3 Local Favorites to Try This Month

Elevated menu offerings at The Alley, Casa Sensei, and The Palm


Perched in the breezeway of 14th Place between Ocean Drive and Collins Avenue is The Alley, a pedestrian walkway that is home to a pizzeria and Ventanita. A versatile environment, The Alley Pizzeria welcomes all guests, whether stepping away from the beach in their bathing suit or looking for an easygoing, fun dinner environment prior to a night on the town. The menu showcases a range of traditional Italian fare, including antipasti such as the Veal & Mortadella Meatballs, charcuterie boards, a variety of salads including the Tuscan Kale, the Burrata, and the Salad “Arthur Ave,” and nine distinct pizzas ranging from traditional options such as San Marzano and Pepperoni to Chef Laurent Tourondel’s own creations including Funghi & Tartufo (mushrooms, truffle and fontina), The “Boucher” (smoked prosciutto and mozzarella) and the Charred Kale. A weekend brunch menu features an Everything Bagel Pizza, Panettone French Toast, Eggs All’Amatriciana and more. The perfect place for a grab-and-go snack, The Alley Ventanita is a walk-up window located underneath the hotel’s distinct poetry rail. Guests can opt for a cup or cone of fresh, homemade gelato to cool down on a hot, Miami day or indulge in a variety of made-to-order sweet crepes accompanied by a delicious cup of Nitro coffee. Here in The Alley, there really is something mouthwatering for everyone.

1443 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305.760.6903; thebetsyhotel.com


East meets South at Casa Sensei, a culturally immersive restaurant that combines Pan-Asian flavors with the dynamic culinary traditions of Latin America, in the heart of downtown Fort Lauderdale. The eatery offers guests an unforgettable dining experience thanks to an innovative menu and creative presentation with waterfront dining overlooking the Himmarshee Canal. Casa Sensei is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner, but now they’ve recently launched a new brunch menu, with highlights such as Lobster Eggs Benedict, a grilled lobster tail served on English muffin and topped with poached eggs and Hollandaise, and Togarashi Fried Chicken and Waffles, combining crispy fried chicken with homemade waffles topped with Sriracha maple syrup and served with a side of fresh fruit. Carnivores will love the Wagyu Steak and Eggs, a 6-oz. Wagyu sirloin served with two eggs however you like ‘em and fingerling potatoes, or Chorizo Biscuits and Gravy featuring homemade Casa biscuits stuffed with chorizo and topped with Shiitake mushroom gravy. But those with a sweet tooth needn’t worry; they’ve got you covered and then some, with Guava Cream Cheese-Stuffed French Toast, prepared with thick-cut Challah bread, guava jelly, cream cheese and maple syrup. Brunch hours are Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.

1200 E Las Olas Blvd., #101, Fort Lauderdale, 954.530.4176; casasensei.com


The Palm is welcoming the season with the debut of its new Fall Specialties menu, the return of “hidden menu” items, and the nationwide roll-out of a significantly redefined cocktail program. Available at all 21 locations, the Fall Specialties menu features autumn-inspired dishes including Pumpkin Crème Brûlée, Braised Beef Short Rib with black truffle butter, and Apple Cider-Glazed Atlantic Salmon Fillet served alongside roasted butternut squash, cranberries and feta. Served à la carte, guests can pair these limited-time options with their tried-and-true Palm favorites or enjoy the fall menu items start to finish. And, in a nod to its rich history, the restaurant is bringing back several favorite hidden menu items conceived by guests and family members over the course of close to one hundred storied years, including Prime New York Steak À La Stone, an 18-oz. New York Strip brushed with olive oil and broiled to preference then plated with onions, roasted peppers and melted parsley butter, and Jumbo Shrimp Bruno—named after a Los Angeles waiter—which consists of three jumbo shrimp sautéed in The Palm’s popular Bruno sauce, a blend of garlic, lemon juice, white wine and mustard. Capturing the spirit, culture and energy of The Palm, the reinvigorated cocktail program features thoughtfully crafted recipes that offer a fresh and modern twist on classic cocktails, inspired by the enterprise’s Italian roots.

9650 E. Bay Harbor Drive, Bay Harbor Islands, 305.868.7256; thepalm.com

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