Charcoal Garden Bar + Grill
82 NW 29th St., Miami, 786-646-2998, CharcoalMiami.com
The Wynwood Yard has welcomed its first full-service restaurant, built from shipping containers, to round out 10 food vendors.
“We use the term ‘analog’ as a way to define a back-to-basic approach to cooking simple but elegant food,” owner Ken Lyon says. “The menu also goes hand in hand with our use of shipping containers, as both apply the same sensitivity to simplicity and sustainability.”
The cuisine centers on the charcoal Josper grill/oven, with signatures such as pate terrine or pork rillettes ($12); smoked Florida fish spread ($14); Egyptian kosheri with rice, lentils, vermicelli and caramelized onions ($14); grilled octopus ($24); and grilled whole branzino ($28). Hormone- and antibiotic-free chicken from Ocala is served as a crispy, semi-boneless, French-cut breast ($22) or as a butterflied, Tuscan-style half bird for two ($25). Grilled meats and seafood offer a choice of 18 global sauces.
A courtyard is surrounded by the containers, including a dining room with photos of 19th century mills in Massachusetts. A covered porch and a red, three-sided bar feature white, traditional Cuban tile.
Charcoal Oaxacan with mescal, charcoal agave and burnt orange zest ($16) is a cocktail standout.
Dinner is served nightly, except Mondays. Sunday jazz brunches may kick off in May.
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