Chef Bernie Matz, center (holding tuna), with kitchen staffers, from left, Adan Ruano, Gaston Sanchez, Javier Franco and Julio Fontoura.

The Cafe at Books & Books - South Beach 


The new Café at Books & Books brings to mind South Beach in the old days. Maybe it's the chef, Bernie Matz, who is back in the neighborhood where he opened the quirky Wet Paint Café in the mid 1980s and gave chef Douglas Rodriguez his start.

Matz has created a cutting-edge yet comforting menu for the beloved little bookshop: burgers and fries, quesadillas, wraps, salads, hummus and pita as well as tropical-tinged dishes like guava-glazed pork tenderloin and shrimp in coconut milk. There truly is something for everyone here including vegetarians, kids and dogs -- even vegetarian dogs (the canine menu features nonmeat dog biscuits).

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  • Casual
  • Both
  • Yes

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