails, and blended tax returns. On Fridays nights, guests can take the karaoke stage to croon favorite tunes.