A fillet of red snapper came crisp-skinned and plated with fried rice and red curry sauce. The rice was studded with rock shrimp and evidently any scrap of vegetable within reach of the cook doing the sauté. It all added up tasty enough, although the tomato-based sauce was unfortunately reminiscent, in texture and tomato content, of SpaghettiOs — albeit with a curry kick.

Next time we'll try one of the two proffered pastas: a "big ragout" of tagliatelle, pork and veal shoulder, and brisket in red sauce; and pancetta and clams with tagliolini, red onion, white wine, and butter.

A cheeseburger is as blue-collar as food gets, and the one here rocks. It's not clear, though, how many working stiffs are accustomed to shelling out 12 bucks for a burger, even if it comes with homemade fries. For $5 more, you might want to consider a hanger steak, which looked pretty big on the grill. Main-course prices top out at $18, although Friday and Saturday nights now bring a few additional "white collar" specials that can cost up to $30.

Chicken Cordon Bleu
Chicken Cordon Bleu

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Blue Collar

6730 Biscayne Blvd., 130
Miami, FL 33138

Category: Restaurant > Burgers

Region: Upper Eastside/Miami Shores/Biscayne Park

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Blue Collar

305-756-0366
bluecollarmiami.com

Lunch daily 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; dinner Sunday through Thursday 6 to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday 6 to 11:30 p.m.

Pork and beans $9
Shrimp and grits $11
Vaca frita-topped tostones $7
Braised brisket $17
Berry cobbler $6

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Except that Gallic chicken anomaly, the blue-collar theme is nimbly cohesive; the lunch boxes on the wall are in sync with the beverage offering of an unlimited thermos of Panther Coffee — which goes perfectly with a fresh berry cobbler served steamy-hot with a biscuit cap and a refreshing lack of sugary overload. The staff exudes a coffeehouse congeniality too and, like its diner brethren, provides competent if unpolished service.

Three-dollar cans of Pabst Blue Ribbon, whose popularity has surfed the blue-collar wave, fit into the scheme. But you can also nab a Cigar City IPA from Tampa, Terrapin Rye Pale Ale from Georgia, or Heineken from over yonder for $5 each. Wines by the glass start at $5, with bottles from the $20 range up to $42 (for a Pouilly-Fuissé from Girardin, France, or Banshee Pinot Noir from Sonoma County). The menu descriptions are unpretentiously friendly: "not so oaky" Chardonnay, "juicy" Pinot Noir, "big-time" Malbec, "easy drinking" Cab, and so forth.

Serfer is behind the line cooking, and with his blue baseball cap and smudged apron, he looks pretty damn blue-collar himself — and at this point, that's precisely what he is. The space is small enough that the chef can simply turn around and scan the room to see how things are proceeding. If he catches your eye, he'll ask how you're enjoying your meal.

"Very much," we replied. We were being as honest as the food.

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Adam
Adam

We love this place. Everything that we've had on our 2 visits have been great! We will definitely be back very soon. Adam/The Filling Station

 
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