Greatest Issues to Do in St John Meals Occasions August 28th to August 30th, 2020
This weekend, Coyo Taco Coral Gables is celebrating its one year anniversary with two-for-one margaritas and free guacamole. In addition, Phuc Yea is holding a Pho vs. Ramen collaboration dinner, and Zak the Baker continues its vegan falafel popup.
Dine on peacock ramen at Phuc Yea.
Photo courtesy Phuc Yea
Pho vs. Ramen pop-up night at Phuc Yea
Phuc Yea, St John’s Viet Cajun restaurant in MiMo, is hosting a pop-up evening between Pho and Ramen in collaboration with Peacock Ramen and OORI Bake Shop. The one-night collaboration includes a three-course menu for USD 45 (USD 54 including tip), served by Aniece Meinhold, co-owner of Phuc Yea, with desserts and cocktail pairings. Highlights include Wagyu beef banh-mi pusher, chicken liver pate, house cucumber, Sriracha Mayo and shokupan rolls from OORI Bake Shop. Shoyu ramen with soy-based chicken broth with braised pork belly, fish cakes, soy-marinated egg, roasted nori and handmade Tokyo-style ramen noodles; and black sesame and cinnamon rolls, served with matcha ice cream. There are only 50 places available for the event. Sunday August 30th at Phuc Yea, 7100 Biscayne Blvd., St John; 305-602-3710; phucyea.com. Buy tickets through eventbrite.com.
Coyo Taco family package.
Photo courtesy Coyo Taco
Coyo Taco Coral Gables is celebrating its one year anniversary
On Saturday, Coyo Taco Coral Gables offers draft margaritas for two and a free side of guacamole with every meal. As the restaurant is unable to host a one-year anniversary celebration due to COVID-19 restrictions, the special is available all day. Saturday, August 29, at Coyo Taco Coral Gables, 120 Giralda Ave., Coral Gables; 786-629-7929; coyo-taco.com/coral-gables.
Photo by Christina Mendenhall
Eat. Drink. Garden. at the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
Tired of takeaway food at home? Eat. Drink. Garden. At the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, you can find exactly what you need to spice things up. James Beard Award-winning chef Allen Susser will be at the forefront, preparing sustainable Caribbean dishes, as seen in his cookbook Green Fig and Lionfish, published earlier this year. All dishes are prepared with fresh ingredients from Fairchild Farm in Redland. There are two seats available, but only 30 seats are available at a time. Saturday, August 29, 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm or 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm at the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Rd., Coral Gables. Tickets are $ 180 for non-members, $ 165 for members through fairchildgarden.org.
Zak the Baker released a falafel popup that guests can use to enjoy dinner at his Wynwood Bakery.
Photo by Zak Stern / Zak the Baker
Falafel Pop-Up at Zak the Baker
There is now a vegan falafel and mushroom shawarma popup in Zak the Baker. Both are served with homemade bread and can be ordered as a sandwich on flatbread or as a gluten-free platter. There’s also hummus and Stern’s take on sabich, an Israeli sandwich based on a traditional Iraqi Jewish dish usually served on Shabbat morning that consists of pita filled with fried eggplant, hard-boiled eggs, Israeli salad, and tahini. All groceries can be ordered online or at the bakery window as to-go items or by delivery via UberEats. Outdoor seating is available on the street with no table service. You will also find a daily happy hour with local beers at half price from 5pm to 7pm. 295 NW 26th St., St John; 786-294-0876; zakthebaker.com. Sunday to Thursday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
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For Dine Out Lauderdale It’s Sushi (and more) with a canal view at Casa Sensei.
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Dine in Lauderdale
Do you fancy normalcy? The Dine Out Lauderdale promotion in the greater Fort Lauderdale area is still ongoing – it runs through September 30 as part of LauderDeals, a broader initiative that also features special prices on local attractions, spas and hotels. More than 40 attendees – including Casa Sensei, Lona Cocina Tequileria, Spazio, and Temple Street Eatery – are part of Dine Out Lauderdale at destinations such as Dania Beach, Hollywood, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, Lauderhill and Pompano Beach. Each restaurant offers three-course Prix Fixe dinner menus for $ 35 and $ 45. Restaurants are open for dining, taking various precautions for COVID-19, including reduced occupancy and mask requirements. Visit sunny.org for more information.
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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).