The breadth of the Atlantic Ocean doesn't impact the reach of Alfredo Patino. As the chef and owner of Bin No. 18, the Miami-based chef draws inspiration from the casual cuisine of European bistros while using seasonal, locally sourced ingredients and contemporary technique to lend a bit of New World flair to the ever-changing menus. French, Italian, and Latin American flavors appear throughout Chef Patino's cuisine, adding a global scope to the regionally rooted dishes.
Shareable platters of imported European cheeses and cured meats are served alongside Latin staples, including octopus salad, as well as classic Italian entrees made with homemade pastas. But recreating time-honored classics isn't the only thing that Chef Patino does. He also demonstrates a willingness to experiment by fusing New and Old World influences. This culinary whimsy is evident in the kitchen's modern interpretation of a Cuban sandwich—complete with slow-roasted pork, brie, and fig sauce—which earned a spot on Food & Wine magazine's list of the Best Sandwiches in the U.S.
And much like the European bistros that originally inspired Chef Patino, Bin No. 18 features an extensive wine list. Like his menu, the wine list takes a global approach by including bottles from Spain, France, Italy, Germany, Portugal, Hungary, Greece, and Austria, as well as Argentina, New Zealand, South Africa, Washington State, California, and Oregon. This variety of options ensures that numerous pairing options are available for diners looking to enjoy a glass with their meal or collection of small plates. CBS Miami was also impressed by the selection, placing Bin No. 18 on its 2011 list of the Best Wine Bars In South Florida.
The Old World inspiration shines through a bit more clearly in the restaurant's décor, which skews more toward a rustic, yet refined ambiance as opposed to a nouveau vibe. Wooden wine barrels sit beside tables with avocado-green chairs, occasionally doubling as small side tables. At the same time, the collection of crystal chandeliers dangling from the ceiling adds a bit of classical elegance to the space.
Founded in 1999, Just The Funny Theater hosts a rotating roster of improv and sketch teams, and also opens its stage to standup comedians. The theater’s comedic cast members have numerous credits from local theater productions. Just The Funny also offers classes in the improvisational arts and sketch writing, during which instructors dispense the comedic skills they’ve learned from their own training with such groups as The Second City, Upright Citizens Brigade, and The Groundlings.
Transit Lounge, one of Miami's favorite bars and live music venues, is located in Brickell just a block away from Mary Brickell Village. Transit features live music and entertainment all week long on its main and patio stages, including showcases by local and national bands. Come sing Karaoke with a LIVE BAND every Tuesday
A local landmark for more than 50 years, Duffy's entertains patrons with 20 draft beers and an eclectic menu of hearty pub fare staples. A selection of 16 burgers anchor the sumptuous spread, with selections ranging from the jalapeno-topped Mexicali burger ($7.25) to the Italian burger ($7.25), smothered in marinara sauce and parmesan cheese. Fish fans can incite a feeding frenzy with an appetizer of fried shrimp ($9.99) perched next to a choice of onion rings, potato salad, or steak or cheese fries, while fried clams ($6) escape an otherwise chowdery death in the company of fries and homemade tartar sauce. Though a food purchase is required with this Groupon, Duffy's offers a full drink menu including domestic, imported and craft beers.
Protective covers, automobile chargers, and audio aides adorn the walls inside South Florida Communications stores. iPhone surfaces luxuriously resist scratches with a signature leather case ($29.99) and deflect over-the-shoulder-reading suns with an antiglare screen protector ($19.99). A Samsung WEP460 Bluetooth headset ($34.99) frees hands for more important tasks, such as plugging a Motorola phone into a sleek car charger ($19.99). South Florida Communications' staff of more than 65 employees stays abreast of current technologies and trends to ensure customers find the ideal items to fit their handset and intended task, such as traveling or digitally peeling potatoes.
Waxy O’Connor’s crafts an authentic Irish dining experience, from the menu of classic pub eats to the interior décor—each piece, including Waxy’s warm-toned, ligneous bar, stools, chairs, and flooring, was built by Truwood Joinery Shop in County Monaghan and shipped to America on giant four-leaf clovers. Cheer on your favorite rugby team while gulping a meaty shepherd's pie ($9.95) or a plate of bangers and mash ($9.95), then sip one of the 14 beers on tap, which include Guinness, Smithwick's, Stella Artois, and Chimay, before your throat is forced to start shedding its own thirsty tears. While their Irish-fare-filled bellies simmer in anticipation of authentic Irish eructation, diners can listen to traditional tunes or live music and enjoy the waterside views provided free of charge by the Miami River.