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Taste of Summer:

Indulge in South Florida’s Hottest New Menus This Season

Summer is coming in hot, which means a sizzling lineup of delectable culinary experiences. Below, we have rounded up some of the hottest new summer menus across South Florida. Whether your audience craves a fresh seafood feast, a refreshing glass of wine or a tropical cocktail, these menus showcase the best flavors of the season with something to satisfy every palate.

Mehzcla at The Balfour Hotel

A nod to The Balfour Hotel’s Miami Beach heritage, Mehzcla combines a variety of Latin American culinary influences and welcomes guests for brunch, dinner and happy hour.

This month, the restaurant has launched a new daily brunch and summer menu.

Locals and visitors to the South of Fifth neighborhood can indulge in brunch plates every day, including the

  • Miami Benedict ($21), a South Florida spin on the classic dish paired with Cuban toast and tangy mojo pork in a cilantro hollandaise sauce, or the

  • Cauliflower Power Bowl ($18), made with roasted cauliflower, ancient grains, Tuscan kale and calabaza in green goddess dressing.

Those visiting for dinner can savor the

  • Pork Belly ($15), served with sweet plantain fufu, salsa criolla and pickled red onions;

  • Jalea Mixta ($18), a combination of Key West shrimp, squid and yuquitas with a criolla and aji-mayo sauce; or the

  • Smash Frita Burger ($18), an Angus-blend patty on a brioche bun topped with aged cheddar, lettuce, tomato, onions, awesome sauce and optional fried egg a caballo style.


Cooper’s Hawk

Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant, the modern-casual restaurant and wine club on the second level of The Galleria in Fort Lauderdale, is welcoming summer with a brand-new menu for June.

The seasonal menu includes an exclusive wine of the month, Isola del Mare, which was carefully selected by Cooper’s Hawk wine experts to pair alongside its limited-time offerings. The clas­sic Ital­ian-style wine is a harmonious blend of cabernet franc and merlot with very lit­tle oak influ­ence, bright acid­i­ty and soft earthy notes.

Seasonal menu highlights include the

  • Ahi Tuna Crudo ($19.99), with shaved fennel, lemon conserva aioli and tomato-caper oil;

  • Casarecce Capri ($18.99), crafted with shrimp, shaved asparagus and roasted tomatoes; and

  • Filet Medallions & Spinach Mascarpone Ravioli ($39.99), served with asparagus and arugula salad and topped with brown butter cream and aged balsamic.

To top the meal off, guests can indulge in the Banoffee Pie ($10.99), filled with layers of graham cracker crust, banana, toffee filling and fresh whipped cream.

Instagram: HERE

Address: 2568 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

Phone: 754.755.9463


KAO Bar & Grill

Just in time for summer, experienced restaurateur Matias Pagano and The KAO Group (the minds behind South America’s renowned Sushi Club concepts, KAO Sushi & Grill in Coral Gables and J&J Fresh Kitchen in Boca Raton) have officially opened the first KAO Bar & Grill container restaurant concept in the heart of Hallandale Beach.

The expansive 5,000-square-foot restaurant made entirely from recycled shipping containers features an alfresco patio and a 14-seat bar, perfect for big celebrations or intimate nights out. In terms of cuisine, guests can expect flavorful Argentine grill-inspired dishes, including shareable tablitas (grilled platters), Argentine-style pizzas, signature fusion sandwiches and more.

Standout menu items include delicious appetizers such as the

  • Tablita Parilla ($24), Argentine chorizo, blood sausage, churrasco, grilled peppers and toasted slices of bread with chimichurri, or Tablita de Empanadas ($16), choice of beef, ham and cheese, or spinach (vegan) empanadas with a side of criolla sauce.

  • The menu also has a variety of sandwiches and handhelds, including Tango Sliders ($15), Angus mini burgers with cheddar cheese and homemade aioli on brioche buns with a side of chimichurri, and Lomito Sandwich ($22), grilled beef, lettuce, tomatoes, ham, cheese and fried eggs with homemade aioli served on a French baguette.

The stars of the menu are specialty Argentine staples like the

  • Special Pizza ($15), with mozzarella, ham, olives, roasted red peppers and oregano, and

  • Choripan ($17), Argentine-style sausage and chimichurri on ciabatta bread.

Don’t pass up trying the beloved fired-up grilled meats –

  • Skirt Steak ($33), NY Strip Loin ($35), Rib-Eye ($65), T-Bone ($69), Patagonian Lamb Ribs ($42), Tomahawk ($160), Grilled Branzino ($42) and Grilled Chicken ($17) – all served with a variety of sides and KAO’s signature chimichurri sauce.

Instagram: HERE

Address: 11 NE First Ave., Hallandale Beach, FL 33009


MaryGold’s Florida Brasserie

MaryGold’s Florida Brasserie, the sophisticated yet approachable modern restaurant at Arlo Wynwood from the minds of renowned chef Brad Kilgore and award-winning hospitality agency Bar Lab, has launched a brand-new menu just in time for summer.

The revamped menu highlights stylish American cuisine crafted with both global influence and Wynwood flair.

Updated menu items include an entirely new raw bar section offering

  • Dressed Oysters ($24), with finger lime, citrus sabayon, Fresno chili relish and cucumber basil, and

  • Fluke and Scallop Crudo ($26), with shiso leaf, Nagami kumquat, green peppercorn oil and pickled Anaheim pepper.

The new entrée, Ricotta Pillows ($36), is a plush dish of wild ramps, spring onions, chanterelle mushrooms and lemon-dill broth.

For dessert, check out the fruity and fresh Strawberries and Cream ($14), a thin, crispy crepe made with varying layers of sour cream custard, lemon curd, freeze-dried strawberry marmalade, fresh strawberries, lychee salsa and bright lemon verbena granita before being dusted with strawberry powder.

Instagram: HERE

Address: Arlo Wywnood, 2217 NW Miami Court, Miami, FL 33127

Phone: 786.522.6600


The Deck at Island Gardens

The Deck at Island Gardens, Miami’s premier waterfront lounge and bar, is serving seven new cocktails with fresh, tropical ingredients and floral notes to mimic the season.

Inspired by the restaurant’s lush outdoor ambiance and adjacent megayacht marina, the new cocktails ($19 each) include the Biscayne Breeze, with tequila blanco, homemade lychee purée, butterfly pea flower syrup and yellow chartreuse; Take Me to St. Tropez, with St-Germain, fresh cucumber water and green chartreuse topped with prosecco; and The Islander, with dark rum, Grand Marnier, coconut cream, pineapple juice and bitters topped with a mint bouquet (served in a fresh coconut on Sundays for $26).

Instagram: HERE

Address: 888 MacArthur Causeway, Miami, FL 33132

Phone: 786.627.4949



Located inside THesis Hotel Miami in Coral Gables, Orno is a modern restaurant with an open-kitchen concept helmed by five-time James Beard Award nominee and Food & Wine’s “Best New Chef of 2020” Niven Patel.

Also named “Best New Restaurant” by Miami New Times, Orno offers guests a true farm-to-table experience using locally sourced ingredients from Chef Patel’s very own farm, Rancho Patel. The menu consists of new-American cuisine featuring the finest selection of meats and seafood.

New menu highlights include mouth-watering dishes such as the

  • Blue Crab Capellini ($29), served with uni butter, tarragon and Espelette;

  • Niman Ranch Beef Carpaccio ($22), with Szechuan pepper and spiced peanuts; and the

  • Carrot Parmesan Agnolotti ($25), served with French peas, beurre monté and sumac.

To end on a sweet note, guests can indulge in desserts like the Lavender Tres Leches ($16) made with blueberry, lavender and pistachio.

Orno launched their brunch menu last November, which will now also introduce some new seasonal menu items including the delectable Shakshuka ($18) with a farm egg, Castelvetrano olive, goat milk feta and sour dough. As far as cocktails go, Orno brighted things up for this summer with delicious new drink additions including the 24 Carrot Martini ($18), Ipanema ($18), Tokyo Sour ($20) and Mango Fizz ($17) - perfect for South Florida mango season.

Instagram: HERE

Address: THesis Hotel Miami, 1350 S. Dixie Highway, Coral Gables, FL 33146

Phone: 305.667.6766


The Restaurant at the Norton

The Restaurant at the Norton is the premier dining destination inside the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach. Operated by the renowned Constellation Culinary Group, The Restaurant offers light, modern American fare with nods to coastal influence. Complemented by beautiful garden views and a casual setting, the menu consists of flavorful entrées, light bites, creative cocktails, wine and champagne.

The Restaurant’s new menu includes seasonal starters, such as the

  • Summer Chopped Salad ($18), with chopped gem and radicchio lettuce, gigante beans, charred corn, pickled watermelon radish, baby heirloom tomato and feta topped with orange-tarragon vinaigrette;

  • Baby Gem Caesar ($18), a mix of baby gem lettuce, crispy hearts of palm, white anchovies, oven-dried tomato, red watercress, chives and Parmesan cheese with Caesar dressing; and the

  • Soup du Jour ($11), which rotates daily.

Guests can add protein to any salad:

  • Chicken ($8), Seared Salmon ($12), Tuna Poke ($10) or Halloumi ($8).

The menu’s new “Snacks” selection includes

  • the Salmon Crudo ($19), featuring citrus-cured salmon with passion fruit and yuzu vinaigrette, pistachio crumble, crème fraîche, basil oil and crispy kataifi;

  • Ahi Tuna Bomb ($17), with pani puri crisp, crème fraîche, tuna tartare, lemon oil, chives and American sturgeon caviar;

  • Caviar & Crème ($21), with house-made kettle chips and crème fraîche; brown-buttered

  • Baby Street Corn ($12), with corn purée, cotija, crème fraîche, roasted corn, chives and marigold leaves; and Parmesan-herb

  • Pile High Fries ($12), served with ketchup.

Instagram: HERE

Address: Norton Museum of Art, 1450 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach, FL 33401

Phone: 561.268.0500


Verde at PAMM

Located at Pérez Art Museum Miami, Verde offers sweeping views of Biscayne Bay and boasts an elevated menu of seasonal-inspired dishes with locally sourced produce.

The modern-casual restaurant offers indoor and outdoor seating, featuring an expansive terrace with lush vegetation cascading from the canopy’s overhang. The patio, which leads to the entrance to the museum’s sculpture garden and Maurice A. Ferré Park, is a scenic outdoor experience for diners looking to bask in the South Florida weather and immerse themselves in the city’s cultural offerings and views of Downtown Miami. The summer menu offers a collection of new dishes, including the Miso-Roasted Salmon ($32), served with a corn purée, soy reduction, baby bok choy, tsuyu broth and rice pearls, and the Verde Risotto ($20), which includes a creamy spinach purée and Gorgonzola cream topped with pine nuts. Chef Loris Navone has also brought back a signature Verde dish, the Brick Chicken ($28), served with crispy smashed potatoes and baby kale. Additional new menu items include the crunchy Roasted Sunchokes ($18), seasoned with lemon aioli, Parmesan, parsley and lemon gremolata and topped with toasted panko breadcrumbs; and Grilled Baby Bok Choy ($15), served with a sweet soy glaze, miso aioli, onion and garlic crumble and topped with toasted sesame seeds with chives.

Instagram: HERE

Address: Pérez Art Museum Miami, 1103 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33132

Phone: 305.375.3000

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