What we had: I was really impressed with the diverse Miami Spice menu at the iconic Vagabond Kitchen and Bar. I went off the beaten path with the vegetarian-friendly Cauliflower Steak (whipped feta, chives, crispy garlic chips, and pine nuts) as my appetizer. The whipped feta with the crunchiness of the garlic chips and pine nuts, made every bite flavorful and enticing. I couldn’t go wrong with the seared ahi tuna and pineapple glaze (with tomato, sesame seed, pineapple sauce and micro greens). The pineapple glaze gave the dish the perfect mix of salty and sweet and really gave the ahi tuna a pop of flavor. Dessert changes daily. I sampled the Vagabomb, which had Italian meringue, mascarpone, key lime, cookie crumble, tequila syrup and vanilla ice cream. This was sweetness overload of the good kind.
Who should go to this venue: Non-pretentious foodies who appreciate casual-fine dining and love global cuisine that is laid back and not overwhelming. Those who appreciate and love Miami’s MiMo architecture will love this joint. Stepping into Vagabond Kitchen and Bar, is like stepping back in time to a 1950s retro hotspot that’s energetic and lively. It’s great for groups, for a date night, even dinner with the family. Because it is also opened for lunch, it’s a great spot to come with co-workers or enjoy the happy hour specials at their vintage chic bar.
— Kelly Buccio