4

West Miami Seafood Spot Disco Fish is Revived

^
Keep New Times Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Miami and help keep the future of New Times free.

Unless you've time-traveled straight from the Mad Men era, you may not be too familiar with lobster Thermidor. The out-of-date, insanely rich dish made with diced, cooked lobster meat blended with egg yolks, cream, and brandy first appeared in France prior to the turn of the 20th Century and seemed to have gone out of style around the same time as the Jheri curl.

True, it still exists in a few pockets in Miami, including Captain's Tavern Restaurant in Pinecrest and sometimes at the high-end Miami Beach icon the Forge. But when Ioneth Cruces took over the aging Disco Fish Restaurant & Grill in West Miami, she knew it had to be on the menu.

"You can't find it anywhere," she says of the buttery, luxurious dish. "I've wanted to open a restaurant for 20 years, and when I did, I said, 'I have to have it.' "

She and her brother William Sanchez reopened the place three months ago with a fresh coat of powder-blue paint, some nautical knickknacks, and a classic Cuban seafood menu that's been welcomed by the community where Disco Fish was a mainstay for more than two decades.

"When we were building the place, people driving by kept asking, 'When, when?' " Cruces says.

On a recent weekday around lunchtime, the place was nearly full of patrons squeezing lime wedges before tearing into fried snapper and kingfish. If you're not coming for the Thermidor or fried fish, though, don't miss the grouper soup. A mountain of ground meat and cubes of boiled potatoes arrive in an oversize bowl enveloped in a fragrant, slick broth. In the style of the Garcia family's La Camaronera, there's a pan con minuta, but skip over Disco's version and opt for the pan con croquetas de pescado instead. It costs only $5, and the croquetas are spot on: appropriately fishy, studded with tiny squares of red pepper, and neither too dense nor too creamy.

There's only one problem with the place, and that's its proximity to Sonia's Seafood, with its sprawling fish market and cheap beers on a man-made lake. These are the kinds of problems to dream about.

Grouper soup $3

Pan con croquetas de pescado $5

Whole fried snapper market price

Lobster Thermidor market price

Disco Fish Restaurant & Grill

1540 SW 67th Ave., West Miami; 305-262-6667; discofishandgrill.com. Daily 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Follow Short Order on Facebook, on Twitter @Short_Order, and Instagram @ShortOrder.

For more follow Zach on Twitter or Instagram.

Keep Miami New Times Free... Since we started Miami New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Miami, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Miami with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Miami.

 

Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Miami.