The chefs at Morgan's Restaurant transform locally sourced ingredients into made-from-scratch dishes that pull influences from all over the world. Entrees include international dishes such as pan-seared Scottish salmon, Moroccan-style stew, and moules frites with French fries. Though the restaurant's wraparound porch may exude an old-fashioned charm, the interior's chic ambiance, replete with mirrored walls and hanging light fixtures, creates a modern dining atmosphere for brunch, lunch, and dinner.
From foodies to celebrities to trend watchers, the buzz around Pinkberry has been sweeping the world. Excitement was high from the very beginning, when in 2005 Pinkberry opened its first store in West Hollywood, California. The demand for the swirls of yogurt was so great that Pinkberry was dubbed "the taste that launched 1,000 parking tickets" by the Los Angeles Times. Undeterred by parking regulations, people were drawn in by their cravings for the yogurt, the abundance of toppings, the bright and energetic store design, and the kind smiles of the staff. With more than 220 locations in 18 countries, Pinkberry is now one of the most-talked-about premium frozen yogurts in the world.
Starting with a base of nonfat, hormone-free milk and nonfat yogurt, Pinkberry's artisans incorporate live, active cultures into the mix to create a healthy, refreshing treat. The original yogurt is always available, but staffers also swirl seasonal flavors throughout the year, such as strawberry, cookies 'n' cream, and cherry. The selection of fresh fruit also rotates with the seasons and is cut daily in each store. Other toppings, such as honey-almond granola, dark-chocolate crisps, swirl pearls, and italian caramel, allow customers to create an inspired flavor combination every visit.
Mo's Cakes' expert bakers whisk together cakey confections suitable for parties, holidays, or palatable presents. Excavated fresh daily from underground bundt mines, the mini, single-serving bundt cakes hold delectable depositories of cinnamon swirls within a moist golden batter. The dozen rounded sweets come packaged in a brown satin box, held together with a signature red ribbon and Pandora-themed curse.
At 6 a.m. every morning, the denizens of Little Havana awaken to the sweet scents that escape from the kitchens of nearby Rico Bakery & Cafe. A local institution for more than 25 years, the charming bakery has earned a dedicated following due to its fresh breads, Cuban and European desserts, and steamy coffee drinks. No item, however, flies off the bakery racks faster than the pastelitos, which come with sweet or savory fillings of coconut, cheese, beef, ham, guava, or piñata candy.
Since 1969, Mario the Baker has regaled customers with the rich tastes of vodka sauce, baked eggplant, capicola subs, and cheesy pizzas. Since its inception, the restaurant has grown from a single storefront to a 14-location local fiefdom, built upon a foundation of crafting consistently delicious casual Italian cuisine, thin-crust New York–style pizzas, and traditional pasta dishes. Piping-hot garlic rolls accompany plates of shrimp scampi or chicken francese, and margherita pizzas and pineapple-topped hawaiian pies enliven celebrations of majestic T-ball-league triumphs and inconsequential T-ball-league defeats.
City Hall the Restaurant owner Steve Haas is no newbie when it comes to dining and hospitality. A former owner and general manager of many an eatery, as well as the current chair of the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau, Steve knows the formula for showing people a good time lies in a relaxed, welcoming atmosphere and a menu of comfort and creative food. He entrusts his kitchen to Executive Chef Luis Lopez, who whips up such classics as fried chicken and housemade meatloaf along with Asian-inspired sesame-seared salmon and duck confit wild-mushroom pizza. Bartenders pour wines, beers, and old-school martinis, as well as fruity concoctions and invisibility potions. City Hall occupies a 6,000-square-foot space just five blocks from the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County, making it a convenient spot for a pre- or postshow meal. An 80-foot light-box mural dominates the dining room's decor and adds a splash of color above the dark-walnut chairs and black-varnished tables.