When we first heard a Pubbelly restaurant would be opening on the mainland, our ears perked up. We love the PB boys, but making it out to the beach to visit their restaurants can sometimes be a hassle. After learning that PB Station would open with the Langford Hotel in Downtown Miami, we waited for construction of the building to finish. And waited. And waited some more.
The hotel, which was scheduled to open last year, finally opened a little over a month ago, and so did PB Station. The New American craft eatery is designed to look like a train station — think Grand Central, not Metrorail — and it certainly took us for a tasty ride. We liked it all, but here’s what we liked the most about this new Downtown hotspot.
The Seafood Charcuterie: This is not your typical meat board. Why? 1) There’s no meat and 2) it’s better. If the name deters you, don’t think about it — just do it. Instead of the usual (and boring) options like Serrano ham, salami and the like, you can choose from delicious offerings like rock shrimp mortadella and OCTOPUS PEPPERONI. If you can’t tell, we really like the latter. Its super surprising (and awesome) flavor profile really sold us — the spice and tang from the casing is legit. You can’t go wrong with either option. We need to go back for the Thai lobster sausage; A+ for creativity.
The Baby Chicken: Simple and oh so nice. After loading up on “seafood meats” (hehe) and a few of the heavier apps — nori pappardelle ftw — we kept things nice and light. This dish is a must: It may not look like much on paper, but stop being superficial. The meat is so juicy and flavorful that it should be illegal, and its accompaniments — Brussels sprouts and kalamata olives — add some good saltiness to the mix. A satisfying bite each time.
The Sides: While some of the mains come with sides, make room for more. We wouldn’t mind visiting PB Station just to eat the sides, to be honest. Our picks: the green beans and the Dutch marble potatoes. The former, with cream of pork, mushrooms and French fried onions, had a great crunch to it, and we couldn’t get enough of the ground mustard, which really woke up the dish and turned it into some next-level goodness. The Dutch marble potatoes has a lot going on with oxtail ragu and duck fat mayonnaise, and it all works together so well. We loved the crispness of the taters with the sweetness of the oxtail alongside some roasted red pepper. We just got hungry thinking about it.
The Drinks: Bar Chef Derek Stillman has developed one hell of a cocktail menu. It’s so good that we’ve had everything on it (not all in one visit, obviously). Don’t leave without trying the Yogi Berra. Whether you like baseball or not, you’ll like this rye whiskey concoction that’s infused with Cracker Jacks and peanut; its Instagram-worthy presentation is worth the ticket price alone.
Another fave: the Scarlet Ibis. Gin, fernet, mate tea syrup, grapefruit juice …
PB Station has brought Pubbelly-quality food to the mainland, and for that, our stomachs are grateful. There’s a lot of standout items on the menu — seriously, get the seafood charcuterie — and there’s still a lot of stuff we want to go back and try. This is an exciting time in Downtown Miami with all the revitalization projects in the works, and PB Station and its rooftop bar counterpart Pawn Broker are more than doing their parts to turn the area around. If you never had a reason to visit Downtown Miami, you do now.
PB Station is located at 121 SE 1st St inside the Langford Hotel in Downtown. For hours of operation and other information, visit their official website or call 305-420-2205.