St John Meals Occasions this weekend June 26-28, 2020
South Florida is gradually reopening, but restaurants and bars continue to find ways to serve and connect with the community through contactless delivery, virtual hangouts, and pick-up specials.
Celebrate Pride Month this weekend with a drive-by cake sale and enjoy a private dining experience in Los Altos or a cocktail in the newly launched Phuc Yea Lantern Garden.
Los Altos on Calle Ocho.
Photo by Addison Smith
The Mexican table in Los Altos
Enjoy a private dining experience with up to six guests at Los Altos. The St John Speakeasy has launched a family-style Mexican dinner special that allows quarantined customers to hang out for an intimate evening. Dinner is $ 49 per person and includes chips, salsa, and guacamole. Beef flakes; Mexican rice with chilled beans; various tacos with carne asada, shrimp or al pastor; Chicken Enchiladas in Red Sauce; and churros with chocolate and caramel. The drinks initially include mezcal, followed by a selection of Mexican beer, wine, margarita or specialty cocktails, as well as Mexican hot chocolate for dessert. Reservations are only possible from Sunday to Thursday at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday at 6 p.m. Los Altos, 521 SW Eighth St., St John; 305-874-7414; losaltosmiami.com. Call for reservations.
Order a poke bowl to celebrate Pride Month.
Poke for Pride at Carrot Express
Until the end of June, Carrot Express will donate the proceeds to the LGBTQ + organization’s newest program, Pridelines, Colors of the Rainbow. For every poke bowl sold, one dollar goes to the fund, which was first launched during COVID-19, to help Pridelines continue to provide services despite a decline in fundraising due to the pandemic. At Carrot Express at various locations until the end of June; eatcarrotexpress.com.
The Della Bowl.
Photo by Della Heiman
Make Della Bowls at home
Della Bowls fans can learn the secrets behind delicious meals with the Della Bowls digital cookbook. The e-book contains recipes from the current menu, including coconut-banned black rice, crispy spiced chickpeas, marinated chipotle tofu and roasted tahini cauliflower. Recipes for favorite Della Bowls sauces are also included so you can recreate them at home. The book is $ 9.99 and is emailed instantly when purchased at dellabowls.com/pages/cookbook.
Lee Schrager’s Sunday baking sale.
Photo courtesy of World Red Eye
# PRIDE Bake Sale by SOBEWFF founder Lee Schrager
Lee Schrager, founder of the South Beach Wine & Food Festival, is bringing back his retired Sunday cake shop this weekend to support Pride Month. From noon, drive to Schrager’s famous House on Hardee in Coral Gables (until nothing is left). The funds raised will benefit the YES Institute, a community education center whose task it is to prevent suicide and ensure the healthy development of all LGBTQIA + young people. There will be a variety of Pride-themed goodies in special edition for $ 25 each. Attendees include Night Owl Cookies, Hometown BBQ, Tropical Chinese, Sweet Melody Crafted Ice Cream, The Salty, Empanada Harry’s, Hedy Goldsmith, the Edition Hotel’s pastry chef, Luis Vasquez, cook Adrianne Calvo and Dallas Wynne from Stubborn Seed. Starting Sunday noon, June 28th, at the House on Hardee. Follow @leeschrager on Instagram this Saturday, June 27th for the address. Cash only; An exact change is required.
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The Phuc Yea Lantern Garden is now open.
Photo courtesy Phuc Yea
Phuc Yea opens the lantern garden again
After months closed due to COVID-19 restrictions, Phuc Yea will finally get its outdoor lantern garden back up and running this weekend after reopening its dining room earlier this month. Tables (groups of five or less) are distributed so you can enjoy your Vietnamese Cajun meal while following social distancing guidelines. Aside from dine-in, the numerous promotions Phuc Yea launched during the coronavirus hiatus are still available for takeaway and delivery including Banh Wed Monday, Pho Wednesday, Char Sui BBQ Thursday, Fried Chicken Friday, Sancocho Sunday Dinner and Take away cocktails. Phuc Yea, 7100 Biscayne Blvd., St John; 305-602-3710; phucyea.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).