Tongue & Cheek Opens Today

Tongue & Cheek
Jamie DeRosa preps a dish at Tongue & Cheek.
Tongue & Cheek opens today in tony SoFi after months of planning and one long weekend of tweaking. The restaurant, a collaboration between Jamie DeRosa and Michael Reginbogin, will offer an eclectic menu comprising American classics and dishes inspired by chef DeRosa's travels.

The 150-seat dining room highlights artwork by local artist Claudio Picasso, whimsical characters created by Deep Sleep Studio, and a 15-seat bar that does double duty as a snack bar, featuring "snacks" such as country ham and cheddar pimento cheese served with house-made rye crackers; boquerones (white Spanish anchovies) marinated in citrus and served on baked planks of medianoche bread; and sliced iberico de bellota ham served with pickled vegetables for $5 to $15.

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If you haven't had fried clams since you left the North, you might feel nostalgic when you see them on Tongue & Cheek's appetizer menu. Other appetizers include a salad of raw and pickled peaches served atop whipped French feta and greens with candied hazelnuts and peach sorbet; and cauliflower panna cotta with uni and American caviar. Appetizers range from $9 to $18.

Tongue & Cheek
Peaches at Tongue & Cheek
Main courses cost $20 to $30 and include suckling pig with succotash, fresh peas, and morel mushrooms; crisp lamb belly and barbecued octopus with roasted eggplant and Romanesco sauce; day boat scallops with palm hearts, popcorn purée, and spicy yuzu.

In a nod to classic Americana, T&C will serve fried chicken with Tabasco hollandaise and fish 'n' chips. In addition, a hamburger, made with beef cheek ground in-house, will be offered on a limited daily basis. DeRosa explains, "A lot of work goes into that burger, so we won't be making a ton of them. We haven't figured out what the magic number will be, but we'll make only  certain number a day. When they're gone, they're gone."

Location Info

Tongue & Cheek

431 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

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