South Beach just got even cheekier. Over in the South of Fifth neighborhood, collaborators Jamie DeRosa and Michael Reginbogin are reconstructing our notions of what constitutes a contemporary American dish.
â€œTongue & Cheek to me is whimsical, itâ€™s fun,â€ explains DeRosa. â€œWe have a play on words on a lot of things. We have a pudding pop on the menu thatâ€™s a popsicle. It started out as a chocolate popsicle and someone said, â€˜This is better than a Bill Cosby pudding pop.â€™ And that became the name.â€
Other mouthfuls on the menu include a Beef Cheek burger that arrives sans the usual trappings (no lettuce, no tomato). â€œNo frills, no thrills,â€ as DeRosa says. Of course, DeRosa and his team are serving up plenty of cheek and tongue variations, including a poutine.
Even the cocktail names are creative. Try a Bourbon for Apples, with bourbon-soaked apple ice cubes floating in a cooling concoction, or the strawberry-and-gin-based Walking Dead (DeRosa is a fan of the AMC television hit). Like any good South Beach establishment, Tongue & Cheek also features a molecular margarita with an overflowing liquid nitrogen preparation.
â€œI think the name and the ambiance and the more welcoming vibe that you get when you come into Tongue & Cheek matches the food,â€ DeRosa explains. â€œFor us it was important to have art and music and food and service be one.â€ Itâ€™s all in an effort to keep Tongue & Cheek a neighborhood hangout that appeals to locals. For instance, every day at 5pm, guests can sit down for a family-style meal of comfort-food morsels like grilled cheese and hoagies. Itâ€™s Tongue & Cheekâ€™s way of giving back to the community.
Check out the video above to get a glimpse of the restaurantâ€™s witty art by local Miamian Claudio Picasso and hear whatâ€™s on the daily-rotating family meal menu. Then stop in and grab a seat at the snack bar serving nostalgic bottled sodas and made-to-order small plates presented in old-school cafeteria trays. They have tongues wagging.Thank you for using Soul Of Miami!