♦ One of our favorite (and free) food apps for the iPhone, Chefs Feed, has launched in Miami. The app includes a list of dishes recommended by local chefs. Miami’s lineup of chefs includes Antonio Bachour (St. Regis Bal Harbour), Gabriel Fenton (Bourbon Steak), Giorgio Rapicavoli (Eating House), Michael Schwartz and Hedy Goldsmith (Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink), Jeff McInnis (Yardbird), Michelle Bernstein (Michy’s), Norman Van Aken (Tuyo), Richard Hales (Sakaya Kitchen), Sam Gorenstein (My Ceviche), and many others. Imagine our surprise, however, when we stumbled upon Joel Huff, who is listed as the chef of Tudor House. Now, this has been a subject of some speculation back in May, when South Florida Gourmet reported on the story based on a reliable source. They ended up removing the post, however, and then Miami.com followed up with a post mentioning that Huff was headed back to California (Santa Barbara, specifically). Perhaps there was an ounce of truth in that rumor after all. Here’s the screenshot:
Points go to Dewey LoSasso (The Forge) for recommending the Sirloinburger at Le Tub, Gabriel Fenton for recommending the pig wings at The Federal, Giorgio Rapicavoli for recommending the pastrami & cheese sandwich at Primanti Bros., Michael Schwartz for recommending the bento box at NAOE (meanwhile, Norman Van Aken recommends the uni), and Timon Balloo (Sugarcane) for recommending the green tea latte bubble tea at Shing Wang. Points subtracted from Douglas Rodriguez, who recommends the “zingers” at Miller’s Ale House, and Jeff McInnis, who recommends the fresh grilled fish tacos from his boss’s other shop, Lime Fresh Mexican Grill. Perhaps they put this list together a while ago though because Jose Mendin (Pubbelly, Barceloneta, etc.) recommends the sweetbreads and Michael Bloise (Area 31) recommends the Butcher’s Board at Sustain, a restaurant which has been closed for quite a while. All in all, it is a great app, especially if they keep it up to date.
♦ Eater Miami reports that chef David Bracha of River Oyster Bar is taking over the former Pacific Time space in the Design District, where he will be opening a new spot called Oak Tavern. They estimate a November opening but no real details yet as far as the menu is concerned.
♦ The Pubbelly empire is hopping on the metrorail and heading south, all the way down to South Miami. Short Order reports that the successful Sunset Harbour eateries are spawning a second location of Barceloneta, their European bistro. They are shooting for an early December opening and appear to be taking the space of a spot called The Irish Times (apparently a pub, not a newspaper).