Swine Southern Table & Bar: John Kunkel Gives Us a Tour (Photos)

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All photos by Laine Doss
Pigs are on the move. Swine opens soon.
Swine Southern Table & Bar is set to open Saturday, March 9. It will be the first time the restaurant team that created 50 Eggs will move its brand of dining onto the mainland (not counting fast-casual concept Lime Fresh Mexican).

Swine Southern Table & Bar, like Yardbird Southern Table & Bar and Khong River House, is decorated with repurposed wood. John Kunkel, restaurateur and the brain behind 50 Eggs Inc., parent of Swine, pointed out some paint that was still deeply embedded in the wood, salvaged from an old building. "See that red? That's the original color of the barn."

Kunkel was at Swine to taste some items. He is extremely hands on, but he insists he's not a micromanager. Indeed, as Jeff McInnis (executive chef/partner at Yardbird) brought out dish after dish, Kunkel asked questions of the chef and then the staff around him. For instance, when McInnis, on loan from Yardbird to help kickstart the sibling restaurant, brought out a large steak with chicken-fried steak fries (yes, chicken-fried steak fries), he asked whether to serve ketchup or aioli with the side. Though Kunkel initially liked the aioli, others agreed the pairing was too rich and the acidity and sweetness of a house-made ketchup would work better. Majority ruled.

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There's attention to every detail -- from the 50-pound iron machinery pieces decorating the walls to the bitters in the cocktails. As we tour the kitchen, Kunkel points out everything -- from the large J&R smoker to the grill, as we maneuver between the staff going through a full-scale dress rehearsal.

Kunkel even showed us the bathrooms, "My wife said that I used to skimp on the bathrooms. I don't anymore."

Location Info

Swine Southern Table & Bar

2415 Ponce De Leon Blvd., Coral Gables, FL

Category: Restaurant


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porklover
porklover

SWINE WILL BE THE NEXT BEST EATERY IN MIAMI... WAIT AND SEE!

EVERYTHING 50 EGGS HAS TO OFFER IS INCREDIBLE!


WE ARE HUNGRY FOR MORE!!

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