A retired captain of Miami-Dade Fire Rescue has debuted a Southern-style restaurant in the former Runaro’s in downtown Hollywood.
“My mother was born in Harlem, but her mother was born in Jacksonville, and her father was born in Georgia,” Natosha Gonzales says. “They brought their Southern roots and style of cooking to New York and, of course, passed them to my mother, who passed them to me.”
The recipes with twists include cornmeal-crusted fried pickles ($7), fried bologna sandwich with fried green tomato ($8), sweet potato fritters ($10), crispy Brussels sprouts ($11), short-rib mac and cheese ($12), braised-oxtail risotto ($17), shrimp and grits ($22) and chicken and waffles ($25).
Sweet endings ($8) are strawberry-fruit crumble; white-chocolate and blueberry-bread pudding; and red-velvet macaron sandwiched with cream-cheese ice cream and dark chocolate ganache.
Libations include beer ($6), wine ($8-$12) and wine-based cocktails Peach Tea and Red Kool-Aid ($8).
Lunch and dinner are served daily, except Mondays, amid black-and-white family photos, a faux brick wall, tablecloths, a blackboard for doodling and a TV playing Gonzales’ mother’s favorite black-and-white movies and documentaries.
“She and I always watched old movies together,” she says.