Eater Nashville

6 Essential Brunch Spots in Franklin (and 2 in Thompson’s Station)

If conventional wisdom is to be believed, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But there’s a serious argument to be made about the utter necessity of an early afternoon meal that brings together the best of both breakfast and lunch. Yep, it’s none other than brunch—and here are eight spots just south of Nashville that are doing it right. Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.
Flaviar

Frérot—Cognac XO by Flaviar

Frérot is the people’s Cognac, co-created by hundreds of Flaviar members whose voices guided us through a crowdtasting. It is a sublime and wonderfully complex Spirit blended from several batches of very old Eaux-de-vie originating from all 6 Cognac regions (Crus): an "Assemblage de Crus.” Produced in small batch by 6th generation Cognac makers, Frérot’s Eaux-de-vie were carefully put to rest in French oak barrels and in cold humid cellars for a minimum of 20 and up to 35 years.
Miami.com

Don't get Food Hall FOMO. Here are the Miami food halls that are open and what's still to come.

The question is: have we jumped the shark? With over half of them still in the works, it’s still too early to call. But with the opening of La Centrale on Feb. 16, we thought a rundown of what’s open—and on the horizon—might help you wade through these spoils of artisan food stalls. But first: what exactly is a food hall? Isn’t it basically what we’ve been a calling a food court at our local mall for decades? Turns out the answer is a hard “no.”
Time Out Miami

12 kid-friendly restaurants in Miami that your family will love

It’s Saturday night and your sitter bailed. Don’t fret: While your plans to hit up a South Beach club are effectively canceled, you can still find lots of things to do with kids in Miami that won’t make your weekend feel like a wash. In fact, there are probably more kid-friendly restaurants in Miami than you even knew existed. With more family-friendly dining than ever before, you can opt to get gussied up for a night of grilled seafood or go for a low-key lunch of foosball and burgers.
Miami.com

Here are the best wine bars in Miami. Related: it’s 5 o’ clock somewhere.

Before the craft beer and cocktail scene took over Miami, there were wine bars. Yes. Hard to imagine a time when bespoke drinks and handcrafted hops weren’t crawling all over your social media feed. But once upon a fickle time, wine ruled the 305. While many of these bastions of vino have long since gone to that vineyard in the sky, you can still find a few around the city. There are also a handful of new wine-preneurs interested in testing Miami’s palate.
Flaviar

Don’t Call Them Distillers... Yet. Meet Bender’s Whiskey.

"You know, Carl and I are very different in terms of our style sometimes, and so when we communicate, he loves to get things in emails and I'll just blow up his phone." That’s Christopher Cohen, co-founder of Bender’s Whiskey. And despite an obvious difference in communication styles, he and Carl Bender see eye-to-eye on what matters most: how to blend an epic tasting Whiskey. That’s the premise behind Bender’s.
Observer

New York’s Employees Only Lands in Miami with Psychics and Tableside Tartar

On a relatively unassuming Tuesday night in South Beach, the newly unveiled Washington Park Hotel hums with life. Its sprawling outdoor courtyard—which connects five Art Deco buildings built in 1943—fills the air with gurgling fountains, clinking glasses, and the occasional snippet of conversation. One building stands apart from the rest: the historic Coral House, where Employees Only Miami now permanently hangs its hat.
Flaviar Times

What makes Chicago’s Koval Distillery so damn special?

Riddle us this: what do Fleetwood Mac and Bourbon have in common? Well, if you’re Chicago-based distiller KOVAL, it’s a kinship with “Go Your Own Way.” Because that’s exactly what Sonat and Robert Birnecker did when they opened Koval Distillery in 2008. These guys ventured to open the first distillery in Chicago since the mid-1800s, leaving their academic careers behind to take on the wild and uncharted territory of making liquor in the Midwest.
Observer

The Raw Deal: Chef Matthew Kenney on Going Vegan and the Future of Food

The first thing you’ll note about Matthew Kenney is the glow. It’s unmistakable—even from across a busy room. It’s the kind of glow that begs the statement, “I’ll have whatever he’s having.” And if one thing becomes abundantly clear, it’s this: You definitely want whatever Matthew Kenney is having. At 51 years old, the celebrity vegan chef has quite a bit on his proverbial plate.
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