In the corner of a Sunny Isles strip mall there is a hidden gem of authentic Indian food that should truly be on everyone’s best of Miami list. Copper Chimney is amazing, hands down the best Indian food in Miami! Copper Chimney specializes in Tandoor (clay oven) dishes. The food is spicy; the kind of spicy where your tongue is burning but you still can’t stop eating because it is so delicious. Unless you like your dishes with a lot of heat, ask for mild. We went for medium, it was almost too hot to handle but with the spice came an irresistible burst of flavor.
Copper Chimney is family owned. The owners are gracious hosts who clearly have a lot of pride for the quality of both food and service. Bollywood movies play in the background while patrons feast on simmering dishes, succulent sauces and baskets of fresh naan. Here is a link to Copper Chimney’s menu, check it out before you go because there are over 50 delicious Indian dishes for you to choose from.
For those of you who feel that Sunny Isles is a little out of your way, there is still hope. I was told Copper Chimney plans to open a second location in Downtown Miami, which we are very excited about.
18090 Collins Ave, Sunny Isles Beach, FL 33160
My first job at 15 years old was at the Smoothie King on Alton road. As a result, I have always been a smoothie connosieur of sorts, constantly on the look out for the best smoothies. After a recent discovery, I can happily announce that the search has ended – Jugo Fresh officially earns the crown for the best smoothie on the beach.
Located on 20th St. (between West Ave. & Alton Rd.), Jugo Fresh is an organic juice bar/smoothie bar in the hot new area off purdy Lounge. This spot is unlike any other juice or smoothie bar in that it uses a cold-press system that can take up to 45 minutes for just one serving of juice! The result is an unpasteurized and “alive” juice that contains five times as many nutrients as regular juice.
Despite having a menu with more than 20 beverages, I think it could use one or two more “mainstream” fruit options…but the bottom line is that these “foodie”-style smoothie blends are delicious and nutritious. They’re on the pricier side but definitely worth the price tag.
Other mentionables include a cool vibe and very knowledgeable staff that is more than happy to answer any of your questions about the blends and their ingredients. And if you’re looking for a way to detox, Jugo Fresh also features a 3-day juice cleanse with free delivery on Miami Beach.
Conveniently located right next to Foot Works (an amazing running store) and just around the corner from Green Monkey (my favorite yoga studio..post coming soon), Jugo Fresh is the perfect post-yoga smoothie/juice spot.
“Fried Chicken Thighs”: Photo via miaminewtimes.com
The latest foodie hotspot to hit the Miami scene is Eating House, a “pop-up” restaurant in Coral Gables. Despite its popularity in other major cities, the pop-up restaurant is a relatively new concept to Miami. Essentially, a pop-up restaurant is a temporary restaurant that “pops up” in an already existing restaurant space. It’s a great way for young chefs to gain exposure and experiment without the financial risk of opening a restaurant.
At Eating House, local Miami chef Giorgio Rapicavoli (who you might recognize as the winner of “Chopped” on the Food Network) has taken over dinnertime at Cafe Ponce, a quaint eatery in the Gables that serves only breakfast and lunch. And by the looks (and taste) of it, it won’t be long before Giorgio sets up shop in a permanent spot of his own.
“Homestead Tomatoes”: Photo via yelp.com
The ever-changing menu consists of about a dozen small plates meant to be shared (although you won’t want to – the food is too good). I went with a small group and we ordered one of every item on the menu – and asked for a second (okay, and third) of dishes like the fried chicken thighs and waffles, korean BBQ brussel sprouts, homestead tomatoes, braised short rib, and the duck breast.
But be sure to save room for dessert: treats like the “breakfast” (two words: coca puffs) and the “dirt cup” (salted Oreo crumbs? GENIUS) are too good to pass up.
“Breakfast”: Photo via http://bvsc.tumblr.com/
Eating House is open from 7pm-1am, Tuesday through Sunday. Be sure to check it out before it closes up shop late this summer – you’ll be sad you missed it!