Kris Wessel's Oolite Opens in South Beach (Photos)

All photos by Laine Doss
Oolite opens June 19.
Kris Wessel's new South Beach restaurant, Oolite, is open and we stopped in for a peek and a cocktail.

Large signs outside the restaurant, located in the former Cooper Avenue space just off Lincoln Road, give a June 19 opening date, but the bar is open now at 6 p.m. (Earlier if there's a World Cup game.)

See also: Kris Wessel to Open Oolite Restaurant & Bar at Former Cooper Avenue

Oolite, named after the limestone and coral foundation that South Florida sits on, is a fitting name for this restaurant that continues the James Beard-nominated chef's love affair with Florida's culinary roots.

Dishes on the bar menu read like a Miami travelogue. Smoked yellow jack with salty Key lime zucchini ($12); oxtail ($18); Florida white water clams with lentil roti and safflower aioli ($16); and dry rub, hot smoke, slow-braised ribs with guanabana ($14/$26). Fans of chef Wessel will be pleased to note that his signature BBQ shrimp is on the menu ($14), as are tostones with avocado and lime ($8), a perfect foil for the World Cup-inspired cocktails featuring cachaca.

Location Info

Oolite Restaurant & Bar

1661 Pennsylvania Ave., Miami Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

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