Spike Mendelsohn, is a Washington, D.C.-based chef and restaurateur best known as fifth place finisher of the fourth season of Top Chef, which aired 2008-2009. He is the chef and owner of multiple restaurants; Good Stuff Eatery, Béarnaise and We, The Pizza in Washington, D.C. Now, he plans to open a restaurant in South Florida: Sunny’s is coming this summer to new hotel The Hall at 1500 Collins Ave. in Miami Beach. Here is more information about the restaurant :
According to Eater :
“Called Sunny’s it is described as, “a casual courtyard eatery inspired by classic seaside cafes and beach bars from around the world.” The restaurant named after Mendelsohn’s grandfather will feature an all-day menu inspired by, “beach cultures experienced by Spike throughout his travels.” Expect casual dishes like grouper rubeuns and foccacia flatbreads along with, ‘selections that reflect Spike’s current inspirations, travels and cravings.’ ” written by Olee Fowler.
According to New Times :
” The restaurant, which will serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily, will feature Mendelsohn’s takes on favorite foods he discovered during his travels. Menu items will include a Gulf Coast grilled grouper Reuben, made with Swiss cheese, sauerkraut, Thousand Island dressing, and Cajun seasoning on marble rye; a lifeguard focaccia Myrtos Beach-style with cherry tomatoes, feta, dried oregano, and Greek olive oil on sea-soaked bread; and a Jersey Shore pork roll breakfast sandwich piled with ham, American cheese, a sunny-side-up egg, and root vegetables on a bulky roll.
The chef is also in charge of the menu served at Campton Yard, the hotel’s backyard bar and outdoor lounge. The menu at the lounge — which features craft beers, bocce ball, picnic tables, and a large banyan tree as a focal point — will offer made-to-order brick-oven pizzas and dishes that will change seasonally to reflect Mendelsohn’s inspirations, travels, and cravings. If his appearance at SoBeWFF’s Art of Tiki event is an indication, you might just see tiki cocktails such as his Haole Punch, a potent blend of grapefruit, piña colada, ginger, and plenty of rum.
The dining options will be heavily influenced by Mendelsohn’s love of the ocean. A surfing enthusiast, the chef says, “Some of the best meals I recall, both as a child and adult, were those devoured after a long day at the beach. ” written by Laine Doss.
According to Miami.com :
“Sunny’s will be Mendelsohn’s first restaurant in Florida; he currently has three concepts (We, the Pizza; Bernaise; and Good Stuff Eatery) in and around Washington, D.C. When he arrives in South Florida, Mendelsohn will be surrounded by others associated with the hit Bravo reality cooking show and its offshoot, Top Chef Masters: Fabio Viviani (Siena Tavern), Herb Wilson (Red Ginger), Patricia Yeo (Khong), Tom Colicchio (Beachcraft), Carla Pellegrino (Touche), Bret Pelaggi (Uvaggio) and more. ” written by Evan S. Benn.
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