It is all about you at Wee-Bag-It, where customers can customize anything on the menu. There are house-made soups, wraps, quesadillas, tacos, rice bowls, low-carb and vegetarian options, juices, smoothies and coffee drinks in the spacious spot on the third floor of the Four Seasons on Brickell. Order at the counter and sit at a long communal table or in the dining room.
Chef-owner William Hegemann grew up in Miami and followed in his fathers’ footsteps, apprenticing for three years in the kitchen of a hotel in Essen, Germany, his parents’ hometown and the place where he met his Finnish wife, Sirkka.
The couple took jobs at the Sheraton in Kuwait, then settled in South Florida, where William worked at the Aventura Island Club and Key Largo’s Ocean Reef Club. Missing out on family time because of his long hours, he and his wife took over a downtown deli, moving to their current location a year ago.
Start the day with a blueberry muffin, raisin oatmeal or the eggwich — two eggs, melted cheese, bacon and sausage on a kaiser roll. At lunch, grab a salad or sandwich to go or eat in.
Besides the chef, Greek and Caesar salad with grilled chicken and seasoned croutons, there’s teriyaki linguine salad tossed with Parmesan, sesame oil and wasabi dressing. Try a baked Idaho or sweet potato topped with sour cream, salsa, mushrooms, broccoli, turkey pastrami, chili or chicken salad.
Chop-chops bring a base of greens, rice, black beans, chopped veggies and Cheddar with a choice of protein (meatballs, lentils, turkey) and dressing (ranch, honey mustard, fat-free raspberry, blue cheese).
Daily specials include the Bombay wrap with chicken, rice and curry potatoes, veggie burger on multigrain and fish tacos. Peanut butter and jelly sugar cookies will bring out your inner child.
Linda Bladholm is a Miami food writer and personal chef who blogs at FoodIndiaCook.com.