Wedding planning seems more enjoyable when you’re discussing details over a good meal. And if that meal is prepared by someone else…It’s even better! So over the next few months, not only will you hear about my trials and tribulations on planning a wedding, you’ll also receive a few food reviews too. So this is our journey, one bite at a time!
Tired of the usual Broward options there was only one thing left to do. Drive to Miami! So, we headed down south to try OYE Cuban Grill in Pinecrest. Our topic of discussion: Venue.
You would think in the forty minutes it took to get to the restaurant we would have at least discussed something wedding related, instead all we could think about was food. Luckily, the drive wasn’t that bad and we quickly found the restaurant.
OYE Cuban Grill is hidden in a plaza off South Dixie Highway and serves up traditional Cuban fare in a hip and urban space. Patrons have the option to sit inside, outside, or take their food to go and since there was no way we were taking our food anywhere, we found a table and were quickly greeted by our frienly and knowledgeable waiter. After a quick once over of the menu we ordered a few things and waited patiently for our selections to arrive.
Mini Oye Sliders
We started with Mini Oye Burger - Shredded Beef in a traditional Cuban red sauce. The three mini buns were piled high with meat and topped with crunchy potato sticks. They weren’t the easiest to eat but they were worth the mess! The beef was flavorful and the sauce was present but not overpowering. They were delicious!
I ordered the Oye Wrap- traditionally made with grilled churrasco and accompanied by sautéed onions, queso blanco, diced sweet plantains and cabbage, served with mojo vinaigrette in a warm plain wrap. I decided to forgo the churrasco, which I was told was a customer favorite and opted for chicken instead. The wrap was served warm and the combination of all the ingredients were amazing together. I especially loved the sweet plantains! The portion was perfect for a lunch and at only $8.50 it was a great price for size and freshness!
The Fat Cuban
My fiance tried the “Fat Cuban” - a signature sandwich weighing 1.5 pounds according to the menu. It was huge and a carnivores dream! The sandwich was stuffed to the brim with roast pork, OYE chicken, tavern ham, croquetas, maduros and swiss cheese, topped with pickles, tomato and potato sticks and presented with a side of creamy mustard sauce on Cuban bread. It pretty much had everything on it! Definitely not created for a vegetarian. I had to have a bite and I must say, it was really good. Heavier, obviously then the wrap – It was delicious and a great price at only $10.
We finished lunch with little wedding talk but did decide to pursue a new venue for our reception. Now I just need to make a few phone calls! As far as the restaurant we were really impressed with our new discovery. This little café was impressive From the warm inviting interior to the aroma of the freshly prepared food from the open kitchen. Everything was delicious, the staff was friendly and the prices were very reasonable.
To stuffed for dessert or coffee we made the trek back to Broward but decided that if we were ever in the neighborhood, OYE Cuban Grill will definitely be on our agenda!