Halves and Wholes is not your average sandwich shop. From the preparation to the presentation, this new spot steps it up.
The sandwich shop in Miami Beach recently opened its doors to the public across the street from its sister store, Bodega Taqueria y Tequila, both under the Menin Hospitality group.
Unlike most sandwich shops, Halves and Wholes doesn't use deli meat. Full rotisserie chicken and large slabs of steaks are marinated and cooked on a vertical rotisserie before they're carefully cut into thick slices as each order's placed. All of the breads are freshly baked from Delray Beach's Old School Bakery and delivered daily.
"Most of the sandwich places you find in South Florida don't encompass some of the great sandwiches from the U.S. or the world," says the managing principal of Menin Hospitality Jared Galbut.
For that reason, all of their "12 Best" signature sandwiches put a unique spin on classic handhelds, like the po' boy crab ($12/$21), eggplant croqueta ($8/$14) or the One Minute Past Media Noche ($8/$14).
The sandwiches are well-portioned and filling. A whole sandwich could feed two easily.
Galbut says his personal favorites are the Pan con Italian Beef ($9/$16), Calle Ocho banh mi ($9,/$16), and the Cheesesteak ($9/$16).
In addition to the "12 Best," there are two more special sandwiches which rotate each day.
"As we were thinking about the menu," Galbut says, "we said 'Hey, why don't we do kind of like a greatest hits from sandwiches around the U.S. but put our little spin on it and make it special to Miami?'"
He says they've chosen sandwiches from "every culinary hub around the U.S.," like Chicago or Philadelphia.
Guests can opt to make custom sandwiches, electing from proteins like Miami Smokers' bacon, braised short rib, chicken tenders, or applewood-smoked country ham. Halves and Wholes makes its own dressings, like guava mustard and garlic Parmesan, in-house.
While sandwiches are the specialty here, Halves and Wholes also makes salads like quinoa supergreens ($6/$10) and classic cobb ($6/$10), as well as sides such as kimchi ($3/$5), chicharrónes ($3) or sweet potato salad ($3/$5). Soup is always on special as well, and rotates daily. Plus, let's not forget dessert offerings, including homemade ice cream sandwiches ($4), cookies ($2) or brownies ($3).
The rustic-meets-indutrial-chic shop satisfies everyone from socialites to Miami's basics, serving food from 11 a.m. to 5 a.m. Halves and Wholes also offers delivery, take out and catering.
Halves and Wholes is at 1600 Alton Road, in Miami Beach. The restaurant is open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 a.m. Call 305-704-3600 or go to HalvesWholes.com.