Shireen’s Spotlight: The Foundry (Eat. Drink. Lounge.)

Shireen's Spotlight: The Foundry (Eat. Drink. Lounge.)

Shireen's Spotlight: The Foundry (Eat. Drink. Lounge.)

Shireen's Spotlight: The Foundry (Eat. Drink. Lounge.)

Shireen's Spotlight: The Foundry (Eat. Drink. Lounge.)

Shireen's Spotlight: The Foundry (Eat. Drink. Lounge.)

Shireen's Spotlight: The Foundry (Eat. Drink. Lounge.)

Shireen's Spotlight: The Foundry (Eat. Drink. Lounge.)

Shireen's Spotlight: The Foundry (Eat. Drink. Lounge.)

Shireen's Spotlight: The Foundry (Eat. Drink. Lounge.)

Shireen's Spotlight: The Foundry (Eat. Drink. Lounge.)

What:

An early weekend dinner at “The Foundry” in Pompano Beach. Yes, I left the 305 on a Sunday night and it was totally worth it.

Why:

My new shabby chic couch and “Game Of Thrones” (season 7) are my latest obsessions, so, why in the world would I leave the 305 on a Sunday night to do Spotlight?

“The Foundry” — that’s why.

I heard about the restaurant about a year ago from friends, Deco Drive fans and some die-hard South Florida foodies, but “wanting” to spend time in Pompano Beach and actually “doing it” are two different things.

Finally, after a well planned-out weekend and an online GoT’s leak, I was ready to head north. I know what you’re thinking and NO, I didn’t watch the leaked version (although I thought about it); I flexed my on-demand finger muscles instead.

“The Foundry” (which is set up as an ode to a metal factory) is a big, beautiful open-air restaurant with dark wood, moody lighting and modern art. It reminds me of some of my favorite places in Chicago, where it’s not just about what you’re eating, it’s about how you feel, too. It’s friendly and inviting, flanked by a long bar that reaches its way into a front outdoor patio. There’s a cool raw bar in the back and in-between is the dining area.

I started my Spotlight experience with a strong & savory “Cucumber Martini” (made with gin) & an ice-cold “Hibiscus Mule” (a new twist on an old favorite) made with vodka, hibiscus-infused syrup, lime juice and fever tree ginger beer. If I was a dead man walking, a martini would definitely be my go-to, but this mule is mind-changing.

If you love fresh, healthy and delicious, my first appetizer, “The Sushi Stack”, is an absolute must-try. I could live off this layered pile of love for the rest of my natural born life. Tuna, salmon, avocado and cucumber are perfectly placed atop seasoned sushi rice. The icing on the cake, so to speak, is kimchi mayo and tempura crunchies. It’s big enough to share, although I’d rather have it all to myself. From the raw bar, I tried the “Tasting for 2” (with oysters, shrimp and ceviche.) It was extremely fresh and I liked the tartness of the ceviche.

If you’re not a seafood lover, try the “House-Made Classic Polpette” — one can never go wrong with a tangy meatball (made with crispy polenta, pomodoro sauce, ricotta and basil.) Mama Mia! These bite-sized beauties were a party in my mouth. Truth be told, I wanted more, but a girl has to pace herself when working on her beloved food blog and watching her waistline.

Transitioning into dinner meant changing up our drinks, too. Enhancing the flavor of “Shrimp & Grits” was easy with a Reisling by North by Northwest (from Horse Heaven Hills, Washington.) It was dry and slightly fruity.

Back to those “Shrimp & Grits” that were totally to-die-for…(made with shrimp, sausage, peppers, onions, garlic mixed in a spicy creole sauce, alongside stone ground grits and crispy collard greens). I spent part of my teen years in the south and I’m a real snob when it comes to grits, but these are the real deal.

The 12 oz succulent “Grilled Pork Chop” was my favorite of the night, made with maple glaze and served with butternut squash puree and miso-glazed brussel sprouts. The chop was so tender, I could cut it with a butter knife. #ComeToMama #GetInMyBelly I could go on with the hashtags, but you get the idea.

Last but not least, the “Short Rib Entree”, my photographer’s favorite, was made with faro and wild mushroom ragout and served with shaved veggies. It was paired with an incredible red blend called Forward Kidd (from Napa Valley). I’m a total convert. I need to get a box of the stuff for my house. Nothing like cracking open a great bottle of wine on the weekend.

I tasted two terrific desserts: “Lemon Ricotta Cheesecake” & “Coffee & Doughnuts” — all the sweets are homemade; heck, practically everything is. I’m a sucker for a good cheesecake (I have it every year on my birthday,) but along side the doughnuts, served in a mug is something called: “espresso pot de creme.”

I call it crack in a coffee cup. It’s amazingly decadent and sinfully delicious. If you have a sweet tooth, this will nail you to the wall and you won’t even scream for a great escape.

I can’t say enough about the food at “The Foundry”. It’s amazing, but what I truly fell in love with was the people. Everyone I came in contact with really believes in the restaurant. Our server, Zach, was excellent and NICE. Chef Shari knows her food and she’s passionate about what she does (not to mention wickedly talented) and GM Rick Hamilton is knowledgeable and smart, but not in a way that makes you feel like you should know more about food and what goes in it.

Sure, “The Foundry” is a destination, especially if you live in or around Miami, but it’s also a bonafide experience that won’t disappoint and that’s why it’s one of my Favorite Things. Cheers!

When:

Lunch/Brunch
Monday-Saturday: 11:30am-3pm
Sunday Brunch: 11am-3pm

Dinner
Sunday-Thursday: 4pm-10pm
Friday-Saturday: 4pm-11pm

Where:

The Foundry
2781 E. Atlantic Blvd.
Pompano Beach, FL. 33062

(754) 205-6977

www.thefoundryfl.com

Be Social:
FB: The Foundry FL
Twitter: @TheFoundryFL
Instagram: @thefoundryfl

The finest steel has to go through the hottest fire.Richard M. Nixon
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Shireen’s Spotlight: Louie Bossi’s Ristorante Bar Pizzeria

Shireen’s Spotlight: Louie Bossi’s Ristorante Bar Pizzeria

Shireen’s Spotlight: Louie Bossi’s Ristorante Bar Pizzeria

Shireen’s Spotlight: Louie Bossi’s Ristorante Bar Pizzeria

Shireen’s Spotlight: Louie Bossi’s Ristorante Bar Pizzeria

Shireen’s Spotlight: Louie Bossi’s Ristorante Bar Pizzeria

Shireen’s Spotlight: Louie Bossi’s Ristorante Bar Pizzeria

Shireen’s Spotlight: Louie Bossi’s Ristorante Bar Pizzeria

Shireen’s Spotlight: Louie Bossi’s Ristorante Bar Pizzeria

What:

An early Sunday evening dinner in the courtyard garden of Louie Bossi on Las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale.

Why:

The energy inside “Louie Bossi” is infectious, the crowd vibrant and the food fantastic. The sprawling dining area, which is flanked by an open-air kitchen, gives way to a warmly-lit bar, but it’s what’s in back of the restaurant that’s truly special…

With shabby/chic decor, iron rod trimmings and ivy-drenched walls, the covered patio garden has the charm of an Italian piazza with a hint of South Florida flair. That’s where I decided to enjoy my Spotlight experience.

I started with three adult beverages: Pineapple Martini, Aperol Spritz and Bossi Beer.

The martini started sweet (with infused pineapple vodka,) but ended spicy, thanks to well-placed oil chili drops. The spritzer (said in my best Long Island accent) was smooth and refreshing with Prosecco, club soda and Aperol (which is a sweet Italian aperitif.) I also tried a glass of the light and fruity Birra Di Bossi (a basil-orange pilsner.) Hmmm…I love me a good light beer and live for a great martini, but it’s the spritzer I was gaga for — nothing like some icy goodness on a hot summer day.

Warm homemade bread, smelling divine, arrived at the table. It was so soft and good-looking, I think I was actually flirting with it. 😗

Almost everything at “Louie Bossi” is made from scratch; you can totally tell by how each delicious carb melts in your mouth (to think this started as a fashion blog!) There’s nothing like homemade bread and pasta — sorry Prada, you got nada… on this.

As of late, foodies in South Florida can’t get enough of the octopus trend and doing Spotlight means I’ve had it “every which way but loose.” That being said, “Louie Bossi’s” Spanish version, served with fingerling potatoes and cherry tomatoes, is as good as it gets. It’s grilled to perfection, with hints of wood-burning yumminess. I’m told it’s a customer favorite and I can see why.

Talk about impressive: our curated Charcuterie Board was off the charts. Not only was it awe-inspiring to look at, but mixing and matching the cheese, meats and other goodies was a taste bud awakening.

Here’s a list of some of our samplings: three different kinds of salami, Di Parma, Burrata, Pecorino, Robiola, Fontina Vale D’ Astota, figs, almonds, bread sticks and a mix of pickled red peppers, paprika peppers and corn flakes.

I tried two main entrees — the tender and flaky Grilled Bronzino (made with with parsley, chilies and capers.) It came with a side of mind-blowing cauliflower. As a writer, I’ve never used “mind-blowing” and “cauliflower” in the same sentence, but I’m not even joking. It’s crazy good, mixed in some secret pesto sauce.

If you prefer something meatier, try the Ribeye. I got the 24 ounce “sliced for two” (cooked medium.) It came with a side of Cacio E Pepe. Oh, pasta Gods, why do you do this to me? Of course, if you know me, steak and spaghetti are my two favorite foods on earth. So, I was pretty much in hog heaven. I’d be lying if I didn’t go on and on about the pasta. Tossed with pecorino Romano and cracked pepper, it’s love in a bowl. Simple and delicious (served in a heated dish.)

I started screaming: “It’s my birthday! It’s my birthday!” when dessert showed up. Technically, it’s not until next month, but with its celebratory nature, I couldn’t help myself. LOL. 😍

The gigantic plate was jammed-packed with Italian classics: Cannoli with pistachio, Tiramisu, Gelato, Budino Cioccolata (which is like custard or pudding,) cookies and, last but not least, cheesecake with a sparkler to boot. Holy sweets, Batman! The cheesecake was another level of fabulousness. I washed it all down with a Fumoso (a smoky Limoncello made with dry ice.)

When you’re a foodie, falling for “Louie Bossi” is pretty easy: it’s got it all. What I like most is the QUALITY. It’s first class and when you work hard for your money, it feels good spending it on something that’s WORTH IT and that’s why it’s one of my Favorite Things. Cheers!

When:

Monday-Thursday 11:30am-1am
Friday & Saturday 11:30am-2pm
Sunday 10am-1am

Where:

Louie Bossi
1032 E Las Olas Blvd.
Fort Lauderdale 33301

Be Social:
FB: Louie Bossi’s Ristorante Bar Pizzeria
IG: @louiebossi
Twitter: @LouieBossi

The only time to eat diet food is while you’re waiting for the steak to cook.Julia Child
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Shireen’s Spotlight: PINCH Kitchen

Shireen’s Spotlight: PINCH Kitchen

Shireen’s Spotlight: PINCH Kitchen

Shireen’s Spotlight: PINCH Kitchen

Shireen’s Spotlight: PINCH Kitchen

Shireen’s Spotlight: PINCH Kitchen

Shireen’s Spotlight: PINCH Kitchen

 

What:

A Friday night menu tasting at PINCH Kitchen in MIMO; where a hipster vibe meets neighborhood sensibility.

Why:

From the outside “PINCH Kitchen” is modest and unassuming but inside, it’s a whole other story. The moment you walk through the door, you know you’ve stumbled onto something special.

The kitchen, which is visible from its front dining room, buzzes with foodie excitement, but not in an intimidating way. In fact, it’s quite the opposite.

Warm, welcoming and generous with their time, everyone who works at PINCH is eager to please and educate customers on what makes dining there a singular experience.

From its black and white textured floors, tiled eat-in bar to its art speckled walls, the “New American Cuisine” restaurant is original and inspiring.

My spotlight experience started with a curated dinner menu and a glass of unfiltered blended white wine (Rivera Del Notro from Chile). I’ve had unfiltered sake before, but never wine: its fruity aroma gave way to a crisp, bold taste.

In full disclosure, when it comes to alcohol I don’t really discriminate, but word is unfiltered wine is better for you, leaving you with less of a hangover, if any at all.

With that being said, PINCH has a really great selection of unfiltered wines (as well as unusual beers.) They have the normal stuff, too, but no hard liquor.

My first dish, which was a gorgeous combination of “Organic Beets & Carrots” was fresh, healthy and extremely delicious. The beets were speckled with goat cheese, raisins and pistachios and the carrots came with a yummy tzatziki to dip them in.

The “Spanish Octopus” was spicy and served on siamese dragon (mixed greens from Thailand). I especially enjoyed the “Langostinos” which came on top of local green mangos, ginger dressing and watercress. Although not listed in its ingredients, I could have sworn they used a heaping helping of cilantro. Yummy.

The “Aussie Lamb Chops’ topped with Chermoula (a spiced marinade used in North Africa,) were succulent and perfectly balanced with summertime succotash. That succotash, STOP. It was the bomb-dot-com. I was raised a vegan, so, I’m the type of person who gets excited over kale. This mix is on my radar for my next visit.

For dessert, a warm and inviting “Orange Chocolate Souffle” was served. I loved how they hollowed out half an orange and baked the souffle into cloud-like perfection.

After dinner & dessert, I felt good, not full, not overly bloated, just right and I can’t remember the last time I said that after a meal. It’s really no surprise, though, because John Gallos & Rene Reyes, who are the brains behind PINCH Kitchen, know food.

Not only are they skilled chefs, they’re smart business partners, both with solid pedigrees, working and honing their skills in some of the best restaurants Miami has to offer. After studying and working their butts off (they didn’t tell me that, but one can assume,) they opened their own baby.

A pinch of this and a pinch of that is how they make food, hence the restaurant’s name. For them, it’s a true creative process that can be summed up with what they call: “Small Bites, Big Impact” and that’s why it’s one of my Favorite Things.

Where:

PINCH Kitchen
Miami Upper Eastside
8601 Biscayne Blvd.
Miami, Florida 33138
305-631-2018

www.pinchmiami.com

When:

Lunch
Tuesday – Friday 11:30am-4:30pm

Brunch
Saturday & Sunday
10:30am-4:30pm

Dinner
Tuesday – Friday 6-11pm
Saturday 6pm-11pm
Sunday 6pm-10pm

Be Social
IG: @pinchmiami
FB: @pinchmiami
Twitter: @PinchMiami

A Pinch of probability is worth a pound of perhaps.James Thurber
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Shireen’s Spotlight: The Rusty Pelican

Shireen’s Spotlight: The Rusty Pelican

Shireen’s Spotlight: The Rusty Pelican

Shireen’s Spotlight: The Rusty Pelican

Shireen’s Spotlight: The Rusty Pelican

Shireen’s Spotlight: The Rusty Pelican

Shireen’s Spotlight: The Rusty Pelican

Shireen’s Spotlight: The Rusty Pelican

What:

Saturday morning Brunch at one of Miami’s most famous eateries: The Rusty Pelican.

Why:

Everyone knows about “The Rusty Pelican”…

It’s one of Miami’s most spectacular jewels, with sweeping water views highlighting the decadence of the Magic City skyline.

I’ll never forget the first time I dined there; I was absolutely mesmerized by the place. That was over ten years ago and a lot has changed since then.

Over the past year, the restaurant has undergone a major overhaul, recreating itself by updating its bar, dining room and menu.

Spotlighting dinner or brunch was a tough decision, but those exquisite water views and new brunch menu items helped make up my mind (don’t worry, I’ll go back for dinner.)

“The Rusty Pelican” has a really diverse bar menu, with Classic & Specialty Cocktails, but it was the “Gin & Tonic” section that really caught my eye.

Gin seems strong and tough to drink in the morning; in this case, it’s anything but. They use sophisticated Gins that will leave you satisfied and refreshed…

The “Thyme & Apricot” is the perfect example (made with Ford’s Gin, Thyme, Simple Syrup, Apricot, Green Peppercorn’s and Elderflower Tonic.) This drink not only looks like a summer day, it tastes like one, too.

My favorite, “RP Gin and Tonic (2017 Miami)” named after the Rusty Pelican, is made with Hendricks Gin, Fever Tree Tonic, Grapefruit, Black Pepper and Fennel. Fresh, light and easy on the eyes, it’s a MUST-TRY if you like something strong and delicious.

If you’re looking to stay cool while enjoying the sizzling summer view, go with the hydrating “Agua De Coco” (made with Bacardi Coconut, Coconut Water, Coconut Syrup Lime and Mint.) This drink is vacation in a glass and you can barely taste the rum. Gulpers beware.

Being a New Mexico girl and all, I’m a sucker for a good Huevos Rancheros breakfast and RP’s Executive Chef, Jim Pastor, really takes it up a notch by adding CRAB!

The “Crab Huevos Rancheros” is plated with three towers of deliciousness. Those towers include…

Pinto bean and Jalapeño puree, Organic Tomato Salsa, Blue Corn Tortilla, Cheese and one Egg Sunny Side up.

My mouth is watering just writing about it. It’s actually one of their most popular menu items, and for good reason, too. Instead of a slop of beans and what-have-you, the flavors are well-balanced and meticulously presented.

If you prefer sweet instead of salty, the “Hazelnut Chocolate Ricotta Pancakes” are moist and decadent. The Gold Dusted Cakes are topped with Mint Whip Cream and decorated with Blackberry Molasses Syrup and Strawberry Sand.

But WHY choose? If you like sweet and salty, go for the “Fried Chicken and Waffle”. Mmmmm…. this was mind-blowing and can easily be shared.

Made with an Organic Half Chicken, Orange Cinnamon Waffle and Blackened Grilled watermelon, you won’t be disappointed. The Sriracha Maple Syrup is the icing on the cake, so to speak.

“The Rusty Pelican” is one of those special places in Miami that you just have to experience.

If you want to see our city in all its glory (water, buildings, sunshine and blue skies,) while sipping on gin and eating a fantastic brunch, head to Key Biscayne and make an afternoon of it. “The Rusty Pelican” is definitely worth it and that’s why it’s one of my Favorite Things.

Where:

The Rusty Pelican
3201 Rickenbacker Causeway,
Key Biscayne, Florida 33149

Reservations: 305-361-3818

When:

Sunday-Thursday: 11am-11pm / Bar 11am-12am
Friday & Saturday 11am-12am / Bar 11am – 12am

$6 Valet Service

Be Social:
IG: @rustypelicanmiami
FB: @rustypelicanMiami
Twitter: @RustyPelicanMI

www.therustypelican.com

You must give up the life you planned in order to have the life that is waiting for you.Joseph Campbell
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Shireen’s Spotlight: Lightkeepers Coastal Cuisine & Crafted Cocktails

Shireen’s Spotlight: Lightkeepers Coastal Cuisine & Crafted Cocktails

Shireen’s Spotlight: Lightkeepers Coastal Cuisine & Crafted Cocktails

Shireen’s Spotlight: Lightkeepers Coastal Cuisine & Crafted Cocktails

Shireen’s Spotlight: Lightkeepers Coastal Cuisine & Crafted Cocktails

Shireen’s Spotlight: Lightkeepers Coastal Cuisine & Crafted Cocktails

Shireen’s Spotlight: Lightkeepers Coastal Cuisine & Crafted Cocktails

Shireen’s Spotlight: Lightkeepers Coastal Cuisine & Crafted Cocktails

Shireen’s Spotlight: Lightkeepers Coastal Cuisine & Crafted Cocktails

Shireen’s Spotlight: Lightkeepers Coastal Cuisine & Crafted Cocktails

What:

An amazing Friday night dinner at “Lightkeepers Costal Cuisine & Crafted Cocktails,” a new Key Biscayne eatery sure to transport you to seafood heaven (especially when you try the LIGHTHOUSE TOWER!)

Why:

I first met Chef Raul Del Pozo a few years ago at a popular South Beach eatery where he was diligently breathing new life into an already creative, over-the-top menu.

No easy task, but he did it without breaking a sweat and I knew then his talents were undeniable, but that’s not all…

With his warm personality, extensive knowledge of food and passion for South Florida fishing, we hit it off.

I mean, not that I fish or anything, but someone has to EAT what Chef is catching. With that being said, I had a hunch it wouldn’t be long before he was on to something else…

That something is called: “Lightkeepers Coastal Cuisine & Crafted Cocktails” (located inside The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne).

The new restaurant, which is modern, clean and sophisticated, is the perfect place for the progressive Del Pozo to stretch his culinary muscle and of course, I couldn’t wait to Spotlight it.

On a busy Friday night, I was greeted with a warm hello, shown to my table and swiftly handed a glass of bubbly. They sure know how to make a girl feel special (sip, sip, sip). BTW…

“Crafted Cocktails” is in the actual title of the restaurant and for good reason: their drinks are these incredible blends of top shelf liqueurs mixed with fresh herbs, fruits and syrups — all presented with great pride and yes, they’re extremely pretty.

The “El Farito” (made with gin, Elderflower liqueur, lime juice, mint, cranberry + cucumber syrup and tonic) was fresh, fizzy and fashionable. The drink matched my outfit, said the fashion blogger and honestly, I couldn’t have planned it better myself #Drink&DressOnFleek 😎

The “Loggerhead Lavender,” which is a tribute to the endangered Loggerhead Sea Turtle, is swimmingly special (made with gin, raspberry liqueur, Lavender + Lime syrup, pineapple and ginger beer.)

Just in case you’re wondering, you can find the sea turtles putzing around Biscayne Bay. It’s always magical when you spot one and the drink has the same effect, too.

If you like strong and sexaaay, “The Tequesta” is sure to grow hair on your chest and then some. With a meaty mix of Mezcal, Three Chili Syrup and hand-pressed grapefruit juice, you’ll be buzzing with way more than excitement.

I almost called it a night after one bite of the fluffy and fabulous “Sleeper’s Wife’s Biscuits” (served with Keez Beez honey butter & bacon essence.) If you like carbs, save your calories for this dish — as the kids say these days: “This is giving me life!”

The “YellowFin Tuna” (with pickled himeji, cucumber, radish and soy cure) was perfectly plated, not to mention fresh and delicious. The beauty prize of the night, though, goes to the “Beets + Burrata” salad (made with roasted raw beets, rocco’s burrata, heirloom cherry tomatoes, foraged mushrooms, pumpkin oil.) Not only was it gorgeous, I gobbled it up like nobody’s business and I’m not even a beet lover.

From the Crudo part of the menu, I tried the “Hamachi” (made with passion fruit, yuzu kosju and sweet melon.) If you like raw fish, it’s excellent.

The savory “Pork Belly Chicharon” (with salsa picante, and garlic aioli) are lollipop bites of salty goodness and if you’re up on the latest food trends, “Grilled Spanish Octopus” (served with wakame, poached cherry tomatoes and charcoal potatoes) is calling your name.

I died and went to steak heaven when I had a bite of the “Jackman Ranch NY Strip,” which is a 30 day dry-aged masterpiece. A lot goes into perfecting its quality and taste — it’s absolutely one of the best steaks you’ll ever bite into.

If you prefer fish, the “Local Snapper” (served with baby zucchini, sun choke, kohlrabi and key lime preserve,) is a good option and last but not least, there’s the …

Drumroll please….

“LIGHTHOUSE TOWER”, a decadent three tiered serving of east + west coast oysters, Key West Shrimp, Alaskan King Crab, Cedar Key Clams and Yellowfin Tuna. This is great for a special occasion or a shareable treat for the entire table. Its presentation and taste is fit for royalty and come on, who wouldn’t wanna snap a social media pic of this gigantic and gorgeous seafood extravaganza?!

Believe it or not, I saved room for dessert, proving to myself that I’ve officially become a professional eater. 😎

The “Key Lime Cheesecake” with strawberries and meringue is a nice twist on a South Florida favorite. If you prefer something richer, try the “Chocolate Plantain Cake;” the sea salt and caramel ice cream really takes it to the next level and if you’re a fried dough lover (because who isn’t?) A “Bucket of Beignets” (with Passion Fruit + Valrhona Chocolate Sauces) will leave you starring in your own version of “When Harry Met Sally”
Because everyone will want what you’re having.

If you want a true foodie experience, “Lightkeepers Coastal Cuisine & Crafted Cocktails” should be on your list of places to check out in the Magic City. It’s truly a diverse “Surf & Turf” experience, helmed by one of the best young chefs in Miami and that’s why it’s one of my Favorite Things. Cheers!

Where:

Lightkeepers
inside “Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne”
455 Grand Bay Drive, Key Biscayne, Florida 33149

Reservations: 305-365-4156

When:

Sunday-Thursday 7am-10pm / Bar: Midnight
Friday & Saturday 7am-11pm / Bar: 1am
Ladies night is every Thursday and features a live D-J coupled with champagne and oysters (both are priced at $1) yes, you read that right!

Be Social:
FB: @LightkeepersMiami
IG: @lightkeepersmiami
Twitter: @LightkeepersMIA

www.ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/miami/key-biscayne/dining/lightkeeprs

As we work to create light for others, we naturally light our own way.Mary Anne Radmacher
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