"What's your favorite restaurant?" That question got us all thinking. If we had
to choose one top dog at gunpoint, what would it be and why? Each week, a
different Short Order blogger will celebrate his or her favorite eatery
-- be it 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.
|Pubbelly's buffalo sweetbreads.|
I become quickly obsessed with a good pub. I like to have a familiar place to return to, beer after beer; somewhere comfortable, with just a trace of clean cut cool (a dirty pub has dirty food, dirty bathrooms, etc.). However, I also like to eat, and even when I am raving lunatic drunk, food has to look good and taste good, or I won't touch it. This is why the "gastropub" trend has crawled directly into my heart and nested there, presenting the dreamy combination of craft beer lists (edited with thought and a passion for hops) alongside a menu embracing the idea that even chicken wings taste better when they actually are made with better ingredients.
It was the first cool kid on the block, premiering the "gastropub" concept on South Beach before anyone else in Miami was truly getting it right. Pubbelly
is a democracy from start to finish, where the threesome of co-owners make every menu decision and seating is offered on a first come basis. Even though it's dinner on SoBe, you can dress supremely casual, without anyone pointing and snickering. Beers are seemingly drinkable street side without any legal ramifications (I hope I didn't just blow that),
which feels very much like downing ale in London-town. It's almost a pleasure to wait for a table under these circumstances.