PHOTO GALLERY: SOBEWFF Southern Kitchen Brunch

The past two years we’ve enjoyed the all-day gluttony of the SOBEWFF Grand Tasting Village. But this year we decided to switch things up and opted to spend Sunday morning with country queen Trisha Yearwood at the Loews Miami Beach hotel. We not only filled up on delish southern eats and bourbon Bloody Marys, but we also got to watch the Grammy Award-winning singer perform a few songs! Here are our favorite bites of the day.

 

My Top 5 Bites at the Southern Kitchen Brunch
(described in 3 words)!

 

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#5 — Pulled Barbecue with Zucchini Fritter:
Smoky. Moist. Spicy.
from Trisha Yearwood, Trisha’s Southern Kitchen

 
 

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#4 — Signature Honeybee Doughnut:
Sweet. Flaky. Decadence.
from Karen Muirhead, Honeybee Doughnuts

 
 

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#3 — Buttermilk Fried Chicken with Maple Biscuit and Sawmill Gravy:
Crispy. Tender. Substantial.
from Chef Art Smith, Blue Door Farm Kitchen

 
 

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#2 — Key West Pink Shrimp and Grits:
Meaty. Creamy. Fresh.
from Jeffrey McInnis and Janine Booth, Root & Bone

 
 

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#1 — Fried Shrimp Gumbo and Carolina Gold Rice:
Rich. Deep. Roux.
from Mike Lata, FIG

Miami Spiced: Quality Meats

Quality Meats
1501 Collins Ave., Miami Beach

 

August and September are a food lover’s paradise in Miami, as the two-month-long span of the Miami Spice restaurant promotion takes over town. This is our third year delighting in the annual event, and last weekend we kicked off our edible Miami Spice adventures at Quality Meats on Miami Beach. Sister to the NYC chophouse, this rendition offers an upscale yet cozy interior that stands out among the super posh restos lining South Beach’s Collins Ave. strip.

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House-Cured Bacon

We started our three-course, $39 dinner with a complimentary watermelon amuse-bouche to cleanse our palates before devouring freshly baked Parker House Rolls. Then came two different appetizers: my Seared Diver Scallops were supremely tender, toting that tasty charred exterior and accompanied by sweet creamed corn and bits of bacon. My husband was slightly overwhelmed with the portion of the House-Cured Bacon, which came slathered with jalapeño jelly and served with a house-made peanut butter. Warning: Gluttony at its finest here, folks.

Moving on to entrées, I opted for the Petit Filet — the server pointed out that they are serving a sizeable 8-ounce portion, unlike many other restaurants participating in Miami Spice. The meat was cooked to a perfectly medium-rare and seriously melted in your mouth. It was served with a few fingerling potatoes and some green beans, so for an extra $11 we added their famous Corn Crème Brûlée. I can understand why this is one of their most popular dishes, what with the crunchy, sugary topping and creamy corn filling.

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Burnt Marshmallow Scoop

My hubby regretfully admitted he had Order Envy after having a bite of my steak, but he did enjoy the QM Red Label Burger, complete with Pleasant Ridge Reserve cheese and truffles. While the patty could have been a bit plumper for his liking, the overall flavors were on point.

To round out the meal, dessert consisted of “Dressed-up Scoops” of ice cream. The flavoring of the ice cream in my Burnt Marshmallow was definitely on the subtle side, but I couldn’t get enough of the mixture of graham crackers and chocolate fudge. Then there was The King, an insanely delicious hodge-podge of peanut butter-banana sorbet, caramel bananas, candied peanuts, cinnamon toast and brown sugar bacon. It was out of this world — and the perfect ending to an overall satisfying meal.

Miami Spice lasts until September 30 — for more info and to view menus you can go here.