Last year, we bid adieu to a beloved Coral Gables institution: Swine Southern Table & Bar. The pork-centric eatery shut its doors and took our favorite burnt ends with it. For a while, we wondered what would take its place. Now we know: Ad Lib, a new 50 Eggs concept involving pastry queen Hedy Goldsmith. Don’t expect Southern food — this place is all about the fine dining experience.
A lot of things can change in five years. That includes Miami’s culinary scene, which has grown exponentially since the first time we visited Swine Southern Table & Bar in 2013. We remember the meal vividly: It was our one-year anniversary as a couple, and those burnt ends and grits are items that we talk about to this day.
We visited several more times over the years, but as our blog grew, we moved on to focus more on new restaurants than old favorites. It wasn’t until a few weeks ago that we paid our old friend a visit and rediscovered our love for Swine.
When we last wrote about Palme d’Or, we were lavishing its Miami Spice menu with praise. After all, $39 for a meal at this five-diamond restaurant is an absolute steal. You know what else is a steal? The restaurant’s other tasting menus, which start at $115 for six magnificent courses.
We love Coral Gables. It’s a balanced city: Whatever your interests — food, history, culture, etc. — there’s something for everyone to enjoy in the neighborhood. That’s why it’s the perfect place for a staycation.
If you were to ask a local where to stay in The City Beautiful, odds are that the Biltmore Hotel would be at the top of the list. No building is more iconic — the structure’s history dates back to the 1920s. And while it is a luxury hotel, we found out firsthand that a big budget isn’t required to enjoy its accommodations.
Change is scary for most people, but not for The Local Craft Food + Drink’s Phil Bryant. At the Coral Gables gastropub, the chef actively embraces it in his Southern cuisine. What’s on the menu one day will be most likely be gone the other, making each visit to the neighborhood spot a unique one. Case in point: All the items we had during our visit for this story are no longer available.
It doesn’t matter, though, because one thing has remained the same at The Local under Chef Bryant’s care: the quality of the experience.