March 11 & 18, 2014 Quick Hits

by Ryan @ MRPR on March 18, 2014

QUICK HITS:

♦ The James Beard Foundation announced its 2014 finalists and no semifinalists from Miami made the cut this year.   Strange that a town that is on the upswing with new chefs and restaurants (as well as some old favorites) gets no recognition from the Foundation.  It probably says more about the Awards then it does about us.

♦ Very excited for Taperia Raca, a tapas bar from the mind of Giorgio Rapicavoli (Eating House).  Ryan Harrison, formerly of Preservation, will be at the helm of this new spot in MiMo in the former Metro Organic Bistro cafe.  You can get your car washed while you dine, so there’s that.   Short Order lists some of the small plates you’ll find when they open.

♦ Tomorrow, decorated Peruvian chef Gaston Acurio is opening La Mar in the Mandarin Oriental on Brickell Key.  Lesley Abravanel at Miami.com has some menu highlights to share.

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