Crazy About You: Brickell hot spot has great plates at reasonable prices

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Plenty of popular new restaurant concepts — small plates, food trucks, boutique burgers — have recently popped up around Miami. The team at Spanish Grupo La Misión, owner of Brickell mainstay Dolores But You Can Call Me Lolita, have pioneered the notion of grabbing attention with a goofy, nonfood-related name. The group has struck again with Crazy About You, but there's another conceptual novelty at work here. It's called value.

The menu is set up much the same prix fixe way as at Dolores-Lolita. About a dozen salads/appetizers are listed on top — sans pricing, because whichever one you choose will be included with your entrée at no extra charge. The entrées are divided into three pricing options: $15.75, $19.75, and $23.75.

So let's say you decide to begin with serrano ham croquettes followed by a mojo-roasted half-chicken with spinach and artichokes. The cost for the two courses is $15.75. Want to add a glass of house wine? Four dollars. How about cappuccino flan for dessert? Ten dollars — nah, just kidding, but you might have believed me because that's what so many other restaurants charge. Crazy's desserts are $2.50 apiece.

Crazy About You's miso-glazed orange roughy. View more photos.
Crazy About You's miso-glazed orange roughy. View more photos.

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Crazy About You

1155 Brickell Bay Drive
Miami, FL 33131

Category: Restaurant > Portuguese

Region: Central Dade

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Crazy About You

305-377-4442
crazyaboutyourestaurant.com

Lunch and dinner Monday through Wednesday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Thursday and Friday 11 a.m. to midnight, Saturday and Sunday noon to midnight.

Choice of appetizer included with each entrée:
Mojo-roasted half-chicken $15.75
Petite pork osso buco $19.75
Veal churrasco with shoestring fries $23.75
Miso-glazed orange roughy $23.75
Cappuccino flan $2.50

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Appetizers get split down the middle between hot and cold. The former includes those aforementioned ham croquettes, a signature item at Dolores. The six cylinders of serrano-studded potatoes are small (about two inches long) and so tender they melt on the tongue.

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Other heated starters are vegetable spring rolls, calamari with pepperoncini on flatbread, and huevos estrellados. Skip the huevos unless you're in the mood for a Denny's-style breakfast — a skillet pan with loose shreds of hash browns and mushrooms topped by fried eggs. The lentil soup (offered along with a soup of the day) is also a weak point. The tomato base and beef infusion make it a heavier version than most, although not entirely unsatisfying.

Cold apps comprise mainly salads: a classic wedge with Roquefort dressing; a not-at-all-classic Mexican Caprese (tomato, mozzarella, and guacamole); a flavor-packed panoply of spinach, goat cheese, pecans, and butternut squash spiked with sesame dressing; and "the real caesar" salad. Given three whole hearts of romaine lettuce drizzled with dressing, thin planks of shaved Parmesan littered atop the leaves, and two long Parmesan crostini, some diners might question what's so "real" about the plate. Whole leaves? No anchovies? Generally acknowledged creator Caesar Cardini never used the little fish and supposedly served the leaves whole in order to be eaten with the fingers. (Then again, one can never be sure, for there are more claimants to the so-called true caesar recipe than anchovies in a can.)

Entrées in the $15.75 category include a couple of snack-like meals, such as a duo of fish sliders (fried Key West dolphin and seared ahi tuna) and a thin-crusted pizza with "fresh hand-crushed cherry tomato sauce" and a blanket of melted mozzarella cheese (also offered "diavola"-style or with "applewood BLT" topping).

One can also find in this bargain-bin batch an expansive cutlet of chicken Milanese that nearly covers the plate, along with a pile of zesty arugula salad; a pasta-free pasta Bolognese made from zucchini ribbons (which looked and smelled good passing by us in the room); and the aforementioned mojo-roasted half-chicken with spinach and artichokes — a big bird, moist and bathed with mellow mojo sauce, a nod to head chef Adonix Renteria's native Cuba.

The $19.75 courses encompass gnocchi with shrimp and salsa de aji amarillo; seared sea-salted salmon; "Mikey's slow-braised steak" (with Portobello mushrooms and creamy arborio rice); and a pair of fall-off-the-bone tender "petite pork ossobuco" (really pork ribs) slicked with a slightly spicy, slightly sweet, barbecue-style sauce. A mound of fluffy mashed potatoes on the side had spinach woven through it.

Eight-ounce skirt-steak flaps of juicy, char-grilled veal churrasco lead off the $23.95 list with gusto — as tasty as any other cut of veal I've had in some time. Chimichurri sauce and a tin of cleanly crisp shoestring fries are apt accompaniments.

Other high-range choices are New York strip steak with Gorgonzola butter; Kobe miniburgers; miso-glazed orange roughy; and a messy medley of one lobster cannelloni, two seemingly boiled shrimp, and three seafood ravioli blanketed by red sauce. The churrasco is the best choice.

(The bill of fare at lunch, incidentally, offers some of the same items and works the same way as at dinner, except with smaller portions and lower prices: $13.75, $16.75, and $20.75.)

The dessert menu is a little Ferris wheel; as you spin it, the options, individually written on small cards, flip up one by one: a deconstructed mojito of lime sorbet and rum jelly (refreshing!); cappuccino flan (creamy and delicious); and the only $5 treat, "Message in a Bottle." The last involves a large white plate and a tray filled with a warm homemade brownie, a scoop of vanilla ice cream, strawberries, vanilla whipped cream, and chocolate syrup and powder. It's a do-it-yourself deal, and though I would rather have had the kitchen staff do it for me, the brownie was tasty.

Oh, and the bottle in the name: It's a giant Stoli vessel with paper and a pen. You write a message and put it in, and at month's end, the best are selected and their authors rewarded with free meals for two. Crazy is a fun place this way.

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8 comments
Sarah L Dotson84
Sarah L Dotson84

I was so let down with the service at this place! The hostess was rude to us, and it took forever for us to get sat...and then it took a good 20 minutes to get greeted and served. It was so loud on the patio that we moved inside...except it was full to the brim with drunken, large parties of people. The food was mediocre and the service was terrible. Nice concept for a restaurant though.

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Riki
Riki

I 100% agree, Not Crazy About This Place. My girlfriends and I had an awful experience here. The food was so-so and the service was arguably the worst I've ever experienced in Miami in nearly a decade. Osso bucco with barbecue sauce? Blasphemy! I'll never return.

Lee
Lee

They serve pork with barbecue sauce, and they call it "pork osso bucco," but it is not osso bucco. I find that barbecue sauce actually goes pretty well with pork.

Not Crazy about this Place
Not Crazy about this Place

This is the first time I 100% disagree with a review by Lee Klein. I visited this restaurant on a Friday night and it was loud, full of drunken dinners, and the food seemed to come off a plastic tray of Lean Cuisine (or worse, Hungryman). The sauces were clearly not fresh, and the salad I had, the spinach, goat cheese, butternut squash, was barely edible. The only thing it was "spiked with" was flat, uninteresting flavor. Sure, the prices are fine, but I'd much rather spend my $15.75 for a pizza at Harry's or a salad at Gigi. The face that this restaurant was packed on a Monday night only proves that Miami has a long way to go in its path to discovering a true palate.

 
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