The menu at Carol's Cucina is a microcosm of owner Carolina Moura's childhood. The daughter of an Italian mother and Brazilian father, Carolina experienced a unique upbringing. With her breezy Miami cucina, she pays homage to her roots with a mixed menu of Brazilian and Italian specialties. Small, easy-to-share plates, including sandwiches and pizzas, dominate the menu. But large plates topple appetites, too, with offerings of braised short ribs and seared salmon. The cucina's bright ambiance only adds to visits, surrounding guests with clean, modern decor, exposed brick walls, and wood accents.
Though Benny Ojeda's kitchen is packed with a mélange of frying pans, butcher knives, pots, and spatulas, his most treasured tool might be his giant wooden mortar and pestle. It's this massive contraption that the skilled chef uses to make his renowned mofongo dish, a deliciously chewy concoction that was lauded by reporters from Miami New Times and featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives as well as The Best Thing I Ever Ate. Benny fills the tall mortar with fried plantains, garlic, olive oil, and housemade pork rinds, and then pounds the mixture into a fluffy pulp. He scoops his mofongos into wooden bowls, sending them out of the kitchen plain or topped with buttery lobster, crispy chicken, and juicy steak.
Diners eagerly await mofongos out in the colorful dining room, where water trickles down from an elegant stone fountain and walls are painted to resemble a rustic Puerto Rican village or a convincingly disguised space ship. Some sip on imported beers and fresh fruit juices, and others sample traditional dishes from Benny's native Cabo Rojo—dishes such as stewed pork belly, rice with pigeon peas, and seafood ceviche. Before meals are through, waiters offer guests a tiny cup of complimentary coquito, a creamy blend of coconut, rum, and cinnamon.
Every morning at 6 a.m., Old Fashion Divine Cooking fills up with the aromas of southern soul food breakfasts—flapjacks and french toast drenched in syrup and three-egg omelets stuffed with mushrooms and fire-roasted peppers. But after 11 a.m., those smells dissipate as the kitchen staff whips up lunch options such as ribs smothered in housemade sauce and pulled pork topped with homemade slaw. Like breakfast and lunch, dinner starts early with early bird specials flanked by housemade sides of mashed potatoes and cornbread. Besides these hearty feasts and a selection of dessert, such as cheesecake, the restaurant also features selections that total 600 calories or fewer, such as chicken salad and grilled tilapia.
When Sean "Diddy" Combs shares a post on Instagram, his three-million-plus followers are likely to see it. So it's saying something when he takes to Instagram to promote a new restaurant he's excited about?which is exactly what he did for the opening of Finga Licking @ Royal Castle.
Finga Licking is drawing the interest of plenty of other music-industry celebrities as well, which is likely due in part to the fact that the restaurant is the collaboration of music mogul Elric "E-Class" Prince of Poe Boy Music Group and Chef Latosia Colton. Prince was immediately drawn to Colton's food?think fried shrimp and lobster bites, wings smothered in signature sauces, and other chicken and seafood specialties. The southern soul food and Caribbean-flavored bites can be washed down with a Mystery rainbow punch served with fresh fruit on the rocks. And along with the food and the possibility to run into Flo Rida, the screened patio, complete with cooling fans and flatscreen TVs, draw in guests.
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Village Café plates up a menu of salads, sandwiches, and inspired entrees in a European bistro setting. The crispy goat cheese appetizer ($9.95) waves a casual "Ciao" atop crostini, while the Village Cobb salad ($10.95) scoots by on a Dijon vinaigrette-fueled Vespa. Fungiphiles fancy the portabella panini ($8.95), with its grilled, marinated mushrooms and melted mozzarella, and the meat lover's pizza (small $10.95) satisfies any yearning passion for protein. Dinner diners choose from mains such as the mint and pistachio-crusted lamb (8 oz $17.95) accompanied by roasted garlic mashed potatoes and asparagus spears, or linguine with garlic, white wine, and fresh clams ($16.95).