Martini and paella lovers, you don’t have to drive north of Homestead. Chef Enrique Paniagua is the man who is making a name for the City Hall Bistro and Martini Bar in the historic Hotel Redland. “This is a wonderful building and good things are happening in Homestead. We are going to be a part of that.”
Paniagua, originally from the Boston culinary scene, has traveled around the country, to Asia, Europe, South and Central America, and has been with other local restaurants for the last three years. During his thirty-eight-year career, he has worked in places such as Exchange St. Bistro, Harvest Restaurant, Legal Seafood and Walden Grill.
“We are now open seven days a week, our catering menu is ready, and we have the private room for small groups as well as the full bar, the dining room, the Cigar Lounge on the patio, and more patio seating on the side.”
The description of his vision is a, “Creative American Bistro with an International Twist.”
There is a tapas menu with offerings that range from items such as calamari, bruschetta, and chicken wings. Salads using as much local produce as possible and homemade dressings are alongside innovative chicken dishes, steaks, seafood, and pasta. His impressive “Dinner for Two” options include Valencian Seafood Paella and if you still have room, your sweet tooth will be easily satisfied. If you order the bread pudding — you should probably plan to share it.
The City Hall Bistro and Martini Bar is at 5 South Flagler, on the corner of Flagler Ave and East Mowry Street in Homestead. (It is indeed near Homestead City Hall.)
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