Crêpe Maker’s vast menu of sweet and savory crêpes whisks palates away to the cobbled streets of Paris, where the tastes of sizzling fruits and cheese coalesce with the aromas of pan-fried butter. A Louvre-worthy assortment of veggie crêpes features sculpted wonders of tomato, cheese, and basil ($5.95–$6.95), while an El Rancho breakfast crêpe entices stick-wielding tongues with a plated piñata full of eggs, salsa, red peppers, onions, blended cheese, and vine-ripened tomatoes ($6.95). Taste buds may revolt against bland fare after beholding the marinated chicken breast and sweet baked ham of the cordon bleu crêpe ($6.95–$7.95), but a sugarcoated Nutella and raspberry duo ($5.95–$6.95) will effectively cool their tempers. Modeled after the street cart creations of Paris, Crêpe Maker’s hand-held fare can be enjoyed while strutting through promenades, sitting with friends, or sword fighting with baguettes.
The staff at Le Monde des Crepes strives to make everything about the dining experience authentically French, from the delectable crepes to the countertop Eiffel Tower. Bedecked in red and black, the chefs roll chicken crepes such as the Opulence—marinated chicken breast mixed with artichoke, hearts of palm, portobello mushrooms, mozzarella, and fresh basil. Their desserts include the nutty bananas-foster crepe, a sweet concoction of Häagen-Dazs ice cream with sliced bananas, walnuts, sugar, cinnamon, melted butter, and a dash of Grand Marnier. Unlike most meals, which usually end in a solemn handshake, meals at Le Monde des Crepes end with a sweet milkshake or frappe.
French bakery Delices De France does things the Parisian way, offering a wide sample of breakfast pastries, freshly squeezed orange juice, cranberry scones and grilled ham and cheese croissants, among other options. There’s a real breakfast lean to the menu found here, though as the day gets underway, Delices turns to light lunch fixtures like quiche, salad and meat pies. An afternoon coffee can be accompanied by chocolate mousse cake or a fruit tart while enjoying the few fronting chairs just out front. Inside, the space is mostly contained by pastry cases that show off the day’s wares, while racks of freshly baked bread and a few French design touches pull off a truly Parisian feel.
Though husband-and-wife team Ariel Rodriguez and Fabiana Pavese founded Pasta Del Giorno, the restaurant’s true origins stretch back generations to Fabiana’s grandmother. She passed her homemade pasta recipes to Fabiana’s uncle, Tio, who passed them in turn to his niece. Thanks to her grandmother’s influence, Fabriana now crafts everything from pear and gorgonzola tortellini to slow-cooked risotto topped with mahi mahi. The eatery even has its own pizza chef, whose hand-tossed crust supplies a doughy foundation for everything from shrimp to housemade tomato sauce. Feasts unfold amid classic Italian hues of olive green and brick red, as well as live music every Friday night.
If you are craving a meal at a New York deli but want to avoid the airfare, Miami’s Broadway Bagels is the place to go for a bite. You’ll find all the expected classics at this family-owned establishment, from traditional New York style bagels to overstuffed deli sandwiches – turkey, brisket, corn beef, roast beef and pastrami. The menu also includes all the expected sides, like knishes, matzoh ball soup, chicken noodle soup and potato latkes. Broadway Bagels is only open for breakfast and lunch, so plan to swing by the simple deli space early for a bite to eat. New York memorabilia lines the walls inside and make for fun gawking while you wait for your food; just make sure to ask for a to go container, as portions are generous.
Sous Chef 2 Go creates gourmet, ready-to-prepare meals in bags for customers to cook at home. Each bag contains all the necessary ingredients—sliced, diced, and marinated as needed—along with step-by-step instructions in English and Spanish. On-the-go gourmands can choose from a multitude of meals for two in an array of categories, including international, vegetarian, organic, slow-cooking, and dinners in a hurry. Feast on fanciful fare, such as seafood fiesta, a succulent selection of scallops, shrimp, and fish with a side of tomato-corn hash and brown rice ($35), or creamy tofu risotto with herbs, olives, a garden salad, and a side of sweet-potato wedges ($25). Sous Chef 2 Go will deliver anywhere in the Miami area for a $5–$8 fee, which any remaining balance of this Groupon can be used to cover.