If you're craving a burger and some beer in Coconut Grove or Wynwood, there's a good chance LoKal or Kush is your
"Ciders are an amazing drink that not only
At his new Coconut Grove eatery, located at 2911 Grand Ave. behind the Mayfair hotel,
"When you go to a Japanese restaurant, you order sake and it automatically feels right," he says. "We want to make it so that when you come to the Spillover, you order a cider or mead because you're at the Spillover and it will taste amazing."
The Spillover will feature a cider and mead bar, the first of its kind in Coconut Grove.
the eatery's cider offerings as "crisp and funky palate-opening liquids for the gods." He warns that it might take three to five trials to adapt to its taste, but once it happens, you're good to go.
Photo by Gill Bitton
"I remember studying in Spain and eating at a seafood shack, and at the table next to me, I saw a Spaniard pouring a drink four feet from the glass," he says. "It was an amazing show. I had to try what it was, and they told me it was a cider. Expecting the sugar crap I had previously been told was cider, my palate rejected it. But as I kept drinking it, it warmed up
Almost a year ago, he told New Times that opening the Spillover has been a long time coming, saying he always dreamed of a neighborhood joint where Miamians could get local seafood, like a grouper sandwich or a lobster BLT, along with various ciders and meads, in an affordable and casual environment. Though it's been nearly two decades since Kuscher studied abroad, the experience stuck with him.
"I still order Spanish ciders every time I can and always have bottles at my house," he says. "Now that I'm fortunate enough to open places where people can socialize and have a good time, I'm ready to share my secret with Miami. I hope they enjoy it as much as I have over the last 20 years."
Barbecued gator ribs
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Ciders, sours, and
The menu will feature more than 50 plates. He says 15 of them, including the pan con
Among menu items, expect to see the "babagooey" burger, served on a challah bun and topped with Brie and caramelized apples; Old Bay pan-seared crabcake with homemade cocktail and stone crab mustard sauces; Spillover's rendition of pan con
"One of the cool things we're doing is that every one of our lobster dishes has an entire live lobster that we're cooking in
As for dessert, swap Kush and LoKal's key lime pie for the Spillover's banana crème pie. It's made with vanilla beans, a walnut-and-graham-cracker crust, creamy cheesecake, strawberry sauce, and
Mrs. McHugh’s banana crème pie
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Though Kuscher hopes to see most diners pairing plates with ciders, beverage director Vanessa Guiracoche will offer a list of European beers and alternating flavors of Counter Culture kombucha on tap, as well as Eternity Roasters cold brew on nitro. “With LoKal around the corner and Kush already killing the local and craft American beer game, we wanted to focus on Europe since they go perfect with our menu and add to what we’re doing with the ciders," Kuscher says.
If you're wondering what the name "Spillover" has to do with seafood or ciders, it doesn't. Kuscher planned to open the restaurant next door to LoKal, making it the "spillover from LoKal." The deal fell through, but his fondness for the name remained. "Now we look at it like it's a joke since there are no restaurants next door or close by to spill over," he says. "We're the No Spillover by LoKal."
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Though he wanted to open the restaurant last summer, unexpected construction obstacles delayed the launch. For now, Kuscher hopes to open officially in April.
Hours of operation will be Sunday through Tuesday from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Wednesday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. For more information, visit spillovermiami.com or call 305-456-5723.