#DishHitList: Dry January, New Menus, and Festivals in Miami

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Happy New Year! It’s a misconception that January quiets down after the holidays. Not as far as the best 305 establishments are concerned. This month, get ready for new menus, lush mocktails, enchanting speakeasies, and food and drink festivals.

New a la carte Brunch Menu at RED South Beach

It’s no secret that Miami’s hottest steakhouse, RED South Beach, also has one of the most extravagant brunch offerings. Crab-crusted tomahawk steaks, lobster pot pie, and chicken and waffles have made the brunch at RED the most sought-after Sunday activity. Meanwhile, the all-you-can-eat menu enthralled many a gourmand with tuna tartar, blue crab ravioli, and Kaluga or Osetra caviar

On Sunday, January 14 RED will be launching a new a la carte menu featuring the brunch classics alongside some new tantalizing additions. Now, diners can enjoy the same impeccable provisions without spending a big chunk of their salary on the all-you-can-eat brunch (although you’ll definitely want to catch that one as well). 

Dinner on the River at Tanuki River Landing

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January is a big month for the newly opened Tanuki River Landing. The Asian fusion restaurant had its grand opening at the beginning of the month. Live entertainment, delectable canapes, and a giant sake barrel were all there to help patrons celebrate the restaurant’s newly acquired liquor license. Now, Tanuki River Landing has also launched Dinner by the River—a dining experience filled with explosive food, a live DJ set, fire dancers, and, of course, new craft cocktails. Every Friday and Saturday, grab a seat by the riverside, get yourself a mesmerizing cocktail like the cloudy sake, butterfly pea flower, and lychee-based Violet Geisha, and enjoy the sensory dinner experience. 

New Restaurant Alert: Delilah 

Last month, a new supper club opened its doors to the Miami epicurean scene, and boy is it a good one. Delilah is a modern-day supper club paying homage to the bustling supper club scene of the 30s and 40s. The lavish restaurant is decked out with plush armchairs, glowing chandeliers, and unique art. Stepping into Delilah, you’ll immediately be greeted by a troupe of female entertainers dancing to boisterous live jazz. Eat, drink, and dance the night away. The American fare is sure to get your taste buds tingling with servings of local stone crab, coconut-spiced ceviche, and bacon-crusted Faroe Island salmon. Cheers to the good life. 

For more restaurant openings, visit our new restaurants in Miami roundup.

Delilah is located at 301 Brickell Key Dr, Miami, FL 33101. For more information, visit their official website.

Edgar Allen Poe Speakeasy

If you’ve ever been dreaming of a chilling literature-inspired speakeasy experience, you’re in luck. The Edgar Allan Poe Speakeasy experience is in town for the month of January! Take a leap into the past into the enigmatic realm of Edgar Allan Poe. Four of the author’s most cherished tails come alive through meticulously concocted cocktails, conveying the special atmosphere of each story. Guided by the speakeasy’s master mixologist and Poe aficionados, the immersive soiree guarantees an unforgettable evening for the books. Secure your tickets here

The Edgar Allen Poe Speakeasy will take place in the Overtown Performing Arts Center, located at 1074 Northwest 3rd Ave, Miami 33136.

Dry January at Copper 29 Bar

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January is all about New Year’s resolutions and “new year, new me” mantras. Many of us also choose to undertake the Dry January challenge to detox from a December full of partying. Luckily, there are plenty of bars and restaurants in Miami that support the cause, with new mocktail menus springing up left and right. Copper 29 Bar, renowned for its craft cocktails, is no exception. Here’s what they’ve got on the menu for us this month: the Lychee Martini Mocktail is crafted with a tropical blend of lychee puree, pineapple, and cranberry juice; while the Exotic Mojito Mocktail features the classic Mojito culprits plus a refreshing addition of passion fruit puree and pineapple juice for a sunny burst of flavors. Stop by Copper 29 Bar any day of the week and sip away on the mocktails with zero guilt. 

Copper 29 is located at 206 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables, FL 33134. For more information, visit their official website.

Asian Night Brunch at Tea Room with New Dry January Mocktails

Another restaurant revamping its menu with new and exciting cocktails is the Tea Room. The Tea Room is Brickell’s Asian restaurant known for the city’s only Asian Night Brunch, an $88 experience featuring a five-course dinner and two hours of free-flowing wine, champagne, prosecco, beer, and now mocktails! On the menu, find wholesome dishes like dumplings en brodo crafted with wild mushrooms and truffle cheese and crab rangoon made with blue crab and cream cheese in a coconut-mustard sweet chili sauce. Pair that with truly ground-breaking mocktails like Red Silence, crafted with nonproof tequila, guava, hibiscus, citrus, and Thai chili; or Zero to Hero, made with nonproof whisky, blood orange, rosemary cordial, and vegan egg whites. 

The Tea Room is located at 788 Brickell Plaza, Miami, FL 33131, United States. For more information, visit their official website.

Festival of Chocolate at Fairchild Garden January 20-21

Join the sweetest event of the year on January 20 and 21 at the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. Start the year off on a sweet note and expect a weekend filled with all things chocolate: tastings, cooking demos, and even a ride on the Chocolate Express for the kiddos. There will be chocolate-themed drink flights, savory and sweet chocolate-infused foods, and artisanal chocolate vendors. Take a stroll through the gardens, and you might even spot a cacao tree yourself, with ripe fruit ready for picking. You can buy a cacao tree to plant in your home garden, too! You can buy your tickets here

The Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is located at 10901 Old Cutler Road, Miami, FL 33156. For more information, visit their official website.

Brickell Seafood Festival and Brickell Beer, Wine & Spirits Festival January 27

On Saturday, January 27, pop over to Brickell for the 10th Annual Brickell Art Festival, which will be housing the Brickell Seafood Festival. From 2 to 6 p.m., unlimited samples of craft beer, fine wine, and spirits will abound alongside live music and art. Of course, don’t forget to feast on the smorgasbord of seafood dishes as well! Get your tickets beforehand. 

The 10th Annual Brickell Art Festival will take place at 180 SW 1st Ave, Miami, FL 33130. 

Makoto Wine Dinner on January 31

On Wednesday, January 31, embark on a decadent journey as Makoto presents an exclusive and ephemeral culinary affair. Elevate your evening with a 5-course masterpiece orchestrated by the culinary virtuoso Executive Chef Daniel Garner, complemented by divine wine pairings courtesy of Tablas Creek, under the expert guidance of Chris Birnie-Visscher. Beguiling menu options include ponzu-laced robata kinki “lao gan ma,” an A5 wagyu hot stone with sesame dipping sauce, and mixed mushroom truffle kameshi. All paired with nothing but the most magnificent wine. Make your reservation beforehand.

Makoto is located at 9700 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33154. For more information, visit their official website.

Angelina Kurganska

Angelina Kurganska is a traveling food and tea writer. She spent years as a professional cook in North America, Asia, Europe, and North Africa. Angelina is particularly enthralled by the subtle world of Japanese cuisine and enjoys making pottery in her free time.

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