Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Cafe Bites‏ from New Times

On the high end: Coming early next year to the newly opened Fontainebleau is Hakkasan, Alan Yau’s über-luxe contemporary Cantonese restaurant whose London parent boasts a Michelin star (and which reportedly just dropped its $50 shark fin soup from the menu after protests about the overfishing of the species). Smart move.

On the more reasonable end: One of the winners of the recently concluded Art Basel was Clive’s Café (2880 N. Miami Ave. and 890 NW Second Ave., Miami). The Wynwood location, generally closed weekend nights, stayed open for the hipster crowd and was jammed. The jerk chicken ($7.50), served fresh off the grill, was the finest we’ve ever tasted in Miami. At $8.50, the curry goat rocked too. So are they thinking about catering to the art walk crowd this Saturday, December 13? “Things change fast around here,” says owner Pearline Murray.

Good eats with a side order of snark is what’s on the menu this Saturday, December 13, at the Adrienne Arsht Center, where Food Network celeb-chef Alton Brown will demo some of his own fare and lay out his journey from video director to culinary guru and wildly popular TV host. According to TV.com, Brown is a born-again Christian who once directed photography on an R.E.M. music video. If you get the chance, ask him about his tattoos. By the way, the show begins at 8 p.m., and tickets start at $25.


Love comes to town and so does David Byrne, doing the tunes he and Brian Eno made famous as Talking Heads, as well as songs from his extensive body of solo work. It happens Saturday, December 13, at 8 p.m. at The Fillmore Miami Beach. Memories can’t wait and neither can you if you want tickets, which will set you back $72 to $375 each. A couple of those puppies can really tap you out, so a cheap but tasty dog at Dogma — we recommend the Reuben and El Macho — will fill you up and make you come out a wiener ... um, winner.

Feel like you’re behind the eight ball? Can’t even afford to drown your sorrows? Then go break a few racks at Sunset Billiards, where every Tuesday and Wednesday night you can take out all of your frustrations on a defenseless cue ball and slurp up really cheap beer — $5 pitchers and $1 glasses of domestic stuff, and $2 for a glass of some fancy-schmancy import. The Sunset folks might even bring back their Wednesday-night free-beer-while-playing-pool special, which makes it even cheaper to bawl into your suds. If you’ve got the tears, they’ve got the beers.

On the 20th anniversary of the News Café’s founding, Lee Klein interviews Mark Soyka, the genius who made Miami’s dining scene possible. And do you wonder whether that joint where you ate passes muster? Check our Short Order.

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