Close your eyes and think of the first food fantasy that comes to mind. No...not the one where you slather Chrissy Teigen with chocolate. The one where you eat copious amounts of beef and beer.
Ms. Teigen is unavailable, but you now can have your share of steak and your choice of hundreds of beers at Beer 360 in Sunny Isles.
The recently opened restaurant is the brainchild of Brazilian native, Luiz Gustavo, who figured you can't go wrong with serving lots of beer to go with your beef. But there's a reason behind the name -- and there's significance behind the number 360.
Gustavo explains that the "360" in the name stands for 360 degrees, meaning a "world view" of food and beer. Dishes at Beer 360 are named after various landmarks throughout the globe, some of them not quite making sense. For instance, chicken wings served with fried yucca are named after the Taj Mahal ($9) and top sirloin with apricot chicken sausage is called Loch Ness ($8). Others match spot on, like the Trevi Fountain salad ($7) of Buffalo mozzarella, tomato, and basil.
The main attraction of the restaurant is the meat, prepared by chef Yasmin Rocha. Picanha steak and other proteins are slow cooked in a special brick furnace, then brought to your table in a mini furnace, heated by natural charcoal, to keep it warm while you dine. What to choose? Well, there's beef ribs "Mount Rushmore" ($19); galeto "Sistine Chapel" ($15); and (our favorite) "Christ Redeemer" filet mignon ($19).
To wash down your "Christ Redeemer", choose from the 360 different beers, curated from around the globe. The restaurant features 40 different beers on tap and 320 different bottles from 35 different countries. Some finds include a Thirty-Three Export from Vietnam ($7); Efes Dark from Turkey ($8); and Innis & Gunn Rum Cask from the U.K. ($10).
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Beer 360's official grand opening celebration is May 21, but the restaurant is now open and serving. In fact, this week is a great time to try them out because from now until Friday, May 9, when you buy one entree, you'll get a second free (of equal or lesser value).
Beer 360 is open Sunday - Thursday from 11:30 a.m. - 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday from 11:30 a.m. - 11 p.m.