Sugarloaf brings craft cocktails and a Wynwood-y vibe to Sunny Isles

The Who: Creators Tatanka Guerrero (Orange Blossom) and Luiz Fleury bring their mason jars and Edison lightbulbs to the hipster hinterlands of Sunny Isles Beach. Chef Jose Ramirez Sarazen (New York’s Jean-Georges) heads the kitchen.

The Space: The former Beer 360 space bears very little trace of its previous incarnation, save for the glass-enclosed beer coolers and copious craft brew taps. The owners do their best to elevate the strip mall location by outfitting the place with vintage touches like upholstered booths, flea market salt and pepper shakers, antique glassware and exposed brick.

The Dishes: Global influences and a made-for-sharing atmosphere. The menu is a tight 15 dishes all priced affordably with small plates averaging $14 and larger plates $24.

Start off with scallops over roasted cauliflower purée and fingerling puréed potatoes or the hamachi crudo dressed with pickled jalapeños and wasabi mayo on a brioche cracker. The roasted beet salad won’t surprise with its goat cheese accompaniment, while the wagyu sliders comes slathered in chipotle truffle mayo. Larger plates comprise a pistachio-crusted salmon with purple potatoes, carbonara linguine and a 12-ounce NY strip steak.

The Bottom Line: Once you get over the incongruity, this personable gastropub with gentle prices in Sunny Isles is worth a visit.

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