Oyster bar classics and more at new Mignonette

 

First Look at Danny Serfer and Ryan Roman's Miami seafood spot. 

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By Sara Liss

The what: Comfort-food guru and Blue Collar chef-owner Danny Serfer partnered with food blogger and lawyer Ryan Roman (MiamiRankings.com) to open this friendly oyster spot in Edgewater.

The space: The 60-seat former 18th St. Café has a clean and streamlined feel with large picture windows, vintage wallpaper, sculptures commissioned from local artists and copper lanterns synonymous with New Orleans’ French Quarter.

The dishes: Oyster bar classics. Serfer pays homage to the great oyster halls of New Orleans and New York while also remaining true to his belly-filling culinary leanings. Prices are in line with well-sourced seafood: starters $8-$18 and mains $22-$29. 

Check the board above the bar for the day’s fresh oysters, which can also be ordered on the half-shell ($32/dozen) or Bienville- or Rockefeller-style. Starters include fresh-baked croissants with lobster butter,  crab cocktail and lobster deviled eggs. A “popcorn” section of the menu is a rotation of golden fried clam, conch, shrimp and oysters. 

Mains include monkfish with broccolini, lobster sauce and smoked trout roe, and a shareable prime rib. 

Desserts include lemon squares, Heath bar bread pudding and daily pies: think blueberry, mango, apple.

The Bottom Line: Not just oysters, but superlative fried seafood, prime rib and more, served in a stylish, New Orleans-like setting.

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