After helping put Miami on the culinary map more than a decade ago, Top Chef Masters alum Lorena Garcia has returned to Miami to debut her restaurant Chica Restaurant second location. The eatery, which has its original outpost in Las Vegas, is a partnership with 50 Eggs Hospitality Group, the team behind Yardbird Southern Table & Tap, and has taken over the former longstanding Soyka space at 5556 NE 4th Court in the Upper East Side neighborhood.
Chica Restaurant is focused around cuisines from Latin and South America, including Garcia’s native Venezuela, along with Peru, Argentina, Mexico, and others. The extensive menu offers an array of starters including grilled octopus, a variety of tacos, ceviche, and arepas filled with traditional items like chicken and avocado. For carnivores, a dedicated section just for dishes off the churrasco grill features items such as a 35-ounce bone-in ribeye with ancho chili rub, 12-ounce angus beef NY strip, and a Argentine-style “parrillada” showcasing a variety of meats that can easily feed at least three people. Other dishes like grilled shrimp and quinoa, roasted pig porchetta, whole fried fish, and a massive churro tower round out the dinner menu.
Reviews from Yelp:
Michel W.- ” This restaurant is AMAZING! Food and drinks are over the top! Service is incredible! The restaurant, itself, is so beautiful, attention to every detail.
Can’t wait to get back to Miami, it will be our first stop!”
Reviews from Google:
Kennedy Wall- “LOVE this place! So trendy and great atmosphere. Food was delicious and staff was so attentive :)”