Neighborhood Joints

Cane a Sucre in North Miami Beach: Fig, Gorgonzola, and Honey With French Wine

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Owners Michael and Sinuhé Vega are no strangers to the industry. They previously owned Uva 69 on Biscayne Boulevard. Michael, a chef who trained in Switzerland and France, came up with the idea of a thoughtfully made sandwich paired with a good glass of wine. Sinuhé, an artist who has exhibited artwork in the U.S. and Europe, is the brains behind the small business. He explains that opening in "underserviced areas with great potential" is the way to go. The location near MOCA, along with the nearby galleries and antique shops, is also a plus. The brothers try to incorporate as much of their French and Cuban roots into the place as possible. Small salutes to those roots include El Cubano sandwich ($8), with slow-roasted pork, caramelized onions, pepper jack cheese, and cornichons. The rest of the menu is relatively simple, albeit with small, thoughtful details.

The menu primarily consists of baguette sandwiches (including the breakfast varieties) and salads, French pastries, a few desserts, a small wine list, and burgers. A caesar salad ($6.50) comes topped with marinated red peppers, shaved Parmesan cheese, and croutons made from their homemade baguette. The house-made dressing is garlicky but not overpowering.

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