Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Man Vs. Food

Bizarre foods and booze served Tongue & Cheek


On the Travel Channel, Andrew Zimmern hunts down stomach soup, animal testicles, and cow blood in his endless quest for Bizarre Foods.

Us? We'll stick closer to home — and keep it above the cow's waist. 

When adventure calls, flock to Tongue & Cheek (slated to open the second week of April in the old Kane's Steakhouse location) for some wonderfully offal dishes from smoked tongue to braised cheek.

Don't be afraid. You didn't like Brussels sprouts once, remember?

To help ease you in, the meat-centric dishes are served around solid wooden tables with abstract local artwork on the walls and whiskey-infused signature cocktails in your glass.

And while the full menu is being kept a secret until opening day, expect a variety of items that change daily — all inspired by the chef Jamie DeRosa's journeys through China and other far-flung food locales.

For dessert, pastry chef Ricardo Torres will be whipping up his famous homemade peeps, yours to enjoy on the chill outdoor patio while scouting talent with peeps of your own.

'Cause Zimmern's not the only one on an endless quest for the bizarre.

Tongue & Cheek tandcmiami.com
431 Washington Ave., Miami Beach
(305) 704-2900

Price: 2 (out of 4)
Parking: Street
Scene: Adventurous carnivores and hearty comfort food lovers
Best bets: Braised meat; smoked tongue; homemade peeps
Hot seat: Sitting at the cozy intimate patio sipping on a cocktail
Nearby: Story; SoFi Lounge Bar; Abraxas Lounge

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