Finest Issues to Do in St John: Meals Occasions October 30 – November 1, 2020
Happy Halloween, St John! This weekend, Night Owl Cookies debuts at a new location in North St John Beach. Plus, restaurants and bars have creepy specials, Estrella Damm’s food and drink partnership is returning, and … there’s a blue moon to eat.
Your Instagram feed will be filled with these collections from Blue Moons Over My Hammy.
Blue moons over my hammy
This Halloween is a special, spooky occasion – a Blue Moon – the first on Halloween night since 1944 and 19 years after the next event in 2039. To mark the occasion, Denny’s is offering a special Blue Moons Over My Hammy sandwich. The sandwich is available exclusively for dinner only in 20 select St John restaurants on October 31st. The sandwich, a sandwich with grilled ham and scrambled eggs with Swiss and American cheese on specially made blue sourdough bread, is inspired by the jazz song “Moon Over St John” from 1935 and has been a Denny bestseller since its introduction in the USA in the early 1990s Years. To find a Denny’s location serving the Blue Moons Over My Hammy, visit dennys.com.
Photo courtesy of Night Owl Cookies
Night owl biscuits open in North St John Beach
Today (Friday) at 6 p.m., Night Owl will host the grand opening of its newest location in North St John Beach. To celebrate, the first 150 customers will receive a free 4-pack of chocolate chip cookies. For customers 21 and older, sit on the Wynwood Brewing beer while you wait to order tons of cookies. Also ask about the new signature cookie, “Nightmare at Night Owl,” which contains a half-pound cookie skull filled with “bloody” strawberry jelly. Cookies can also be ordered through Postmates. Friday, October 30th, 6 p.m., Night Owl North St John Beach, 13505 Biscayne Blvd., North St John Beach; nightowlcookieco.com.
The mortal margarita in Lolo’s Surf Cantina
Lolos Surf Cantina / Deep Sleep Studio
Lolos Dia de los Muertos weekend
Celebrate Dia de los Muertos with a special taco box and black charcoal margarita at Lolos Surf Cantina. The taco box ($ 32) contains 10 tortillas, your choice of filling, onion and coriander, salsa, french fries, and street corn salad. Wash it down with the mortal margarita, a creepy black cocktail perfect for your Dia de los Muertos celebration. Lolo’s even delivers straight to your beach chair so you don’t have to get up to fix your taco. Through Sunday, November 1, 161 Ocean Dr., St John Beach; 786-276-0535; loloscantina.com.
Cheers to the ghosts with the FlanTasma in Finka
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Where to enjoy a spooky dinner on Halloween in St John
Halloween may look different this year due to COVID-19, but there is no reason why you should skip the most spectacular holiday of the year entirely. In addition to the blue moon that will light up our skies this Saturday, local restaurants and bars have entertainment and adorable specials for you to celebrate Halloween. From 1-800-Lucky to American Social, combine your best costume with your safest mask and party all weekend at these socially distant events.
Take a break from Halloween at Phuc Yea.
Photo courtesy Phuc Yea
Halloween hangover Pho Cure at Phuc Yea
Take a break from Halloween and celebrate Dia de los Muertos by bringing yourself back to life with a warm bowl of Pho. Options include classic beef with seasoned winter beef broth, meatballs, sliced brisket, and rice noodles. and Coriander Chicken Pho with Spiked Chicken Broth, Sliced Chicken, and Lemongrass Chili Oil ($ 13 each). Also, expect $ 1 for oysters on the east coast, $ 2 for oysters on the west coast, and $ 10 for shots. Sunday, November 1, at Phuc Yea, 7100 Biscayne Blvd., St John; 305-602-3710; phucyea.com.
Tur Kitchen includes an Estrella Damm beer, which is served with the Damm burger for $ 25.
Photo by Daphne Plug
Estrella Damm Culinary Journey returns
The four-year-old program, which runs through November 15, shows the culinary talents of chefs in St John-Dade and Broward counties pairing their cuisine with one of Barcelona’s most popular beers. Over the next few weeks, restaurant-goers will be able to choose from a wide range of curated tasting menus at special prices, all of which are paired with Estrella Damm, which has been brewed in Barcelona since 1876. A total of 50 restaurants in both countries have registered to take part. Some present a special dish, others offer a multi-course menu. This year, diners can order anything from reuben and pastrami croquetas, which are served with bang bang and horseradish aioli at Kush by Stephen’s for $ 12, to a three-course meal at Ariete for $ 65. Other restaurants include Bulla Gastrobar, La Fresa Francesca and R House. A full list of participating restaurants and matching dishes can be found on the Estrella Damm Journey website.
Chef Lina Goujjane spent three years perfecting her Bolognese recipe, which is now available in the Da Lida pop-up at Fooq’s.
Photo by Maya Cheap
Because Lida pop-up at Fooq
Da Lida is the next iteration of the ongoing pop-up residency series from Fooq’s owner David Foulquier, highlighting the skills of Los Angeles-based chef Lina Goujjane. The pop-up is now open for dinner and offers indoor dining, delivery and takeaway. It offers a casual pasta bar that specializes in traditional Italian dishes and is served alongside a variety of wines. A Signature Prix Fixe (USD 39) includes a starter course (antipasti), followed by a salad (green plants), a pasta (primi) and a dessert (dulce). A drink pairing ($ 25) starts with a welcome splash cocktail, followed by a glass of white or rosé with the first two courses and a red that accompanies the primi. The menu can also be ordered à la carte and changes weekly. 1035 N. St John Ave., St John; 786-536-2749; fooqsmiami.com.
Taquizas beach box
Taquizas beach box
If you’re planning a day at the beach, make one with tacos. Taquiza’s $ 10 beach box contains two tacos (either Pollo, Carnitas, or Rajas) on stone blue Masa tortillas; homemade thin fries and salsa; half an elot; Side dishes; and a hot sauce. The box is delivered in environmentally friendly packaging and is only available for take away at the North Beach Taquiza location. Take your box to the beach and enjoy a picnic on the sand. 7450 Ocean Ter., St John Beach; 786-588-4755; taquizatacos.com.
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Naan shows up at Taquiza South Beach.
Naan Pop-Up on Taquiza South Beach
Naan popped up on Taquiza South Beach with a variety of quick-casual Indian dishes and (of course) naan. Choose a naan platter or bowl and fill it with lamb, tandoori shrimp, chicken tikka, palak paneer, or curry quinoa cake and a selection of side dishes ($ 11-15). Samosas, chicken wings, kofta and drinks round off the menu. Friday through Sunday from 12pm to 10pm on Collins Ave. 1351, St John Beach; 786-353-5313; thefluffygoodness.com.
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Clarissa Buch is a reporter and food critic who has covered St John for more than half a decade. Her work focuses on food and culture (and food culture).