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May 20, 2013

Yelp Miami’s Happy To Have The Blues

Posted by Johnny Todd

No one’s ever going to confuse the Beach with Beale Street or salsa with soul… but that doesn’t mean that you can’t try. Geographically located in the Southeastern United States, Miami has about as much in common with the deep south as Athens (Greece, not Georgia). Until now. The geniuses at Swine Southern Table & Bar transformed a stretch of Ponce de Leon into a sweltering slice of the Mississippi delta — which gave over 120 extremely lucky Elites the chance to find out what happens when Yelp’s Got The Blues.

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Known for being a culinary master and creating menus not widely seen in the 305, chef Phil Bryant might as well have turned Coral Gables into Memphis, Tennessee. Elites were elated to try his award-winning food creations. Think you’ve had Southern fare before? Think again. Actually, think Gem Lettuce Wraps (crispy pig ears, roaring forties bleu cheese and heirloom vegetables); Ham 'N Peaches (grilled peaches wrapped in Virginia ham, Virginia cheddar and sherry drizzle); Hush Puppies (deviled blue crab and pickled celery); BBQ On A Stick (Kansas City Burnt Ends, molasses mop and fried cornbread); and Liver 'N Onions (wood-grilled foie gras, corn johnny cakes and pickled onion marmalade).

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He wasn’t finished.

A bona fide Southern surf 'n turf in the form of a Crawfish Boil (assorted mignonettes, wood-grilled cocktail sauce and bennie seed crackers) 'N Charcuterie Boards (complete with smoked head cheese, selection of hams and salumi from Virginia and housemade Tasso ham) stole the show and took up the communal table in the downstairs dining room. The food didn’t end with savories. Cupcakes in the form of S'mores and red velvet delighted guests while cups of strawberry shortcake made them forget all about their diets.

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Caution thrown to the wind, thrilled Elites concentrated on the drink menu. Created from premium Atlantico Rum, Robert Ferrera showcased why he’s the man to watch when it comes to cocktails. The South By South Sidecar and Rum Old Fashioned treated guests to fantastic new taste sensations. Buoyed by the night of craft cocktails, Ferrera gave guests one last knockout punch — Run Pig Run Punch (winner of the 2013 Punch Kings competition). For those whose tastes hover around hops, Samuel Adams provided a variety of their award-winning craft brews. And if this wasn’t enough, Victor Martinez filled the venue with lost-job-wife-left-you-dog-died blues.

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This was an event not to be missed. Ecstatic Elites raved about the experience here. Ace photog Alex H captured what you might have missed out on here. While nobody gets outta this place without singing the blues, when they’re served up Yelp & Swine-style, you won’t mind at all.

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Singing the Babysittin’ Blues,

Johnny T


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