The North Miami corner that used to
host Dogma, and before that, Pancho Villa, now holds four month old
baguette sandwich shop, Cane Á Sucre, and it's quickly becoming
North Miami's neighborhood joint.
Owners/brothers chef Michael and
Sinuhe Vega, former owners of the Midtown spot Uva 69, previously had
another restaurant also called Cane Á Sucre -- its first home is
where Midtown's Tapas y Tintos now rests but the Vega brothers
were forced to look elsewhere due to the landlord "increasing
the rent by eight times as much" as the original agreement, says
Sinuhe. Though the narrow stretch of indoor space has limited
seating with only bar stools lining the wall-to-wall windows facing
Biscayne, the lime green umbrellas outside offer a dose of shade on
the busy corner that it sits on.
Nearly all seats were occupied on
Saturday afternoon -- with newbies and regulars pouring in. Why such a
commotion over this fairly new place?
For starters, it stands out -- fast food chains like Taco Bell and McDonald's are just a block south of it and Burger King sits just a few blocks north -- and there's nothing like it in the area; customers ranged from Post Office workers, to city officials to families to girlfriends catching up over lunch, all in search of fair-priced healthy and delicious food.
The fresh baguette sandwiches can be purchased by the half or by the whole, my "El Milano" came with fresh mozzarella which had a cloud-like consistency that gently overflowed from the warm baguette and the shaved prosciutto would satisfy any salt craving.
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Perhaps one of the most intriguing facts about this restaurant is that they make everything from scratch, from the sauces to the dressings and even their own mayonnaise. "El Cobb" salad looked like a master-piece as thick slices of avocado enshrined the bed of lettuce and veggies.
And the soup -- oh my -- even though a hot liquid dish may not immediately come to mind with our heavily humid atmosphere, the cream of vegetable soup could be summed up in one word alone: divine; its creamy butternut-squash taste was the highlight of conversations as people buzzed about it while they sipped from the small sample cup and ended up ordering a whole serving of it.
Breakfast sandwiches are also served and can be well paired with a beverage from the barista. One recommendation for the Vega brothers to incorporate: smoothies, that would be the icing on the cake.
Speaking of sweets, try the mango cheesecake with white chocolate emulsion or the $3 sangria (on select days). Go anytime from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. from Monday thru Saturday and discover North Miami's tasty gastronomic gathering spot.