When we got word that Lester's, Wynwood's destination for beer, books, wine, espresso, and magazines was launching an expanded small bites menu, it seemed too good to be true. Owner Daniel Milewski's spot was already one of the best places to chill out with a book in Miami, but he felt something was missing in terms of edible ingredients, so he sought out food and beverage professional Chris Hudnall.
In order to introduce this new side of Lester's to the neighborhood, Daniel and Chris hosted a preview. Check out pictures of all of Lester's new munchies and booze options after the jump.
A place of exchanging ideas, and creating ideas, Lester's is a cultural meeting hub for artists, writers, and pretty much anyone who steps into Wynwood. While great ideas can be made perusing through books and magazines after having had a couple of coffees, beers, or wines, an empty stomach is no way to work. Enter Lester's upping their eats to small bites, hot-pressed sandwiches and housemade sodas. Don't worry, the Guatemalan coffee from Daniel's uncle Ricardo isn't going anywhere.
The Dippin' trio features house made hummus, baba ghanoush and tsatziki with pita chips for just $6. The baba ghanoush is excellent in taste, texture, and heat. They should make these by the pint and sell them.
Lester's is getting cheesy with its cured meat and cheese selection that features manchego, drunken goat cheese, and espresso rubbed chorizo. Some kalamata olives act as a sidekick. ($14)
Bloody Valentine cocktail combines strawberry infused sweet vermouth, rosemary, lime, honey, and shipyard export for a drink that will have anyone thinking clearly ($8).
While this looks like a blood Mary, it's actually baptized Lesterlada -- Narragansett, tomato, spices, lime, tabasco, and Worchestershire sauce ($7). An olive with a cornichon stuffed inside is a very nice touch, so is the spice. Take that, Mary.
a turkey sandwich with swiss, romaine, dijon mustard, sea salt, and pepper pressed down to a small bite for just $6. Pair that with WiFi and you're talking a working lunch. Just hold back on the beers. Also on the sandwich menu is the Parsons, mozzarella with tomato, honey, dijon mustard, and bacon jam ($7); and the Morrissey, a
tomato sandwich with basil and olive oil, also just seven dollars.
What's in the mystery box? Exactly what you were hoping for -- ramen. The Harrison pairs ramen noodles with cucumber, garlic, red pepper, scallion, housemade peanut teriyaki sauce. This cool noodle dish is exactly what you want out of ramen on a 100-degree Miami summer day.
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Danko salad mixes together arugula, clementine orange, walnut, gorgonzola, housemade citrus vinaigrette, and tuna salad, also housemade ($7).
Lester's espresso will keep you working on whatever you need to get done. Double-shot, house-made Chinese five spice syrup, and orange aromatic makes for a cup of Christmas in August. It's citrusy and not strong or bitter like your typical cup of java, but will do the trick. For only three bucks a pop, it will be easy to overdo it.
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