The Butcher Shop in Wynwood: Confusion Reigns

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The Butcher Shop is good at one thing: beer.
It's Sunday night, and the graffiti-stamped walls of the Butcher Shop, a Wynwood restaurant/beer garden, are vibrating with the sound of what must be the work of Skrillex and Marilyn Manson's love child. Things could be softened by two beers, one beer, anything. But the busboy can't find the waitress, and the hostess just now notices our frantic waving. "OMG," she says without irony. "You haven't ordered drinks yet?"

A brunet waitress stumbles over to take our order, and soon a fattoush salad arrives. It's a pretty dish, layered with radishes, cucumber, toasted pita, and squirts of labneh cheese, but its dressing is cloying enough to sweeten a cup of tea. The greens drown in this syrup, which has formed an unsightly pool on the bottom of the plate.

Then, just when all feels lost, bossa nova squeaks through the speakers. A honeyed dressing becomes more tolerable. Slow service suddenly doesn't seem so bad. The mood lightens. And dinner starts to look up.

Well, for a moment.

In July, the Butcher Shop debuted in the same hipster neighborhood occupied by Gramps and the Salvation Army. For months, it teased Wynwood-goers with soft openings and parties. It launched with an innovative concept, mashing a beer garden with a restaurant/butcher shop.

Inside, a 24-foot meat case shows off cage-free Cornish hens, house-made sausages, chorizo, and different cuts of USDA Prime Black Angus beef. Outside, a square bar serves craft beers from bottles and taps like Wynwood Brewing's IPA and Bell's Amber Ale. Flat-screen TV sets play the football game. Beneath globe lights, picnic tables crowd around an outdoor grill. During the day, children sit on these wooden blocks and color with crayons while their parents eat a steak by the bar. At night, the Butcher Shop is all burgers and beers.

It seems like the perfect concept for a young, budding neighborhood. Before its debut, Wynwood had craft brews and restaurants, but it didn't have a place to get both suds and extensive fare. This place offers both.

Too bad it's good for only drinking beer.

Location Info

The Butcher Shop

165 NW 23rd St., Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant

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HCB3
HCB3

I have to agree...we went back in October and would not go back...the service is non-existent and the food is mediocre...the concept is good but very poorly executed

meansugarc
meansugarc

Emily Codik has every right  to her contradictory & straight up wrong opinion. Since August of 2013 The butcher Shop has become one of my favorite spots in town. All the people I sit & chat with at this friendly place have raved about the food. The staff is always attentive & willing to help you make a decision on either a food or beverage order that now includes a full liquor bar. "But it was as disappointing as everything else at the Butcher Shop." "The wings were delectable -- sticky, sweet, tender, and messy." "So was a rib eye steak, which was cooked to a perfect medium-rare." Reading this review that I felt like was some odd attack I get a sense of confusion. Codik mentions "flavorless burgers" that I suspect she did not try because the burgers are one of the items I ALWAYS want to eat here like the bacon gorgonzola on a fabulous pretzel bun that is to die for & when topped with their blue cheese fritters is to come out & defend their good name for. Bad service can happen even at the very best or worst of restaurants here in the city & though you had a bad experience twice I feel you went overboard on what many fans of this place may call a couple of isolated incidents. I am interested in knowing if Codik's editor has stopped by to verify any of these exaggerated claims. I can only hope so that he too may become a loyal fan of Wynwoods Butchers Shop. Alex Calzadilla (professional no one)

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