When President Obama made his recent visit to Miami for a campaign stop, he visited a local restaurant called “OMG! Burgers” in South Miami where he chatted with patrons about various issues of concern to them.
Just before 4 p.m., and fresh from being grilled on Spanish-language network Univision, Obama and his Secret Service men walked into OMG! Burgers in South Miami for a quick meal.
Obama dropped into the Sunset Place restaurant and chowed down during a roundtable with UM students Maximo Soler and Emily Young and Barry University student Leslie Redmond.
Interfacing with voters is all well and good, but there are numerous other fine restaurants in Miami the Prez should try next time around. Here’s a couple he missed…
Spiga at 1228 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach. Dine indoors or alfresco at this lovely South Beach Italian eatery where friendly service, house made pastas and local seafood make any meal feel like a quick trip to Portofino. Low key dining in spite of the glitzy neighborhood, Spiga delivers a relaxing, warm, authentic experience that’s perfect for dates or families.
Escopazzo at 1311 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach. Experience the unique fusion of a passionate Italian chef who remains loyal to her heritage and is also dedicated to organic produce, raw foods, healthy meats and creating menus that showcase the best of the season. Whether you are carnivore or vegan, there’s something delicious on the table for you at Escopazzo.
db Bistro Moderne at 255 Biscayne Boulevard Way, Miami. The JW Marriott Marquis in Downtown Miami welcomes Chef Jarrod Verbiak who has worked alongside superstar Chef Daniel Boulud for nearly 10 years and currently serves the perfect Sunday dinner in two lofty dining rooms or out on the terrace. The menu opens with just-baked cheese popovers, a dazzling array of fresh shellfish, house made pates, tender pastas and includes both traditional French bistro fare like beef bourguignon, duck confit and also that infamous $32 db sirloin burger stuffed with foie gras (heaven on a bun).
BLT Steak at 1440 Ocean Drive. Dine facing east this evening to experience the rise of the full moon and the majesty of nature. No reason to be here if you can’t see the sea! Laurent Tourondel’s gourmet steakhouse serves a very few patrons along the sidewalk tables overlooking Ocean Drive at the Betsy Hotel. From the steaming popovers, gratis pate mousse and sparkling fresh tuna tartare, a meal at BLT surpasses most glittering grills on South Beach.
Mercadito Midtown at 3252 NE First Avenue in Miami. MidTown Mall has more new and exciting dining choices than anywhere else in South Florida and this funky Mexican cantina kicks off fun nights at their popular bar and moves through to a spicy good taqueria menu served until midnight. Swank and stylish, the crowd is friendly and the atmosphere is welcoming.