It’s rare that we head down south from our Flagami abode. Going to places like Dadeland is a trek, and it really has to be worth our while for us to make the trip. However, all you have to say is “Barley” and we’re there. The American brasserie recently debuted several new menu items, and we had a chance to try quite a few. If you need a compelling reason to visit Dadeland, Chef Jorgie Ramos is giving you plenty.
It’s finally here to stay: Downtown Dadeland’s Barley has a new permanent home, and it’s just a few blocks east of its original location. Despite landlord issues, construction setbacks and just about every other problem imaginable afflicting the American brasserie, Chef/Owner Jorgie Ramos and his team haven’t missed a beat and are back to cranking out the quality food that diners have come to expect.
Here are six reasons we’ve loving the new spot.
When Downtown Dadeland favorite Barley closed in February due to leasing issues, we knew Chef Jorgie Ramos wouldn’t waste any time finding a new space for his classic American comfort food restaurant. The talented chef fought tooth and nail to keep the place open despite major landlord issues over the years.
Now, Barley has a new landlord and a new Downtown Dadeland location that’s set to open later this year. Until then, Chef Ramos is keeping busy with a new pizza and oyster pop-up concept: Faith and Pizza. After checking out the Italian gastropub/raw bar a few weeks back, you can consider us converted.
If you haven’t noticed, we go out to eat a lot. It’s sometimes hard to keep track of the best spots we’ve visited each month (and week and day). That’s why we’ve decided to put together a monthly list of our top picks. You can expect restaurants both young and old on this list — we’re always discovering new spots on our foodie adventures.
Here are our top picks for February 2015. We selected an evolving Dadeland restaurant, a Coral Gables staple that recently switched chefs, and a cozy Surfside deli.