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This is a fantastic video of CRAVE Sushi Chef, Tuan Tran at our Orlando CRAVE Restaurant. He takes a little time to explain some of the details behind being a Sushi Chef. Check it out!

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– T.J.

On Friday January 13th, CRAVE Restaurant in Coral Gables, Florida had the privilege of catering the Femfessional Networker Event in Coral Gables.

Femfessionals was founded in Miami so of course we think of FemCity Miami as home. FemCity Miami, and the women in our community, sculpted Femfessionals into a national movement. It’s Founding Members provided unconditional support and passion for our vision and we will be forever grateful to those original Fems.

The event was sponsored by Equinox Gym in Coral Gables. The lovely ladies spent the morning at the gym working out in a customized group fitness class organized exclusively just for Femfessionals so by the time they were done with class our fems were very much ready to enjoy some of CRAVE’s healthy and delicious menu delights!

The menu for the day was a delicious and decadent assortment of sushi creations from our one and only Chef Rob, Thai Chicken Nuggets lightly drizzled in a luscious Thai chili sauce (the lovely ladies could not get enough of) Also, to complement our delightful menu for the event we served a beautiful Mediterranean plate with Pita Bread, hummus, olives, and roasted garlic.

Helping our guests plan their special events is one of the things I enjoy the most about my job! I’ll be more than happy to help you organize your event at our beautiful restaurant or offsite! We can cater intimate gatherings as well as larger social or corporate events at your home, office or special venue. Feel free to call me at  305-772-5761 or Email Me to discuss your future private events!

– Paula

I signed up for a contest on Facebook, for a free dinner for 2 and 2 tickets to a NYE party at Aria at the Juene Lune.
I won- WOOHOO!!!


My husband, Steve and I decided to get a sitter for the evening and rent a hotel room, downtown Minneapolis so we could really celebrate.  The night began a little on the hectic side.  To start, we were late leaving our house (as a 9 month old will easily keep you) then we got lost in Minneapolis, trying to find our hotel.

After finding it and checking in quickly, we ran about 4 blocks to get on the tram and just missed it, we literally watched it drive away!  After waiting 20 minutes, for the next train, we were  finally on our way to CRAVE at the MOA.
We are at the mall, yay!  But, we’re on the complete opposite side as CRAVE, booo!  We start running through the mall (me in 4in heels and a dress) and FINALLY get there at 7:45pm (mind you our reservations were for 7pm).  I kindly ask the hostess if we are still able to get in for dinner (in my head I’m begging her) and she says absolutely, and happily, immediately seats us, with not even a little grumpiness.  As a matter of fact, every single person working at CRAVE, that we met on NYE seemed to be in a great mood.  Everyone had a smile on their face and were joking around with each other.  You don’t see that a lot, it certainly made us in a better mood as I’m sure it did others.
Melinda, immediately comes over and takes our drink order, a St. Germaine Martini for me and a glass of Hess Cabernet for Steve.  As she’s getting our drinks someone must have told her the situation and that dinner was on CRAVE.  She comes back and says we are going “all out” tonight and insists we start off with a bottle of champagne. Hey, it is New Years Eve, right?  I don’t know what kind of champagne to get so Melinda chose the Gloria Ferrier Rose champagne for us and it was PERFECT!!  BTW- Melinda, is the best waitress I have ever had the pleasure of meeting!  So outgoing and a genuinely fun person to be around, she made our night a perfect 10  🙂


We ate what seemed like a ton of food.  To start we had the Sumo roll (my fav) and the Tuna poke.  Then we each had a cup of the seafood bisque.  For dinner, Steve, had the lobster crusted filet mignon and I had the sea bass with risotto.  Oh, we also had a bottle of the Hess Cab, with dinner but didn’t get very far through that bottle.  Not because it was bad, it was really good but because we were both a little buzzed after the bottle of champagne, not a bad thing either!  For dessert, we had a huge piece of chocolate cake and Shong, the sushi chef brought us some more sushi.  I’m not sure what it was but it looked and tasted magnificent!  We also each had a shot of espresso, to keep the night going, we had awhile before midnight!


After CRAVE, we got back on the tram, to take us back to downtown Minneapolis.  We met a couple a friends and headed over to Aria at the Jeune Lune.  It was crazy busy there!!  The food was also catered by CRAVE and looked delicious but we were too full to try any of it.
We danced, we drank, we kissed at midnight…. and we ordered pizza at 3am.  It was a great night and it’s all thanks to CRAVE, T.J., Melinda, Shong and everyone else at CRAVE, that night!  CRAVE at MOA ROCKS!!!


This was not the first time we have eaten at CRAVE, nor will it be the last time (especially since we bought gift certificates. Hope we helped Mike’s team a little).  We have not had one bad experience or one bad meal.  Everything has always been DELICIOUS!!!


Thank you, thank you, thank you, so much for such a memorable evening!
Tina Poser (Guest Blogger)

I had never heard of Crave and much less that it had opened in Merrick Park two weeks ago. Luckily for me, my boyfriend had mentioned it when I was trying to think of places to go to dinner with my friends. After some research into the menu I realized this was a small national chain with a diversified menu similar to Cheesecake Factory (minus the cheesecake). The menu offers a lot of continental/new American dishes as well as a decked out sushi bar and wine list. One of my friends had visited one of their Minnesota locations and raved about it, so we decided to give it a shot. Once at the restaurant you realize how enormous it is. The outside dining area is bigger than most locally owned restaurants, venture inside and you are slapped in the face with a gargantuan space that screams, “Viva las Vegas!” The décor reminded me a lot of the Bellagio, with Chihuly-esque glass structures hanging from the ceilings and walls.

While we waited for my friends, we tried a couple of appetizers and drinks. I kept it simple and ordered their edamame. The edamame is tossed in a sriracha soy glaze that gives it a nice kick and by the time I was done, my lips were burning and tingling. The edamame was perfectly cooked and very well seasoned; luckily for me, my date was too busy with his food so I didn’t have to share.







My date had two appetizers; he started off with their Sunomono Salad (a fancy way of saying cucumber salad). The salad is really light and refreshing with cucumbers, daikon and carrots tossed in sweet rice vinegar. The presentation was also very simple and colorful with the bright greens, orange and yellow hues popping against the contrast of the white dish. The rice vinegar tasted great and was a good compliment to the thinly shredded daikon and cucumber.









Up next, my date had their Grilled Ceviche. I know what you’re thinking, “Grilled Ceviche, isn’t that a total oxymoron?” and you’re absolutely right. That’s actually what intrigued us about the dish. The menu has a simple description for this dish that states, “Shrimp, scallop, kimchee, mango and cilantro.” What we got was a bowl filled with shrimp, scallops, chopped mango and minced cilantro with 3 orange segments and 3 slices of avocado. As you can see in the photo, the avocado had some slight brown spots, but nothing that was too unbearable. As some of you may know by now, I’m allergic to shrimp, so I couldn’t try this dish and have to rely solely on what my date’s thoughts on the dish were for this post. He said that the freshness of the ingredients wasn’t top notch, but none the less it was a good dish with a great combination of fruits and savory flavors. Whether the name GRILLED Ceviche is 100%befitting is still to be determined, but it was a flavorful dish none the less. I will comment, I’ve noticed that my date’s consumption of shrimp has skyrocketed exponentially since it’s become clear that I’m allergic… coincidence? I think not.







When my friends joined us, we dove straight into our entrees and everyone ordered completely different types of cuisines. The menu is all over the place, like Britney Spears when she hasn’t had her daily Lithium dose. My friend Manny went with their sushi, his wife and my date both had pasta and I had a pizza. I’ll start off my talking about my friend’s sushi. He got two different rolls, their Sumo Roll and Crunchy Spicy Tuna Roll. The sumo roll is a tempura roll with a combination of spicy salmon, mango, cilantro and asparagus with a drizzle of sweet eel sauce over the top. The Crunchy Spicy Tuna roll comes with Spicy tuna, shrimp tempura, cream cheese, avocado, cucumber, seaweed salad, crunchy flakes, and sweet sauce. My friend was a concentrated sushi eating machine. He did at one point mention that the sushi did taste good and the fish was fresh. The fact that he inhaled his food and didn’t look up much during dinner was a positive sign.







My date had their Shrimp and Andouille sausage pasta (another shrimp dish, I smell a conspiracy!). The dish comes with linguini, sautéed shrimp, andouille sausage, spinach, broccolini, tomato and fresh parmesan all tossed in a slightly spicy vodka cream. I was unable to taste this dish, but the vegetables were all brightly colored and my date did mention the dish had a nice kick to it that went well with the sausage and shrimp.







My friend Jen is easily one of the pickiest eaters in America. I know as she reads this she is probably saying out loud, “I AM NOT!” I still love you Jen, but you are picky…don’t be mad at me! Although she was debating over two different dishes, at the last minute she decided to have their Roasted Chicken and Penne pasta. The pasta comes with roasted red peppers, kalamata olives, goat cheese, pine nuts, minced basil tossed in a romesco sauce. She enjoyed the red peppers and the fact that they were still al dente and firm. The Chicken tasted fresh and the pasta was also cooked al dente. The romesco sauce gave it all a great, slightly spicy flavor that tied together all the ingredients nicely. You can imagine our amazement when she left all but 5 pieces of pasta behind. If the picky eater of the bunch ate her whole plate, you know it can’t be bad.







I ended up having their Grape and Apple flatbread pizza. I was in a vegetarian friendly mood that night and this dish seemed relatively healthy. I really enjoyed this dish, the crust was really thin, and almost cracker like around the edges (I realize some people don’t like this kind of crust, but given the toppings it worked well for me). The pizza came topped with a ton of blue cheese crumbles, thinly julienned red apples, halved seedless purple grapes and drizzled with honey and minced parsley. The menu mentioned that the pizza comes with rosemary, but my pizza had no rosemary in it whatsoever. None the less, this giant flatbread was really tasty and the red apples and grapes went well with the blue cheese. And don’t let this dish fool you, it is actually very filling yet it doesn’t leave you asking the waiter for a wheelbarrow and stretchy pants.







My friends decided to try a couple of their ‘Crave Miniatures’ also known as dessert shots. My friends went with their Tiramisu and Salty Caramel Mousse shots. The Tiramisu was delicately layered almost like a miniature trifle and topped with a generous dusting of cocoa and a chocolate decoration to give it some extra pizzazz. My friend Jen inhaled her shot and was kind enough to grace her husband with one tiny spoonful before devouring it. Her husband ate the bulk of the Salty Caramel mousse shot that looked airy and light as a mousse should. The presentation of this shot was less decadent and fancy but it looked delicious. I was too stuffed to try either one of the desserts, but both of my friends assured me they were very good.









All in all, our meal and experience was a favorable one. Our waitress was jovial, helpful and eager to assist us with suggestions. The food was good and the restaurant was definitely busy for a Thursday night. If you’re looking for a large place to host a party or a restaurant that is a notch above the Cheesecake factory, then give this place a try. The menu does spread itself rather thin with so many various options and cuisines. As with several chain restaurants that have so many options, it doesn’t particularly excel or wow, but they execute their dishes well in an above average manner. This is their second outpost in Florida, with their first located in Orlando, and I expect more locations to pop up in South Florida.

– FatGirl Hedonist (Guest Blogger at CRAVE)





On Friday, December 16th CRAVE opened its newest location in Coral Gables, Florida. It was exciting to finally open the doors to the public and begin letting them get their first taste of the next generation of fresh, vibrant, American food.

It’s been very busy from the get-go and even though this location has only been open a few short days, we’re already in high gear getting some of our lesser known services in action. These services include:

This blog post features a few pictures from events we just catered since opening our doors 6 days ago. Some of the menu items served included Mexican sushi, chicken satay, and hummus.

We’re an experienced, high quality company ready to bring our Catering Services to your Corporate Event, Gala, Dinner Party, Meeting, Wedding, Holiday Celebration, or Social Gathering.





















If you’re in the Coral Gables/Miami area and have any Private Dining, Delivery, or Catering needs feel free to contact Paula to see how we can help.

– T.J.

In case any of you missed it, one of the CRAVE chefs went on Fox 9 to cook up some great items off our menu. Click the ‘read more’ to watch and see which chef it was and which location he works at.

We’re very proud of our chefs and it’s great to see them highlight what we do best here at CRAVE, which is take care of you!

– T.J.


MINNEAPOLIS (Nov. 28, 2011) — CRAVE, recently named a Hot Concepts! award winner by Nation’s Restaurant News, is opening a new location in the Village of Merrick Park in Coral Gables, Fla., on Dec.11. This will be the seventh location nationwide for the rapidly growing restaurant concept and its second Florida location.

“CRAVE’s vibrant atmosphere and innovative menu are a natural fit for the Village of Merrick Park in the Gables,” said Kam Talebi, owner and CEO of CRAVE. “The stylish culture and people along with the exciting atmosphere of the development are a great match for CRAVE and we look forward to providing our guests with a memorable dining experience.”

CRAVE brings its fresh and innovative cuisine to the Coral Gables market, along with an impeccable wine selection brought to life in a chic, yet casual atmosphere. CRAVE delivers an extensive menu at a value-driven price point, with items ranging from a full sushi bar and Certified Angus Beef steaks to fresh seafood, pastas, salads and fire-baked pizzas that are continually re-mastered using the freshest seasonal ingredients.

The 9,000-plus square-foot restaurant offers private and semi-private dining rooms, and a large adjacent outdoor patio that includes a full bar, outdoor dining and a lounge area, all of which are available for private parties, corporate meetings and other affairs; the restaurant is also available for buy outs.

CRAVE will offer an early and a late happy hour: Sunday – Friday from 3 – 6 p.m. and Sunday –Wednesday from 10 p.m. – 12 a.m. On Friday and Saturday, patrons can enjoy music and entertainment from 9:30 p.m. to close.

In 2007, the Minneapolis-based restaurant chain opened its first location in Minnesota. Now with four locations in the state, CRAVE includes a location in Mall of America and a downtown restaurant that features one of Minneapolis’ largest rooftop patios. Over the past four years, CRAVE has grown to seven locations nationwide, including restaurants in Omaha, Neb., and Orlando, Fla., which both opened in 2010. CRAVE has seen tremendous success in these markets and hopes to replicate it in Coral Gables.

CRAVE fulfills the vision of a vibrant restaurant where the cuisine, service, atmosphere, energy and value are second to none. CRAVE offers fresh and innovative cuisine along with an impeccable wine selection brought to life in a chic yet casual atmosphere. A grand sushi bar extends the dining experience, appealing to both traditional sushi lovers and adventurous epicureans. CRAVE has four Minnesota locations, with additional locations in Coral Gables and Orlando, Fla., and Omaha, Neb. At each location, patrons enjoy a familiar yet unforgettable dining experience. For more information, visit www.CRAVEamerica.com.

Happy Holidays!

To kick off this holiday season the CRAVE, Sopranos, and Urban Eatery restaurants are all teaming up to offer everyone a spectacular deal! We’re excited to announce that for every $100 in Gift Cards that you buy from any one of our restaurants you receive an additional $60 in FREE bonus Gift Cards. This is being offered from November 1st through December 31st, 2011. You can order these online or onsite in any of the participating restaurants. The exact details of the Gift Card program can be found by clicking HERE. It’s the holiday season…the perfect time to come in and use this extra $60 to treat yourself to an amazing Godzilla Roll, or an extraordinary specialty drink like the Pomegranate Martini. Either way you cut it you can’t lose. You get an extra $60 to spend on the most delicious food and drink in the Twin Cities. Remember, this FREE Gift Card offer is only available until December 31st, 2011. So order ONLINE now or stop by one of these locations. Click here to learn more about Sopranos Kitchen and Urban Eatery. If you have any question regarding the promotion please feel free to contact us at giftcard@craveamerica.com. – T.J.