By Sue Arrowsmith
The wandering food truck life is over for Chef Michell Sanchez, who recently opened Latin House Burger and Taco Bar restaurant in Kendall.
His retired food truck, Latin House Grill, was among the first to hit the city’s streets back in 2009 and one of the most celebrated. Now equipped with a full kitchen, staff and modern, edgy décor, Chef Sanchez is taking the neighborhood by storm.
Loyal followers, and there are more than 5,000 on Facebook alone, will be glad to know he’s carried over most of his food truck specialties to the new menu. There is his famous MadLove Burger ($10.99), the Chimi Burrito ($11.99), Balls to the Wall dessert ($7.99) and more.
For the most part, his dishes are over the top, bursting with layers of flavors strategically put together. If you savor them carefully, you’ll discover traces of inspiration from classic dishes.
Take the Chimi Burrito, for instance. It’s a jumbo-sized flour tortilla with a bed of yellow “Chuchi” rice, three types of cheeses, sweet plantains, and protein of choice. Then it’s rolled up, flash fried and topped with pico de gallo, avocado lime sauce, and Mexican crema. If you are familiar with Latin food, you’ll recognize the familiar taste of Arroz Imperial when you bite into it.
Choices of protein include chicken, ribeye, chorizo, Cabo Wabo Fish, Veggie Soy, carne asada, vaca frita, Fire House Shrimp, or calamari (some options have an additional charge).
The Madlove Burger is the one that started it all. Made with more than half a pound of Creekstone Farm brisket, chuck and sirloin beef ground daily, it’s served on a baked Brioche dome bun and topped with three types of cheeses, two strips of Applewood smoked maple glazed bacon, butter grilled onions and mushrooms, avocado lime sauce, and Mexican crema. Served with crispy Tangled Love fries. You can add an egg on top for $1.
Balls to the Wall is perhaps one of the richest, most addictive desserts of all. You get two servings made by taking triple chocolate brownie balls, dipping them in funnel cake batter and frying them. Then they are drizzled with condensed milk and powdered sugar. The aroma and taste will remind you of those soft, doughy Thai donuts. Served with a scoop of Madagascar vanilla ice cream for $3 more.
There is lighter fair too, which is a new addition to the original menu. The Toss My Salad ($10.99) includes baby greens with candied walnuts, asiago cheese, and choice of protein tossed with a homemade pear, gorgonzola dressing.
Another good light choice is the Lettuce Calle Tacos ($12.99), four organic butter lettuce shells filled with protein of choice and topped with pico de gallo, avocado lime sauce, Mexican crema, and served with house carrots.
All dishes at Latin House are made-to-order and hand-crafted especially for you. Now go on over and show them some love.
Latin House Burger and Taco Bar
9565 S.W. 72nd St. (Sunset Drive)
Miami, Fl. 33173
Visit them online, www.latinhousegrill.com
Tuesday through Friday, noon – 10 p.m.
Saturday, noon – midnight
Sunday, noon – 10 p.m.
Take-out, delivery and catering available