Allen Susser is one of Miami’s most celebrated chefs who helped put the 305 on the culinary map before anyone ever thought of calling Miami by its area code. Part of the original “Mango Gang” that included Chef Michelle Bernstein and Chef Norman Van Aken, the James Beard Award-winning Chef Susser was known for pioneering the use of tropical and Caribbean ingredientsthings that grew plentifully in South Florida—into fine dining, creating a cuisine that was known for a while as “Floribbean”. His namesake restaurant in Aventura was a favorite for years until it finally closed its doors, and fans have been wondering what this local gastronomic icon will be doing next. Well, it seems as if Chef Allen Susser is taking a departure from the mango-centric cuisine he has been known for to bring us a more casual, more comforting, and less tropical concept: grilled cheese sandwiches. Tomorrow, March 8th, sees the opening of Chef Susser’s Midtown Miami eatery, Daily Melt. If you’re skeptical about Chef Allen’s new approach, then Daily Melt is willing to win you over with a free sandwich tomorrow!
With one location in Coral Springs already in business, Daily Melt is celebrating the opening of its second location in The Shops at Midtown Miami, which has already become a foodie hotspot, by hosting a tweet-up from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM tomorrow, March 8th. The first 300 people to attend during that time will receive a free sandwich and a soda. Now if that’s not enough to at least make you curious, reading some of the menu will certainly turn you on to what promises to become a local favorite.
First of all, all the cheeses, meats, and other fillings are American-made and sourced from small producers. The bread is artisanally made just for Chef Allen. Meant to be an everyday kind of neighborhood joint, Daily Melt has decided to keep its fare accessible with prices below $10 and usually hovering around $5. The menu appeals to every grilled cheese sandwich lover with options as simple and classic as a melted American cheese to more luxurious options like white truffle butter with cheddar, provolone, and Roma tomato. Other options include BBQ pulled pork, Granny Smith apples and Virginia ham, assorted veggies, and even a hotdog. Regardless of the creative add-ons, the melted cheese theme remains the same.
Chef Susser knows that the ultimate comfort is some hot soup to go with that perfect grilled cheese, so Daily Melt also offers a selection of soups that include tomato, broccoli and cheese, or roasted garlic tomato. Those with a sweet tooth can also enjoy some dessert sandwiches, such as the Strawberries & Cream with strawberry jam, mascarpone, cinnamon raisin toast, caramel sauce, and whipped cream. There is also the ultimate dessert-style sandwich served in traditional form: the s’more!