The Scoop: Your Guide to South Florida's Trendiest Hotspots
ROCK ’N’ RAIL
Little River’s Rail 71 Café serves all-natural, organic breakfasts and lunches Monday through Friday. Proprietor Aaron Fahimian favors free-range eggs and grass-fed meat, as well as fresh goodies from Zak the Baker to Nic & Luc jams. He commissioned Scotty Wonders to construct the wood and corrugated metal space that blends in nicely with the neighborhood’s galleries; Wynwood Sign Painting Company created its rustic graphics. Avocado toast sells all day for its generous helping atop grilled bread. Instant hits from the sandwich board are grilled salmon with homemade aioli, and the Rail sabich, grilled eggplant, boiled egg, scallions, pickles and hummus stacked between mango chutney-slathered toast. If you’re lucky, pulled chicken tacos with the same chutney, plus a heap of the house slaw will be available.7255 NE Fourth Court; 786.375.6593
Fort Lauderdale’s art scene just grew a lot grander. Husband-and-wife collectors David Horvitz and Francie Bishop Good promised to donate 100 contemporary artworks to NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale. Their major gift is among the largest philanthropic campaign ever conducted by Broward County and Nova Southeastern University to raise $250 million. Horvitz, chairman of the museum’s board of governors, and Good, a board member, have a vested interest in the institution. The works, which focus on female artists such as Cecily Brown, Barbara Kruger and Cindy Sherman and span 1978 to 2013, fill a much-needed category in the museum’s collection. Most are exhibited in “Belief + Doubt: Selections from the Francie Bishop Good and David Horvitz Collection,” on view from August 26, 2016 to January 22, 2017.One East Las Olas Boulevard; 954.525.5500; nsuartmuseum.org
A hospitality veteran launched a brilliant membership program for non-guests to use hotel amenities. Lauren Abrams, a founder and previous owner of Casa Morada boutique hotel in the Florida Keys, kicks off Runway Resorts in Miami. Passport 305 gives locals and visitors who are staying at vacation rentals, friends’ houses or at other hotels access to upscale hotels' pools, fitness centers, beach chaises and umbrellas, kayaks, paddle boards and more. They also receive discounts for hotel rooms, valet, gift shops and spas; if the property doesn't feature a spa, they have a discount for Glamsquad. Memberships are available for the day, week or year. A few participating properties are Casa Morada, Newport Beachside and Nautilus, a Sixty Hotel. She plans to expand to New York and Los Angeles soon.
Diehard fans of Michelle Bernstein’s fried chicken can be reunited with the Miami chef’s famous dish at a pop-up in Sweet Liberty restaurant and craft cocktail lounge. Offered as an à la carte option on the South Beach hangout’s Miami Spice menu, it’s only around in August and September—so enjoy it while it lasts. For cooks who want to try this at home, here’s the recipe: dredge chicken parts in a mixture of buttermilk, fresh tarragon, Dijon mustard, celery seed and black pepper and marinate overnight. But frying up the bird in hot oil makes such a mess that it’s just easier to come here and skip the cleanup. All that’s required is a boatload of Wetnaps and a big appetite.237 20th Street; 305.763.8217; mysweetliberty.com
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