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Buns & Buns to Open in South Miami This Month

Buns & Buns to Open in South Miami This Month

This month, South Miami will soon become home to Buns & Buns, a globally-inspired eatery, with a menu offering, well, buns. According to a press release, the price-accessible, yet upscale concept will offer a journey of freshly baked bread dishes from around the world, discovered on the owners’ trip abroad.

The buzz behind the restaurant is due in large part to its ambiguity – exact details of the official opening date, and even the names of the masterminds behind the project, have been baking for months.

While the mysterious team has surprisingly remained anonymous, the unidentified owners told The Daily Meal, “Buns & Buns is all about food, fun, adventure and offering that one-on-one interaction with our chefs to ensure guests have an exceptional dining experience every time.”

Served over-the-counter or at the Chef’s Bar, guests can customize their meals and even watch as chefs prepare their feast. A selection of ingredient-driven buns, like brioche and stuffed garlic naan, can be paired with exotic blends of handcrafted sauces and spices, meats, vegetables or seafood. The cuisine will cover the gamut with the likes of chili shrimp ($15), savory deckle ($20), steamed mussels ($10), and lighter fare items like burrata salad ($10) and salmon skin chicarrones ($5).

Stay tuned as we continue to update you with the latest details. Buns & Buns is located at 5748 Sunset Drive, across the street from Sunset Place, and will be open daily for lunch and dinner.

UPDATE: Buns & Buns is now officially open for dinner at 6 p.m.


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It's been over a year since the Salty Donut announced the opening of its second shop. Next Friday, May 24, co-owners Amanda and Andy Rodriguez will finally debut the 1,300-square-foot space, which is located in South Miami adjacent to the former Fox's Sherron Inn.

"Since Andy and I live so close, South Miami holds a special place in our hearts," Amanda says. "That's why I spilled my heart and soul into every tiny detail at the new shop. I wanted to make sure the space feels like a place where people want hang out and feel comfortable, as if they were eating at a family member's home."

To celebrate the opening, the Salty Donut will debut a limited-edition rum cake "croughnut," available only in South Miami through Sunday, June 2. Each one is made with 24-hour brioche dough, tossed in cinnamon sugar, filled with Havana Club rum custard, and topped with Valrhona Dulcey buttercream and homemade rum cake. Customers 21 years old and up will receive a mini bottle of Havana Club rum with their doughnut, as well as a cocktail recipe card with instructions on how to make a Café Cooler cocktail.


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Over 100,000 bun's sold annually!

Bao down to Tumbao Buns! It&rsquos safe to say our food trucks are like no other in the Miami area more than food trucks, they are mobile restaurants.

Tumbao Buns serves up some seriously tasty dishes with Latin and Asian flavors. From Bao buns, rice bowls, noodles and salads, Tumbao serves delicious, wholesome, fresh food.

Speaking of Bao buns, our Baos differ from those &ldquoother&rdquo buns used here in the states in the way they&rsquore cooked. Typical buns are made by baking bread dough in a conventional oven but Tumabo&rsquos buns are steamed resulting in a much softer and fluffier bread &mdash a fluffy cloud of goodness. Bao buns can be found predominantly across Asia are used as a popular base for street food.

Founder, Oscar Flores got the idea when he saw something similar being served at restaurants and thus, Tumbao Buns was born! Within the first five months of opening, Tumbao&rsquos food was proven to be extremely successful in part thanks to the rarity of this concept among the food truck industry.


Keg South

Best Burger Ranking: #25

The original Keg South opened back in the early 1960s. There are Keg South locations in Homestead, Pinecrest, and West Kendall, all offering different menus and owned by different folks.

There is one constant on all the menus, the World Famous Keg Burger. An ice-cold beer served in a frosty mug with a chargrilled slab of meat between two buns is hard to beat.

Then add cheese & bacon to complete the experience.

Keg South of Kendall
12805 SW 136th Avenue
Miami, Florida

109 Burger Joint

Best Burger Ranking: #24

Located right off of 8th Street & 109th in a corner spot that once housed local favorite A&G Burger Joint, 109 Burger Joint had some big shoes to fill. Lucky for us, they were able to surpass its predecessor with its right on the money comfort food fare.

The burgers at 109 Burger Joint are chargrilled and are a nice size, BUT if you ask to have your burger Americanized, then you’ll have that same beef patty split in-two, which means more smokey goodness in every bite.

109 Burger Joint
646 SW 109 Avenue
Sweetwater, Florida

Royal Castle

Best Burger Ranking: #23

Opened in 1938 by William Singer, Royal Castle was the original Miami burger chain.

Jim Brimberry continued its legacy after the company bankrupt in the late 1970s. His grandson James now runs the last standing Royal Castle.

Yes, the hamburgers are fantastic at Royal Castle and a must-order item but don’t sleep on the bigger Feast Burger, which is excellent too.

Royal Castle
2700 NW 79th Street
Miami, Florida

Tap 42

Best Burger Ranking: #22

Tap 42 first opened up shop in Ft. Lauderdale and now has a few locations across South Florida, including Coral Gables, the one I frequent.

These Short Rib Mini Burgers feature their signature burger blend with braised short rib, cheddar cheese & a Dijonnaise that seals the deal. They taste even better than they look if you can believe that.

Tap 42
1411 S Andrews Avenue
Coral Gables, Florida

Sports Grill

Best Burger Ranking: #21

After a long time, almost 35 years, Sports Grill has a new burger. Speaking of their 35 years in business, it’s named the 35 Smash Burger.

It’s been a long time coming. Make sure to order a double though or you’ll regret eating a lowly single like I did.

Sports Grill
10005 SW 72nd Street
Miami, Florida

Killer Melts

Best Burger Ranking: #20

I love Killer Melts. Yes, it’s a grilled cheese spot but with killer burgers.

I could have easily told you that the burger on their menu named after me is the best burger they have, it’s not. The American Gangster features two 3 oz. burger patties topped with pickles, bacon, grilled onions, mayo, and American cheese.

4 out of 5 gangstas agree that this burger is incredible the other fella sleeps with the fishes.

Killer Melts
12310 SW 127th Avenue
Miami, Florida

Hate Mondays Tavern

Best Burger Ranking: #19

I generally steer clear of “gimmicky” burgers, but I also happen to love everything about Hate Mondays Tavern.

Karl (chef/owner of HMT) took a donut, glazed it with his signature seasoning, and then sliced it in half. Now, this is where it gets interesting he flipped the buns, so the glaze was on the inside. Game changer, right? Yup.

Hate Mondays Tavern
12461 SW 130th Street
Miami, Florida

Clutch Burger

Best Burger Ranking: #18

The 305 from Clutch Burger uses tostones (fried plantains) as a replacement for their regular brioche bun. They didn’t popularize this type of “sandwich,” but it seems to be one of the more popular burgers on their menu.

The patty is a mix of Wagyu beef and chorizo topped with Swiss cheese, pickled red onions, potato stix, and a creamy cilantro garlic aioli. Damn, that aioli is good.

I’m not a fan of toston burger buns, so I get their regular brioche bun, and guess what? It’s freaking excellent.

Clutch Burgers
146 Giralda Avenue
Coral Gables, Florida

Cheeseburger Baby

Best Burger Ranking: #17

Cheeseburger Baby is a landmark restaurant in Miami Beach. It’s been open since 2001, way back before burger joints were sprouting up around town daily.

The 1/2 lb cheeseburger with their ultra crispy bacon is a thing of beauty.

Whenever anyone (and that includes celebrities) is looking to grab a burger, Cheeseburger Baby is their go-to spot. I love this place.

Cheeseburger Baby
1505 Washington Avenue
Miami Beach, Florida

Root & Bone

Best Burger Ranking: #16

A little birdie told me that I needed to eat the burger from Root & Bone. I had seen some pictures, and it did look great.

It wasn’t until I went online to check out the menu and saw that pimento cheese was an option for the burger that my mind went into overdrive.

Please gaze upon the burger from Root & Bone topped with pimento cheese & slabs of bacon. I know, I know, I want one right now too.

Root & Bone
5958 S. Dixie Highway
Miami, Florida

Blue Collar

Best Burger Ranking: #15

The original version of Blue Collar’s Real Juicy Cheeseburger had a pretty standard but tasty brioche bun. Chef Danny Serfer would later change the bread to its now burger-iconic Portuguese Muffin or P-Muff for short. It’s probably one of the first things you will notice when looking at it.

BUT in my humble burger opinion, you need to be focused on how perfectly melted that American cheese is and just how juicy that real juicy cheeseburger is.

Up until this point, I have not mentioned any of the side dishes available for the burgers in the Top 25 list. There’s a reason for that.

Blue Collar
6730 Biscayne Boulevard
Miami, Florida

Chefs on the Run

Best Burger Ranking: #14

Let’s take a moment to take in the majesty of the Chef La Burger (Provolone cheese, grilled red onions, hot pastrami & creole mustard) from Chefs on the Run.

When are you driving over there to eat one? It should be a crime if you’ve never had one.

I have now officially deemed it a crime against burgers if you haven’t, so get ta steppin’, or you’re going straight to Burger Beast jail.

Chefs on the Run
10 E Mowry Drive
Homestead, Florida

Latin House

Best Burger Ranking: #13

The mini burgers from Latin House go by a name that truly captures their essence, Crack Sliders.

Latin House’s custom beef blend tastes unlike any other burger out there.

These fellas come on toasted mini Martin’s Potato Rolls along with your choice of Cheddar or Swiss cheese. Four little peeps come per order or get two orders to ensure you try both versions. You can add lettuce & tomato for a nominal fee, but that would be just criminal of you.

Latin House Grill
8695 SW 124th Avenue
Miami, Florida

Barsecco

Best Burger Ranking: #12

A spot with a European clubby atmosphere in Brickell is the oddest of places in Miami to be home to a Top 25 burger, and yet it is.

The Barsecco Burger (two seared Angus beef patties with American cheese, grilled onions, a secret sauce, lettuce, & tomato on a toasted bun) is a classic burger sight to behold. I will eventually remove the lettuce & tomato like I always do, though.

I will also end up eating two of the Barsecco Burger cause I could not believe how great it was, what an unexpected find.

P.S.: It has more than a passing flavor resemblance to the West Coast burger chain In-N-Out…just saying!

Barsecco
1421 S Miami Avenue
Brickell, Florida

Beaker & Gray

Best Burger Ranking: #11

As much as I’d like to try the Short Rib or Hanger Steak on Beaker & Gray’s lunch menu, I can’t get past their Wagyu Burger.

The Wagyu Burger has Gouda cheese, bacon jam, onion aioli, and pickled cucumber on a fluffy roll. The bottom bun doesn’t disintegrate under the weight and juices of this hefty burger patty. If you’re a fan of thicker burgers, then this is the one for you.

One last thing, there are cheeseburger croquettes on the dinner menu. You’re welcome.

Beaker & Gray
2637 N. Miami Avenue
Miami, Florida

KUSH

Best Burger Ranking: #10

Eating a chili burger in California is pretty much the equivalent of croquetas in Miami. Ok, so that might be a tad of an exaggeration, but my first experiences with chili burgers were at Original Tommy’s and Jay’s Jayburgers (R.I.P.).

The only place in Miami with a killer chili burger is KUSH in Wynwood. KUSH’s house-ground burger brings their New Mexico-style chili, shredded jack cheese, and rough diced white onions. Part of the beauty of eating this burger is scooping up all the droppings from the burger.

*Even though this burger is not on the menu at KUSH’s sister restaurant LoKal in Coconut Grove, you can indeed order one there.

KUSH
2003 N Miami Avenue
Miami, Florida

La Traila Barbecue

Best Burger Ranking: #9

My meaty eyes had been watching La Traila Barbecue doing Texas-style Que popups all around town. After making plans to hit them up, the Miami weather had other plans for me. I finally caught up with them on a Sunday.

I didn’t know what to do with myself when I saw a smoked brisket burger on their menu. Well, they nailed it! The burger is a 1/2 pound pit-smoked brisket burger topped with pickled red onions, pickles, melty cheese, & mustard based bbq sauce on a beautiful medianoche roll. This was flavor overload.

Get that burger it’s an order, damn it!

La Traila Barbecue is at Unbranded Brewing (1395 E 11 Ave, Hialeah) every Saturday and Sunday from about Noon till they sell out.

Proper Sausages

Best Burger Ranking: #8

Here’s the thing with Proper Sausages, it’s first and foremost a butcher and meat market. BUT there’s a sandwich to go component to their business that rivals the best sandwich shops in Miami.

The breakfast sandwich with their housemade sausage, egg, and cheese is so good that you will add it to your monthly, weekly, or even possibly daily morning rotation. Then there’s the burger.

Proper Sausages have a burger of the week made with house-ground Wagyu beef and customarily served on a Portuguese muffin. My personal favorite is the Jalapeño Cheddar Burger with pickled jalapeños, cheddar & mayo. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. The burgers are now on a Sullivan Street roll.

Proper Sausages
9722 NE 2nd Avenue
Miami Shores, Florida

Pinch Kitchen

Best Burger Ranking: #7

It had been a little while between my visits to PINCH Kitchen. Once I sat down, I was so obnoxious that I didn’t even look at the menu. I came here for the PINCH Burger, and I needed no distractions.

At 8 ounces, the PINCH Burger is a husky beef patty featuring a custom blend. This charmer comes with Swiss cheese, caramelized onions, lettuce, tomato, and aioli on a brioche bun with some salt flakes on its crown.

Yes, you read right I ate this burger with lettuce and tomato. So what? We’re amongst friends, and you guys aren’t planning on telling anyone, are you?

Pinch Miami
8601 Biscayne Boulevard
Miami, Florida

Babe’s Meat & Counter

Best Burger Ranking: #6

I officially met Babe’s Meat & Counter right when they begin their adventure as Babe Froman Fine Sausages. They were barely a year old when they participated in my 2013 Hot Dog Fest. Babe would go on to become legends of the Pinecrest Farmer’s Market, where they sold their housemade sausages and sandwiches.

In 2018 they opened their butcher shop in Palmetto Bay. They were able to expand their selection of meats, and now a tasty, tasty burger would find its way onto the permanent food/sandwich menu.

So what’s on this tasty, tasty burger? Their house-ground beef patty is topped with American cheese, housemade pickles, and Sriracha mayo on a toasted bun. I’ve been known to eat one in my car before leaving the parking lot and taking another for consumption later in the day. It’s the only sensible thing to do when you know the smell will drive you crazy.

Babe’s Meat & Counter
9216 SW 156th Street
Miami, Florida

Silverlake Bistro

Best Burger Ranking: #5

SilverLake Bistro is brought to you by creative director Sandy Sanchez and Chef Benoit Rablat, the same two folks behind La Fresa Francesa in Hialeah. If you’ve been to La Fresa Francesa, then you know these two know about attention to detail in food and decor.

The SilverLake Bistro is their take on American and French comfort food with beauties like duck fat seared Gnocchi Mac & Cheese and Mini St. Helena Grilled Cheese, a cousin twice removed from the Croque Madame.

The SilverLake Burger features two exquisite beef patties topped with Cheddar cheese, bacon, porcini mayo, and housemade steak sauce on a fluffy toasted bun. I’d tell you it knocked my socks off, but I had anticipated its greatness and wore no socks on this day.

SilverLake Bistro
1211 71st Street
Miami Beach, Florida

Bachour

Best Burger Ranking: #4

Antonio Bachour‘s bakery/restaurant is in Coral Gables. When you think of Bachour, your mind should instantly go to the name he has made for himself worldwide as one of the best pastry chefs in the game.

I don’t want to deviate from burger talk, but you must have a chocolate croissant whenever you visit Bachour. It is unreal. And don’t be afraid to check out any of the other killer sandwiches.

The Bachour Burger is a double patty burger topped with a secret sauce (by their Chef de Cuisine Herbert Schulz), aged Cheddar cheese, tomato, and lettuce on a brioche bun that is baked in house daily by Yusel Montelongo. You want to talk next level burger this is the poster boy for it!

Bachour
2020 Salzedo Street
Miami, Florida

Le Chick

Best Burger Ranking: #3

When my buds @MMTakeMiami posted on their Instagram about Le Chick’s burger, I was mesmerized. After eating it, I can confirm it’s even better than it looks — and that’s saying something. The housemade roll complements the special sauce and cheddar cheese. The two patties are cooked with plenty of love. Take home an extra one for a late-night craving.

Le Chick
310 NW 24th Street
Wynwood, Florida

Ariete

Best Burger Ranking: #2

“The Chug Burger is a double patty topped with American cheese, pickles, and Ariete Sauce. It is the ideal version of what a well-constructed burger with superior ingredients is. You can add bacon, but I wouldn’t taint it.”

I wrote those three sentences for the Miami Herald back in May of 2018 when I named the Chug Burger the Best Burger in South Florida. I still stand by every word I wrote it is a phenomenal burger.

Yes, I love the Chug Burger, and yes, you should make it a part of your regular burger rotation. And also yes, go to Chug’s Diner down the street and have the smaller Chug Burger Jr. with a Frita Pastelito from Pastelito Papi riding sidecar.

By the way, there is no such combo on the menu, but they do complement each other very well.

Ariete
3540 Main Hwy
Coconut Grove, Florida

USBS

Best Burger Ranking: #1

I’m a smash or smashed burger type of guy. Whenever given my druthers on burger cooking styles, I’ll always go for a perfectly executed smashed burger. If you’re not familiar with the technique, it involves taking a ball or puck of ground beef and smashing it into a hot grill. Even though its origins come from Walter Anderson (one of the founders of White Castle in 1916, in his pre-White Castle days), this kind of burger has evolved over the years.

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USBS debuted just over a year ago, but it’s been quietly gaining momentum amongst burger fans in Miami. Their pop up has made a few appearances at different events around town but can generally be found at Boxelder Craft Beer Market on a Friday or Saturday till they sell out. There are specialty burgers on the menu from time to time, but unequivocally the one to eat is the 2-Day Double + Cheese Stamp.

Please take a looksy at the meat candy exterior that Postmaster General Mayta achieves with his smash. If I were a burger, I’d want my offspring to look like this fella. The 2-Day has two 3 oz patties smashed with super melty cheese and the USBS Priority sauce on a housemade potato roll.

Don’t miss out on their fresh-cut fries!

USBS
2817 NW 2nd Avenue
Miami, Florida


Directions

Step 1 Butter a large baking sheet, you may need two and soak the saffron threads in the milk.
Step 2 Combine the flour, yeast, salt, sugar and cardamom seeds in a large bowl and then make a well in the centre and add the saffron milk, beaten large egg and melted butter.
Step 3

Disclaimer: I was paid for my time and for my ingredients by Travelbag Cruise. This recipe is being entered into a contest hosted by Travelbag Cruise to win £500 of travel vouchers.

As I am using candles as props in these recipe photos, I am adding these to December’s Tea Time Treats, hosted on alternate moths by me and Janie, where the theme is:

As I have used sugar and spice, these are also perfect for the current challenge of Cooking with Herbs where the current theme is:

I am also entering these FESTIVE buns into the following FESTIVE challenges!

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Phat Boy Sushi & Kitchen, Fort Lauderdale

The trendy Japanese mini-chain has rolled its flagship to bigger digs on Federal Highway: the former home of Even Keel Fish & Oyster in Fort Lauderdale. The original Phat Boy location, three blocks north, closed when the new location opened on March 1. 4100 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale 954-533-4218, PhatBoySushi.com

This egg roll-themed restaurant, which began its life as a food truck, debuted its fourth location in late February (joining outposts in Lauderdale Lakes, Boynton Beach and Miami Gardens) and specializes in deep-fried egg rolls stuffed with Philly cheesesteak, chicken fajitas, roasted pork, falafel or corned beef. 3265 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood EatWF.com

Uncle Pinkie’s Deli, Boca Raton

A New York-style delicatessen inspired by chef Eric Baker’s Jewish and Eastern-European heritage, Uncle Pinkie’s features real-deal pastrami and corned beef brined and smoked on premises. The deli also serves open-faced bagels, smoked fish and deli meats by the quarter and half-pound. 293 E. Palmetto Park Road, Boca Raton 561-353-5888, UnclePinkiesDeli.com

901, Hyatt Centric Las Olas, Fort Lauderdale

The hotel has turned one guest room into an intimate speakeasy — access involves a reservation, a password and an unmarked key — where parties of up to six people can indulge in an exclusive atmosphere of nostalgic otherness and cocktails of nationwide renown. 100 E. Las Olas Blvd. 954-353-1234, Hyatt.com.

Avalon Steak & Seafood, Delray Beach

The owners of Avalon Steak & Seafood say you can expect a new take on the old steakhouse (”approachable elegance”), with lighter fare. 110 E. Atlantic Ave. AvalonDelray.com

Eddie V’s Prime Seafood, Fort Lauderdale

This “luxury dining destination” is the third Florida for the chain operated by Darden Restaurants, which also runs Seasons 52, Capital Grille, Yardhouse, Bahama Breeze Island Grille and other properties. With a wine list recognized by Wine Spectator, Eddie V’s will include a speakeasy-style cocktail space called the V Lounge. 100 Las Olas Blvd., EddieV.com.

Known for it’s Texas-sized dishes, the Tex-Mex footprint is expanding into Broward. The location on Pines Boulevard near Pines City Center opened Feb. 16. 10610 Pines Blvd.,Pembroke Pines chuys.com

Vinos Wine Bar, Fort Lauderdale

A new and much bigger Vinos opened Feb. 11 just down the street from its old location on Las Olas Boulevard. Its outdoor lounge is covered. 901 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale

Vivo Pizza + Pasta, Boca Raton

This is the first U.S. location for this casual Canadian chain, offering dine-in, takeout and a grab-and-go market. Boca Center, 5150 Town Center Circle vivopizzapasta.

Even Keel Fish Shack, Lauderdale-by-the Sea

This is a casual spinoff of the original Even Keel Fish and Oyster restaurant in Fort Lauderdale, which closed in December. The new beachside eatery still promises great seafood just less square footage in a more laid-back environment. You may get mixologist “Bootleg Greg” behind the bar creating some natural craft cocktails. And there is a weekday happy hour. 112 Commercial Blvd Ste A, Lauderdale-By-The-Sea evenkeelfishshack.com, 954-530-6276

Twice Removed, Fort Lauderdale

This gastropub at the former Bar Red Beard in Galt Ocean Plaza is focused on French fries: spiral-cut, wedges, chips, crinkle-cut. Fries are covered in ropa vieja, smothered in cheese curds, topped with curry chicken and tossed with cremini mushrooms. Even zucchini, yuca, turnips, rutabaga and other root vegetables get the treatment. 3301 NE 33rd St., TwiceRemovedFTL.com.

Grapes Wine Cafe and Market, Fort Lauderdale

Chef Lenore Nolan Ryan’s new cafe/market is in the same location on Galt Ocean Mile where she operated her catering business and cooking school. 3311 N. Ocean Blvd., Fort Lauderdale grapeswinecafeandmarket.com, 954-491-2340

Riviera by Fabio Viviani, Fort Lauderdale

Top Chef star Fabio Viviani brings a new Italian concept to Fort Lauderdale Beach. The 200-seat waterfront restaurant is inside the Hotel Maren with local seafood inspired dishes. 525 S. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Ft. Lauderdale RivierabyFabioViviani.com, 754-241-2020

DiFarina Pasta, Pompano Beach

Pasta and sauces are made from scratch at this pasta factory and restaurant. Italian dishes including gnocchi, ravioli, and panzottis are available for dine-in or takeout. 1915 East Atlantic Blvd., Pompano Beach difarinapasta.com

Amar Mediterranean Bistro, Delray Beach

The 60-seat restaurant including a patio serves modern Lebanese dishes crafted from old family recipes. 522 E. Atlantic Ave.,Delray Beach AmarDelray.com.

Chicken Salad Chick, Coral Springs

The casual chicken salad restaurant is expanding its Florida footprint into Broward at the Walk of Coral Springs. Southern inspired dishes include a chicken salad BLT. 2908 North University Drive, Coral Springs chickensaladchick.com

Uchi Sushi and Asian Bistro, Boca Raton

Aden Lee and Joy Chen’s new eatery samples a wide variety of Asian flavors. Lee brings 18 years experience as a chef in the couple’s native Hong Kong and as the sous chef at Mr. Chow in Miami Beach’s W Hotel South Beach. 8221 Glades Road, Boca Raton 561-556-1688, UchiAsianBistro.com.

M.E.A.T. Eatery and Taproom, Boca Raton

This award-winning gastropub has moved from an office park that served a mostly lunchtime crowd to a 1,700-square-foot space. As a registered smokehouse, it makes chorizo with ground pork butt, pastrami and its specialty the Inside-Out Juicy Lucy Burger. 2831 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton 561-419-2600, MeatEatery.com.

“Hell’s Kitchen” winner, executive chef Paul Niedermann, is at the helm of the restaurant’s second location on Las Olas Boulevard at the Icon apartment building. The waterfont eatery uses a blend of seven exotic salts to season dishes and steaks. 500 E. Las Olas Blvd., Ft. Lauderdale salt7.com

When it opens in April, this will be Florida’s largest food hall, with 27 vendors. At four stories with 150,000 square feet of vendor spaces and entertainment/demonstration areas, it will be capable of handling 2,000 visitors a day. 33 SE Third Ave., DelrayBeachMarket.com.

Morelia Gourmet Paletas, Boca Raton

The gourmet Mexican popsicles shop, based in Miami with nine locations around South Florida, will have its grand opening March 5-6. Mexican Paletas are hand-made with fruits or rich creamy ingredients, dipped and topped. Royal Palm Palace, 125 Via Naranjas #45A paletasmorelia.com.

Patrizia’s, Fort Lauderdale

This family-owned Italian restaurant will open sometime this spring in the space that formerly housed Jackson’s Prime steakhouse. This will be the first location outside of the New York area. 3300 NE 32nd St. in Fort Lauderdale Patrizias.com

Tap 42 Craft Kitchen & Bar, Davie

This is the eighth location in the chain of attractive dining-and-drinking establishments that debuted nearly a decade ago in downtown Fort Lauderdale. The space formerly occupied by Mash’d restaurant is located inside the Tower Shops Center. 951 S. University Drive, Davie Tap42.com

Cuba Libre, Fort Lauderdale

Opening in March, this is the fifth nationwide location from co-owners Barry Gutin and James Beard Award-winning chef Guillermo Pernot, executing modern twists on traditional Cuban dishes. 800 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale 954-314-6500, CubaLibreRestaurant.com

From Damn Good Hospitality CEO Jeff John, Warren will feature “American bistro with a world flair,” under the direction of Chef Jared Case, as well as more than 1,000 bottles of hard-to-find scotch and bourbon. 15084 Lyons Road, Delray Beach WarrenDelray.com

Doc’s All-American, Delray Beach

An iconic joint open since 1951 known for hamburgers, milkshakes and footlong hot dogs, Doc’s abruptly closed in late January. The restaurant had been in disrepair for years as its owner sought ways to sell the property. Developers say they plan to preserve and reopen Doc’s by seeking historic-designation status. 10 N. Swinton Ave.

Jimmie’s Chocolates, Dania Beach

The iconic chocolatier and old-fashioned cafe that has served up delicious confections since 1947 has permanently closed and its owners have put the business and land up for sale. Owners are searching for new ownership to update and run the aging confectionery. 148 N. Federal Highway.

After an 11-month run, the sushi restaurant shut its Boca Raton location on Jan. 4. Based in Dallas, Blue Fish previously had a location in Delray Beach. Mizner Park, 402 Plaza Real, Boca Raton thebluefishsushi.com

Sette Bello Ristorante, Fort Lauderdale

Traditional Italian dishes were served at this family-owned business for more than a decade. Chef-owner Franco Filippone announced the Jan. 1 closure on the restaurant’s website, citing the pandemic. The family’s other restaurant, Sette Mezzo in Coconut Creek, remains open. 6241 N Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale settebellofla.com

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Dad of 4-Year-Old Slain in Dallas Apologizes for Leaving Kids

via Trevor GernonThe father of the 4-year-old boy kidnapped from his bed and dumped dead on a Dallas street says he will never forgive himself for leaving his son and his twin brother with a friend while he skipped town under a cloud of legal problems.Trevor Gernon released a recorded statement on his sister’s YouTube account both apologizing for not taking care of his son Cash and asking the public not to be too hard on him.Gernon said that when he moved to Dallas, he moved in with an old friend, Monica Sherrod, and when he moved back to Houston “after an unsuccessful job hunt amongst other things,” he decided they would be better off with her.“I felt it was in the boys’ best interest to not disrupt their routine,” he said of Cash and his brother, Carter, who was not harmed and is now with his mother.“They were comfortable, they were around other kids, and from what it appeared, Monica was a trustworthy person. This choice I made with best of intentions has resulted in a most horrific outcome.”On May 15, an intruder was caught on a baby monitor camera sneaking into Cash and Carter’s bedroom at Sherrod’s home and lifting the still-sleeping boy from his bed.Two hours later, a passer-by found the child’s body tossed on the street. Police said he had been stabbed.Darriynn Brown, 18, who has some nebulous ties to Sherrod’s family, was charged with kidnapping and burglary, but police are waiting for the results of forensic tests to make a decision on murder charges. Investigators have not released a motive, and Brown’s mother has said she believes her son is being framed.Sherrod told reporters that Gernon left town after being ordered by a court into rehab. CrimeOnline obtained court records showing several outstanding charges against Gernon in Harris County.Gernon referenced his legal issues, saying in the recording, “I have to fear for my freedom, as it is the goal of some to see me go to jail rather than grieve the loss of my little boy.” He did not disclose his location or legal status.Crying at times, he did take responsibility for failing to protect the twins.“I have paid the most ultimate and painful price for my poor judgment and I have to live with this devastation every single day,” he said.“I will never forgive myself. If I could, I would go back and do everything different. This is a nightmare that doesn’t go away once I open my eyes in the morning. We just don’t understand how this could happen to such a bright and cheerful kid.”Addressing the boys’ mother, Melinda Seagroves, he added, “I am so sorry that I failed to keep him safe. That is my job as his dad and I was not able to do that and I’m sorry.”As The Daily Beast reported, Gernon has racked up a string of arrests over the years, serving 68 days in county lockup for a 2018 assault on his father during an argument over a credit-card bill.The Strange New Turn in the Case of 4-Year-Old Cash GernonFollowing his indictment on felony drug possession charges last November, he failed to appear for a March 29, 2021, hearing and thus forfeited a $10,000 bond payment. There is now an open warrant out for his arrest.Johnny Flanagan, whose son gave Gernon a job at his shop until they had a falling-out, told The Daily Beast: “He’s one of these guys that kind of goes whichever way the wind blows, you know, and he’ll do good for several months and then do bad for several months and you know, just up and disappear.”In the recording, Gernon pleaded for mercy in the court of public opinion.“I’m barely getting through a day that doesn’t take me to a dark place,” he said. “I hope you all could understand how fragile we all are and how quickly things can turn upside down…“I would hope that we can all cooperate and band together to make sure Cash gets the justice he deserves.”Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.

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Spris Goes South! First Franchise Slated Open in South Miami

Fans of cheesy, blistering, brick-oven pizza rejoice! Graspa Group’s artisan pizzeria Spris (pronounced “sprees”) is opening its fourth South Florida location in the up-and-coming neighborhood of South Miami. Taking over the former Buns & Buns space, the gourmet pizzeria will be serving up its delectably addictive pies and pasta dishes as the restaurant’s very first franchise location. The new Spris is slated to open August 2017.

Graspa Group, one of Miami’s top restaurant management companies, specializes in restaurants focused on an age-old Italian combination: good food and good people. This simple recipe has earned them several awards and significant recognition within the hospitality industry over the years for iconic restaurants such as Segafredo on Lincoln Road and Salumeria 104 in Midtown Miami.

Graziano Sbroggio, founder of Graspa Group, is thrilled about the new location, as it is the first Spris Pizza franchise for the group. Born and raised in Italy, Graziano was introduced to the restaurant industry at a young age. His parents owned an authentic trattoria called La Cappellata in Treviso, Italy. It was there that Graziano developed his passion for cuisine while honing his skills as a restaurateur. In 1990, he found himself on South Beach where he later become the managing partner and co-owner of TiramesU. Eight years later, Graziano delivered authentic, brick-oven pizza to the hungry Miami masses in the form of Spris.

“When I first met David, I immediately knew he would be the perfect match. When selecting a location, we always try to follow these rules – family oriented neighborhood where we can bring our authentic Italian pizza to a friendly ambience. South Miami is an upcoming community and a perfect fit for Spris Pizza.”

David Funes, the owner of the first Spris franchise, is also excited about this new endeavor. “After years of owning and operating restaurants in Paris, I was looking for a new challenge. I had the opportunity to meet Graziano and thought it was a wonderful opportunity considering we’re both from Europe, have an entrepreneurial spirit and a love for food and hospitality like no other. We can’t wait to give South Miami the Best Artisan pizza in town!”

The new location will have the same look and feel as the Midtown venue and will seat up to 85 people, including 55 indoor seats. Guests will delight in over 30 different kinds of light, airy and perfectly crisped brick-oven pies, like the Genovese with creamy mozzarella, Antico Casale-imported tomato sauce, pesto, olives and garlic or the breakfast-in-a-pie Carbonara, with Italian bacon and a runny sunny-side egg. The ingredients for each of their thin crust pies are sourced from local providers—much like they do in Italy. Spris also offers whole wheat and gluten-free options.
While Spris’ main attraction is its perfect pizza, it also offers a wide variety of delectable edibles, from entree salads to fresh paninis. Will beer and wine be available? Naturally. As will a decadently sweet dessert menu that includes an assortment of creamy gelatos and the Nutellino, a calzone stuffed hazelnut chocolate and topped with whipped cream.

Spris Pizza was awarded a rating of “Excellent” from Zagat and has been celebrated by the press as “Miami’s Best Pizza” (Miami New Times) and “Best Gourmet Pizza” for four consecutive years (SunPost).


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How to Make Homemade Burger Buns from Scratch

Here are some recipe tips to ensure your success!

How can I use active dry yeast instead of instant yeast?

Instant yeast and active dry yeast are interchangeable at a 1:1 ratio, active dry yeast just needs to be proofed with liquid before continuing with the recipe and may take longer to rise.

Why do you use bread flour in this recipe? Can I use all-purpose flour instead?

For best results, avoid replacing the bread flour with anything else. Bread flour has more protein content than all-purpose flour, which helps develop the gluten in the dough. Since gluten is the backbone of any bread’s structure and since we are adding ingredients that prohibit gluten development (butter, egg, sugar), this dough needs all the help it can get in developing the gluten.

Plus we want to make sure the buns keep a nice tall firm structure and don’t fall flat. These buns need to hold up to a juicy burger with all the fixins!

Can I knead this dough by hand without a mixer?

I would advice against kneading this dough by hand. It is on the sticky side and requires a lot of kneading to develop that gluten, it’s best done in a stand mixer with the dough hook attachment. However, if you must then check out my video tutorial on how to knead dough here.

How to make fluffy bread:

Avoid adding any extra flour to the dough. Since this dough takes quite a while to come together it’ll look really wet and sticky like it needs tons of extra flour. Any extra will create a more dense and tough bun instead of the light fluffy brioche-style bun we want.

It’s better to be sticky than dense. The sticky factor should continue to lessen as the dough is kneaded and as it rises. If the dough doesn’t seem like it’s coming together at all, let it rest for about 10 minutes before continuing kneading to relax the gluten.

How do I make these burger buns ahead of time?

To make the dough ahead of time, feel free to let the first rise of the dough occur in the fridge overnight. Let it come to room temperature before shaping into buns and proceeding with the second rise.

These buns can also be frozen! Bake the buns as directed, let cool completely, then place in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 1 month. Let defrost at room temperature before reheating in a 350°F oven until warmed or toasting.