Another experiment successfully completed! This time around, we paid a visit to Miami Smokers, Andres Barrientos and James Bowers' "urban smokehouse" and sandwich shop in Little Havana. You may have seen their house-smoked bacon on any number of menus around South Florida, since they supply several restaurants. Or you may have had one of their sandwiches, either at the counter deli attached to the shop or at their new spot in the American Airlines Arena.
They've recently expanded the shop on 27th Avenue to add some more seating, and we filled it all up with forty guinea pigs while Andres and James and crew turned out a menu which set out to make full use of the heritage pigs they raise in Clewiston, Florida and then break down here in the shop. Here's what they served, along with a welcoming and closing cocktail, and self-service local beers all night (you can see all the pictures in this Cobaya Smokers with Andres Barrientos and James Bowers flickr set; more detailed recaps to come eventually at Food For Thought and The Chowfather):
Cured and Smoked Hams, Coppa, Salumi
Bacon Croquetas with Guava Sauce
Pig Skin Noodles in Pig Head and Mushroom Broth with Spicy Thai Sausage
Kale Salad, Green Goddess Dressing, Toasted Pumpkin and Sunflower Seeds,
Shaved Filetto, Parmesan, Lemon Zest
Chuleta Can Can with Mofongo and Caramelized Fennel
Salty Donut Bread Pudding with Azucar Sweet Corn Ice Cream
A hearty thank you to chefs Andres Barrientos and James Bowers and their crew (including all the waitstaff graciously on loan from Threefold Cafe!), and as always, to all of the guinea pigs whose interest and support make these events possible.