By Jonathan Brooks
Oye Cuban Grill, a new Latin hotspot in Pinecrest, dishes up delicious Cuban delicacies with an American spin. Oye stands for “Organization of Young Entrepreneurs” and is family-run by Hector Gutierrez with his son and cousin. All their dishes are made-to-order, natural and purchased from local vendors; concentrating on Cuban staples and family recipes.
“We are living out the American dream,” Gutierrez says.
The decor is relaxed, comfortable and contemporary with a slight touch of sophistication. Brick walls, Lucite chairs, exposed elements, chalkboard messages, and an outside patio help add to the enjoyable ambiance at Suniland Shopping Center, where the restaurant is located.
Start with a Tropical Civiche ($8.25), Churrasco or Chicken Pinchos/Skewers (starting at $7.50), a choice of Oye Sliders ($7.95), or Guava Buffalo Pork Wings ($3.50). Soups (starting at $3.50) and salads (starting at $7) are also available. The Sugarcane Shrimp Salad ($8.50) is undeniably Cuban Miami.
Remember to try their Croquetas ($1.25) and Empanadas ($1.50). There are also Tostones Rellenos (stuffed green plantains) with your choice of chicken, ropa-vieja, civiche or picadillo. An order brings five of any one type for $6.75. For lunch or late night, dive into one of their specialty and vintage Cuban sandwiches, or wraps (starting at $6.50). The signature Fat Cuban Sandwich ($10) and Oye Churrasco Wrap ($8.50) are sure bets.
Platters include two traditional sides, and feature meat, pork, chicken, fish, or shrimp. Try the old school Picadillo (ground beef, $8.25), Mahi-Mahi a la Marina topped with Mango Papaya Salsa ($12.95), or Vaca Frita de Pollo, seared shredded chicken in Mojo Sauce ($8.75).
They also offer a variety of beer and wine, including homemade guava sake. All are half off during their weekday happy hour, from 5 – 7 p.m.
End your meal with a creamy and smooth dessert. Customer favorites include the Mango/Guava Mousse Cake and Pudin de Pan (Bread Pudding). They also serve Buñuelos, a doughnut-like Cuban specialty, for $1.50.
Breakfast, starting at $3.25, is quite nice. Try the Not- so-French Toast made with sweet Cuban bread and a dollop of cream cheese ($6).
Bring in your business card and enter Oye’s drawing for a chance to win a free lunch for two. Tell the Oye team that you heard about them on GreatFoodList.com.
Oye Cuban Grill
11327 South Dixie Highway
Miami, FL 33156
Visit them at, www.oyecubangrill.com
Hours Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Friday and Saturday, 7 a.m. – midnight
Sunday, 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Happy Hour (Half off all beer & wine) Monday through Friday, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.