Usually we love to eat anywhere in Miami. Whether its a cafe or an edgy hot spot, the diversity in these places are extreme and appreciated. And there are definitely times where you want to relish in American traditional comfort food. This wasn't what one would expect from your themed eatery. This wasn't a simple kick to an already established menu of pure red, white, and blue. This was shear elegance. Simple delights like mac n' cheese and pizza were foreign. But at American Social, it transformed into a delicacy.
Not only was the service exceptional, we left our food choices in the hands of the staff. This certainly did not disappoint. The buttery foie gras atop the savory french toast basted our palette into sweet oblivion. The waffle crusted chicken tenders watered our mouth even after the first bite. And the filet medallions balanced the courses with its rich meat.
I love this DIY craze that’s been hitting the American food scene! With all the attention that consumers are placing on where things come from and how they’re made, it seems as if many individuals have resorted to the notion that the best way to know the exact what, where, and how of a product is to make it yourself. In addition to controlling such things as the quality and sustainability of the food, making it yourself gives you full reign over the flavor and appearance of a finished product, as well as enabling you to add your own unique flourishes. The DIY revolution doesn’t seem to be merely confined to the home, however, as many chefs are finding more and more items that they can make from scratch, attempting everything from jams, pickles, condiments, and even cured meats...and they don’t seem to be turning back. I am so glad to see that, along with sourcing local products, the trend of making things in house is on the rise in South Florida and can be found a lot closer than I had previously thought. Big City Tavern, on the bustling Las Olas Boulevard, has always been a popular spot for good, informal meals and a convivial vibe, but I have often overlooked this restaurant as a mere purveyor of standard pub fare until a recent meal led me to discover otherwise. Local meat and produce coupled with excellently cured house-made charcuterie, along with a delicious array of homey desserts make Big City Tavern perhaps one of Fort Lauderdale’s best “right-under-our-noses” culinary secrets.
For years I’ve passed by Big City Tavern on Las Olas Blvd, but have never gone in. Perhaps the name or the décor didn’t draw my attention. But recently I took a visit there just after their new renovations and it turned out to be one of those big surprises that make you wish you would’ve checked out the place sooner. Upon entering, even with the patio seating, it truly feels like you’re entering a tavern. As I stated earlier, Big City Tavern has just gone through floor to ceiling renovations and the results were quite astounding.