Florida’s most romantic restaurants and best Valentine’s Day dinners | It’s not too late!

Valentine’s Day. Those two seemingly innocuous words can strike dread in even the smoothest of suitors.  In a pinch to find a worthy place to woo your sweetie? No worries, it’s not too late!  Zest is to the rescue with a list of the most romantic places in Florida for Valentine’s Day, or any other […]

Miami’s Adrianne Calvo: Flavor obsessed and proud of it

  The first thing you may notice about Miami Chef Adrianne Calvo is that she’s pretty laid back. While many successful chefs have a reputation for controlling, Type-A personalities, Calvo appears to be the anti-Ramsay–but you wouldn’t know it from her drive to create a multi-sensory dining experience for the masses. You may also notice […]

Zest’s Best Restaurant Miami | Spanish and Cuban at Las Culebrinas (Coconut Grove)

Always packed with patrons who are attracted to Las Culebrinas for old world charm, tourists and locals alike flock to the Coconut Grove location (there are five in the Miami area) for their Cuban and Spanish food fix. Live calypso and salsa music  adds to the spirited buzz of the tropical atmosphere, Upstairs, patrons enjoy […]

First up on Zest’s Best Florida Steakhouse List is South Beach’s Prime One Twelve.  Prime real estate and prime meats converge for a dining experience at this Ocean Drive celebrity magnet. Prime One Twelve starts with a warm bacon snack at the bar and builds from there. Besides outstanding cuts of beef, the 16-ounce Kobe […]

Chef Michelle Bernstein’s (aka Sra. David Martinez) newest Miami restaurant is more aptly characterized as a tapas lounge that offers a few regular-size entrées for those less interested in sampling small plates. The traditional tapas standards, like Spanish cheeses or pan con tomate are simple and satisfying and the Bernstein-created dishes like wild mushroom-manchego croquetas […]

Chef Laurent Tourondel’s South Beach outpost of the BLT Steak empire is most definitely a “seen and be seen” Miami Beach hotspot.  And while it’s an insider favorite for the fabulous food and tres chic al fresco dining, it is BLT’s first impression—the warm popovers— that sets the tone for the meal to follow.  They had […]

This cozy Coral Gables cafe is housed in the historic La Palma building that was originally opened in 1924 as a beautiful Mediterranean-styled hotel. Today, La Palma’s focus is on traditional northern Italian fare at a reasonable price. La Palma’s housemade pastas range from Fettuccine Alfredo to Pumpkin Tortellini with butter and sage. Their pastas, […]

Best Mojitos in Miami, bar none. (If you are into that sort of thing). A Coral Gables Miracle Mile standard, Ortanique on the Mile focuses on Caribbean cuisine that highlights the fresh, tropical ingredients indigenous to the region—along with occasional Asian and South American flare. The tropical décor sets the stage for favorites such as […]

Sophisticated simplicity is the operating phrase for Chef Micheal Schwartz’s neighborhood eatery in Miami’s design district. Precisely-prepared, Modern American dishes focused on seasonal and regional ingredients rule the menu, as does creativity. The wood oven is center stage at Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink. Notable menu offerings include wood-oven roasted tilefish served with Florida rock […]

Located in a downscale South Miami strip mall at Bird Road and SW 57th Avenue, this little Japanese outpost opened in 1988, serving the best sushi in town without the comparable South Beach price tag. Our favorites include the Ankimo in ponzu jelly (a monkfish liver, almost like a Japanese foie gras), hamachi, hokkigai and […]