Support healthy initiative for homeless children and women at Miami Rescue Mission, with GFL.

On December 10th, I will be attending the Miami Rescue Mission event called, “Winter Wonderland Luncheon and Tea Party”,  a wonderful celebration of the holidays for the homeless children and women in the South Florida community. My youngest son and I will be on site making smoothies, to encourage kids and moms on healthy and tasty edible options. This initiative serves also […]

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Healthy Edible Intimacy at Casabe 305

If your looking for an intimate night out, without having to scream across a table, while nibbling passively through delicious morsels, than Casabe 305 is your place. Originally from Choroní in Venezuela, this cozy restaurant charms Miami with it’s good food and classic warm hospitality.

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Vegan and Juice Plantain Pastelon

@veganandjuice wins dish of the week here at GFL! At first I judged the dish by appearance, cause it looked to “veggie” for lunch, but the Plantain Pastelon, with a light broccoli center, Dominican Style was very satisfying and delicious. I also had a split pea soup which was not to thin or thick, just right. […]

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Six Doral Restaurants Cooking Healthier Fare With A Delicious Kick

One of my favorite cities in Miami, is the Doral, sure traffic cops lurk in every corner, but the healthy and tasty culinary scene is growing. If your like me, and aim to eat as healthy as possible without sacrificing on the flavor, than check out these great eateries. SUPER SMOOTHIE My go to place […]

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InBite Makes Gluten and Dairy Free Edible Treats in South Florida

The first time I saw an Inbite cookie was at Bubble Cafe in the Doral, the packaging stated, “Gluten & Dairy Free Coconut Cookies”, which got me curious. Could it be good? regardless of the no dairy or gluten? the answer was yes! It was actually pretty good. I wondered if they had other tasty […]

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I Misjudged Box of Chacos

I confess that I misjudged Box of Chacos, thrown off by the sombrero wearing, chop stick holding panda logo, on the foreground of an orange truck. Not my usual color palette and symbols that define higher end cuisine. I was misled by the graphics on the truck, and wish I would have focused or looked […]

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Finka a Culinary Estate in South Miami

Thanks to my sister in law we visited Finka Table and Tap for the second time, she loves this place, and all my taste buds agree. The first time I visited with my wife and kids, we were greeted by a friendly waiter who escorted us to our seats. The atmosphere was laid back with […]

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Eating and Drinking Never Felt So Good in South Florida — Join The Journey

Hi GFL friends, I hope you all had a great start to the year and that you reach many of your goals in 2015. This year I will be focusing more on healthy but tasty food & drinks around South Florida. However you will still see me indulging from time to time, on the occasional […]

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Steak Brasil Churrascaria in Downtown — Rodizio Heaven

By Carlos Osorio Recently my wife and I headed to Downtown Miami and visited Steak Brasil Churrascaria. We heard many great things about this place from locals raving about the authentic Brazilian fare, and thought to give it a try. Soon after we picked out our favorite bites from the buffet, we were handed […]

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TK’s at the Villa Mayfair

By Mitchell Nover TK’s at the Villa Mayfair has something for everyone. Tucked away in Coconut Grove, across the street from Cocowalk and the Mayfair Hotel & Spa, TK’s is a warm and welcoming, full-service neighborhood restaurant and bar offering outstanding American International cuisine. Featuring hip and contemporary styling inside and out I can […]

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Greatfoodlist Begins New Tasty Network

Dear GFL friends, look out for the new “South Florida Great Food List Network”, open to all small local food businesses (food artisans, local restaurant owners, food trucks, caterers, etc). We will have some tasty surprises coming soon! If you have not connected with us yet on social media, please check out our links below: […]

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Prime Experience with Prime Card

By Carlos Osorio If your family is like mine and goes out to eat at least once a week, then you know all know those tasty moments can quickly add up in the bank account. That’s not including those special times of the year, like birthdays, graduations, anniversaries, etc., where you’re bound to dine […]

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Feast Miami Is More Than Just Eating Food to Fund Art

By Elizabeth Corzo It’s nothing new to hear about current food trends focusing much of their attention on healthier, and more sustainable eating. It seems that today’s consumer is more aware of what they bite into, as well as how large their carbon footprint is. For those foodies who fit this description, you may be […]

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Coral Gables Restaurant Week at Cibo Wine Bar

By Elizabeth Corzo It’s a great time to be a foodie in Miami, as there are countless restaurants offering discounted prix-fixe menus as part of the 7th Annual Coral Gables Restaurant Week, (which luckily actually runs for three weeks). Beginning June 9th and ending June 29th, participating restaurants offer a three-course menu at an incredible […]

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SpecialTEA Lounge is More Than Just Tea

By Elizabeth Corzo Hidden in a small shopping plaza on Coral Way, situated across FIU, lies a pleasant little cafe named specialTEA Lounge. It’s incredibly easy to pass this small cafe, which I almost did, and would not have found it easily had my gps not notified me I had arrived at my destination. Once […]

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Chandler’s Place Is The Place For Good Eats In The Gables

By Jonathan Brooks Chandler’s Place serves up fresh, exciting, and nothing-ever-fried fanfare to those working or visiting Coral Gables. “I always wanted to own a little place like this,” says Chandler Rivera, who worked around the corner at the old school haunt the Hofbrau for 32 years. Hence the name Chandler’s Place, so that […]

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Food Artisan Edible Treasures At Cao Chocolates

By Carlos Osorio Join me in supporting the food artisan movement in South Florida, in general food artisan products are unconventional, not always bound to culinary rule or based on trends but rather a pure joy to cook, prepare, bake or produce unique edible treasures that are as unique as the food artisans themselves. […]

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Bubble Cafe & Tea Lounge

By Elizabeth Corzo Conveniently located right off the turnpike on exit 29 on 41st street, lies a quaint little cafe called Bubble Cafe & Tea Lounge. Chef Manuel Sulbaran, former chef of Harry’s Pizzeria and Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink in the Design District, has made many additions to the menu since his arrival and […]

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Wynwood Life A Cultural Street Festival – A Party for Tastebuds

By Carlos Osorio Experience Wynwood Life A Cultural Street Festival — a festival of art, fashion, food, and music happening Friday, April 25 – Sunday, April 27. A Three-Day Festival Celebrating Miami and Its Artists featuring some of Miami’s most respected graffiti crews. Wynwood is ready to light up with people and all that […]

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Ikura’s Innovative Offerings

Coral Gables has its fair share of hot sushi spots, but every now and then we discover one of the lesser-known places that seems to surprise us with an innovative and equally impressive menu. That was the case when we ventured to Ikura Sushi Lounge, a tiny spot along Giralda Avenue that can be easily […]

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More than just piggy at Swine in Coral Gables

By Josie Gulliksen The 50 Eggs Hospitality group’s restaurant empire has already left an indelible mark on the South Beach restaurant scene so a year ago they expanded on to the mainland with the opening of Swine Southern Table & Bar in Coral Gables. This was their ode to all things pork, or so […]

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LeKoKé Wine & Bites: A Labor of Love

By Mitchell Nover LeKoKé Wine & Bites is a family-owned boutique wine bar and café, located smack on 8th Street (between SW 12th and 13th Avenues). But don’t let the location fool you, once you walk inside you’ll forget you were ever on Calle 8. A true labor of love, LeKoKé started as an […]

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Food Artisan Edible Treasures At Commercial Kitchen 305

By Carlos Osorio I am officially a food artisan fan. Maybe it’s because their products are unconventional, not always bound to culinary rule or based on trends but rather a pure joy to cook, prepare, bake or produce unique edible treasures that are as unique as the food artisans themselves. I appreciate this food […]

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The Story Behind

By Carlos Osorio Dear friends, it’s been an incredible three years since I started this blog about great food in South Florida. As most Greatfoodlist readers know, I work with writers that help me find the best eateries around town, and I always request they write about places they genuinely enjoy. I want people […]

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Taste Buds Vibe At Rock That Burger

By Elizabeth Corzo In 2009, a food truck by the name Yellow Submarine was created, trying to make an everlasting impression in the food truck scene that had become immensely popular in Miami. They quickly won over the hearts of South Floridians, with their homemade burgers and catchy names taken from popular The Beetle’s songs, […]

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Richard Hales’s Asian moxy continues with Blackbrick Chinese

By Josie Gulliksen Staking his claim as king of Asian cuisine in the Design District, Chef Richard Hales has struck gold again with Blackbrick Chinese in Midtown. His success at Sakaya Kitchen across the grassy field that divides Midtown means he’s the dominant force in the area. At the small, intimate sit down Blackbrick […]

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Giraffas Stands Tall In Doral

By Carlos Osorio After many months of tracking this casual fast-food Brazilian beast on Twitter, the GFL family decided to visit when they opened up in the Doral area. The décor is bright, with an open kitchen, whimsical shaped tables and even a bar area with TV screens; perfect for guests dining alone. The […]

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Spring Beer Festival Sprung, Celebrates the Craft Beer Lifestyle

By Carlos Osorio South Florida gets ready for great food, live music and unlimited beer tastings featuring over 150 Spring and Summer ales in the heart of Coconut Grove at Peacock Park on March 8, 2014. Spring Beer Festival Sprung, will be a great way for beer enthusiasts to try local craft beers by […]

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Eating Our Way Through Mary Brickell Village

By Josie Gulliksen Most people that hit Mary Brickell Village between Thursday and Saturday nights are there to bar hop, but on a recent Saturday afternoon, foodies came to restaurant hop at the First Annual Kitchen Hop held Feb. 8 from 2-8 p.m. It was a fantastic way to spend a beautiful, breezy Saturday […]

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The Big Difference at Blocks Pizza Deli

By Carlos Osorio Many can claim to have the best pizza, and truly it’s all in the tastebuds of the beholder. However few can claim to have unbleached and unbromated flour, which is good to know since bleach and bromated flour have been linked to serious illnesses. The difference at Blocks Pizza is the […]

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The Magic Of Cochon 555

By Mitchell Nover Five of Miami’s all-star chefs showed off their porcine prowess at Cochon 555 at the Four Seasons this past Sunday in Brickell. Going on its sixth year, Cochon 555 is the nation’s premier culinary tour touting the flavor and health benefits of eating heritage breed pigs via a nose-to-tail culinary competition. […]

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Promising New Peruvian Hot Spot in Kendall

By Carlos Osorio ventured to a promising new Peruvian hot spot in Kendall called Mr. Karbon managed by Chef Abel Canales, a graduate of the Le Cordon Bleu in Peru. He started his career 17 years ago in New York and after a few years, moved to Miami and worked for Nobu, La […]

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Brewin’ the Good Stuff

By Melanie Garcia Miami has seen a rising food scene the last few years. Many have willingly jumped on the bandwagon of bourgeoning food trends, celebrated chefs and pop-ups around our city. The latest craze to hit Miami in full force has been the craft beer and local brewery phenomenon. Capitalizing on the momentum, […]

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Brunch Hit at Casabe 305 Bistro

By Melanie Garcia Here at Great Food List we’re always on the hunt for a good brunch spot, so we jumped on the opportunity to check out Casabe 305 Bistro offering gourmet Venezuelan and Caribbean fusion cuisine. On a rainy Sunday, we were pleasantly surprised to find that the restaurant was a cozy hideaway […]

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Martita’s Banana Cakes – One Hundred Years of Pure Heaven

By Carlos Osorio Recently Great Food List received word of a farmer’s market event held at TERRA Environmental Research Institute, a local magnet high school in Kendall, so we decided to venture out and check it out for ourselves. In the midst of all the great food artisans, we found Martita’s Banana Cakes. A […]

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Sushi Win in Coral Gables

By Melanie Garcia Sushi restaurants are ubiquitous in Miami.  Every corner has a sushi dig claiming to have the freshest and most innovative roles. Some are good and most are mediocre. We won’t lie and say we weren’t a tiny bit hesitant when visiting the Coral Gables location of Sushi Samba. The Miami Beach […]

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We’re Up All Night To Get Lucky

By Melanie Garcia On November 15, 2013, Miami stayed up all night in celebration of Asian culture and cuisine at LUCKYRICE, a food festival that makes an annual stop in our neighborhood. Great Food List was lucky enough to take part of the festivities, celebrating alongside a sold out crowd of foodies at The […]

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Miami Gets Lucky Part II

By Melanie Garcia As mentioned during our last Q&A with LUCKYRICE founder, Danielle Chang, we promised to share the interview we were lucky enough to get with Chef, Danny Ganem of Restaurant Michael Schwartz located at the iconic South Beach hotel, The Raleigh. Read on to get some insider information from Chef Danny as […]

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Miami Gets Lucky

By Melanie Garcia Every now and then we seem to strike it lucky, and Miami is getting a taste, literally, of what it’s like to hit the culinary jackpot. LUCKYRICE, a nationwide food event that works with hundreds of chefs and mixologists, is making another appearance in Miami to bring the diverse worlds of […]

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Spain’s Great Benefit Match Hits Miami

By Melanie Garcia It’s official; Spain’s largest wine tasting is coming to Miami next Tuesday, November 12! Food and wine lovers alike, listen up! The Spain’s Great Benefit Match event will feature more than 200 Spanish wines and tapas. And what can be better news than that?  That the Great Food List family has […]

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The News Lounge Café’s Groovin’ Garden

By Melanie Garcia We at Great Food List are always on the search for hidden hot spots. We hadn’t been to The News Lounge Café (the offspring of the famed News Café on Ocean Drive) in a few years, when it was all the rage for happy hour and Friday night drinks, but recently […]

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Pueblito Viejo #2 – Delicioso & Divertido

By Mitchell Nover   I’m not sure that there’s a direct Spanish translation for the word “kitsch,” but I feel like if I were to look it up in my English-Spanish dictionary it should simply have a picture of the interior of Pueblito Viejo #2. Taking a cue from a variety of different colorful […]

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Toro Toro is Terrific

By Melanie Garcia When was the last time you dined at a restaurant for the ubiquitous bottomless brunch in Miami without having to sacrifice a little something? Whether it was the location, food selection or quality, it seems that we have to compromise a little if we’re looking for endless mimosas and a top-notch […]

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The Local House – Just Like Home

By Mitchell Nover Growing up in the Washington, DC suburbs, we didn’t have ready access to the beach like we do here in Miami. So, each and every summer we, as most families do in the Northeast, rented a beach house for a week somewhere along the Eastern Shore (or the Jersey Shore, or […]

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CRAVE – Surprisingly Desirable

By Mitchell Nover Full disclosure: when I purchased the online coupon, I had no idea what kind of food they served at CRAVE. Or that it was a chain restaurant. Or that it was located in a mall. Or that the menu was a combination of American cuisine and sushi. Really? Well, it’s amazing […]

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More Than Your Average Wine Bar at Bin 18

In Miami, a good wine bar can be hard to come by. Many often cater to one of two extremes: the happy hour crowd or the pretentious, wannabe wine-os. Well, on Biscayne Boulevard, about halfway between the American Airlines Arena and Midtown, we found Bin 18 – more than your average wine bar. Bin 18 […]

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Dishcrawling Around Midtown Miami

By Melanie Garcia All aboard, foodies! Dishcrawl has arrived and it’s taking over major cities all across the U.S. with a food concept that allows you to “crawl” your way through several restaurants in one evening. The experience allows you to sample from diverse menus that represent small touchstones of the city you’re dining […]

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An Unexpected Peruvian Getaway

By guest writer: Alexandria Guerra of Caviar Chronicles Tucked away, and nestled on the corner of Ponce De Leon and Alcazar, sits an unexpected historical gem, the St. Michel Hotel. This boutique hotel was once known as the Sevilla Hotel and opened its doors in 1926. The small hotel boasts only 28 rooms, each […]

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A Heavenly Dining Experience in Coral Gables

By Mitchell Nover, Tucked away on Giralda Avenue, just off the crowded sidewalks of Miracle Mile, a heavenly dining experience awaits in the form of Zielo Restaurant. With its bright, modern décor, this relative newcomer to the Coral Gables restaurant scene offers diners a refined and refreshing take on International fare. At the helm […]

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One of Coconut Grove’s Hidden Treasures

By guest writer: Alexandria Guerra of Caviar Chronicles Since I’ve moved to Coconut Grove, Taurus restaurant and bar has been a confidant, through the good, bad and recently, the hungry. Taurus was once known as Coconut Grove’s most legendary and oldest watering hole. However, the joint wasn’t notorious for their bar grub. It wasn’t […]

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Rooting for Oak Tavern

By Melanie Garcia The Design District is slowing acclimating to the idea that it is now the go-to spot for restaurants and high-end shopping, but Chef David Bracha (of River Seafood & Oyster Bar fame) got an early start with his latest restaurant venture, Oak Tavern, and its modern American menu. The restaurant reigns […]

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High Five to BurgerFI

By Melanie Garcia On a warm Friday evening in anticipation of the weekend, we hopped on over to BurgerFI to start cheating on the healthy eating routine of the week. Only we weren’t really cheating since we were visiting one of South Florida’s all-natural burger joints and surprisingly, we were delighted to find that […]

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Khong is King of Brunch

By Melanie Garcia The masters behind the creative force 50 Eggs Inc., (credited with the culinary genius of Yardbird and newly opened Swine) is the force behind Khong River House, a restaurant offering authentic food of Northern Thailand to sunny South Florida. The décor is apt for its Lincoln Road and Meridian corner location. […]

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Hy Vong Presents Vietnamese Cuisine at its Best

By Sue Arrowsmith You would never guess Miami’s premiere Vietnamese restaurant is a tiny establishment right on Calle Ocho, just steps from the famous Cuban landmark, Versailles restaurant. Hy Vong truly is one of our best kept culinary secrets. Family-owned and operated by Kathy Manning and Tung Nguyen since 1980, it has been voted […]

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Top Burger Keeps it Simple and Delicious

By Sue Arrowsmith The rise of elaborate, gourmet burger joints has spread across South Florida. In downtown Miami, one eatery has taken a different path and it’s paying off. Top Burger, which opened last summer, is reminiscent of a 1950s soda pop shop or diner, complete with checkered flooring. They specialize in burgers, hot […]

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Latin Heat

By Melanie Garcia Pioneers are usually those who set the bar quite high for all that follow. The Latin Burger & Taco food truck has been no exception as one of the first to roam the streets of Miami. It has paved the way of gourmet glory for all food trucks as one of […]

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Walter’s Coffee Shop Is An Early Bird’s Gem

By Jonathan Brooks You’ll find a crowded line for breakfast on the weekends and weekly regulars galore at Palmetto Bay’s gem, Walter’s Coffee Shop. “We should write a book,” says President Grace Berbrick, daughter of founders Walter and Jo. Ask her about the coffee shop’s history or their slogan “where the elite meet to […]

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Rosita’s Serving Authentic Mexican for 20 Years

By Sue Arrowsmith You don’t have to hop on a plane to enjoy fresh, homemade Mexican food. You can get a taste of the real thing at Rosita’s in Florida City, a great stop on the way to the Keys or Everglades National Park. Serving the South Dade community since 1992, Rosita’s two-story structure […]

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Culinary Tour De Force

By Melanie Garcia Being a Miami native means being exposed to a myriad of cultures and their corresponding cuisines. Accessibility to food from around the globe is at every corner, with authenticity at its core. But rare is the opportunity in which you’ll experience a food tour, nonetheless of your own city, that leaves […]

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A Whole Lot of Good at Holleman’s

By Melanie Garcia There’s something mysterious and almost magical about the town of Miami Springs. Tucked away from the chaos and busy streets of Miami, this neighborhood maintains the calm and charm of small town America. When we visited the area for a good meal, we didn’t hesitate to dine at Holleman’s, a family-friendly […]

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