It’s summer, so the obvious: It’s hot. What you might not know is that restaurants all over South Florida really don’t want the heat to stop you from enjoying a nice drink or meal. Check out all these great new summer menus and deals.
1. Beaker & Gray
Chef Brian Nasajon whipped up a new dinner menu complete with his signature “bites” and dessert options, which include chocolate chip cookie doughnuts paired with frozen milk. Also for the summer, Beaker & Gray offers a full $5 happy hour menu featuring summer cocktails, beer, wine and snacks such as the cheese popper, which comes with jalapeno, oaxaca and pineapple jam.
An O.P.P. you can get down with, but this has nothing to do with being a cheating scumbag. Macchialina introduced its summer Oysters, Pizza and Prosecco series June 4. It includes impressively crafted pizzas made with imported flour, half-dozen oysters and bubbly.
The pizzas, $22, come with 18-month aged Prosciutto di Parma, sausage and peppers and parmigiano and arugula. While the oysters come dressed and undressed for $22 and $18, respectively. A glass of Prosecco will cost you $8.
Sunday dinner just got a lot more interesting thanks to Quattro. The restaurant’s executive chef, Luciana Sautto, will create hand-spun spaghetti on a large Parmesan Wheel. And guests can partake in the $30, two-person Cacio, Pepe and Bolliccine special, which launched June 11. The special means “cheese,” “pepper,” and “bubbles” in several Italian dialects. Enjoy two glasses of Prosecco for an additional $15 or a whole bottle for an additional $30 to your meal.
4. Rusty Pelican
This might be the best new cocktail menu of of the summer. If gin and tonic is your thing, you’ll want to get your hands on Gin #1 through Gin #5 at the Rusty Pelican. The five mixed beverages play on various flavors. Think lemon and basil, but also passion fruit and tarragon. For a rustic taste with heat, go from the Agave Sunset, which is made with El Jimador Tequila an blue agave, and the Floridita is a must-try for drinkers with a sweet tooth: It’s made with Bacardie rum, fresh lime juice, sugar cane syrup, Angostura bitters, mint and egg.
5. The Dutch
How do people barbecue across the world? Find out every Wednesday at the The Dutch in the W South Beach Hotel & Residences during its 6th Annual BBQ series.
Beginning July 5, diners can feast on cuisine from Brazil, Japan and several regions across the United States. The series is $40 per person per night and will be capped off with a New Orleans cookout prepared by guest chef Nina Compton of Compére Lapin.
6. Burlock Coast
Every day brings something new this summer at Burlock Coast in Fort Lauderdale. One highlight of the restaurant’s summer program is the Thursday Ladies Night, which features free champagne and $5 snacks from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Here’s the weekly schedule:
- MONDAY Burger and Brew, 5 to 10 p.m.: $10 for a burger and draft beer
- TUESDAY Tacos and Tequila, 5 to 10 p.m.: $1o for two tacos (fish, pork or skirt steak) and a margarita
- WEDNESDAY Seafood Boil, 5 to 10 p.m.: $29 for a pound of seafood of the week plus a cocktail
- THURSDAY Ladies Night, 6 to 9 p.m.: Complimentary champagne and $5 snacks, music by DJ Carsonicboom
- FRIDAY Happy Hour Specials, 5 to 7 p.m.: $6 bites and beverages from the happy hour menu, weekly throwback music theme
7. Bakehouse Brasserie
Make your summer lunch plans in South of Fifth where Bakehouse Brasserie is turning the midday meal up a notch. Enjoy new items on their season lunch menu such as a $10 classic cheeseburger, tuna tartare and almond-crusted brie.
8. Gianni’s at The Villa Casa Casuarina
You’re fancy. That’s why your summers should be spent eating at the former Versace mansion. Varied caviar, diver scallops, grilled Maine lobster and other fresh seafood take center stage at Gianni’s at the Villa Casa Casuarina — and, of course, the food is paired with waterfront views.
9. Jaya at The Setai
A three-course menu for $39 at one of the swankiest restaurants on Miami Beach? It’s a thing now that Jaya at the Setai has introduced its new summer menu. Whether you dine inside or in the recently renovated courtyard, Executive Chef Marthias Gervais is sure to please your palate with his Asian fusion dishes. Try the Goy-Kai No ceviche or the Galbi short ribs poke beginning July 3.
The man behind LIV at the Fountainbleau and Story, also on Miami Beach, is making brunch more boozy at OTL. Day drinking will be funner now that OTL serves Prosecco, Pinot Grigio, Rosé Pinot Noir, Syrah and Grenache plus a Wynwood Pale Ale and OTL Lager, which can only be found at David Grutman’s Design District cafe. Then there’s food: Brunch is all weekend with a menu that includes mollete, a breakfast burrito and classics like french toast.
11. Lima at Atton Brickell Miami
Join the Brickell crowd for live music every Sunday for brunch at Lima at Atton Brickell Miami. For $40 between 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., you can get down with bottomless mimosas, Peruvian cuisine and European charcuterie. Don’t forget to make your reservation via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or phone to 786-308-1824.
12. The Sarsaparilla Club
The hot weather is stressing you out and all you want is a cool drink. Well, you can indulge in a surprise drink of the day every day from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Sarsaparilla Club. The restaurants has drinks and impressive items on its new happy hour menu. Go for steamed buns, which come in pork belly bacon and soy-glazed mushroom flavors. The sea salt French fries are a crowd favorite.
13. Verde Miami
The view is classic, the art is some of the best the city has on display and the food? Delicious. We’re talking about Verde Miami at the Perez Art Museum Miami, of course. Chef Kaytlin Dangaran has freshened up the menu for summer with new items that include the fried green tomato parmesan, a Verde farro bowl and summer squash ravioli.
14. Atlantic Grill at the Atlantic Hotel
Why do happy hour when you can do Seaside Happy Hour? Enjoy discounted drinks and food at the bar, lounge and oceanfront terrace from 4 to 7 p.m. six days of the week at the Atlantic Grill at the Atlantic Hotel & Spa. Here’s the menu:
- $4: Domestic, imported and craft beers on draft. Edamame or tomato and basil bruschetta
- $5: Select red and white wine, champange and Prosecco. Chicken wings and conch fritters
- $6: Specialty cocktails. Sauteed mussels and chicken sliders
- $7: Premium cocktails. Bimini coconut shrimp and Southern pizza
It pays to live in Coconut Grove this summer. That’s because Ariete is in your neck of the woods and because the restaurant is offering discounts to residents in the 33133. Coconut Grove Night is every Wednesday from 6 to 11 p.m. when locals receive 15 percent off their bills.
More reasons to celebrate? Frita Tuesdays, which features the potato rolls for $2 from 6 to 11 p.m. and Prime Rib Thursdays — a $45 dinner served with two glasses of wine and beignets.