Icebox Cafe, the small and bright restaurant nestled in Miami Beach's Sunset Harbour, has expanded to CityPlace Doral, Miami-Dade's new entertainment, restaurant, and lifestyle destination. Though the menu and cozy atmosphere emulate the flagship, Icebox Cafe Doral is a massive, two-story dining space where an informal, café-style area with an indoor-outdoor bar leads to a more sophisticated main dining room on the upper level.
The new-American concept, which opened nearly 20 years ago on a Lincoln Road side street, brings Mediterranean- and Middle Eastern-inspired dining to Doral, marking the first Icebox Cafe of four slated to open in the next year.
"Our growth strategy is focused on opening in areas with a strong customer base," owner Robert Siegmann told New Times, "places where demand for a fresh, new dining experience hasn’t yet been met."
Located a mile from Miami International Airport, the multilevel outpost offers a spacious café with comfortable seating and a large open kitchen, along with a 40-capacity indoor-outdoor bar. Upstairs, find a modern, art deco-inspired dining area with tables, booths, and a lounge area with a handful of leather chairs.
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Similar to Icebox Cafe's South Beach spot, the Doral location will serve brunch, lunch, and dinner items influenced by Siegmann’s world travels. There is also a cocktail menu and a wine list, along with a variety of organic juices and produce available for purchase.
The menu at Icebox Cafe Doral lists a few new items, including tandoori roasted cauliflower served with buttermilk green goddess dressing; ropa vieja lettuce wraps packed with braised brisket, roasted peppers, caramelized onions, and tomatillo sauce; pork chop milanese topped with mixed greens, torn mozzarella, and cherry tomatoes; and a rotating fish of the day prepared with a pomegranate glaze, roasted root vegetables, and walnut-tahini tartar sauce. Prices hover around $15.
For dessert, expect the signature deep-dish key lime pie with a graham cracker crust ($8.50); the Chocolate Delight ($9.95), layered with dark chocolate, creamy cheesecake brownie, chocolate mousse, and dark-chocolate ganache; and Icebox's version of the Devil Dog ($8.50): three layers of chocolate cake crowned with chocolate ganache, whipped cream, and chocolate frosting.
In addition to the Doral debut, an Icebox Cafe is expected to open at the Falls in Kendall this autumn. In spring 2018, the concept is slated to open at Aventura ParkSquare, a mixed-use development with a health-and-wellness spin in north Aventura. A few months later, in summer 2018, Icebox plans to open a company campus in Hallandale Beach. The location will include a restaurant; a greenhouse to grow vegetables for all Icebox locations across South Florida; and a commissary that will operate as a test kitchen, production site, and company headquarters.