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Foodie Fondness

With the South Beach Wine & Food Festival hitting our shores, we can’t help but be in a culinary state of mind. In between those tastings, see what’s on the menu at these new restaurants.

Cocktail hour at R House

1. R House Wynwood
Food, art and music are what R House Wynwood is all about—and they all complement each other. Located in the heart of the neighborhood, chef Rocco Carulli describes his approach as American fusion with everything from tuna tartare to short ribs braised with coffee on the menu. And since most entrées available in half and full portions, all levels of appetites are welcome. 2727 NW Second Ave., Miami, 305.576.0201

2. Buns & Buns
Don’t be misled by the name. Buns & Buns was inspired by the three owners’ world travels and their love for doughy carbs (obviously). The experience here begins with breads that range from focaccia with roasted red peppers to perfectly baked ciabatta rolls—all the better to dip into selections such as chicken thigh with black bean jus, cobia with miso soy and lobster tail served over melted leeks. 5748 Sunset Drive, Miami, 305.357.6701

3. Petit Miami Beach
Sunset Harbour has set itself apart as a a true neighborhood. Adding to that is Petit Miami Beach, a charming bistro that lives up to its name. The Italian menu here doesn’t mess around with standouts that include linguini with shelled mussels and clams; and duck breast lacquered with honey. 1929 Purdy Ave., Miami Beach, 305.534.9887

4. Barley & Swine Gastropub
Barley & Swine is a hometown labor of love: Created by Jorge Ramos, his father (also Jorge) and family friend Alexis Undorfer, this gastropub is all about the other white meat. That means bites such as crispy pig tails with chimichurri sauce and sticky pig ears with Thai sauce. 9059 SW 73rd Court, Miami, 305.397.8678

5. Nothing But The Best
The name is not ideal, but in just a few short weeks, NBTB has already won over a dedicated clientele. That all has to do with chef and owner Yann Rio and his French cuisine—the charming decor of the restaurant also helps in that regard. Dinner entrees include Bordelaise sauce flank steak, baby scallops a la Provençale, paprika-butter lobster, and a veggie creamy risotto and vegetable antipasto that will have you begging for more. 2525 SW Third Ave., Miami, 305.858.2525