I often get asked – “Where do you eat when you are not traveling?” Though it’s a pretty simple question, the answer is a little more complicated. I have places that I like to go to on special occasions or when I have a specific craving. But most often I find myself at a couple local spots that have won me over. Not with the flashy lights or gimmicky hooks that seem to surround many restaurants in Miami these days. But rather, with a constant quality and care for what they do. There’s one particular favorite I gravitate toward for their consistently well executed food and always rotating menu.
I’m talking about PRØØF in Midtown Miami where Chef/Owner Justin Flit never disappoints. Over the course of the last two years I have seen it evolve from mainly “pizza and pasta” to a well executed play on New American cuisine. The dishes range widely from handmade pastas to inventive small plates, seasonal salads, and desserts – all inspired by the freshest local products.
And of course, the pièce de résistance, and the reason you are here: their Grassfed cheeseburger with white cheddar aioli, caramelized onions on a homemade potato bun.
To my delight almost a year ago they put their version of a “classic” burger on the menu. It was good, but Justin continued to work on it for months, tweaking and testing different versions, even going as far as hand selecting and grinding special cuts of beef. If that wasn’t enough, he baked his own potato buns to make sure nothing was left to chance. I now have tried about 6 or 7 iterations of this burger, and let me tell you: “We have a winner”. The griddle pressed grass-fed patty is cooked with the onions, then covered in sliced mild yellow cheddar and a white cheddar aioli. It comes together to make one of my favorite burgers in Miami. If you haven’t been to Proof yet, don’t just go, RUN! – and if you have been, but have not tried this burger yet, hurry back – you are in for a real treat!
Below are some of the other tasty dishes from our most recent visit. Remember that the menu changes often so some of these may not be available when you go but order freely. You will not be disappointed.
We started with this beautiful Florida heirloom tomatoes with peppadew pepper vinaigrette and basil
Then moved onto one of the handmade pastas Fettuccine duck confit, shiitake mushrooms, pickled turnip
I couldn’t pass up trying this Porchetta with wild greens
And because there is always room for dessert “Pastelito de Guayaba” macaron ice cream sandwich – an ode to one of Miami’s most iconic treats.
Shout out to Justin, Malcolm, Aleksey and the rest of the wonderful team that make PRØØF such an inviting and friendly place. I look forward to enjoying many more delicious meals with you.