The Spillover Fresh Seafood, Cider and Mead Bar
Coming from the same family as Kush and Lokal, The Spillover had a lot to live up to in my book. Being the adventurous little sister that she is, The Spillover turns more toward seafood forward dishes instead of the burger scene. Stepping into the restaurant takes you slightly back in time as the waiters and waitresses are dressed in suspenders and newsboy hats. Tins of old bay seasoning make up the bar structure and old fashioned tin salt & pepper shakers are placed at each table.
Like any smart younger sibling (not that I have experience or anything) she took a few tips from her older siblings Kush and Lokal in the alcohol department. The Spillover specializes in ciders and meads. What is a mead you ask? Mead is a type of wine created through the fermentation process of honey and water. Once this base is created flavors are added and sometimes even hops.
Alright, lets get down to the good stuff – food! My friend and I were seated happily at a quaint little table for two. We decided to start with the Rustic Heirloom Tomato Salad – Tri-colored, thick cut Heirloom tomatoes served with slices of feta cheese, cucumbers, watermelon, red onions, oregano and mint, drizzled with extra virgin olive oil, LoKal vinaigrette, garnished with sea salt and cracked black pepper.
This is not your average tomato and feta salad people – this is genius. I never would’ve thought to add watermelon in with the tomato but it perfectly balanced out the salty feta. The Lokal vinaigrette also had a hint of sweet making every bite better than the last. This dish was bursting with flavor.
Next up, the buffalo cauliflower. If you’re a vegetarian or vegan and have never had a buffalo chicken wing – order this. Heirloom cauliflower baked in our homemade buffalo sauce, topped with chives and our very own blue cheese dressing. The buffalo sauce was tangy with a little bit of spice and the creamy bleu cheese wasn’t over powering. The cauliflower was cooked perfectly, not mushy but not too hard and I also felt like I was doing myself a favor by eating a vegetable so there’s that.
Then I decided to completely ruin that healthy thought and ordering the Pan con Minuta – Fried snapper topped with a homemade fish dressing, cocktail sauce, dry slaw, diced red onions and tomato, served on a challah bun. All of the fish served at The Spillover is locally caught in Miami, Fort Lauderdale and the Bahamas. This sandwich was so crispy and then mixed with the homemade dressing on a buttered challah bun – it’s a perfect bite.
Since we ate our vegetables we decided to eat dessert and I’m pretty sure it was the best decision we could’ve made. Baby’s Guava Bread Pudding – Guava, three milks, roasted pecans, homemade whipped cream, chopped toffee and topped with caramel sauce. This bread pudding is everything you want and more. It’s like tres leches mixed with bread pudding mixed with guava and toffee goodness. It’s cold, sweet, nutty, crunchy and soft all at the same time. I think I’ll get two next time.
The Spillover is located in Coconut Grove at 2911 Grand Avenue, Suite 400D Coconut Grove ,FL 33133 For reservations or more information, call: (305) 456-5723 or, visit: http://spillovermiami.com/contact/