Blue Collar: My Favorite Miami Restaurant

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Laine Doss
Chef Danny Serfer wants to feed you.
"What's your favorite restaurant?" That question, recently batted around at our weekly editorial meeting, got us all thinking. If we had to choose one favorite at gunpoint, what would that restaurant be, and why? Each week, a different Short Order blogger will celebrate his or her favorite eatery -- be they celebrity-chef-driven or a neighborhood hole-in-the-wall. Why? Because we're tired of having to explain our favorite dining spots at cocktail parties and weddings.

The first time I walked into Blue Collar, I was not charmed. The room is small, cramped, and sparsely furnished, and decorated with vintage lunch pails. Rock 'n' roll from the '70s blares over the speakers. The room is slightly smoky from the open kitchen that works with all burners fired to keep up with the seemingly never-ending supply of hungry diners. I generally like a space that's dark and quiet. If I could eat in a cave, I would choose to do so. Blue Collar, or so I thought at that instant, wasn't my type of restaurant.

But, like an eager puppy, Blue Collar worked its way into my heart. Not for what it isn't, but for what it is -- a place to just get a damn good plate of food.

Chef-owner Danny Serfer's smile is infectious. He's hands-on not only with his food but also with his customers. He's concerned not just about tonight's meal; he's concerned about converting you into a regular. He might point out the chalkboard filled with vegetable options (my personal weakness) or describe where he sourced his fish. He suggests. He cajoles. He's enthusiastic and he wants you to be as eager about eating his food as he is about preparing it.

Blue Collar does not present a meal that's petite and pretty. If you want edible flowers, go somewhere else. The curried puréed cauliflower is damn near ugly, but I find myself craving it like a junkie joneses a fix. Same goes for the pork and beans. And the Billy Corben -- twin brisket sandwiches served with a side of au jus -- is decadent, rich, and simply amazing. It's a meal that's interactive. You find yourself eating, laughing, and (ultimately) wearing your food by the time you're done.

Serfer (who I'm sure will love this tidbit) feeds every patron like he is a Jewish mother (or father, as the case may be). From over the grill, he talks to his guests, almost like he's conducting an interactive dinner party. He entertains, tuts, and frets over the meals. Always with a smile. Always making sure you're cleaning your plate.

Each time I finish my meal with a plaid Thermos of Panther Coffee (why doesn't every restaurant use Thermos containers to keep coffee warm?), Chef Serfer sidles over and convinces me that I do have room for fresh cobbler or bread pudding. At that point, I mumble something about being in a food coma. "Mission accomplished," he replies.

Mission accomplished, indeed.

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Blue Collar

6730 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant

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18 comments
Cecilia_P
Cecilia_P

@BillyCorben @bluecollarmiami @short_order Who's Billy Corbin?

bluecollarmiami
bluecollarmiami

@AlfredSpellman @miaminewtimes what a coincidence. You are our favorite Miami or otherwise film makers.

YumSushi
YumSushi

Cool, upper eastside restaurants rule!!!

NedalRants
NedalRants

@bluecollarmiami I agree with this. You deserve all the credit in the world my friend.

TheChrisHags
TheChrisHags

@bluecollarmiami CONGRATS, MY FRIEND! WELL DESERVED! Although now everyone will know so I'll never be able to get a table.

AsianSenzation
AsianSenzation

@bluecollarmiami Congrats! I need to try that Corben sandwich that lots of peeps rave about :)

lizn813
lizn813

Woo hoo! Congrats @bluecollarmiami! Well deserved. RT @Short_Order Blue Collar is Miami's best eatery: http://t.co/FYNbaKxa

_AndyV9_
_AndyV9_

@Short_Order @bluecollarmiami is by far miami's best kept secret. Nothing on the menu isn't worth trying.

bluecollarmiami
bluecollarmiami

@Short_Order thank you. Very nice article. We use fancy micro greens abd edible flowers for our once a month 5 course wine dinners.

bluecollarmiami
bluecollarmiami

@TheChrisHags we always look out for our friends who r friends with miss Florida. Abd today fight cancer

bluecollarmiami
bluecollarmiami

@lizn813 @short_order damn right. Thrillist thoughts?

Short_Order
Short_Order

@bluecollarmiami Next time I would like some edible flowers garnishing my pork and beans, please!

lizn813
lizn813

@bluecollarmiami You mean my Labor Day brunch plea wasn't proof enough?? #notabovebreadpuddingbribes

bluecollarmiami
bluecollarmiami

@Short_Order fancy specials tonight are lobster sandwich , seared diver scallops with ox tail fried rice abd plum gastrique

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