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November / December 2019 Issue

NOV./DEC.ISSUE2019

Destination

toDine:

Shopsat

Merrick

Park

FOOD4

Thought

COYO

TACO

It’sChow time!

BURGERLISCIOUS2019

TakesabiteoutofCoralGables!

Sparkling

Wine

forEvery

Celebration


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TODAY’S MENU

NOVEMBER | DECEMBER 2019

BURGERLISCIOUS SPECIAL EDITION

MORSELS

From the Editor-in-Chief

FOOD 4 THOUGHT: COYO TACO

A SPARKLING WINE FOR EVERY CELEBRATION

By Jacqueline Coleman, Sommelier

DESTINATION TO DINE: SHOPS AT MERRICK PARK

By Georgeana Pacheco

IT’S CHOW TIME @ BURGERLISCIOUS 9

Thursday, November 7 th | 6 - 10 PM | Coral Gables, FL

Get your tickets and all the juicy deets at

burgerliscious.com

@LETSEATMAGAZINE

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MORSELS

FROM THE EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

It is fair to say that I wake up most days thinking about food. Same as when I drop into bed the night before. These thoughts

are not just about what I plan to have for breakfast, but what lunch plans I might have during the day ahead or where I am going

to eat dinner later that night.

Working in the Gables assures not only incredible variety, but amazing meals that are the main course of our foodie community.

They are what makes us special in the culinary world.

I don’t cook, as you might have surmised by now, so my beautiful stainless steel gas range is more of a large paperweight or

where I store the dog’s treats or check the time each morning on my way out.

Sure, my refrigerator has a collection of what we call “the staples,” but there is little to nothing in stock to put together an entire

meal with. You see, I spend most of my evenings at Chamber events or community activities or networking receptions or grand

openings. So, my dinner diet consists of mostly finger foods, cheeses, crackers and the like, but all are a far cry from what is on

the menu at each of our local restaurants.

As the busy season arrives, most are gearing up for a great fall/winter/spring run, and have shelved their Miami Spice menus

and begun to focus on what the locals, visitors and business folks might like.

There is no real fall-inspired menu in the 80 degree heat (other than maybe Seasons 52); so instead, there is a need for creativity

and culinary consciousness. Think bisques and squashes and anything with pumpkin in it or on it!

Or maybe even tacos. Tacos? Yes – and with the arrival of Coyo Taco on Giralda Plaza this past September, I can assure you

there is a line out the door right now as customers – and foodies alike – search for the latest and greatest ingredients to fill a

tortilla. With even more restaurants due to arrive before year-end in The City Beautiful, Coyo opens their folded taco wide in our

Food 4 Thought feature.

And, what goes better with lunch (or dinner) than a little shopping. With the holiday season upon us in just a few shorts weeks

– and our own Small Business Saturday efforts on November 30 – there is no better time to combine your two favorite pastimes.

Eating and retailing!

The Shops at Merrick Park, under the management of Andrew Peach and the team at Brookfield Properties, have both invested

and invigorated the food scene at the outdoor mall with new eateries like Perry’s Steakhouse and the soon-to-arrive Eclectico,

envisioned by the same family that brought us SAWA.

Our feature this month walks you through the many new restaurants and watering holes at the Shops, as well as the tasty vibe

that is making our own Merrick Park both hip and accessible. Throw in a few amazingly cool stores like Mizzen + Main, Bo

Concept, Edward Beiner and Pandora, and well, it is a date night extraordinaire!

Finally, it is hard to believe that not only is holiday season upon us, but so is Burgerliscious. We are very proud to brand the

biggest and best burger fest in South Florida as “Burgerliscious #9 – It’s Chow Time”. There will be more than 20 burger purveyors

tossing their meat into the ring to compete for “Best in Bun” honors!

These include the tried and true that join us every year like JohnMartin’s, Clutch Burger, Pincho Factory and Bulla, as well as

some new sliders on the block. No matter your fancy or your fave, there will be something for everyone!

So, take your time, ease into the holiday season, and get your Game On! There is no time like the present to set your sights on

next year’s dietary goals by going big before year-end.

Now, Let’s Eat!

MARK A. TROWBRIDGE, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

PRESIDENT & CEO, CORAL GABLES CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

JESSICA WILCOX, OWNER

J. WILCOX CONSULTING & PUBLISHER, LET’S EAT MAGAZINE

SALES@LETSEATMAGAZINE.COM | (305) 962.9313


The Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce Presents:

It’s Chow

Time @

Presented By:

Developing Business Building Community

Thurs.

NOV. 7

Ponce Circle Park

2019 CORAL

GABLES

Tickets at

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Celebrating 10 Years

Come enjoy Downtown Coral Gables’

most highly anticipated live music series!

Every First Friday of the Month Through April 2020

Starting at 7:00 p.m.

November 1 • December 6 • January 3

February 7 • March 6 • April 3

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Between Ponce de Leon Boulevard

and Galiano Street

Al Fresco Dining, Live Music and More!

77 Sport Bar • Bangkok Bangkok II • Clutch Burger • Coyo Taco

Divino Ceviche • Espresso Cubano • GreenLife Organic Bistro

KAE by Chef Landa • La Dorada • Lorenzo Pizza • MARA Basque Restaurant

Miss Saigon Bistro • Pasion del Cielo • PokeBao • Rice Mediterranean Kitchen

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Destination to Dine :

By: Georgeana Pacheco

SHOPS AT MERRICK PARK

The Shops at Merrick Park in Coral Gables are most notably

known for their upscale shopping, lush outdoor garden and

fabulous dining options.

The Reign of Ramzi (Zahr)

Since 2002, restaurateur Ramzi Zahr has delighted our taste

buds. First, there was C’est Bon, a French Café serving

delicious juices, fresh breads, crêpes, paninis, pastries and

more. Throughout the years, it has ooh-la-lad its way into the

hearts of many regulars.

In 2010, he introduced SAWA Restaurant & Lounge. Complete

with an eccentric tapas menu featuring Mediterranean &

Japanese dishes. Sawa, which means “togetherness” in Arabic

and “harmony” in Japanese, engages its guests with creative

cuisine, the best Happy Hour in town (7 days a week from 4

pm - 8 pm), and live belly dancing shows every weekend with

the occasional Hookah being passed around.

Ecléctico Restaurant & Bar, coming soon to the Shops at

Merrick Park, is Zahr’s third restaurant concept and the most

highly anticipated. The Mexican/Pan-Latin fusion menu, led by

Award Winning Food Network Chef Jouvens Jean, will feature

homemade tortillas, an array of tacos with a twist, ceviches,

causas y mas. Expect hand-painted interiors, great Latin

music, live shows and local artists’ works on display, all while

sipping on a variety of Tequilas and Mezcals.

Butcher Shop Beginnings

One of the Top 100 Best Steakhouses in America opened its

doors to The City Beautiful in late September. What once

started as a humble butcher shop, Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille

is originally from Houston and now has multiple locations

across the United States.

Bar 79, which is located within Perry’s and appropriately

named for the year the family business began, boasts a

towering wine wall with varietals from every region of the

world. In addition, Perry’s presents their very own fresh

handcrafted cocktail selection. We suggest you try the Mini

Martini Trio, a flight of three martinis chosen from their 15

unique creations.

Unwind to the soothing sounds of live jazz as you prepare to

enjoy a meal like no other. Perry’s serves hand-selected,

USDA-aged prime beef, an ode to their rich history.

But it’s not just the beef. Another Perry’s staple is their famous

wood roasted pork chop measuring seven fingers high. Glazed

then caramelized, and topped with Perry’s signature herb

garlic-butter, it’s carved table-side for your viewing pleasure.

A Grecian Getaway - OPA!

As you step into Sea Grill, you can’t help but feel like you’re

walking through the streets of Mykonos. As you pass through

the seahorse emblemed large glass door and enter into the

all-white, spacious dining room, you are transformed from lush

Coral Gables courtyard to the colorful isles of Greece.

It is obvious that owner Alexandre Kalas, also of the infamous

Italian restaurant Villagio, pays homage to his homeland by

producing quality dishes, providing top-notch service and

creating an atmosphere reminiscent of the one he calls home.

Sea Grill’s first location in North Miami has had huge success

over the last eight years and they promise to keep their menu

items both classic and authentic. Offering an array of fresh

seafood dishes, we recommend starting off your meal with the

Ouzo Mussels or grilled octopus, in addition to the crispy fried

zucchini and eggplant which is served thinly sliced served with

tzatziki. For an entree, we enjoyed the Branzino, a flaky white

fish imported straight from the Greek islands.

No matter the fare you fancy, the Shops at Merrick Park have

you covered. All of these newer eateries offer outdoor seating

to enjoy the brilliant Coral Gables weather or dinner under the

stars. Let the Shops at Merrick Park show you how they’re

transforming the mall into a world-class dining destination!


130 TAPS OF AMERICAN

CRAFT & IMPORT BEERS

100+ MENU ITEMS MADE FROM SCRATCH DAILY

OPEN DAILY FOR LUNCH, DINNER,

HAPPY HOUR & LATE NIGHT DINING

SHOPS AT MERRICK PARK

320 SAN LORENZO AVE

305.447.9273


FOOD 4 THOUGHT

What FOUR Coyo tacos are your top sellers

right now? What do you think raises them

to the top of the list for diners and taco

lovers?

Carne Asada • Al Pastor • Pollo Al Carbon

Grouper Frito

Our pollo al carbon and carne asada are classic

choices and our al pastor meat comes from a

trompo, making it especially tender and

juicy, topped with sweet pineapple. The

grouper frito taco speaks for itself – who

doesn’t love beer battered grouper with the

tang of our cabbage slaw?

• • • • •

What FOUR ingredients are you using at

Coyo Taco that are reinventing the way

we enjoy and love tacos? Why did you

zero in on these FOUR as you designed

your menu?

• Hass Avocados from Michoacan

• Hand pressed made to order corn tortillas

• Achiote - annatto seed paste from the

yucatan peninsula (used in our marinades)

• Dry Chiles from Oaxaca (used in our

marinades and salsas)

• • • • •

What FOUR items on your menu are the

clear complement to a plate full of Coyo

tacos? What might we have to look

forward to in the next few months, as well?

• Our fresh corn, locally sourced in Central Florida

comes on on the cob (Elote de Calle) or off

the cob (Equite) and is topped with chipotle

aioli and cotija cheese

• Coyo Guacamole is made fresh with Hass

avocados from Michoacan, fresh onions,

cilantro, tomatoes, fresh squeezed lime juice

and serrano peppers topped with pico de

gallo and served with our fresh tortilla chips

• Our Arroz Verde is made with spinach,

cilantro, jalapeño and herbs and goes great

with any taco and will serve as your daily vegetable

intake

• Our Queso Funido is the newest addition

to our menu exclusively at our Coral Gables

location - you'll be able to enjoy broiled

Mexican cheese blend, roasted peppers,

charred onions and corn melted in herbs and

creamed potatoes served with fresh flour

tortillas

• • • • •

What FOUR drinks or cocktails do you

feature (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) on

the bar menu that are the perfect pairing

for your top FOUR selling tacos?

• Coyo Margarita

Goes amazing with any item on our menu

• Red Bull Margarita

Pairs well with our Pollo al Carbon or

Carne Asada any time of the day

• Agua Frescas

Made daily and vary in flavors depending

on the season

• Paletaritas

A fun twist on the classic margarita, hand

crafted with homemade paletas from

Michoacana


Lunch

With Us

Make lunch at Fleming’s your perfect getaway

Join us every Friday from 11:30AM - 2:30PM

FILET MIGNON WEDGE

2525 PONCE DE LEON BLVD SUITE 100, CORAL GABLES, FL

305-569-7995 | FLEMINGSSTEAKHOUSE.COM

@flemings @flemingssteakhouse


A Sparkling Wine for Every Celebration

By: Jacqueline Coleman |

@historyandwine

Nothing says “let’s celebrate” more than opening a bottle of

bubbly. From Champagne to Prosecco, Cava, and more, there

are many ways you can enjoy sparkling wine this holiday

season. Here are a few suggestions for bottles to choose from

that cover the spectrum of celebrations from casual to fancy.

Save Money with a Spanish Cava or Italian Prosecco

Cava and Prosecco may be more economical than your average

Champagne, but that does not mean that these wines are less

enjoyable. Cava is made in the same traditional method as

Champagne using a second fermentation in the bottle, though

it is produced mostly in the Penedès region of Spain.

Prosecco is made in a different way through what is called the

Charmat or “tank” Method of making sparkling wine in the

Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia regions of Italy.

Segura Viudas Brut Cava, $10

Elegant and economical, Segura Viudas is both! This Cava is

crisp and inviting, with fresh citrus fruit a long, smooth finish.

Brut means that this wine will be dry as a fully balanced bubbly

at a great “party wine” price.

means there will be some residual sugar, but just enough to

make this bottle perfect as a celebration aperitif.

Splurge for Champagne

Champagne is sparkling wine made in the traditional method

that is only from Champagne, France. Usually, prices are a little

higher, but when you want to impress your guests, Champagne

is the perfect sparkling to serve.

Champagne Barons de Rothschild Brut, $80

Few family names are more synonymous with the highest quality

French wine than the Rothschild family of Château Mouton

Rothschild and Château Lafite Rothschild in Bordeaux, France.

If you’re looking to turn the celebration up a notch, consider

Champagne Barons de Rothschild, a cuvée made from 60%

Chardonnay and 40% Pinot Noir from the Verzenay, Ay, Mareuil-sur-Ay,

and Bouzy villages of Champagne. This bottle has

pear, citrus, and nutty flavors, fine bubbles, and a strong,

persistent finish. Serve chilled and celebrate another fantastic

year in the books!

Casa Dei Farive Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore Extra

Dry, $15

Casa Dei Farive produces the highest level of Prosecco, the

Prosecco Superiore DOCG, which can only be made in the

Treviso province of Veneto near the towns of Conegliano and

Valdobbiadene. This sparkling wine is made from 100% Glera

grapes and is refreshing and smooth with aromas of white

flowers along with flavors of green apple and citrus. Extra Dry


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