Miami food events: Pubbelly gets fishy, Vagabond chef Alex Chang cooks at Fooq's

Barceloneta photo by Juan Fernando Ayora
Barceloneta photo by Juan Fernando Ayora

Details on this week’s 20th Street Seafood Festival hosted by Pubbelly in Miami Beach and the first Fooq’s & Friends collaboration dinner at Fooq’s in downtown Miami: 

• Pubbelly Row in Miami Beach (Pubbelly, Pubbelly Sushi, Barceloneta) is turning into a weeklong seafood fest as chefs Jose Mendin, Juliana Gonzalez, Yuki Ieto and Maria Orantes go to town on the freshest bounties from the ocean. Each of the three restaurants will present a different menu each day, Wednesday through Sunday. Samples:

Wednesday-Tapas: Shrimp Shumai (Pubbelly), Lobster Tacos (PB Sushi), Prawns with Chorizo (Barceloneta).

Thursday-Stone Crabs: Stone Crab Fettuccine (Pubbelly), Spicy Stone Crab Roll (PB Sushi), Stone Crab al Ajillo (Barceloneta).

Friday-Chef’s Choice: Clam Chowder Croquetas (Pubbelly), Sashimi Salad (PB Sushi), Laughing Bird Shrimp Carpaccio (Barceloneta).

Saturday-Chef’s Choice: Seafood Poutine (Pubbelly), Thai Seafood Sausage (PB Sushi), Coconut Rice and Florida Lobster (Barceloneta).


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Fooq’s in Miami (1035 N. Miami Ave.) is hosting the first of its Fooq’s & Friends series on Sunday, Nov. 22, with guest chef Alex Chang of the Vagabond Miami. Chang will cook a five-course dinner plus snacks ($65), with optional wine pairings ($35) selected by Fooq’s owner David Foulquier. 

Chang is taking an unconventional approach to French-bistro classics, serving dishes like head cheese with nasturtium salsa verde, and veal breast with fermented chard and pickled winged beans. Seatings are available at 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30 p.m., and reservations are available by clicking here or emailing

Evan S. Benn is Miami Herald food editor: @EvanBenn