Monday, October 26, 2015

#ThankYouMiami for New Neighborhood Eats - TiramesU & Marion Miami

Happy Monday! This week we're in North Carolina exploring the beauty of the Outer Banks and drooling remotely at the exciting new Miami restaurants that are opening up for the season. We're particularly amped about the re-opening of South Beach staple TiramesU and the arrival of Mediterranean restaurant, café, market, bakery, and oyster bar Marion Miami to Brickell. Between trips, we had the chance to visit both restaurants, check out their new digs, and sample their menus. Here's the scoop.

101 Washington Avenue
Miami Beach

TiramesU's return to South of Fifth—it's original neighborhood—was a smart move. Its previous location on Lincoln Road did not evoke the air of modern elegance its new location offers. The facelift comes with a new menu to match starring the delicious Italian cuisine for which TiramesU is known, with unanticipated modern twists here and there. The stand-outs from our dinner were the polpo antipasti with potatoes, crispy speck (similar to bacon), and salsa verde and the pesce del giorno or fish of the day, which during our visit was a perfectly seared branzino (Exhibit A, below).  If you're not a seafood person, not to worry. Their menu includes options with lamb, beef, duck, and veggies that look just as enticing.

We left most impressed by TiramesU's new cocktail program which is based on exciting combinations of fresh ingredients. We had a hard time choosing between the Fighting for the Flag (tequila, agave, lime, cocchi americano, orange bitters, salt, coffee rim), the Kingdom Come (gin, watermelon, basil), and the Caribbean Lust (rum, jalapeño, mint, passion fruit, lime, soda) so we tried, and loved, them all. In fact, the Fighting for the Flag was featured last week in's Go Drink This column as one of Miami's must-have cocktails. We can't wait to make TiramesU our new neighborhood hang, especially between midnight and 2 a.m. when your first cocktail is free!

Tiramesu's Fish of the Day: Branzino

TiramesU's Fighting for the Flag cocktail.

1111 SW 1st Avenue

Across the bay, in Brickell, the opening of Marion Miami means amazing things. It means a three-course lunch of dishes like sea bream crudo, organic vegetable tarte and bomba rice for only $24. It means elevating cocktail hour with Bar Lab cocktails, raw bar and plates of charcuterie (the artisanal cheese selection is brought to your table in a cheese trolley!). It means indulging family style on suckling Berkshire porchetta and Maine lobster paella. It means catching up with an old friend over Panther Coffee and pastries. It means gossiping with your girlfriends on a Saturday afternoon over flutes of bubbly and fresh seafood platters. We don't know about you, but we can find at least one reason a day to visit Marion Miami and each one is distinctively different. Who knew so many concepts could be cohesively brought together under one roof?

Marion Miami's charcuterie

Marion Miami's pastries

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