American Social just opened its second location in Brickell, bringing much of the same delectable food and brews from its Fort Lauderdale outpost. Located on the ground floor of the Neo Vertika building, this new spot is almost four times as big as the original according to owner Rick Mijares. Based on the large crowds we’ve seen during our multiple visits, every inch of the 10,000 square-foot space is being put to good use.
We had the chance to sample a variety of items off the menu, which features an assortment of American fare including monster burgers, customizable mac ‘n cheese and some tasty small plates.
Our evening started off with two crowdpleasers: the pretzel bites and poke tuna bites. The former is simple yet delicious: The housemade pretzel nuggets come with a side of cherry mustard as well as dijon. We were a fan of both sides, but the cherry mustard caught our attention more; it’s initial subtle flavor gives way to a nice kick in the end. The pretzel bites wash down wonderfully with one of the dozens of craft beers that call AmSoBar home.
As for the tuna poke bites… wow. Rick mentioned they were among his menu favorites, and we saw why instantly. The tuna was beyond fresh and the guacamole mousse added a layer of zest that really brought the plate full circle. If there is one dish you must try, make it this one — you can take that to the bank. When we finished the appetizer, Dianne and I silently weeped (and immediately wanted more).
Salads aren’t exactly the most interesting thing in the world to eat, especially a plain ‘ol Caesar Salad. Well, American Social Bar realized that and really worked on the presentation for their salads. In an attempt to be somewhat healthy during our dinner, we ordered their version of a Caesar salad. Instead of a mish-mash of greens doused in dressing, we were presented with one and a half neatly-organized heads of romaine lettuce that were well-dressed and topped with olive toast and anchovies — a very nice and unexpected touch.
Our attempt at eating healthy was negated by the following dish: the popular Fried Chicken B.L.A.T. (pronounced Blat). This humongous sandwich looked delicious, and it lived up to its appearance. The southern fried chicken breast and jalapeño bacon made for a tasty combination inside that challah bun. Did we mention the fries? The hand cut fries were nice and salty, and we scarfed them down like wild beasts — no fucks given.
The B.L.A.T. was a tough act to follow. After such a great sandwich, the Rock Shrimp Risotto didn’t really impress us. It’s not a bad dish, but after such a nice trip through Flavortown, we found that the risotto was lacking the oomph of its tastier counterparts. Next time, we’d probably opt for the Lamb Ragu or Chicken Under a Brick instead.
We wanted to get dessert, but we were stuffed. The portions at American Social are large, and you definitely get your money’s worth. On previous occasions, we have had the Chicken and Waffles (worth every penny) and the Mac ‘n Cheese (get it with short rib).
Overall, we’re very happy with this solid addition to the Brickell scene. For us, it means no more driving up to Broward for some awesome bar food.
Even if the food isn’t your thing, you’ll want to check out the beer selection; the menu leans heavily toward local brews. Whether you’re stopping by for a full dinner or just a drink, you can’t go wrong with a trip to American Social.
American Social Brickell is located at 690 Southwest 1st Court and open Monday-Sunday. Call (786) 801-2466 or visit americansocialbar.com for reservations and hours of operation.