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.
For an English experience at home, swing by Waxy O'Connor's for a round of drinks. No need to miss out on Waxy O'Connor's just because you are avoiding fat or gluten. The bar has tons of options that can accommodate your dietary needs. You can also catch the latest scores on the TVs in the bar. During the summer months, don't miss out on Waxy O'Connor's' outdoor patio seating. Need to catch up on some work or the latest news? Get online at Waxy O'Connor's with their complimentary wifi. You'll also catch a live DJ spinning at Waxy O'Connor's some evenings. Between the music and the crowds, expect noise levels to reach upper limits at the bar. Canines of all kinds are also welcome at dog-friendly Waxy O'Connor's.
Waxy O'Connor's can get packed on weekends with its no-reservation policy. Drift away from stuffy dress-code conventions and dine in comfort at Waxy O'Connor's. For those in a hurry, the bar lets you take your meal or snack to go.
Street parking is easy to find near the bar. Or, if you don't want to circle the block, valet parking is also available.
Dining at Waxy O'Connor's will set you back about $30 per person on average.
Burger and Beer Joint's patties appeals to patrons who prefer a casual dining experience — this laid-back burger house serves those in the Brickell neighborhood of Miami. There are plenty of TVs in the bar to go around as well, so diners don't have to worry about missing out on anything. The whole family can enjoy a meal at Burger and Beer Joint with its kid-friendly fare. If dining outdoors is your idea of a good time, you'll love the gorgeous patio seating at Burger and Beer Joint. Need room for one more? Add another to your party — Burger and Beer Joint is great for large groups. Those with sensitive ears may want to stay away from this bar, though, as it can get quite loud.
Don't let your weekend plans get spoiled! Be sure to reserve a table if you're heading to the bar on a Friday or Saturday since it can get pretty crowded. No suit, no problem! The dress code at laid-back Burger and Beer Joint is ultra casual. Carry-out is also available for those who prefer to enjoy Burger and Beer Joint's cooking from the comfort of their own home.
In addition to street parking, there is a lot right around the corner, so finding a space shouldn't be an issue for drivers dining at the bar.
Your tab at Burger and Beer Joint will generally run you about $30 per person.
Ryan Martin likes to play with his food, not because he's bored with it, but because he's passionate about it. As the chef at 180? @ the DRB, he employs everything from blowtorches to liquid nitrogen, all in the name of gastronomy. Soon, he?ll be introducing a small-plates menu that utilizes molecular gastronomy in each dish. For now, try the chef's casual menu, which features some of his favorite ingredients and techniques.
Instead of searing food, the Anti-Griddle flash-freezes it instantly. The restaurant uses this tool for a mixed-green salad topped with candied peanut and frozen rice wine vinaigrette, which melts slowly atop the greens.
Every day, the chef and his staff craft ice cream to order using liquid nitrogen, which freezes bases instantly without using binders or additives.
?It?s one of the oldest techniques,? Ryan said. He even uses it to make garlic and onion powders for the eatery, evidence that he takes the term ?from scratch? very seriously.
Marrying two culinary favorites, candied bacon pops up in several dishes at 180? @ the DRB, including its grilled-cheese sandwiches and tuna tataki. The sweet and savory treat can even be ordered by the slice.
For casual American-style cuisine, burger-loving diners head to Fat Tuesday. No need to miss out on Fat Tuesday just because you are avoiding fat or gluten. The restaurant has loads of options that can accommodate your dietary needs. Drinks all around! Pair your dinner with a beverage from Fat Tuesday's full bar. Don't miss the happy hour food and drink specials, where a great bargain is always in sight. Big family? Tons of friends? Bring 'em all to Fat Tuesday — the restaurant has an awesome layout for large parties and groups. Enjoy the beautiful weather while you chow down — with outdoor seating, Fat Tuesday is a great summer destination. Dance the night away while Fat Tuesday's DJ spins the latest tunes. Decibels can approach upper limits at this restaurant, so it's best to leave quiet conversation for another time.
If crowds aren't your thing, it's best to visit Fat Tuesday during the slower weekday hours. It doesn't get much more laid-back than Fat Tuesday, so dress for comfort when you come.
Drivers can park on the street or a nearby lot near Fat Tuesday.
Prices are downright affordable at Fat Tuesday, with most items well under the $15 mark.
For the perfect Irish pint, Irish Tavern and Grill Kendall serves as a stomping ground for Guinness fans everywhere. Dieters beware — Irish Tavern and Grill Kendall does not offer low-fat cuisine. Never miss a play with TVs broadcasting the biggest games in the bar area. Free wireless internet is also available at Irish Tavern and Grill Kendall, so bring your tablet or laptop along. The patio tables outside of Irish Tavern and Grill Kendall are the perfect spot for a summer meal. Dine with fellow dancing machines — the bar is stocked with a lively, open floor. Guests may have a hard time conversing, as the bar is rather noisy.
The dress code at Irish Tavern and Grill Kendall is as relaxed as the ambience, so wear whatever suits you. If time is of the essence, Irish Tavern and Grill Kendall's take-out option may be a better fit.
For drivers, a nearby lot is available for use.
Leave your piggy bank at home! With prices under $15, you can eat at Irish Tavern and Grill Kendall for next to nothing. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all available at Irish Tavern and Grill Kendall.