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St. Paddy’s Day, spring celebrations on tap


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With St. Patrick’s Day falling on a weekend, there’s no shortage of places to celebrate. Here are three to consider:

• Duffy’s Sports Grill locations are offering $11.95 specials on corned beef and cabbage and Reuben burgers Saturday and Sunday along with two-for-one green beer and other beverages;

• Yard House, 320 San Lorenzo Ave., Coral Gables, celebrates Friday through Sunday with specials including beer-braised corned beef brisket with boiled red potatoes and cabbage ($16.95), shepherd’s pie with Guinness-stewed beef ($15.95) and a grilled corned beef sandwich with fries ($12.85); 305-447-9273.

• Essensia Lounge at The Palms, 3025 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, is discounting all beers by 50 percent on Sunday. Brews include Guinness, Harp, Blanche De Bruxelles, Erdinger Hefe-Weizen, Holy Mackerel and Monk in the Trunk; 305-908-5458.

Spring fling

The Dutch at the W South Beach Hotel, 2201 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, hosts a Spring Equinox Dinner at 8 p.m. March 21 with a six-course menu by chef de cuisine Conor Hanlon and guest chef Brad Kilgore that includes asparagus with stone crab, spring chicken and leg of lamb. Cost is $125, with wine pairings available for $60. Reservations are required at 305-938-3095.

Home brew

Riverside Market Cafe, 608 SW 12th Ave., Fort Lauderdale, hosts a home-brew contest at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The entry fee is $25 per category (IPA, Double IPA, Stout, Pale, Amber, Belgian, Tutti Fruity, Brown, Malt beverage) with a limit of five per brewer. For $10, spectators can take part in the sampling and vote on the People’s Choice award. Contest rules are at the Riverside Market Home Brew Competition event page on Facebook; 954-358-8333.

Wine time

It’s wine week Monday through Friday at Acqualina Resort’s Piazzetta Marketplace & Restaurant, 17875 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach, with a four-course menu by guest chef Michele Mazza for $45 and free tastings spotlighting a different Italian wine region each day. Mazza, corporate executive chef of Il Mulino New York, will drop by the dining room at lunch Monday and dinner Tuesday; 305-918-6816.

Tikki talk

The Mai-Kai Restaurant, 3599 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale, presents “Mai-Kai: History, Mystery and Adventure,” a talk by historian Tim “Swanky” Glazner, at 3 p.m. Saturday. The walk down memory lane will be preceded by a 2 p.m. happy hour in the Polynesian restaurant’s Molokai Bar. Seating is free but limited, so tikki enthusiasts are asked to RSVP at 954-563-3272.

New & noteworthy

Daily Melt, serving grilled cheese sandwiches, soups and salads designed by chef Allen Susser, is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily at The Shops at Midtown (between Yogurbella and Five Guys), 3401 N. Miami Ave., Miami; 305-573-0101. A sister restaurant opened at Coral Square Mall last year;

Opening soon

• Sushisamba plans to open a second Miami-Dade location in April in the old Norman’s 180 space at the Westin Colonnade Hotel, 180 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables.

• My Ceviche is expanding to the Brickell area this month with a second site at 1250 S. Miami Ave., Miami.


• Café Prima Pasta, 414 71st St., Miami Beach, celebrates National Ravioli Day on Wednesday with free Bellini cocktails and pear-stuffed pasta purses for dinner guests. Specials include crabmeat-stuffed ravioli with lobster sauce ($18.95) and spinach and ricotta ravioli in a pink sauce ($16.95); 305-867-0106.

• Second Cup, 11045 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines, is offering customers a free 16-ounce coffee drink — lattes and cappuccinos included — any morning in March before 9 a.m. as part of its March Morning Madness promotion; 954-450-9300.

• Sosta, 1025 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach, has added a 3-7 p.m. weekday happy hour with $4 beer; $5 wine, $3 sangria and $3-$8 light bites. Heat fans are invited to enjoy a Diavola pizza and a Peroni beer for $12 on game days; 305-722-5454.

• The Hoxton, 1111 SW First Ave., Miami, has added a 5-8 p.m. weekday happy hour with half-price wings, $2 oysters, $5 well drinks and house wine, half-price Stella and Guinness and $100 bottles of Ketel One and Black Label; 305-677-8466.

• Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza, 2203 S. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale, is offering a 20 percent discount on Wednesdays in March to customers who mention Mothers Against Drunk Driving; 954-462-5555.

• Tutto’s Mare, 2525 Third Ave., Miami, celebrates Sony Open Tennis beginning Monday with big-screen viewing and 4-8 p.m. specials including $5 well drinks, $3 craft beers assorted bar bites. Present your Sony Open ticket and enjoy a free bottle of prosecco; 305-858-2525.

Short orders

• Chef Mark Militello, a James Beard Award winner at the late, great Mark’s Place in North Miami, has created a menu for 75 Main, 270 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach.

• New Times food blogger Laine Doss won last month’s sushi-rolling competition at RA Sushi in South Miami. The Tri-County Humane Society will receive $5 for each of her Tropical Heat Rolls sold in March.

Compiled by Food Editor Kathy Martin. Send news to by noon Monday for consideration in next week’s column.

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