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Celebrating Never Tasted So Good

Hispanic Heritage Month Happenings at Bodega Taqueria y Tequila + Chef Adrianne takeover at Oceans 234 + More

by Jenny

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from Sept. 15 – Oct. 15 by celebrating the histories, cultures, contributions and celebrating never tasted so good.

Some events and happenings for consideration include Mexican Independence Day at Bodega Taqueria y TequilaChef Adrianne takeover at Oceans 234, COTE Miami’s Sunday Sommelier Supper Series, tailgating options from La Traila Barbeque and Inflation menu at 4 Rivers Smokehouse!


Chef Adrianne Calvo will take over Oceans 234 weekly specials menu from September 15th – 28th as part of Oceans 234 2022 Chef Takeover Series. Chef Adrianne’s globally-inspired dishes include Wahoo Sashimi with avocado, red radish, soy, chill crisp, cucumber fresh and lemon juice; Truffled Oysters Rockefeller with malpeque oysters, spinach,parmesan, lemon; Corvina Ceviche lime juice, roasted corn, aji limo, red onion, pomegranate, sweet potato chips; and Whole Fried Snapper red chimichurri, parsley, oregano,arugula, grilled lemon. Oceans 234 is located at 234 N. Ocean Blvd, Deerfield Beach, Florida.


Michelin-starred COTE Miami’s “Sunday Sommelier Supper Series” dinner will continue this Sunday, September 18 from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.  in partnership with Maritime Vines with Macarena Carrillo ($195 pp).  Whether it’s under-the-radar producers from Australia, wines made by female and BIPOC winemakers, or biodynamically farmed fruit, there’s a lot in the wine world that excites the COTE brand.

Dinners run every Sunday through Sunday, October 16 from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.  and will include an exclusive wine dinner ranging from $185 to $215 pp for food and wine. Each week, COTE’s award-winning somm-family will curate a beautifully themed selection of wines, from their 1,200+ bottle wine list to experience alongside their signature steaks and sides. Event/ticket information here.

Address:  3900 NE 2nd Ave. Miami, FL 33137


Tailgate from your couch with La Traila Barbecue, Miami’s genuine Texas-style craft barbecue, founded by Miami native/Buffalo Bills Wide Receiver Isaiah McKenzie and Austin native and pitmaster Mel Rodriguez. In addition to platters and meat by the half pound, signature drool-worthy items include: Brisket Sundae with a mac and cheese base then layered with baked beans and cream corn then topped with smoked brisket, cotija cheese, crema and house sauce; La Barbecue Stack with sliced brisket, pulled pork, smoked sausage, topped with our house-made sauce, pickles and onions; a variety of burgersfried chicken sandwiches, and sides.

As a nod to Mel’s Mexican heritage, additional feature items  graze the menu: Brisket Queso EmpanadasBrisket Quesadillas and Brisket Elote which is made of mexican street corn, topped with brisket, cotija cheese, mexican crema and housemade sauce. Mel Rodriguez and team are also available for tailgate catering and larger scale gatherings. For more information on custom packages, please visit www.latrailabbq.com.


Launched in Spring 2022, the Inflation Menu was created as a budget-friendly option that saves money for both the customers and the restaurant during our current state of rising prices. The menu is updated seasonally. New additions are available until October 1st, 2022.

Spud Love ($8.49) – Baked potato topped with your choice of meat, jalapenos, shredded cheddar cheese, scallions, a dollop of sour cream and 4R Signature Sauce.

Spud Crush ($8.49) – Baked potato topped with brisket, cheese sauce, crispy onions, horseradish sauce, 4R Signature Sauce, queso fresco, cilantro.

Smash Burger Fries ($7.99) – A smashed burger patty over crinkle cut fries and topped with lettuce, tomato, onion, bread and butter pickles, ketchup, cheese sauce, sesame seeds, and “special” sauce.

Address: 2660 N University Dr, Coral Springs, FL


Founded in South Beach in 2015 by Menin Hospitality’s Keith Menin and Jared Galbut, Bodega Taqueria y Tequila is South Florida’s iconic brand offering an array of Mexican street food along with a unique night-life experience serving up award-winning tequila and cocktails. The Mexican-inspired concept features an extensive menu showcasing authentic Mexican favorites along with unconventional and innovative interpretations.

Since its inception, Bodega Taqueria y Tequila has been nationally recognized and revered as one of the region’s hottest culinary and night-life destinations. The brand currently has a total of five locations, including South Beach (2015); Fort Lauderdale (2020); Aventura (2021); West Palm Beach (2022); Coconut Grove (2022); as well as a partnership with FTX Arena. Bodega Taqueria y Tequila is currently undergoing an expansion and gearing up to welcome several new outposts this year and in 2023. For more information, please visit https://www.bodegataqueria.com/


  • Fort Lauderdale: 21 W Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
  • South Beach: 1220 16th Street, Miami Beach, FL 33139
  • West Palm Beach: 118 S Clematis St, West Palm Beach, FL 33401
  • Coconut Grove: 3419 Main Hwy, Miami, FL 33133

Aventura: 19129 Biscayne Blvd, Aventura, FL 33180


From September 15th through October 15th, Cafe La Trova will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with a special cocktail menu featuring ingredients from local South Florida-based Cuban purveyors, including honey from The Native Guy (based in Homestead); guava marmalade from PG Tropicals (based in Homestead) and fresh limes from Yes Fresh (based in Doral).

Three special cocktails created by Master Cantinero Julio Cabrera include the Canchánchara made with Saint Benevolence Rum from Haiti, honey syrup, and lime juice; the Calle Ocho Daiquiri made with Bacardi Superior rum from Cuba/Puerto Rico, Habanero-Guava syrup, and lime juice; and the Mi Tierra Old Fashioned (plus 1 La Trova cigar) made with Flor de Caña 12 from Nicaragua, demerara syrup, and coffee-Tobacco bitters. With every purchase of these limited-time-only cocktails ranging from $14 – $15, a $1 per cocktail will be donated to the American Museum of the Cuban Diaspora. Join us as we celebrate our Cuban/Hispanic culture all month long!

Address: 971 SW 8th Street, Miami FL 33130

Casa Mariano

At the Mediterranean-inspired Casa Mariano, opened September 2021, Executive Chef-Owner Mariano Araya shares his personal style of cuisine with a menu representing an impressive career, drawing inspiration from his most beloved dishes. Casa Mariano is the culmination of Chef Mariano’s life’s work in the culinary arts, with more than 20 years spent in the Miami dining scene. His dedication to both South American and Mediterranean flavors as well as his cooking methods have melded into a distinct style that showcases the bold flavors and freshest ingredients from both areas of the world.

The menu at Casa Mariano features Hot and Cold Appetizers, Salads, Pastas, as well as different choices of Entrees, Steaks, and a special selection of Chef Mariano’s suggested house specialties – all made with the highest-quality ingredients sourced from local farms whenever possible. The beverage program at Casa Mariano is spearheaded by General Manager and Sommelier, Victor Tapia, who has developed a creative and exciting list of exceptional wines to pair with Chef Mariano’s dishes. Decorated in rich Mediterranean-inspired hues of blues, whites, tans, and browns, Casa Mariano’s intimate interior reflects an elegant, warm, and inviting environment where diners are transported to a seaside casa. The intentional design is intimate and calming, making Chef Mariano’s casa as comforting as your own. Address: 8200 NW 27 Street, Suite 106 in Doral

La Cañita 

La Cañita is the latest Caribbean-Latin American concept-driven restaurant from James Beard Award-winning chef Michelle Bernstein and partner David Martinez, located in Bayside Marketplace.  With spectacular waterfront views of Miami and live music curated daily, La Cañita is certainly the place to be for big bold flavors, fun specialty cocktails, and the overall quintessential Miami experience!

Address:  Located at Bayside Marketplace at 401 Biscayne Blvd., 2nd flr., Miami, FL 33132


La Romanita Restaurant & Lounge, the first restaurant by Miami-based Prestige Hospitality Group, launched in August 2022. Adjacent to the 515-acre Amelia Earhart Park, La Romanita is located in the new Amelia District that was founded and developed by Prestige Companies. The district is the city’s newest mixed-use development located in the heart of Hialeah and is poised to be South Florida’s next dining destination. At the helm of this neighborhood eatery is Executive Chef Reinier “Rey” Mendez, who draws from both Cuban and Italian influences when creating his menus. Hailing from Havana, Cuba, Chef Rey began has worked in some of Miami’s most notable concepts including STK Miami, Shula’s Steakhouse, Naked Crab Restaurant in Fort Lauderdale, alongside celebrity chef Ralph Pagano, Casa Tua Cucina in Brickell City Centre, and most recently Lure Fish Bar at Loews Miami Beach Hotel.

The menu is a selection of Latin-inspired dishes, seafood, garden fresh salads, select cuts of meat, hearty entrees as well Italian-focused dishes such as pastas and pizzas. The Pastas are made in house and come with a choice of orecchiette, spaghetti, penne, or fettuccine with sauce options ranging from rich to light and savory. Lasagnas are also made daily with vegetarian and meat options. Perfect for sharing, Chef Rey’s Pizza uses a homemade dough made into a thin, crispy crust with a variety of toppings. The globally sourced boutique wine list includes over 80 different types of wines from regions all over the world. The wine program features everything from grower champagnes, vintages, unique terroirs, and notable wineries to more approachable labels and bottles for any occasion.

Address: 7755 W 4th Avenue in Hialeah


Located within the notable Rubell Museum in the bustling Allapattah neighborhood and recently recognized by the 2022 MICHELIN Guide, LEKU brings the pleasures of eating in Spain’s enchanting Côte Basque to Miami.  Featuring innovative cuisine without losing sight of its Basque roots, Executive Chef Mikel Goikolea of LEKU follows the same principle of adhering to seasonal local ingredients and cooking methods based on tried and true techniques.

In addition to their inventive cuisine, LEKU’s beverage program is in a class of its own featuring innovative libations and sophisticated wine offerings, which recently earned them a winning title for Wine Spectator’s 2022 Award of Excellence.

Address:  1100 NW 23rd Street, Miami, FL 33127

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