Eating Our Way Through 2014: Introducing the Inaugural Envys

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When I launched this Order Envy blog back in January 2014, I did so with an open mind and a hungry belly. It would be a fun side project by which I could share my culinary exploration of Miami, I told myself. It most certainly has served that purpose — and so much more.

What an incredibly delicious year it’s been! Together (I’m talking about loyal readers and followers like you!) we have tasted the incredibly diverse and scrumptious flavors that emanate from both Miami’s restaurant scene and my own kitchen. We’ve dined near and far — from Coral Gables to Key West, Miami Beach to New Orleans, Las Vegas and Grand Cayman.

I find it only appropriate to end 2014 on a delectable note. And so I’m very excited to introduce our inaugural Envys, an annual collection of awards in recognition of our favorite bites of the year. Congrats to all the winners! Wishing you and yours tantalized taste buds throughout 2015!

 

1envys - kwOutstanding “Eating Our Way Through” Travel Experience
and the Envy goes toKEY WEST, FLORIDA

“My Top 5 Bites in Key West: Grouper cheeks from Hogfish Bar & Grill, rim job drinks from Better Than Sex, Boathouse bread from The Commodore, fresh hogfish from BlackFin Bistro and lobster benedict from Blue Heaven.”

2envys - coconut grove

Phenomenal Excuse to Spend an Entire Day Eating and Drinking
and the Envy goes toCOCONUT GROVE SEAFOOD FESTIVAL

“The festival itself packed in a little something for everyone: Live music on stage, cooking demos by South Florida chefs for the foodies, bounce houses for the little ones and, of course, a generous selection of seafood from local purveyors.”

 

3envys - casola

Extraordinary Pizza Slice the Size of Your Face
and the Envy goes toCASOLA’S PIZZERIA AND SUB SHOP

“Your dining experience at this pizzeria might go something like this: Place your order at the counter, fill up your own cup with soda, grab a seat and wait for your name to be called. They even offer free pizza samples while you wait. Yeah, it’s that kind of place.”

 

4envys - river

Remarkable Seafood That Was Most Likely Swimming in the Ocean That Same Day
and the Envy goes toTHE RIVER SEAFOOD AND OYSTER BAR

“With an upscale yet inviting atmosphere, a lively bar scene and sizeable cocktail menu, one might be enticed to only spend happy hour at The River — but I would strongly encourage you to stay for dinner. Sure, we enjoyed a couple glasses of Chardonnay and IPAs during our visit, but the insanely fresh and superbly executed seafood definitely served as the highlight of our evening.”

 

5envys - bb

 Distinguished Piece of Meat
and the Envy goes toB&B: BURGER AND BEER JOINT

“Both Kenny and I agree that the ‘massive burgers with a gourmet twist’ at this local franchise are consistently among the best we’ve had in Miami. … There are many reasons we love Burger and Beer Joint: the friendly and attentive servers, the sizeable craft beer list, the fact the burgers are always cooked to our liking (a pink-centered medium).”

6envys - shivers

Astounding Barbecue for Your Buck
and the Envy goes toSHIVER’S BAR-B-Q

“Shiver’s serves as a great neighborhood joint, with its down-home atmosphere and welcoming staff. There’s no doubt we’ll return soon, even if it means driving across town for some grub, and I can assure one thing: Next time I intend to get my hands and face messy while chowing down on a rack of ribs.”

7envys - casablanca

Exceptional Seafood Restaurant with a View of the Miami River
and the Envy goes toCASABLANCA SEAFOOD BAR & GRILL

“There’s no doubt Casablanca is on my list of top seafood restaurants in Miami. And considering seafood is among my favorite foods, not to mention the place’s spectacular riverside views, I can see us rolling on the river over to Casablanca many more times in the future.”

8envys - joes

Famous Fine Dining Institution Where it’s Perfectly Acceptable to Wear a Bib
and the Envy goes toJOE’S STONE CRAB

“Each year Kenny surprises me with a special birthday dinner at an undisclosed location. This year I sent him a short ‘wish list’ of restaurants and he certainly didn’t disappoint when he announced we’d be dining at Joe’s Stone Crab, the quintessential Miami Beach restaurant (it’s been there since 1913 after all). Picture a large, lavish dining hall, attentive black-tie-clad servers, and the freshest seafood you’ll ever eat.”

9envys - shrimp boil

Marvelous Theme for a Summer Party on the Balcony
and the Envy goes toFOURTH OF JULY CAJUN SHRIMP BOIL

“It’s incredible how freedom means different things for so many different people in the U.S., and we each celebrate the 4th in our own unique way – backyard barbecues, mountaintop cookouts, beachside shrimp boils. I opted for the latter this year, mainly because barbecue grills aren’t allowed in our 16th-floor high-rise apartment. (Read: Fire Hazard) It was the first shrimp boil for our family, but everyone enjoyed it so much that we might have to make it a new summer tradition!”

10envys - jaguar

Eclectic Place to Celebrate Your 30th Birthday with a Group of Friends
and the Envy goes toJAGUAR CEVICHE SPOON BAR & LATAM GRILL

“And to top it off, at the end of the meal the restaurant manager presented me with a gift certificate for my next meal. (Classy!) I may be biased because it was my birthday, but when you combine the lovely company, quality of the food and the excellent service, I’d have to say dinner at Jaguar was among my favorite social dining experiences in Miami to date.”

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