Limited Edition Caffe & Vino Buono at Ironside: Java, Cookies, and BYOB
Photos by Carla Torres
If you're lucky enough to work from home, you know the dangers of staying in your pajamas and posting up on your couch with your computer (falling asleep and watching too many cat videos). This is why people work in coffee shops. Know what's better than a coffee shop? A coffee and wine bar with tapas. Even better than that? The fact that the wine portion is currently BYOB.
Enter Limited Edition Caffe & Vino Buono. Perched inside the Ironside Miami Complex in Northeast Miami, Limited Edition is brought to you by the same guys behind Toscana Divino and Ironside Pizza located right next door. A courtyard with lawn furniture, tables, Wi-fi, and, soon to come, hammocks connects the two, which means you can make a whole breakfast, work, lunch, wine, and dinner situation happen here.
There's a real rustic meets industrial vibe going on, but it works. Think distressed iron floor-to-ceiling window paneling, rusted mix-and-matched chairs straight from Europe, and vintage light fixtures from New York. Knick-knacks in the form of typewriters, antique sailboats, and books that give the place an old-world feel, inviting you to get lost in your wander (or that book you've been meaning to read for months). You'll even get used to the train that passes by every so often (there're tracks right behind the complex). The noise grows on you.
But in addition to reading and working, Limited Edition is a place to take a date or get acquainted with someone. Do so over a cup of their unique blend of Forza Coffee, created specifically for them.
The drip brew, spur-of-the-moment method is what's at play in their house java.. "What that means is it hasn't been sitting around 20 minutes," says TD Hospitality chef de cuisine Jeff Maxfield. "And it helps take away from the bitterness." Maxfield got creative with this custom-made piece from Home Depot that looks like it actually belongs in Downton Abbey.
Photos by Carla Torres
Speaking of Downtown Abbey, Limited Edition also has Adiago tea and homemade cookies. "The best thing about cookies is the raw cookie dough, but you can't sell that to someone." Instead, Maxfield took six months to get his dough right to where he wanted it. The result is chocolate chip and mud slide (yes, mud slide) cookies that are perfectly crisp on the outer edges and gooey at the center (just like a cookie should be). Each one will set you back $2, which considering their circumference, is pretty nice.
Cold-pressed juices like lemon, lime and agave nectar or pure Florida orange and raw cane sugar are available for $7. On the sweet and savory finger foods side there's housemade pistachio cake ($3), cornetti (croissants) with Nutella or organic jam ($3.50), and empanadas ($2). Smaller plates with more substance include heirloom tomato with buffalo ricotta and mint ($12), Gorgonzola dolce with walnuts and Paradise Farms honey ($12), and hummus with wood roasted peppers and feta ($10).
Pockets of pizza heaven.
A sandwich of the day, as well as the full Ironside Pizza menu is also available. Order the involtini di pizza, which are like pockets of heaven filled with cotto ham, salami, mozarella, and truffle oil ($12). As is the fact the the current wine situation at both Limited Edition and Ironside is BYOB. Did we mention there's no corkage fee either? Consider it mentioned. Eventually, both locales plan on having a well curated list of are fairly priced but hard to find vineyard productions and boutique wines by the glass and bottle, ranging from $30 to $40 for the bottle.
For now though, you're just going to have to settle to a glass on the house every time a train goes by. Working hard or hardly working?
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