Ever since chef Alberto Cabrera’s Little Bread closed, foodies have missed his Cuban sandwiches made with love. Then Justin Sherrer and Lisetty Llampalla, his girlfriend who moved here from Cuba less than a decade ago, came along with Doce Provisions. Spanish for “12,” their gastro-pub is named after its street in Little Havana. Wander back to the hidden courtyard shaded with tropical trees and decorated with murals and twinkly lights. Their menu speaks to every palate, from healthy farm greens with chickpeas, corn and pomegranate seeds in a roasted lemon vinaigrette, to poutine-inspired “disco” truffle fries smothered in short rib gravy and homemade American cheese. The signature, Latin meet Southern Little Bird fried chicken comes with a sweet plantain waffle, pickled peppers, guava jelly and Sriracha honey.
541 SW 12th Avenue; 786.452.0161; doceprovisions.com
The new Bonobos Guideshop for men’s wear combines the ease of modern e-tail with old-fashioned service. In 2007, the brand began only with e-commerce when two graduates of Stanford’s business school set out to design the perfect pair of khaki pants. But some customers needed help with sizing and building wardrobes, so they came up with a hybrid between digital and brick-and-mortar shopping. Rather than stock inventory, Guideshops function more like showrooms. Customers make an appointment with “ninjas,” a.k.a. personal shoppers and fit specialists, for items that are ordered online from the store and shipped free of charge. The seamless process also eliminates having to carry shopping bags. The collection has grown to all facets from dress shirts to ties to golf clothes. Athleisure launches this month.
50 NW 24th Street; 305.619.1016; bonobos.com
Vincent and Maria Foti, the couple behind Fort Lauderdale’s hugely popular kitchenetta trattoria, expanded north with Vincent’s by the Sea. Their simple dining room of red booths, café chairs and white subway tile opens onto a cul de sac east of A1A to capture the ocean breezes. They also keep the menu simple since traditional Italian cuisine has been the driving force behind their success. A nice seaside touch is a raw bar for a selection of interesting oysters like Point Lookout and Black Duck Salt varieties from Virginia, as well as littleneck clams from Florida to steam in wine or bake with breadcrumbs. The ubiquitous wedge salad gets an Italian twist through pancetta and gorgonzola. Share platters of chicken cacciatore and chicken scarpariello with hot cherry peppers and sausage.
106 Commercial Boulevard; 954.772.8111
Miami Beach native Michele Oka Doner returns home for a busy weekend. In addition to the closing of her first solo exhibit at PAMM, “How I Caught a Swallow in Midair,” on Sunday, the New York-based artist hosts an event for her new book, “Into the Mysterium,” at Books & Books in Coral Gables tomorrow night. She’ll speak with local writer Alastair Gordon about the process of curating and photographing 100 endangered marine species from a vast collection at the University of Miami’s Marine Invertebrate Museum, and how it inspired her sets and costumes for Miami City Ballet’s ocean-themed interpretation of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” which premiered here in March. Another event at Books & Books in Bal Harbour is scheduled for Miami Book Fair International in November.