New Miami Restaurant Openings Include Paperfish, Salt & Straw, and Miami Diner
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Another week, another round of new Miami restaurants.
Check out handmade dumplings at Zitz Sum in Coral Gables this week. Or take a scoop of Miami-inspired ice cream with the Coral Gables Salt & Straw.
Other new openings include a new speakeasy-themed sushi restaurant, the expansion of the Miami Diner in South Beach and a delivery-only concept that specializes in combining sandwiches with champagne.
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Champs & Heroes delivers sandwiches and champagne to your door.
Photo courtesy Champs & Heroes
Miami-born Jourdan Binder – one of the creatives behind Anderson and Broken Shaker – has a new delivery-only concept: sandwiches paired with champagne. His strange idea, called Champs and Heroes, is bursting with late 20th century nostalgia (with a nod to the sports icons from Binder’s youth). To bring his “Hall of Fame” and “Instant Classics” sandwich menu to life, Binder, in collaboration with Reef Technology’s NBRHD Kitchen, guessed the cook Nicole Votano from Dirt, Fooq’s and Mamma Parmigiana. Starting at US $ 12, sandwiches like the Bird (a chicken and parmesan hero), Dan the Man (an Italian hero) and the MJ (a meatball sub) come in a bespoke Insta Delivered -worthy shoebox with homemade chips and, for a surcharge, a division of Moët or Prosecco. Can be ordered through the Champs website and through most mobile delivery options.
Miami Diner expands to South Beach.
Photo courtesy Stillwater & Co.
The team behind Meraki Greek Bistro and Meraki Coconut Grove quietly opened the Miami Diner on Alton Road in South Beach. The 110-seat diner is located in the room that previously housed the legendary David’s Cafe. It specializes in home-made comfort dishes that are served in a retro setting. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch all day – from staples like omelets to more inventive dishes like a waffle sandwich (ham, Swiss cheese, and fried eggs filled between two waffles). Non-breakfast items range from pasta and baby ribs to homemade meatloaf, not to mention over-the-top milkshakes like the “Nutella Ferrero” (made with Nutella, vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, Ferrero Rocher chocolate, and a Kinder Bueno candy bar). Locals who ask for the “GoLocal” password and key code will receive a 10 percent discount during breakfast during the week. Open Monday to Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursday to Sunday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Paperfish is a new speakeasy-style sushi bar in Brickell.
Photo courtesy of the V&E Restaurant Group
You will know you are at Paperfish when you see the red torii gates. This new Tokyo-inspired izakaya specializes in Nikkei cuisine made from fresh, seasonal ingredients. The menu is divided into zenzai (starters), raw food, salads, sushi and tokusen (starters). Start with a ceviche or tiradito from the raw food bar, then move on to tonigiri, maki, and hand rolls that play with Japanese and Peruvian flavors. Appetizers range from $ 6 to $ 22; Main plates like the Pulpo Robata and Wagyu Ishiyaki cost between $ 15 and $ 38. Vegetarian options are available throughout the menu. Open daily from 12 noon to midnight.
Salt & Straw, based in Portland, Oregon, continues its expansion in South Florida with a new location in Coconut Grove.
Photo courtesy Salt & Straw
The popular Portland, Oregon-based ice cream brand that started out as a grocery truck and is supported in part by Duane “The Rock” Johnson has opened its second location in Miami. Salt & Straw is now offering its small, strangely flavored ice creams in the newly designed CocoWalk. The menu at the Grove location is the same as that in the recently opened Wynwood store and offers Salt & Straw classics as well as specialty flavors specially developed for Miami. The menus change monthly to highlight seasonal creations. The “Eat Your Flowers” list currently on sale is bursting with vibrant flowers, bright fruits and strong flavors. Open daily from 12 noon to midnight.
Hand-formed dumplings are a team effort at the newly opened Zitz Sum in Coral Gables.
396 Alhambra Cir., Coral Gables
Zitz Sum cook and co-owner Pablo Zitzmann, known for his time at No Name Chinese, grew up in a German-Mexican household – with a passion for Asian flavors, thanks to his father’s frequent visits to the teppanyaki restaurants in Bogotá. Later, the younger Zitzmann’s travels took him to China, Japan and Hawaii, experiences that only served to stir up his love for Asian cuisine. Zitz Sum, which debuted as a dim sum delivery service during the pandemic, is a 66-seat restaurant that specializes in dumplings, small plates, and Zitzmann’s take on Chinese and Japanese street food with a touch of Miami. He works with the confectioner and co-owner Natalia Restrepo, who gives a personal touch with her bread program and desserts such as Hong Kong-style French toast. Open Tuesday to Saturday from 6pm to 10pm
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Nicole Danna is a Palm Beach County-based reporter who has been reporting on the South Florida food scene for the New Times since 2011. She also enjoys drinking beer and writing about the growing craft beer community in the region.