The Scoop on South Miami's 72nd Bar & Grill

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72nd Bar & Grill isn't the 72nd moderately priced, neighborhoody bar and grill to open in Miami since the Great Recession took a blowtorch to upscale dining establishments. It's actually the latest venture of the husband and wife and chef team of Juan and Vani Maza, late of the nearby Alta Cocina, which they sold earlier this year.

Everything for everybody is pretty much 72's culinary philosophy, with a menu of salads, pizzas, burgers, pastas, charcuterie and more substantial entrees to go along with a pair of bars, one raw, the other whipping up unleaded milkshakes (for kids) and high-test ones (for adults).

Signature dishes include an Asian-style burger with pulled pork, slaw

and apple chutney; pasta carbonara with snow peas, bacon, brie and

sun-dried tomatoes; burgundy-braised short ribs with sweet potato

purees; Kobe skirt steak with choice of sauces and desserts like goat

cheese cheesecake and white chocolate-banana bread pudding.

The South Miami restaurant sports a stylish yet cozy earth-toned décor

with dark wood floor, indoor and outdoor seating and will likely be

followed by a 73rd moderately priced, neighborhoody bar and grill as

local restaurateurs try to stay one step ahead of the economic Grim


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Bill Citara