Dogma and Soyka Under New Management

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Dogma Fries and Dogs2.jpg
Lesley Elliott
The old Dogma fries were free of beans, with a tight chili and tons of cheese.
Mark Soyka and Frankie Crupi (owners of Soyka and Andiamo) have decided to reinvent Upper East roadside dog stand, Dogma. They recently purchased the business and have plans to "bring back the original Americana, old school, neighborhood 'joint' feel and food." Dogma has been through several management shifts since opening in 2003, but with construction issues on Biscayne making a quick drive-by difficult, business has apparently been suffering. The new owners are hoping to create more of a "destination," with menu upgrades and the addition of Brooklyn Brewery beers to the offerings. Alcohol always helps the bottom line.

The menu will greatly expand upon the previous focus of hot dogs in every imaginable incarnation, which included toppings like "spicy salsa cream," pineapple, and olives. Now there will be a return to "the classics," chili dogs will remain, but additions run the gamut from cheesesteaks (my vote for the best in town happens to be a little known specialty at the pizza-centric Andiamo, Frankie is from Philly!) to oyster po' boys. Childhood nostalgia gets fed with Cracker Jacks, Yoo-Hoo and old fashioned sodas.

Official launch of the menu is on June 1, until then, they are open for business with a variation on the old line-up. Sadly, the chili cheese fries (a personal favorite) have already suffered. The dense diner style chili has been replaced with a looser version, with large chunks of tomato and beans; way more beans than beef unfortunately. And, they are literally half the portion size that they used to be. Here's hoping that all the kinks get ironed out and Dogma becomes the neighborhood pit-stop for classics, as opposed to another restaurant that just didn't make it in Miami.

So what happens to Soyka? The Graspa Group is taking over day-to-day operations of the restaurant. With a wide range of spots under management (MaiTardi, Segafredo, Spris, Van Dyke Cafe, Tiramisu) they are well prepared to infuse new life into old digs. They are currently testing out a new chef and developing an entirely new menu. There will still be a touch of Asian-fusion to the food, but the plan is to concentrate on what they do well; revisions will incorporate more European based flavors. No word yet on when the new menu will debut, but we will let you know when we do.

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Dogma Grill

7030 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL

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Matthew Earl
Matthew Earl

Good American food in Miami? Are they serious?

Blkpassion45
Blkpassion45

I just hope Soyka brings back the Gorgonzola Cheese sauce for the sweet potato fries and I am VERY EXCITED about the Brooklyn brew beer @ dogma because that beer goes PERFECTLY  with dogs

EAT IT, MIAMI
EAT IT, MIAMI

Parking is tough on that block and there isn't much behind the restaurant. Biggest issue, in my opinion.

NickR
NickR

Just don't touch the burrito dogs, you hear me? Leave them alone. They're fine.

L2M
L2M

The place needs a good cleaning and paint job.  It's looking pretty worn.Shame about the chili.  The no-bean, LA/Cincinnati style was perfect for chili fries.  Beans and tomato chunks?!

Meatless In Miami
Meatless In Miami

@UpperEastsideEater: Agreed!  More people than they even realize are pissed that Dogma took veggie dogs off the menu.  I knew meat-eaters that enjoyed them as well, and there are no other places around to get a good veggie dog.  How much effort could it possibly be to bring them back and add a few vegan topping combos?

UpperEastsideEater
UpperEastsideEater

Bring back veggie dogs to Dogma, tried to go this weekend, but no veggie dogs, so we went to Moonchine.

Soyka seemed to be consistently packed on the weekends, didn't seem like they needed 'new life'.

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