Ralph Pagano opens Naked Lunch at UM

Located in the old Balans restaurant space in the UM life science building. The restaurant is inspired by the diner in the movie Pulp Fiction and features an old school 1950’s diner type menu ( like real NYC style pastrami sandwiches) with a modern Miami twist. The owner of Naked Lunch is celebrity Chef Ralph Pagano and is the newest location of the Naked family. Related restaurant being Naked Taco located on Collins avenue in Miami Beach. At NAKED LUNCH, Ralph shows us where he comes from with the mash up of all things Greek Diner and Jewish Deli.  READ: Double Thick house smoked Hot Pastrami & Hand cut Corned Beef Sandwiches, Potato Knishes & cream cheese schemear, sharing the table with GYROS, Greek Salads, grape leaves, Juicy Burgers & Frappes. Here is more information about the Naked Lunch :


According to Urban Daddy :

“Naked Lunch, a new Jewish deli/diner hybrid from chef Ralph Pagano of Naked Taco and Alba fame, open now in the UM Life Science & Technology Park for all your deep-dish-waffle and pastrami needs.Because they’re doing the all-day-breakfast thing here. So you can have your deep-dish waffles stuffed with fried chicken and eggs, and homemade pop-tarts from 7:30 in the morning until 8:30 at night. But they’ve got sandwiches, too. Yes, that’s a pastrami sandwich with fried mortadella on the menu. Corned beef’s present and accounted for. Brisket, too. Oh, and matzo ball soup. Of course there’s matzo ball soup. Shakes. Rum punch. Beer. You’ve got options. Or cantaloupe or carrot juice, if that strikes your fancy.”


According to New Times :

“The restaurant, located inside the University of Miami Life Science & Technology Park at 1951 NW Seventh Ave., can best be described as a combination old-school deli and diner, with a bit of a pastrami obsession. The restaurant, named partially after the William S. Burroughs book and partially to keep up the chef’s “naked” theme (his other restaurant is South Beach’s Naked Taco), came from Pagano’s longing for a proper New York style sandwich at a good price. “I think we need more places where you can get a good lunch for under ten bucks.” And there are many offerings in that price range. For instance, a BLT OMG!, falafel wrap, fried mozzarella gyro pita, or hot bird (fried chicken cutlet with hot peppers and garlic aioli) are all $9.95; all fresh garden salads are a cool eight bucks, and burgers start at $7.95. There’s also plenty of free parking, which constitutes to more lunchtime savings.” written by Laine Doss.


According to Yelp :

“This restaurant just opened in the Life Sciences Building of the University of Miami. This is in the same place where Balan’s used to be at. It is really nice in the inside, very bright if you go during the day since the restaurant is surrounded by glass. The staff is friendly but best of all, the food is delicious. I went on a friday and their day special was the Fish ‘n Chips. The fries are a delicious lemon pepper french fries and they are unlimited! I had two extra orders since they were that good. They also gave me the choice of grilled fish which was great because I’m not a big fan of fried fish. I will be visiting this place more often.” written by Dan C. (rated 4 stars).


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