Neighborhood Joints

The Butcher Shop Revamps Menu: Lobster Mac 'n' Cheese, Chicken-Fried Steak, and Lots of Sausage

The Butcher Shop, which opened about two and a half years ago on NW 23rd Street in Wynwood, has added a medley of new plates and cocktails for the fall season.

The restaurant/beer garden/carnicería is the place to grab a beer and munch on some comfort food on an artsy, charmingly lighted patio. And now, as nights grow longer and temperatures drop, it's only fitting that the Wynwood eatery spruced up its meat-centric menu for diners to enjoy during prime-beer-garden season. 

The restaurant offers a range of small bites and plates, including Mongolian duck wings, smoked pork belly skewers, and German pretzels. Newly added to the bunch are prime carpaccio in a Parmesan balsamic glaze; lobster mac 'n' cheese; short-rib tacos in a signature secret sauce; and a platter of assorted sausages with new selections such as blue cheese fig, Chicago dog, and smoked chicken sausage.

If you're looking to share, go for the lobster mac 'n' cheese and the sausage platter; they offer a good combination of hot and cold, light and heavy. But if it's a plate-for-one kind of night, order the short-rib tacos. They're filling enough to leave you satisfied but ready for the next course.

In terms of entrées, the newly added chicken-fried steak — served with mashed potatoes, country gravy, and veggies — is prepared just crisp enough to keep the inside juicy. Traditional fish 'n' chips, with fries, malt vinegar, and tartar sauce, is also a new dish. 

But the most exciting fall additions were made to the cocktail menu, with five new boozy specials. The must-trys are the Morning Glory, made with Woodford Reserve bourbon, Kahlúa, orange bitters, and Aztec chocolate bitters with an orange twist; the Honey Me Berry, with Blackwell Rum, fresh strawberry purée, fresh lime juice, clover honey syrup, and Fever-Tree ginger beer; and the Horseshoe Cup, with Herradura Reposado tequila, fresh lemon juice, simple syrup, muddled rosemary, and lemon-lime soda. But if you must chose one, pick the Honey Me Berry, which pairs nicely with many of the dishes.

For dessert, try a more traditional dish like German apple strudel, or go for the Oreo cheesecake because it's just that good. It contains chocolate buttercream, baked caramel pecans, and yellow cake crust.

Oktoberfest is also still going on at the eatery. The limited-time menu includes homemade beer bratwurst on a pretzel stick, wiener schnitzel, German pretzels with cheddar béchamel sauce, and traditional apple strudel and ice cream. It ends October 31. 

For more information and reservations, visit or call 305-846–9120. 

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