Harrison's Sports Grill is Hit or Miss
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It all began when I stopped by the place one day for a quickie. While sipping on my drink at the bar, some regulars started chatting me up. I was told of the history of the place (Harrison's used to be the Blue Grotto -- fondly remembered by many Miamians), which was then leased to someone else (resulting in the short-lived Heidi's), only to return to the family as Harrison's Sports Grill. I was then regaled with stories of Harrison's barbecue -- smoked on the premises, delicious, delectable, and necessary. Necessary may sound like the wrong word, but really it isn't. If you had heard these guys going on and on about the brisket, you'd understand.
Barbecue is one of my favorite foods. I die for savory, sweet, spicy sauces, and tender, fall-off-the-bone meat. When barbecue is done correctly -- before I get pornographic, let's just say it's hard to beat. So, after being told about the barbecue at Harrison's, I knew that I would have to return one day soon. Unfortunately, the day I chose to return there was some smoked fish as the special of the day and no barbecue, much less brisket in sight.
When I contemplated going elsewhere my companions began to look like the Donner party, so I immediately changed my mind. Utterly frustrated by this point, I asked the bartenders/servers what they recommended. I should interject here that Johnny and Bridget, the servers/bartenders on the both occasions I visited Harrison's, are friendly, attentive, and sweet. When it comes to suggestions though, they seem a little lost. It appears that they both think that everything on the menu is fantastic.
I started off with the clam chowder ($2.95 - $4.95). Harrison's doesn't prepare New England clam chowder in the traditional fashion. The broth was thin, not cloying, and there were several huge chunks of clam in addition to the small, diced, pieces. It was light and hearty at the same time, and there was a mild, pleasant peppery taste to it. Overall, a definite positive. I was starting to feel better about the fact that my much anticipated barbecue pig out had to be rescheduled.
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Now, my girlfriend is used to the fact that I steal bites from her plate, but she was making it extremely difficult due to the illicit romance she was carrying on with the chili. Which just goes to show you, that love really is blind. While she found the chili so tasty that she ordered a bowl ($4.95) after finishing her cup ($2.95), I found the ground beef flavorless while the beans and sauce were over seasoned, and the entire mess too clumpy and concentrated. I also didn't appreciate the fact that cheese and onions cost extra. Cheese and onions should be included with any order of chili anywhere.
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I guess I can call my experience at Harrison's pretty hit or miss, but from the food available during this experience, I definitely wouldn't go back. The service and atmosphere are so fantastic that I really hope the brisket stands up to its reputation. As I was leaving, yet another regular engaged me in conversation. Sherm asked me if I had tried the BBQ brisket. Ay Dios mio.
Harrison's Sports Grill
1674 SW 57 Ave., Miami
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