We didn’t give Johnny Vinczencz a very enthusiastic welcome back in our review of Johnny V South Beach, but that doesn’t mean we don’t appreciate his long-time, big-flavored contributions to our local dining scene. After all, since the mid-1990s the man has been boldly going where no chef has gone before -- namely, Midwestern BBQ with a Caribbean kick.
And now, to celebrate summer, BBQ season, and the notion that restaurant reviewers won’t be pestering him again for awhile, Johnny is queing up for “Cuba-Cue,” a Cuban-style barbecue that will be held at his restaurant's spacious outdoor patio the third Thursday of each month throughout the summer.
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“Cooking outside is one of the great joys and benefits of living in South Florida,” says Vinczencz. “I wanted to give locals a laid-back but stylish spot to get some great barbecue, kick back with a drink and listen to live music. What better way to spend the night?”
How about with Kate Moss and a gram of cocaine? Heh-heh. But seriously, Vinczencz will be slow-cooking BBQ pork all day in the Cuban caja china (a wooden cooking box covered with burning coals), and will be dishing a slew of traditional sides such as black beans, rice, tostones, “as well as some savory surprises” .
We’ve saved the best part for last: The meal is priced at $10 per person, per plate. A Caribbean Cowboy Cocktail or classic mojito will go for $5. The premiere Thursday Cue comes May 17 at 7 p.m. Check out www.johnnyvsouthbeach.com for more details. --Lee Klein