Daniel Serfer, Chef-owner of Blue Collar and Mignonette
Why he’s in the Food 50: A native son of Miami, Daniel Serfer cooks from-scratch food for people with real appetites — chicken parms and potato latkes and real juicy burgers — at decent prices. He was among the first Miami restaurateurs to set up shop in Miami’s resurgent MiMo district when he opened Blue Collar three years ago, and with Mignonette, Serfer and business partner Ryan Roman are setting the pace among Miami’s new pack of oyster bars. Serfer found his calling at Florida State University, where he honed his skills as a line cook at Po’Boys Creole Café, and learned about fine-dining as chef de cuisine of Allen Susser’s award-winning Chef Allen’s.
While Blue Collar tends to stick to value-driven American comfort fare, Mignonette lets Serfer show off both his plain and fancy sides, from popcorn conch and Old Bay potato chips to prime rib and lobster deviled eggs. With both ventures, Serfer has found a winning recipe: exceptional food, fun-casual atmosphere, good prices. “I have been very fortunate that people have agreed so far with what I like to eat and cook,” Serfer said. “For that I am very grateful.”
Who’s next: Serfer said he’d like to see his longtime friend and fellow Chef Allen’s alum Nicolay Adinaguev, currently chef of Steak 954 in Fort Lauderdale, on next year’s South Florida Food 50.
Where to find him: Blue Collar, 5730 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; and Mignonette, 210 NE 18th St., Miami.
Daniel Serfer’s Top Eats
661 Brickell Key Dr., Miami; 305-947-6263.
9700 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour; 305-864-8600.
1930 Bay Rd., Miami Beach; 305-695-4441.
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9517 Harding Ave., Surfside; 305-397-8494.
5. Sage Bagel
800 E. Hallandale Beach Blvd., Hallandale Beach; 954-456-7499.
6. Wolfgang’s Steakhouse
315 S. Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-487-7130.
7. Blackbrick Chinese
3451 NE First Ave., Miami; 305-573-8886.
8. Las Tapas de Rosa
449 SW Eighth St., Miami; 305-856-9788.
9. Eating House
804 Ponce De Leon Blvd., Coral Gables; 305-448-6524.
10. LC Roti Shop
19505 NW Second Ave., Miami Gardens; 305-651-8924.