Many come to Miami in the wintertime to escape the cold temperatures in the north. The thought of lounging on a beach while loved ones and co-workers back home are huddled in parkas brings a smile to many faces. Yet, there is more to Miami than its beautiful beaches. We have a vibrant nightlife and there are always events going on like Art Basel, the Coconut Grove Arts Festival, and the South Beach Wine and Food Festival. Many do not know that winter is Miami’s “restaurant” season. This is an exciting time where many restaurants and bars are opening, each with a signature menu and theme. I can’t wait to check them out! Below is just a sampling of what’s in store for my fellow foodies.

  1. AdLib – This American-style restaurant moves into the former home of Swine Southern Table in Coral Gables. It will have a “sophisticated playfulness” and feature wild-caught seafood. Along with noted chef Jamie DeRosa, the new eatery will also have the talented pastry chef Hedy Goldsmith.
  2. El Santo – Located in Little Havana, you’ll enjoy church-inspired Mexican food, featuring Mexican tapas and shared plates as well as an extensive tequila and mezcal menu. There is also a street-food style taco eatery next store named Santo.
  3. iLov305 Steakhouse & Nightlife – A fusion of Latin cuisine and American comfort food, this restaurant is the creation of Pitbull and Sugar Factory American Brasserie. Experience a “Havana-club” atmosphere along with three VIP lounges, four bars, and signature cocktails. There is another location in the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Biloxi.
  4. Time Out Market Miami – The first of its kind in the U.S., this food hall is an amazing collection of 17 eateries featuring rock star chefs, such as Norman Van Aken, Giorgio Rapicavoli, Jeremy Ford and Alberto Cabrera. This 17,000+ space will have indoor and outdoor seating for nearly 450 diners. There will be something for everyone!
  5. Cafe La Trova – This is truly a unique restaurant where the main focus is on beverages. James Beard Awarding-Winning chef Michelle Bernstein teams up with bartender Julio Cabrera to combine a “Cantinero” cocktail culture and Cuban cuisine for an exciting dining experience. It will feature two bars and live music.
  6. Bachour – Renowned pastry chef Antonio Bachour opens his all-in-one pastry shop, bakery and restaurant in Coral Gables. An old-world Spanish backdrop sets the perfect mood for the breakfast, lunch and all-day weekend brunch menu along with Bachour’s signature desserts.