New Miami restaurants to try this week: Avra, Habit Burger, Sweet Melody and Yellow Yolk
Miami’s latest slew of openings include Avra Estiatorio’s first Florida outpost in Sunny Isles Beach, the grand opening of Habit Burger in Miami Gardens, and a new location for Sweet Melody.
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Avra Miami at Acqualina Estates
17945 Collins Ave, Sunny Isles Beach
Greek restaurant Avra Estiatorio has opened Avra Miami at the Estates at Acqualina in Sunny Isles Beach, marking the brand’s fifth outpost after three locations in Manhattan and a fourth in Beverly Hills. Avra was inspired by the seaside tavernas that dot the Greek coastline. The menu offers iterations of fresh fish with familiar dishes such as branzino, red snapper, wild Dover sole and rarer Mediterranean gems like fagri and lithrini. Executive chef Jose David Diaz creates dishes unique to Avra Miami, such as Dover sole meunière with Ossetra caviar. Customers can choose their fish on the open ice which features seasonal catches, an iconic part of the Avra experience. The fish is cooked whole over charcoal, deboned and finished with Avra’s signature ladolemono sauce or cooked in salt. Diners can also enjoy it raw in carpaccio or ceviche. When it comes to spirits, Avra offers a wide variety, including hard-to-find American whiskeys and Greek spirits like ouzo and mastiha. 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Wednesday to Sunday.
The usual burger
18100 NW 57th Avenue, Miami Gardens
California-based Habit Burger — best known for its grilled-to-order burgers and sandwiches featuring three-tip steak, grilled chicken and sushi-grade albacore tuna cooked over an open flame — has opened a second outpost in Miami. -Dad. The fast-casual restaurant chain opened its first Florida location in Delray Beach in 2015, followed by Royal Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Miami, Pembroke Pines and Plantation. The new Miami Lakes restaurant offers dine-in, take-out, drive-thru, curbside pickup, and delivery available through the Habit Mobile app and online. Customers also have additional convenient ordering options with the brand’s new indoor self-service kiosks. A new location in Cutler Bay is on the way. 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Sunday and drive-thru is open until 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Sweet Melody Ice Cream Co.
3814 SW Eighth Street, Coral Gables
Have you ever tasted Sweet Melody’s famous “Kooki Monster”, a blue vanilla concoction loaded with chewy homemade chocolate chip cookies and tons of Oreos? If not, prepare to indulge your sweet tooth at the Miami-born ice cream company’s new Coral Gables outpost joining the brand’s first Miami location dubbed “La Ventanita.” Sweet Melody’s story began when owner Mike Romeu bought a $50 ice cream. maker at Brandsmart in 2014. He went untouched for a year and a half before he unexpectedly lost his job and began experimenting with it as a way to keep himself busy. Today, the shop is loved for its creative and whimsical flavors, each telling its own “story” – one pint at a time. Try “Bo & Jo’s Guava Cream Cheese”, an ode to Romeu’s childhood, a classic Cuban combo of cheesecake and swirls of guava marmalade to amp up the sweet fruit flavor. Or “Abuela’s Flan,” inspired by her grandmother’s signature caramel and fluffy dessert. . From 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday, from noon to 11 p.m. on Saturday and from noon to 10 p.m. on Sunday.
2864 N. University Drive, Coral Springs
A new breakfast and lunch concept based in South Florida is now open at the Walk at University in Coral Springs. Marking the brand’s first location, Yellow Yolk is a pop-art themed restaurant that offers quintessential dinner-style hearty breakfast and lunch fare. Breakfast options include dinner-sized waffles with hot syrup, triple pancakes, classic eggs Benedict, and assorted vegetable and meat omelettes. Don’t miss Yellow Yolk’s Avocado Toast: Ripe avocado sliced and stacked on walnut-raisin toast with two poached eggs. Daily homemade soups, fresh chicken sandwich combos, the house burger and hearty chopped salads top the lunch list. 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily.