Last night, Mon. Nov. 3, The Americano quietly opened its doors at 819 Coleman Blvd. We’ve been tracking the progress of this Latin-inspired retro restaurant that Rarebit owner John Adamson described as, “a casual place, like The Rarebit. But instead of a 1960s racetrack look, I pictured a fictitious character from Cuba moving to Miami in the 1940s and opening a bar on the beach.”
And now we have the menu (note: large PDF file) for this ’40s Florida fantasy. Tacos and tortas feature prominently in addition to a selection of appertivos like ceviche avellanas — local fish with lime, pickled red onion, and cilantro — as well as caramelized plantain soup, Cuban guacamole, and calamari sabroso, all $13 and under.
For a hearty serving, Chef Edwin French has included a list of platos such as guava barbecue baby back ribs and pollo con mojo, which is a slow-roasted grilled half chicken with sweet plantains, black beans, and Cuban rice. But, what about the tacos? Well concerned taco eaters, for dinner two will cost you anywhere from $9.75 (pork, veggie, chicken) to $11 (steak). There’s also an option for three tacos, but prepare to pull out up to $13 for those.
The Americano has a long list of cocktails too, and with The Rarebit’s Brent Sweatman having a hand in them, we’re pretty confident, if anything, the drinks will be solid. Only one libation tops $10 — The Ultima Palabra with Holy City-liquor-of-the-moment mezcal, green chartruese, maraschino liqueur, and lime juice. The Hibiscus Paloma sounds especially good once summer returns with a hibiscus-infused tequila, grapefruit soda, salt, lime juice, agave, and vanilla bitters. And while they didn’t use the name Papa Doble, there is a Hemingway Daquiri. (Does Hemmy have a post-mortem copyright on that?)
The Americano is also serving brunch. But even with the Cuban inflected menu, Chef French has left room for buttermilk pancakes, albeit ones served with sweet plantains and rum pecan syrup, and the omnipresent shrimp and grits. Those dishes are tucked next to huevos con chorizo, empanadas, and arepas. All brunch platos are $10 or less.
But as massive as The Americano menu appears, Adamson says this is a redacted version. “It’s more limited than the original/eventual menu,” he says. “We will be adding those items back to the menu as soon as we feel comfortable doing so.”