When we last wrote about American Social, we raved about their monster portions. There was no chance in hell you would be leaving hungry. But sometimes, you don’t want to hate yourself after a meal. Sometimes, you just want a drink and a more manageable bite (or two).
Thankfully, American Social Brickell read our minds. While big plates still make an appearance on the menu, the Brickell hotspot has now added smaller, shareable dishes to their repertoire. If you want a giant, awesome burger — only $5 on Mondays — you can still have that. But if you just want a night out with a glass of wine, a craft beer or a cocktail plus a few tapas, American Social has you covered, too.
After enduring a delectable 9-course tasting for the sake of research, we’re happy to report that AmSo’s new bites are a home run. These small plates turn up the flavor to 11 and add some fun variety to the menu. The P.E.I. mussels kicked things off with buttery goodness and got our palates ready for an onslaught of flavors.
The ropa vieja taco was hearty and generously packed with brisket, queso fresco, grilled corn and red peppers. Have a fork ready for any spillover; you won’t want to let any piece of this go to waste. If you don’t want such a heavy taco, the rock shrimp taco is a lighter option with tropical flavors from the coconut cheese sauce and avocado mousse. The only thing that could make the taco better is if they toasted the tortilla (hint, hint).
We’re sticklers when it comes to tomato soup. There is no room for watery tomato soup in our stomachs; it’s gross and a waste of calories. Fortunately, this was not the case with AmSo’s roasted heirloom tomato soup. It’s thicker and has a nice tang that pairs wonderfully with the grueye grilled cheese sandwich.
Other highlights during our meal: the pastrami sandwich, the diver scallops and the Niman Ranch strip loin. When one-half of Miami Food Pug is Jewish, your pastrami sandwich better not have us saying “Oy Vey.” Fortunately, it didn’t. The house-made pastrami was on point and made even better with the addition of Emmental cheese. Poppy seed slaw brought the dish full circle — and straight into our mouths.
Scallops aren’t something we’d typically order at a restaurant like this, but all it took was one bite to make us consider the thought. A bold chipotle aioli tried to hog the spotlight on this dish, but shout out to the zucchini fritters:
That Niman Ranch strip loin, though. If there’s one main to get, it’s this one. Not only is it a stellar piece of meat, but the roasted mushrooms and horseradish puree that come with it make for a unique, mouthwatering offering. Make sure to follow up this savory option with some sweetness: the poundcake and panna cotta are both solid finishers.
With these latest additions, American Social has gotten more playful with their menu and much more approachable. If you’ve visited the restaurant before and thought the food was too heavy, you’ll want to give the place a second chance. And if you’ve never been, you have the best of both worlds: hefty yet appetizing fare and small, delectable bites. It’s a win-win situation for everyone.
American Social – Brickell is located at 690 SW 1st Ct in Brickell. For hours of operation and more information, visit their official website or call 305-223-7004.