New Orleans Cooking in North Miami Beach at New Rumcake Factory

Categories: First Bites
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Lee Klein
Elena Robinson
So are you getting set for a wild Miami-style Mardi Gras celebration this week? Neither am I. But I did spend some of Fat Tuesday enjoying delectable, homestyle New Orleans cooking in North Miami Beach. Yes, that's right, there's a place on NE 163rd Street cooking up jambalaya, po'boy sandwiches, and such. The name of the place is almost as surprising as the news: the Rumcake Factory.


You might be familiar with the place. The business was located in Miami Lakes for the past five years but moved to its new home a month ago. Husband/wife owners Larry and Elena Robinson began catering in 2002, with Larry cooking the food he grew up with in Louisiana. "And then the rum cake just sort of took on a life of its own," says Elena, a Cuban-American who from behind the counter cheerily greets customers as they enter the little eight-seat shop. The rum cake recipe comes from Larry's mother, but "he's worked over the years perfecting it." It tastes pretty perfected to me: Moist as can be, the $3.50 wedge boasts a solid infusion of rum and sweet buttered rum-walnut glaze. Six-inch cakes go for $15, nine-inch cakes for $30. They can be ordered online at therumcakefactory.com.

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Lee Klein
The famous rum cake
The printed menu features just a handful of choices -- the meals mostly a mix of Cajun cooking and homestyle soul food. Fried shrimp and catfish come in baskets ($6.95; $9.50) or po'boys. I sampled the catfish po'boy ($7.75), a cleanly fried fish adorned with lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, and rémoulade on soft French bread (shipped in from New Orleans). Sweet potato chips come alongside. Fried turkey po'boys are up for grabs too, as was a daily special of pulled pork po'boy -- but there's only so much one po' reviewer can eat in one sitting. A patron at the other table was raving about the pork, though.

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Lee Klein
Smoked chicken
The only other regular menu item is jumbo smoked chicken wings (five for $6.95), but there's always a daily blackboard special or two. Smoked chicken was the featured dish Tuesday ($5.99 with yellow rice, a bit of salad with balsamic vinaigrette, and a corn bread muffin). It was juicy, mildly smoked, and spot-on tasty. Jambalaya gets served Fridays ($8.25), barbecue ribs Thursdays and Fridays. The other chef besides Larry is Roosevelt, who coincidentally comes from the same hometown (Natchitoches). Roosevelt encouraged me to return for the ribs, so I figure they must be good.

Gumbo and Cajun fried turkey sliders show up on the menu at times as well. Chef Larry took first place in the 2000 Cajun Zydeco Crawfish Festival Gumbo Cook-Off. "You don't have a good roux, you don't have a good gumbo," he says. On Tuesday, they didn't have any gumbo at all. "We had it last week," Elena told me. Damn!, I thought. "We might have it on Friday," she added, perhaps noticing my disappointment.

Lee Klein
Catfish poboy
​Police officers from a nearby station were enjoying lunch when we visited. They seemed to be regulars. "I've got good protection," Elena joked. "We'll protect the food, that's for sure," one of the officers replied.

The Rumcake Factory
2075 NE 163rd St., North Miami Beach
786-525-7071


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14 comments
Tarah615
Tarah615

amazing rumcake!!! seriously, the best I've ever had!

Thechowfather
Thechowfather

shrimp po-boy was authentic and fantastic. good call Lee

Joan
Joan

Yum, I give the Rum Cake as gifts instead of flowers. It's always a hit. And the food..wow

Rnbaria
Rnbaria

All I can say is OMG!!! The shrimp PoBoy, Jumbalaya and the Rum Cakes are off the chain. I took a Rum Cakes to one of my customers during the Christmas holiday and they cannot stop talking about how much they enjoyed the Rum Cake.

Congrat! Is was long over due. I wish you both much success!!

I highly recommend this restaurant.

Betrati
Betrati

I live in Atlanta but have the good fortune to visit Miami at least twice each month. I eat at the Rumcake Factory every trip down. The food is excellent. The wings, ribs, jambalaya and, po-boys...........are my favorite. Way to go Elena and Larry!

Alyn
Alyn

Best Rum Cake in the Country!!! Larry's food is also authentic. You'll love the place!

LACook49
LACook49

Hours : Tuesday - Saturday 11:00 am to 6pm Telephone:(305) 957 0074

Ed
Ed

The Rumcake Factory is one of my preferred spots in North Miami Beach, I eat here every day, its the only restaurant that I know where the food is GREAT and consistently good. The service is second to none and the food is always perfect.

The pull pork with yellow rice and string beans is my favorite, fabulous!!!I am never disappointed when I eat here, because everything I've ever had here has been delicious.

Misslette
Misslette

This is the best rum cake I ever had ..its a def must have......the shrimp po boy is also amazing....def a place u have try. Thanks you to elena n Larry Robinson...ur food was great...can't wait to come back

BProvidence
BProvidence

We have enjoyed Larry's cooking for years. His jambalaya & gumbo are the best! So glad that he & Elena have opened a restaurant to share his love for cooking with the world. This is the next best thing to being in New Orleans! Congrats to the Robinson's. This is a great place to eat!

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