If you like great food, Lokal and Kush need no introduction. The two restaurants draw in droves of locals for their signature items: craft beer and burgers. Now, the people behind these two Coconut Grove and Wynwood favorites have opened a third eatery. Dubbed The Spillover, this latest concept specializes in local seafood, ciders and meads, and it’s already taking the neighborhood by storm.
At The Spillover, family-style eating is the name of the game. Prepare yourself for huge portions and lots of libations. Before ordering your meal, take the time to peruse the giant selection of ciders, meads and good ol’ beer. There’s plenty of them, and odds are you won’t be familiar with some of them. That’s okay, though, because the restaurant has employed an extremely knowledgeable staff to take care of you. We were astounded by our server, who rattled off details as soon as the meads’ names left our mouths — no hesitation. A+ for service.
Once you’re settled in with your drink, get yourself a round of apps. You’ve probably seen the monstrous Buffalo Heirloom Cauliflower on the restaurant’s social media pages, and we can officially say it’s even bigger in person. Larger than our heads, this gigantic cauliflower packs some heat; it’s like buffalo chicken wings except, you know, cauliflower. If you’re in a large group, this is the perfect starter for the table — there’s more than enough for everyone.
The Lobster Cobb Salad is also big enough to share, but you won’t want to. Generous amounts of buttery lobster meat with Danish blue cheese and a red-wine vinaigrette make for one heck of a bite. While we ordered it as a starter for the table, it can easily double as an entree. At $25, it’s the most expensive salad on the menu, but it’s well worth every penny.
Remember when we mentioned this place is all about large portions? The Pan con Minuta is one of the biggest plates we’ve ever seen. When it was brought out, everyone on our side of the restaurant turned to look at the sandwich. It’s essentially a whole fried snapper between buns, and it’s glorious. After taking a few minutes to figure out how to eat this behemoth, we dug in and found the dish’s flavor matched its size to the T. How this plate is only $13 is baffling — it’s SO MUCH FOOD.
Fans of veggie pasta will feel right at home with The Spillover’s rendition, which features spiraled zucchini with grilled shrimp and a fresh pesto sauce. Although we prefer good ol’ fashioned pasta — carbs ftw — the Veggie Pasta Tossed with Sauteed Shrimp should hit the spot for adventurous diners and Spiralizer enthusiasts.
You can’t leave with trying dessert, specifically Baby’s Guava Bread Pudding: guava, three milks, roasted pecans, homemade whipped cream, chopped toffee and caramel sauce. It’s decadence in a glass, and once you start eating, you won’t be able to stop. We also heard good rumblings about Mrs. McHugh’s Banana Cream Pie, so you may want to check that one out if guava isn’t your thing (Editor’s Note: we can’t be friends).
With The Spillover, the team behind Kush and Lokal have another hit on their hands. There was a dearth of good seafood in the Grove, and the restaurant is more than making up for it. As Coconut Grove continues to revitalize, The Spillover is a welcome addition to the neighborhood — and one that should have no problem achieving the success of its sister restaurants.