Finga Licking Opens in Miami Gardens: Party With DJ Khaled

Tomorrow, Miami Gardens will get a new spot for fried lobster and grilled shrimp. Finga Licking, located at 17467 NW 27th Ave., will open Friday, July 24, with a party. The celebration will kick off around 3 p.m. with a ribbon-cutting ceremony featuring Miami Gardens Mayor Oliver Gilbert. Then it's on to the festivities. From 3 to 6 p.m., 99 Jamz will be onsite, and DJ Khaled, along with some special surprise guest stars, will provide the entertainment. There will also be a red carpet.

Elrich Prince, best known for his Poe Boy Music Group, opened the flagship Finga Licking at the former Arnold's Royal Castle on 125th Street in North Miami last Memorial Day weekend. The music mogul decided to go into the restaurant business after tasting chef Latosia Colton's food. He convinced the chef to collaborate on the first Finga Licking. "I want people to know they can get good food away from South Beach."

Now, Prince is opening a second restaurant, in Miami Gardens. Although the menu here will be the same as the one at the original location, this new, smaller Finga Licking will focus on take-out; however, there are a substantial number of seats in the dining room, decorated with red accents. Store manager Sharod Robinson says that the first location remains, after all, the "flagship" of the group.

Finga Licking's North Miami location has become a musicians' hangout of sorts, with celebrities like Mike Tyson and Flo Rida frequenting the restaurant. When the North Miami location opened, Sean Combs widely promoted a video of the place on his I Am Diddy Instagram account.

The restaurant features a mix of Caribbean and soul food favorites such as fried lobster ($22.99), grilled shrimp sautéed with onions and peppers ($15.99), and fried turkey ($13.99). Sides include mac 'n' cheese, sweet candied yams, string beans, and steamed broccoli. 

Finga Licking's hours are Monday through Saturday from noon to 2 a.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to midnight.

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Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times. She has been featured on Cooking Channel's Eat Street and Food Network's Great Food Truck Race. She won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature about what it's like to wait tables.
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