Created by a group of friends from Buenos Aires, La Estancia Argentina delivers flavors of their homeland in a deli-style setting with an intimate seating area. Instead of using a deep fryer or a magnifying glass and solar energy, chefs oven-bake traditional and vegan empanadas, complementing them with piquant chimichurri sauce. Traditional Argentinean dishes are influenced by the cuisines of Spain, Italy, Germany, and France, which is why diners can explore menu selections such as potato gnocchi with housemade tomato sauce or five types of pizza.
For dessert, guests choose freshly made baked goods including alfajor, two sweet biscuits held together with dulce de leche. Each location is dominated by shelves of imported wine and a large display case offering olives, ham, and fresh steaks that patrons can take home to grill or feed to pet velociraptors.
Jets of water leap upwards from the fountain in front of Agadir Moroccan Cuisine, creating an aquatic soundtrack to accompany walks to the front door. A pair of palm trees lines the entrance, where friendly hosts welcome diners and escort them to a table inside the vibrantly colored indoor dining area or out on the shaded patio. Skilled chefs bring the stainless-steel-laden kitchen to life, crafting sizzling glatt-kosher dishes full of flavors drawn from Moroccan, Israeli, and Middle Eastern cuisine. Guests may also pair evening meals or outdoor hookah sessions with an assortment of music—including acoustic, Latin, jazz, classical, and authentic Moroccan—performed by local artists or traveling jukeboxes.
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.
Chef Scott Fredel claims that his "true love is the ocean." It was this love that led him to work as a commercial fisherman while still in high school and eventually inspired him to compete in fishing tournaments across Florida. Running the kitchen at Pilar Restaurant & Full Bar, the Miami native combines his passion for seafood with the techniques he learned while attending the Culinary Institute of America. Fredel demonstrates his respect for both influences through simply prepared entrées that flaunt their ocean-fresh flavors while occasionally incorporating elegant Italian and Asian touches. Filets of salmon and yellow-fin tuna can arrive grilled and glazed with pomegranate molasses or shiitake-mushroom vinaigrette (respectively), but not before starters such as flash-fried calamari lay a proper foundation. The menus also feature pan-roasted servings of free-range chicken as well as paella with more seafood than the national aquarium of Atlantis. Capable of seating up to 90 guests, the dining room boasts a relaxed charm that led Hello Miami to call it "the 'Cheers' of North Miami." Recessed ceiling lights illuminate the rich wooden floors and artwork-lined walls while potted dragon plants add a verdant splash of color and an endless backup supply of leafy napkins.
Cuisine Type: coffee shop
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Parking: Free street parking
Most popular offering: fresh roasted coffee specialties
Outdoor Seating: Yes
Pro Tip: fresh roasted coffee, great sandwiches, Greek yogurt and pastries in the most beautiful surroundings
In your own words, how would you describe your menu?
A classic coffee culture menu using our own brand of fresh roasted beans, and offering smoothies, sandwiches, salads, omelets, desserts and Greek yogurt medleys
What is one of your most popular offerings? How is it prepared?
Turtle heaven is our version of a mocha latte, infused with carame [drizzle]l, topped with whipped cream, chocolate shavings, ... and mini walnuts. Mmmmmm.
Do you use any family recipes at your restaurant? Whose family do they belong to (the chef, the owner, or someone else)?
Our owner creates his own version of salads and sandwiches using his many years of past experience in the bakery and restaurant industry, while our manager creates the mixtures and toppings for the coffees.
Flavors from Israel, Morocco, and the greater Mediterranean region sparkle at Shalom Haifa Restaurant, named for a picturesque coastal city and brimming with an array of dishes. White tablecloths and broad windows ensconce diners in sophisticated comfort as they delight in fresh salads, meats fresh from the grill, and traditional entrees. Not a single meal is premade. Instead, tomatoes are diced when the Israeli salad is ordered, the baby lamp chops hit the grill only when a patron points to them on the menu, and the gefilte fish is catapulted across the world when requested. While many of the dishes are well-known Mediterranean specialties, a few unique extras, like its version of kibbeh soup, are unique to Shalom Haifa. All items are kosher, and a selection of Israeli, Californian, and French wines fill glasses.