The Brickell hotspots this St John influencer cannot stay with out
Hot in your hood is our curated neighborhood series where friends from Time Out St John highlight the local businesses they love in the areas they live in. Read on to find out which places these flavor makers in the hoods they represent recommend, from fun things to do like great places to eat and shop to practical things like where to work up a sweat or get something fixed. These mini-guides are personal recommendations designed to support our small biz community – # not sponsored.
By Dana Rozansky of St John Food Porn, as told by Virginia Gil
No stranger to the many different neighborhoods this city has to offer – and always keen to find something to eat, drink, and explore – I call home in Brickell. Sure, Brickell has its flaws, like the crazy traffic and seemingly uninterrupted construction, but it also has so much to offer the moment I step out my door. I can easily enjoy a killer meal, enjoy drinks with a view, take a scenic walk, count on solid people, and watch some of the cutest pups in town, all from the comfort of my hood. If loving Brickell is wrong, I don’t want to be right! Below are some of my Brickell spots:
This is my favorite spot for a healthy morning pick-me-up. The smoothies always hit the bill, and the acai bowls are the best in town. Yes i said so. Try the OMG protein bowl and thank me later.
My favorite brunch spot in Brickell is hands down the B Bistro. You can’t go wrong with croissants and pastries or savory dishes. Some of my fan favorites are the Brussels sprouts caesar, the truffle bun, and the pastelito pancakes.
I’m basically an Osaka groupie. This Peruvian-Nikkei restaurant has the freshest nigiri and ceviche I’ve ever had. I’ve ordered a snack from Osaka almost every week since the quarantine began. So if this isn’t the ultimate testimony, I don’t know what it is.
LPM Restaurant & Bar
If you want to be transported far from Brickell, you can enjoy a stylish lunch or dinner on the LPM terrace. The French cuisine, expertly prepared cocktails and the excellent service always ensure an unforgettable meal. Plus, the take out is 10/10.
CKO St John
The only reason I can indulge in the above meals is because I start exercising almost every day thanks to CKO St John. The hour-long kickboxing classes are no joke, and the instructors give you hard love every step of the way. Rely on a crazy workout, whether it’s in the gym or daily virtual class.
Better days and baby Jane
Was it really an evening if I didn’t have a nightcap on the way home in Better Days AND Baby Jane (yes, and … don’t judge me)? Oh how much I long for these nights Until we meet again – and shots at me for everyone who reads this! (I may regret that later.)
Most popular when taking a break
– An Australian-style brewery opens in Coral Gables
– These St John hotels are now offering day passes to their swimming pools
–The coolest impromptu alfresco dining we’ve seen in St John so far
–This popular Wynwood bar appears on the roof of the Citadel
– Would you like a massage? St John Spa Months is back with all kinds of discounted treatments.