So 2013 is within reach and so far we’ve survived a presidential election, a Superstorm Hurricane, Michael Phelps’ (and his freakishly long torso) last swim in the Summer Olympics and the Mayans (unless they’re running on Miami time,then we’re screwed). This was a busy year for America and on a local level, South Florida was busy as well.
People throughout South Florida stood in voting lines for hours showing their commitment to democracy. After the Summer Olympics everyone and their abuela either knew Dannell Leyva personally or was friends with his cousin, ex-girlfriend or high school classmate. The Miami Heat won the championship leading to impromptu street parties from Hialeah to Calle Ocho. Many people dusted off their pots and pans and took to the streets (myself included) in a prideful celebration that lasted until the cops showed up.
Last (but most definitely not least) are the Miami parody videos that everyone could relate to; S*** Miami Girls Say (part 1 and 2) were a hysterical hit that had people quoting them for months to come, “What’s your cheapest pink wine?”
Miami’s dining scene was not spared to the tumultuous changes that happened in our community. Many great restaurants opened, many old staples closed their doors permanently and some restaurants opened and closed within months.
Some local restaurants opened and closed in what seems like a blink of an eye. Examples of this are MB Brewhouse, Hogzilla, Lolita’s Cocina & Tequila Bar, Georgia’s Union and Crumb on Parchment’s South Beach location. In addition to brick and mortar restaurants, several food trucks have disappeared as quickly as they popped up. Some of these places you may have marked on your to-do list and never got around to it, some of these you may have never of heard of. Either way, these places (some of which with a lot of potential) opened and closed within months of opening. #RIP
Some restaurant closures in the last twelve months came as a surprise to local food aficionados. Mai Tardi, Sra. Martinez, Tudor House in South Beach, Red Light Little River and Sustain all called it quits much to the dismay of their regular patrons. Sra. Martinez and Sustain appeared to be the most surprising closures of the year; both restaurants with fairly large followings and were considered fan favorites. #GoneButNeverForgotten
With every door that closes, a new one opens. Although several local restaurants have closed a wave of new restaurants have opened and trends are definitely apparent. This year we’ve seen lots of local bakeries and chef driven restaurants pop up. Lee & Marie’s Cakery, Corner Bakery and Acme Bakery & Coffee all make their presence felt as the wave of sugary confections takes over Miami. Other restaurants that have opened and quickly become local favorites this year include Blue Collar (a personal favorite), Josh’s Delicatessen & appetizing, The Federal Food Drink & Provisions, Eating House, My Ceviche, The Bazaar, J&G Grill, Oak Tavern and South Street.
Here’s hoping that 2013 brings us more delicious additions to our growing food scene. What are some chef’s you’d like to see come to South Florida? What are some restaurants you’re sad to see have left for good? Comment below and share your thoughts!
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