I conversed with Billy Corben (director of Cocaine Cowboys) about food, the only thing we ever do. He “as a matter of fact-ly” mentions fantastic sliders at Sunnyside Cafe in North Miami.
He’s never mentioned Sunnyside Cafe (13899 W Dixie Hwy) in any previous conversation, so I think he may have been holding out on me, and he let it slip by mistake.
I had just stopped in at the Root Beer Drive-In for a Burger and housemade Root Beer a few hours earlier. I still had a little bit of space in my belly that the sliders would nicely fit into.
It was almost as if my Tahoe was on cruise control, so I was on my way with my bud Z.
Parking Sucks Alert
There was a bit of a nightmare parking situation. Sunnyside Cafe is located next to a market where a delivery truck was blocking a good amount of vehicles.
We walk in and take a seat at a two-seater right by the entrance. I’m so close to the front that I could be the doorman. Z asks for a breakfast platter, and I ask for the burger, some sliders, and a Cafe con Leche (Latte for you non-Miamians).
It’s a weird combo, but hey, we’re in Miami.
This is a spot for locals with folks coming in, ordering their usual, and taking it to go or eating in. The waitress was friendly and asked if we needed anything a few times.
She didn’t hover or disappear, in other words, right on the money.
How was Sunnyside Cafe?
Z enjoyed his breakfast, and it’s typical of what you’d get at a greasy spoon. The burger fell into the same category and isn’t worth going out of your way.
Now, those little sliders with the roughly diced onions, a pickle, and mustard on Hawaiian Rolls are a different story. Now I understand why Billy kept this joint to himself.
He was trying to prevent this from getting out to the burger hounds out there. Well, he mentioned it to the wrong guy, and this fella can tell you it’s worth the drive if you’re not in the area.
But, of course, those of you Royal Castle diehards would love them too but don’t tell too many people, ok?