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MIAMI LIVING 155 FOOD fish. There also is an arrangement of Fuku Buns including shrimp tempura, pork belly and pastrami and sauerkraut. Dim Sum bites are available at $6 for three pieces. The restaurant's name itself lends to the team's philosophy on hospitality. As the story goes, Tanuki is a magical shape-shifting raccoon-fox with an interest in encouraging generosity and cheerfulness among its beloved guests. Boasting supernatural powers, he has reformed from his mischievous tendencies into a benevolent rascal that represents good luck, prosperity, and success. Tanuki figures are found throughout Japan, especially in and around restaurants where they beckon drinkers and diners to enter and enjoy life through food and beverage. In Miami Beach, the restaurant proudly displays a prominent sculpture in its center. The sculpture features a big belly, signifying bold and calm decision-making; a big tail, symbolizing steadiness and strength; big eyes, indicating the capability to judge the environment and make good decisions; a structured hat, representing readiness and protection against the bad weather/bad times; and a friendly smile, offering a welcoming attitude toward customers. The surrounding interior d├ęcor featuring bright colors and murals by renowned graffiti artist, Andrew Antonaccio, reflects the fun and charismatic attitude of its muse. ML Tanuki is located at 1080 Alton Road, Miami Beach, FL 33139, is open daily for happy hour, dinner, and late-night from 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm, and for lunch on Friday-Sunday from 12:00 pm. The restaurant also offers delivery via an online ordering system or by telephone. For more information, visit: www.tanukimiami.com or call 305-615-1055. Follow Tanuki on Instagram at @tanukimiami and Facebook at /TanukiMiamiBeach.

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