While colorful leaves might not drop from South Florida palms, the fall season still drops a long-awaited slew of tastes and flavors that bring forth the autumn spirit no matter the climate. A must-try handful of Florida restaurants are bringing only the trendiest dishes this season, highlighting classic fall ingredients. Read on for some of Florida’s favorite fall-flavored drinks and bites below.




Savory Seasonal Cuisine at Villa Azur in Miami Beach

Villa Azur is Miami Beach’s favorite French supper club known for dazzling dishes and nighttime entertainment, and this fall, the restaurant is serving up seasonally-inspired menu items no autumn connoisseur will want to miss out on. Nutty flavors are flush in the savory Baked Bucheron Cheese ($24), a buttery goat cheese delicacy filled with butternut and hazelnut honey and served with filone toast. Fruit-fiends can find their apple fill with the Apple Crab Louie ($27), made with mint, citrus, avocado mash, lemon emulsion, apple batonettes and served with a fennel salad. Address: 309 23rd St, Miami Beach, FL 33139


Leafy Flavors at Negroni Bistro & Sushi Bar

Centered in the heart of Midtown Miami, Negroni Bistro & Sushi Bar brings to the table diverse international comfort food steeped in Latin American roots, with everything from a Nikkei sushi bar to burgers, sandwiches and more. Those searching for healthier fall fare that doesn’t compromise flavors can dish out on this year’s new Fiorentina ($19), an artfully arranged salad of mixed greens, burrata cheese, quinoa, beets, almonds and sweet potatoes, drizzled with balsamic vinaigrette. The crunchy textures blended with the tastes of fall make a delectable combination to ring in the season. Address: 3201 Buena Vista Blvd, Miami, FL 33127


Farm Fresh at True Food Kitchen

No one knows seasonal specials better than True Food Kitchen. The simple yet nutrient-dense menu alters its diverse offerings each changing of the seasons, and this fall, the health food hub is serving up a brand new selection from wholesome dishes to refreshing cocktails. Starting Sept. 7, patrons can try some delicious fall classics including the Roasted Acorn Squash Flatbread, delicious mix of truffle honey, lemon almond ricotta, pistachio, calabrian chili, arugula and garlic purée; the Fall Pesto Pasta, made with seared mushroom, roasted acorn squash, marinated pepper, parmesan and cilantro pumpkin seed pesto; or the Tee Time cocktail, with tomatin dualchas whisky, barrow’s intense ginger, chamomile and lemon. Address: 8888 SW 136th St Ste 340A, Miami, FL 33176


Fall for Fresh Tropical Flavors at Mamey

Located in the heart of Coral Gables at THesis Hotel is Mamey, by James Beard Nominee and Food & Wine’s Best New Chef of 2020, Chef Niven Patel. This fall season Chef Patel is curating dishes based on harvested ingredients from his two acre farm, Rancho Patel, for new flavorful seasonal selections that foodies can rave about. As Chef Niven plans for this next season guests can keep an eye out for new seasonal menu items that will include freshly harvested fall produce such as a fresh fall salad with  honey crisp apples, crunchy carrots, dishes with sweet pumpkin and more. Address: 1350 S. Dixie Highway, Coral Gables, FL 33146


Seasonal Harvests and New American Cuisine at Orno this Fall

Named by the Miami New Times as Miami’s Best New Restaurant, Orno by Chef Niven Patel is welcoming the autumn season with fall flavor-filled dishes with fresh produce harvested from Chef Patel’s farm, Rancho Patel. Guests can look forward to a creamy risotto or pasta with squash and different herbs that reflect the fall season. A major highlight this fall with be cranberry tartare with Grand Mariner. Chef Niven will also be creating wood-fired dishes with harvested carrots, beans and root vegetables.  Address: 1350 S Dixie Hwy, Coral Gables, FL 33146


Unique Umami Fashion at Kosushi this Fall

In Miami Beach’s trendy South of Fifth neighborhood, Kosushi Miami brings a refreshing twist on Japanese classics by combining new flavors with modern techniques. Such is true with a unique take on the Old Fashioned cocktail. For all the brown sugar lovers, Kosushi presents the Umami Fashion ($18), mixed with mushroom-infused Japanese whiskey, umami bitters and simple brown sugar. The slightly sweetened blend displays a hint of fall flavors, making it a festive choice to pair alongside any of Kosushi’s signature tastings created by 5x Michelin Star Award-Winning Chef George Koshoji. Address: 801 S Pointe Drive, Miami Beach, FL, 33139


Jungle Brunch at Chotto Matte

Kicking off this October, global Japanese and Peruvian restaurant Chotto Matte is presenting its long-awaited Jungle Brunch. Delve into the depths of the rainforest every Sunday with exotic cocktails, champagne and never before seen brunch exclusives, such as the Bao Asado De Tira and Sweet Potato Jungle Curry. Further key dishes include Spicy Chicken Karaage, Lychee Ceviche and Sato Maki. Beyond the main menu flush with varying cuts of meats, a vegetarian option just as delicious is available to meet any palette. While dining, let the sound of Chotto take you away with its resident DJ and a live drummer providing the perfect soundtrack to see out the weekend in style. Address: 1666 Lenox Ave. #1664, Miami Beach, FL 33139


It’s CORN at Sweetgreen Sunset Harbour

Corn is in the spotlight and Sweetgreen Sunset Harbour intends to keep it that way with their corn-tastic fall menu of a-maize-ing dishes featuring this golden grain. In September, corn enthusiasts can indulge in Sweetgreen’s famous Elote Bowl, made with roasted corn, peppers, heirloom tomatoes, goat cheese, spicy sunflower seeds and more. This special offering is available at Sweetgreen Sunset Harbour or online…and we can’t imagine a more beautiful thing!  Address:1929 Purdy Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139


Fort Lauderdale


Celebrate the Festivities with Furry Friends at Quarterdeck

With five locations, Quarterdeck is Fort Lauderdale’s friendly seafood bar and neighborhood grille, offering guests a casual dining experience with comfort dishes ideal for all friends and family (and dogs, too!). With the arrival of autumn, guests can delight in the brunch Chicken and Waffles ($12) served with a belgian waffle, honey butter, crispy fried chicken, maple syrup and candied roasted pecan. For any furry friends, Quarterdeck also offers a special doggie menu – just a your server at arrival!  Multiple locations: Fort Lauderdale | Fort Lauderdale Beach | Davie | Dania Beach | Sawgrass


Sip on Apple Spice this Fall with Casa Sensei’s Whiskey Orchard Spice

Casa Sensei creates the best of both worlds by combining Pan-Asians staples with the flavors of Latin American cuisine, as well as when blending whiskey with the flavors of fall. This autumn, Casa Sensei is serving up the Whiskey Orchard Spice ($14), a flavorful mix of whiskey with simple syrup, citrus, lemon zest, apple and cinnamon garish. The sweet and spice from this fall cocktail create a comforting feeling of warmth that’s sure to bring the fall spirit. Address: 1200 E Las Olas Blvd STE 101, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301



Florida’s West Coast 


Apples to Apples mixed by Hotel Effie Sandestin

As the weather finally cools down, Hotel Effie Sandestin is celebrating with their Apples to Apples cocktail. Created by mixologist Kellie Thorn, who has been in the hospitality industry for over twenty years and bartending for nearly nineteen of those years, this craft drink is made with Apple Brandy, Apple Cider Honey Syrup, Angostura Bitters, Cardamom Bitters, Lemon Juice, Angostura Bitters, Cardamom Bitter and garnished with a cinnamon stick and lemon wheel. Address: 1 Grand Sandestin Blvd, Miramar Beach, FL 32550


Salty Cider Served at Marina Bar & Grill at Sandestin

Created in honor of the emerald green salt waters and salty Sandestin air, Marina Bar and Grill’s “Salty Cider” is perfect for those craving fall flavors in warm weather. Made with a base of Fireball cider and ice, topped off with whipped cream, a cinnamon stick, and garnished with salted caramel and an apple slice, this specialty drink provides all the comforts of the season. Address: 9300 Emerald Coast Pkwy, Miramar Beach, FL 32550