It had been years, 6 years to be exact since I had eaten at Big Pink. You can find my original write up at the bottom of the pictures. What made me return after all these years? Andrew Kaplan (former owner of CheeseMe Mobile) is now the kitchen manager at Big Pink and it sparked my curiosity. I was a big….no more than that, a gigantic fan of CheeseMe’s food so it was a no brainer.
Big Pink has been around for almost twenty years serving their amped-up diner food. The dishes you normally find at diners are frozen and overly salty foods, of which very little are prepared in-house. At Big Pink, you get the exact opposite of that plus the portions are monstrous in some cases.
I may have gone a little overboard ordering but I thoroughly enjoyed everything that touched my lips. There’s even a new Burger menu but I went with one of their older standbys, the Smash Burger. I love me a great smashed and griddled Burger and that’s exactly what it was. If you can save space for dessert I would, as the Bread Pudding is just plain out of control goodness.
Original Post: October 8, 2013
A few people I know have “hyped” Big Pink to me so I figured I would cave in and check the place out. It has a very cool ambiance about it when you walk in. I expected to see Marty McFly and Max Headroom-like the scene from Back To The Future II. So we take a seat at the bar and order a few beers which are served up nice and cold.
As for the apps, we started with the Macaroni with Cheese (elbow macaroni with a mixture of Cheese and Parmigiano Reggiano shreds as a topping) which was nothing out of this world. There was also the Chicken Chili Nachos (platter of multi-colored Tortilla Chips with Chili, Cheddar Cheese, Salsa, Jalapeños, Guacamole and Sour cream which was the least liked of the appetizers. The Popcorn Shrimp (nothing new here, move along) and Panko Crusted Chicken Tenders (Chicken Tenders coated with Japanese bread crumbs) served with Honey-Mustard and BBQ sauce was great. I loved these but they taste just like the ones served at the Gables Diner (which came first?) and both are served with the same 2 sauces that taste pretty identical…. hmm…
And of course, I had the BBQ Burger (Bacon, Fried Onions, BBQ sauce and Jack Cheese). This was a thick burger. I was told by the bartender that the Burger patties are made fresh and hand pressed daily. There was no doubt after the first bite that these were the real deal and excellent. I have every intention of returning here as they have a gigantic menu and I’d definitely like to try a few other things.
157 Collins Avenue at 2nd Street, Miami Beach, Fl