When one door closes, another one opens. Although diners bid farewell to Shelborne South Beach’s Sarsaparilla Club last year, Top Chef stars Jeff McInnis and Janine Booth — the couple behind the American dim sum restaurant — aren’t done saying goodbye to the hotel property: They’ve now opened a popup of their beloved New York eatery Root & Bone, giving guests plenty of reasons to salivate.
Few foods excite us like fried chicken. There’s something about the juicy bird and crispy skin … omg brb drooling all over the keyboard right now.
Where were we? Oh yeah, fried chicken. We love it and its many iterations — hot chicken included. Earlier this year, Miami got a taste of hot chicken at Wynwood Yard from Richard Hales (Sakaya Kitchen/Blackbrick) and his latest concept, Bird & Bone. The popup has since made a permanent move to The Confidante and taken over the old Seagrape location.
With the bigger space comes a bigger menu filled with Southern favorites beyond the bird. Make no mistake: The chicken is the main attraction (and rightfully so), but you’re going to want to try a little bit of everything … and you should.
Having really enjoyed Morimoto at the Shelborne Wyndham Grand, we were bummed to see it shutter last September. Thankfully, its replacement has made that loss a very distant memory. Chefs Jeff McInnis and Janine Booth, no strangers to Miami, have made their way back to the Magic City to open The Sarsaparilla Club in the Iron Chef’s former space. An American dim sum concept, it’s the first of two restaurants the couple plans to open in the 305. If our recent experience at The Sarsaparilla Club was any indication, the duo is already 1 for 1.