Opening Friday in Miami's MiMo District, Blue Collar Offers An Unpretentious Dining Experience

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Who wants $40 tiny dishes and formalities in fancy upscale eateries? Not chef Daniel Serfer, who will open Blue Collar this Friday in the space formerly occupied by short-lived American Noodle Bar.

A true working man's joint,it will focus a menu on contemporary American dishes from Serfer's experience in New York City, although he originally hails from Miami. There will be appetizers like shrimp and grits, pork and beans and clams "Casino", all ranging in price from $6 to $14.

Entrees like chicken cordon bleu with mashed potatoes and green beans and New York strip steak with house fries and aioli range from $11 to $30. Burgers, salads and pastas are included from $6 to 18.

Don't worry vegetarians, there is even a daily rotating "VEG" chalkboard of over 20 vegetable sides, all for $4.

"Everyone that comes to the Blue Collar should feel like we are old friends," says Serfer. "The menu is super fun, approachable, and diverse enough to have offerings for everyone, even vegetarians."

Those familiar with Serfer's style should remember him from Chef Allen's and 15th Street Fisheries in Fort Lauderdale.

For the booze hounds, there is a moderately-priced beer and wine selection, from $3 PBR cans to bottles of Killer White Burgundy Pouilly Fuisse by Girardin at $50.

The decor of the restaurant sticks to casual comfort, deriving inspiration from Serfer's favorite locals-only spots in NYC. Designed by Amanda Rice, the interior is dressed in relaxing charcoal grays and blues to evoke the feel of vintage denim and worn leather, kind of like your favorite pair of jeans.

Located at 6730 Biscayne Boulevard, the place is small and intimate, but it's meant to be that way, with an indoor seating area of 20, and an outdoor area seating 18.

They also do catering and are open every day of the week for lunch and dinner, from 11:30 a.m. until 10 p.m.

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Blue Collar

6730 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant

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Cookiejars3
Cookiejars3

Give this a try, You will be pleasantly surprised... Great food, Daniel Serfer wants you to be happy and goes 110% to make it happen.

Bette
Bette

The BEST of Luck to you and thank you for opening your NEW restaurant on my Birthday. My daughter is a friend of yours and we will be visiting you very soon!!! Mazel Tov to you and your staff!!! Bette

Wynwood Gregg
Wynwood Gregg

Had the clams casino as app today.  Not typical clams casino, which made it all the more interesting, and all the more reason to order them.  As my main, I had the sword fish. Probably the best piece of sword fish I've ever eaten.  Served on a potato mushroom hash.Really enjoyed it.  For desert we had the chocolate cake served with ice old milk, and the bread pudding.  A great way to end the meal.  

EatingItUp
EatingItUp

Awesome, can't wait to add this to the list of fantastic choices lining Biscayne throughout MiMo.  Noodle Bar failed because the management was TERRIBLE.  Really, really bad, ending with the asian/brazilian chick that took it over.

I disagree on it being a terrible location.  It's right on Biscayne Blvd!  Sure, it only has 4-5 parking spots, but the side streets are full of parking and plenty of city restaurants have zero parking.  When it was Noodle Bar there were plenty of people going and I never had a problem pulling up and parking.

But yes, everything could be about $1 cheaper per item given the space they are occupying.  It's not huge/high rent.

Blue collar chef
Blue collar chef

Thank you for the kind words. There is plenty of parking on the north side of the hotel on 68th and we have an alternate lot on 67. I'm sorry if you feel the prices are high. I swear I am keeping it as low as I can. My rent would probably shock you at how high it is per square foot. I tell you what, mention this thread to me and ills end you something nice on the house.

Danny Brody
Danny Brody

I wish him the best of luck but this is a terrible location. Hope he lasts longer than Noodle Bar. And for what it's worth, a true working-man's joint doesn't charge $12 for a burger.  If he can't attract the alta-cockers from the 'hood he is doomed.

Frodnesor
Frodnesor

No location that is directly on my drive home can be a bad location. Actually there's plenty of parking on the north side of the building, never had trouble getting in and out of American Noodle Bar (which is missed).

Danny Brody
Danny Brody

I mentioned alta-cockers, didn't I?  And I don't personally have a problem with this location either Frod, but that doesn't make it a good location.  And I'm pretty familiar with this location, having befriended all the charming ladies that work this block when I was at Kingdom.  Not many people want to enter the hood to park-and the lowlifes who do business at Mercy will make sure of that.A 'bad location' doesn't just infer the physical location, but all the other components, including what I'm sure is an astronomical rent.  The menu looks great, though, and I hope they make it.

Gentrifying
Gentrifying

You still living in Miami?  That is hardly the hood anymore.  One of the best (if not thee best) restaurant in Miami is 5 blocks up the road.  The motels are being revamped/closed down and multiple buildings have gone up within a block in the past year.  Houses on the other side of Biscayne in Morningside, 2 blocks as the crow flies, go for $500k.

Srf25
Srf25

Excellent restauraunt. Love the menu-was at a tasting last night. Pizza rolls, caesar salad and chicken parm-yum. Also try the vaca frita tostones! Also had the chocolate cake and bread pudding both were great!

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