Wednesday, July 29, 2015

#ThankYouMiami for New Neighborhood Eats - Sugarloaf Gastrobar

As sign of our sincerest apologies for the brief blogging hiatus, today we're spilling a juicy secret that we've been keeping for over a month: Sugarloaf Gastrobar in Sunny Isles Beach. Way before our trip to New York, pre-Miami Swim Week, in the long, long ago, we heard rumors that the unknown land of Sunny Isles Beach had a new spot that promised great food, handcrafted cocktails, and an inviting gathering space. Sunny Isles is not particularly known for these things so we initially called "shenanigans" but we were also intrigued. Alas, a few days later we found ourselves driving out of Miami Beach, through Haulover, and into Sugarloaf.

Sugarloaf's décor alone, with its use of brick, succulents, and eye-catching art, was a sign that its creators Tatanka Guerrero and Luiz Fleury and their team gets us - in fact, we welcome them to come re-decorate our entire apartment in their restaurant's likeness. The second sign was their cocktail menu with its spicy tequila drink (because we LOVE spicy drinks) and its red pepper-infused rum offerings. Then, there's the fact that they leverage local talent in their inclusion of Miami micro-brews in their bar stock and their eagerness to allow a local resident to paint a dope mural on one of their walls. Last, but not least, the food options are varied, delicious, and impeccably plated (see below for our photographic proof).

We can personally vouch for the beet salad with its tender, sweet golden and red beets and just the right amount of goat cheese, as well as the crudo with its thin and crispy brioche crostini. We can't wait to try the fall-off-the-bone confit duck and the zesty fried chicken entrées when we come back with more friends. In fact, between the statement picnic table in the dining room and its "sharing is caring" philosophy, Sugarloaf is made for indulging with friends. Beyond that, it is as welcoming as it aims to be - not only in its ambiance, but also in its staff who is the perfect mix of friendly and helpful. As a whole package, Sugarloaf is definitely worth a visit and is just what Sunny Isles needs to get back on Miami's radar.

If you want to check it out for yourself, this week brings you the perfect opportunity (read, excuse). On Friday, July 31 at 6 p.m. Sugarloaf will be hosting their "Grand Social Gathering" debut party and you're invited for complimentary welcome cocktails sponsored by VeeV, small bites, live music and a ribbon cutting. This is your big chance to sneak a taste of Sugarloaf's twist on Poutine and Wagyu beef sliders. Just make sure to arrive before 7 p.m.!

What do you think of Sugarloaf Gastrobar? Which of their menu items sounds most enticing? What other restaurants or venues do you visit in Sunny Isles Beach? What other new neighborhood eats are you excited about? Leave a comment below or send us a tweet @ThankYouMiami!

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