Champions entices flocks of fans with a crowd-pleasing menu of flavorsome bar eats and more than 25 different beers. Warm up taste buds with fully loaded cheese fries smothered in bacon, green onions, and sour cream ($9) or frolic through a garden of greens, blue cheese, bacon, tomatoes, carrots, celery, and buffalo-chicken tenders with a buffalo-chicken salad ($12). Hearty handhelds such as the philly cheesesteak ($11), turkey reuben ($11), or chicken BLT ($11) fuel the arm muscles necessary for cheering a favorite Miami sports team onto victory.
Clattering pins echo across Bird Bowl’s 60 well-oiled lanes, underscoring postgame meals at the sprawling facility’s on-site restaurant and two bars. During competitive bowling bouts ($25+/hour), players lace up multicolored kicks before rolling weighty orbs toward pins beneath the kaleidoscopic grandeur of ocean-themed wall murals. Like text messaging, automatic scoring renders pencils and pens obsolete, ensuring wrists stay loose enough to toggle joysticks and sling air-hockey pucks in the on-site game room.
Virtually unchanged since it opened in 1946, Fox's Sherron Inn is known as one of Miami's favorite dive bars. But it's more than a rough-around-the-edges place to throw back a cocktail or two. The kitchen turns out delicious pub fare, and on many a night, patrons catch stellar local music. Many press outlets agree that Fox's Sherron Inn is a rare gem?even Martha Stewart magazine, which named it one of 100 reasons to hit the road.
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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.
Like many of history’s greatest ideas, SpankyFest Pub Crawl was brewed up after a night of drinking. In 2009, three friends attended a birthday party. After the party ended, though, the trio came to a conclusion: the night was a bit of a waste. They had spent a lot of money but had nothing to show for it.
So in 2010, they decided to try something different. Inspired by their love of animals, the friends organized a pub crawl to raise money for the Humane Society of Greater Miami. Named after their American bulldog, Spanky, the event led droves of fellow animal supporters out for a night on the town, swinging by numerous bars to take advantage of drink specials. Events such as SpankyFest are especially important because the Humane Society is supported solely by donations, not by government funds or the inherited fortune of a pirate parrot.
Sometimes called "speed-dating 2.0," SpeedMiami Dating is part of a multicity enterprise created by Anoush Stevenson, who brought the events to the U.S. from England in 2007. The idea was to eliminate some of the common shortcomings of conventional speed dating, such as cheesy hosts, boring events, and awkward atmospherics. The SpeedMiami approach to dating events has attracted major media attention for sidestepping the pitfalls with elegant venues and novel style. When Anoush brought her matchmaking brainchild across the pond, she didn't alter much. The two-hour events still have hosts who are all from the UK and infuse the festivities with their high-spirited English cheekiness. Miami events are held at trendy spots such as Cafeina and Kyma Lounge.