The Local House is a new restaurant located inside the Sense Hotel on Ocean Drive. Upon entering the restaurant, patrons are greeted with warm, welcoming colors and a modern décor, reminiscent of local Miami culture and design. When we visited, we opted for outside seating to enjoy the gorgeous South Beach weather and ambiance. This delightful restaurant was abuzz with lively patrons enjoying brunch with unlimited mimosas and culinary treats prepared by their exceptional chef, Guily Booth. The menu offers a variety of delicious, affordable tapas-style plates, making it very difficult to decide. We sampled a variety of small plates that included the Local Ceviche, Melon Citrus Salad, Bacon-wrapped Dates, Goat Cheese Croquettes, and Octopus Carpaccio. The Local Ceviche is made with grouper, red onion, cilantro, and choclo, a starchy variety of corn from South America. The grouper offered a meaty bite and was perfectly flavored with fresh ingredients, making it a great take on traditional ceviche. The Melon Citrus Salad offered more mellow flavors and was composed of assorted melon balls with feta, limejuice, and mint. The Bacon-wrapped dates were a sweet and salty treat, although a delectable spicy guava sauce and a topping ofpea shoots that accompanied the Goat Cheese Croquettes made a bold statement. These little bites of heaven proved to us that goat cheese and guava should always go together. The Octopus Carpaccio was topped with a creamy sauce, crunchy capers, diced tomatoes, a chorizo “dust”, arugula, and orange slices. The chorizo dust gave this dish a salty flavor without the overpowring heaviness that is usually associated with eating sliced chorizo. The orange slices brought a welcome bit of freshness.
After getting through such a delicious sample of The Local House's small plates, we finally decided on the Beef Crudo, the Local Benedict, the Crispy Fish Sandwich, and the Angus Burger. The Beef Crudo was the absolute best take on beef carpaccio that I have ever eaten. This dish, topped with arugula, truffle aioli, pea shoots, and escabeche onions, will forever set the bar by which I judge a beef carpaccio. The Local Benedict was one of four possible takes on the traditional eggs benedict offered on the menu. This version consisted of an English muffin topped with a slice of tomato, Canadian bacon, and a poached egg, smothered with a blue crab hollandaise sauce and arugula. The blue crab was evident by the unfamiliar sweet twist that it offered the hollandaise sauce, making it unique as well as delicious. The Crispy Fish Sandwich and the Angus Burger were both served on a fresh roll with shoestring fries. The fish was arranged on the bun with aioli sauce and arugula, and the burger was served with traditional lettuce and tomato. Both sandwiches were excellent lunch choices that would be highly recommended to anyone looking for something heavier to satisfy their hunger.
After all of that, who has room for dessert? I most certainly did not, but when the dessert options were presented to us, we simply had to try them! Anyone would be silly not to make room for the Dolce Vita or the Passion Fruit Pie. The Dolce Vita consisted of layers of raspberry compote, dulce de leche, and salted chocolate cake sprinkled over the top, making this absolute divinity. The Passion Fruit Pie was the Local’s take on a key lime pie, made with passion fruit instead of key lime juice. It was beautifully arranged in an adorable cup: the bottom layer was the pie crust crumbs, the middle layer was the tart passion fruit cream, and the top layer was the sweetest meringue, which helped make this a completely balanced dessert!
I left this restaurant with my eyes opened to brand new twists on older recipes, and I cannot wait to return to the Local. This restaurant is a definite must for visitors to Miami Beach and - as the name of the restaurant suggests - locals, too! It offers a perfect mix of South Beach flavors and ambiance, without the typical South Beach prices or attitude, making The Local House a local recipe for success.
The Local House
400 Ocean Drive
Miami Beach, FL 33139