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May 11, 2007 04:28 AM

$10 Cuba-que Johnny V's (Thursdays- SoBe)

$10 dinner on South Beach?? $5 Mojito's? Johnny V's? SOLD

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      1. What happened to this post? Did anyone go that can report back?

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        1. re: Frodnesor

          I'm sure because part of it became a rolling invitation some posts were deleted. I don't know why all of them were. Board monitors work in mysterious ways.

          Went last night and it wasn't very good. I'm sure more posts will follow.

          1. re: lax2mia

            I've only been to the new Johnny V's once and I was underwhelmed by the food - which was a real bummer because it was one my favorite places in the prior incarnation a few years ago. His Fort Lauderdale place continues to get positive reports. What gives? Wonder why they can't get it right at the SoBe location? When we went (which was within a month of it opening) I saw JV lurking around the kitchen door, so it can't be for lack of personal attention.

            1. re: lax2mia

              I was there last night-the chef was cutting the pork-it was more like roast pork, kind of dry, served with bland black beans (no better than canned) and clumpy white rice on a plastic plate for $10. I didn't really see the point when you can get the same meal for less and done right pretty much on every corner. It seemed like it was just an excuse to hype a new Thursday nite party at the Astor. Will probably succeed, but, honestly, no need to go for the food.

              1. re: Miami Danny

                Like I said earlier, it wasn't very good. The pork was cold as well as dry. The black beans had a nice thick "gravy" but were bland. A plantain is a plantain. The drinks, however, are made using either 10-cane or Flor de Cana rums. For $5 they're a steal, however, the mixes were awful. The cowboy cocktail used I believe pineapple and passion fruit juices, but the juices were too thick, almost smoothie-like. The mojito was rather strong, not to sweet. It was the better of the two. There was a sax player that played some melancholy stuff (as opposed to upbeat sax music?) and I actually enjoyed the music during the break more, at least given the atmosphere.

                I'm not one to knock a guy for trying, but I had higher expectations, most of which came from the Douglas Rodriguez pig-outs at OLA on Biscayne. The pork was rolled in a tortilla with black bean spread and small fried sweet plantain. That was delicious. I'm hoping this is just a first-time glitch and maybe he'll go back to the drawing board.

                BTW, I peeked into the restaurant proper and there were only a coupld of diners. Not sure how well the place is doing. It's a shame because I was a big fan of the first incarnation as well as the Las Olas branch.

                1. re: lax2mia

                  Cowboy cocktail was mango based btw.

                  1. re: tpigeon

                    That's what it was. I couldn't place it. Regardless, it was too thick.

              2. re: lax2mia

                When the highlight of the meal is a peanut butter and jelly cookie, you know you are in trouble...Not going back.

                1. re: tpigeon

                  BBQ on SOBE

                  Part 1 - “Pig in a poke”

                  I’ve lived in Bar-B-Que capitals like Texas and North Carolina. I found delicious smoke pit Que while living around the Chesapeake Bay. Traveled to Trinidad for “Garlic Pork”. I’ve been known to scream, “Pork Rules!”, tableside. So I was eagerly anticipating the Thursday night CUBA-QUE at Johnny V’s, a famed local chef whose cuisine I had not tasted before. The evening was billed as a “Cuban-style barbecue that will be held at his restaurant's spacious outdoor patio the third Thursday of each month throughout the summer.” The menu featured Caja China Pork with Black Beans, Rice and Tostones.

                  It was a beautiful evening. The outdoor patio was a perfect spot, airy, cool and very comfortable. We thoroughly enjoyed sipping a couple of “Caribbean Cowboy Cocktails” as we chatted with other guests in this relaxed setting. With our appetites peaked we headed for the serving table where Johnny himself fixed our plates. We carried our treasure back to the table and dug in. Well, everything went FLAT! As my companion said, “We could do better at Pollo Tropical.”

                  Part 2 - “Hog Heaven”

                  Leaving the Astor very unsatisfied we came upon “Bar-B-Que Beach” at 16th and Washington. Maybe it was 21st century selfishness or just pure gluttony but we had to get our Bar-B-Que itch scratched. So, we decided to give it a try.

                  The décor may be a little over produced but I thought it was fun and comfortable. We jumped right in with a platter of “Whacked Pork” wood smoked, pulled and stacked a mile high, $10 and a platter of “The Carolina Piggie” with peppered vinegar sauce, $11. The pork was moist, tender and full of flavor. It all came with four sides; we had: spicy slaw, BBQ baked beans, collard greens and sweet potato & banana mash, all incredibly great. Plus Bacardi drinks were $3.

                  This is some serious Bar-B-Que. I don’t know who these folks are or where they come from but I hope they succeed because there’s nothing like it around. The location has never generated a success but “Bar-B-Que Beach” has great potential as a fun, first rate, BBQ joint.

                  1. re: 2top

                    I really need to try Beach BBQ again. Don't get me wrong, I really liked it, but not as much as some others as well as quite a few friends of mine who like it more than I do.

              3. Mmmmm. Pollo Tropical. Should've gone there instead.

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                1. re: lax2mia

                  Sounds like I didn't miss anything.... Sorry I mentioned it...

                  1. re: Sobe

                    No worries, this was definitely post-worthy. Johnny V has a history of good BBQ going back to his place on alton. No one had any reason to believe that it would not be great.

                    1. re: tpigeon

                      I agree. We should be posting stuff about events like these more often. Concept was great, execution was off. Maybe word of these posts will get back to the V before next month's cookout.

                      1. re: tpigeon

                        Il Mulino has a new deal

                        Il Mulino New York is celebrating its one-year anniversary with a four-course, $65 menu Wednesday through June 23 with entree choices including polenta with sausage, porcini ravioli in champagne truffle cream sauce and salmon with wild mushrooms over broccoli rabe. Dessert options are Italian cheesecake, tiramisu or flourless chocolate cake.

                  2. Johnny V's on Las Olas apparently has an event on the last Thursday of each month (sounds familiar, after reading this string), called "barbequelooza" [unsure of spelling].

                    I was told that it is 4-course, with a cocktail, for $40. It sounds good to me, but after reading the reviews of "cuba-que", I need some feedback. Anybody been to this summer's incarnation?

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                    1. re: non sequitur

                      My prior post regarding same.

                      Summer Dinner Series @ Johnny V's
                      I've been a big fan of Chef Johnny V since his days at The Astor on South Beach and then his awesome sandwich shop on Alton Road. His place on Las Olas is equally as good.

                      Starting Thursday, June 26 and on the last Thursday of every month through September, the summer dinner series prepared by chef Johnny Vinczencz features a different theme: the first is Barbequlooza – a celebration of American BBQ served family-style ( $35 per person, plus tax and gratuity) with summer cocktails and passed hors d’oeuvres followed by dinner. Future dinners are scheduled for July 31, August 28 and September 25. Seats are limited to 40 attendees and must be reserved in advance.

                      ** don't know the current Thursday schedule**

                      1. re: The Chowfather AKA sobe

                        • Johnny V, 625 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, continue its summer dinner series, Barbequlooza, July 31st. Beginning at 7 p.m., diners can dig into a family-style feast including such dishes chipotle-barbecued baby back ribs, Southern-style fried chicken and 10-hour smoked beef brisket with Kansas City barbecue sauce plus specialty drinks for $40. (Tax, tip and additional bar orders are extra.) Reservations are required at 954-761-7920. The special will be repeated Aug. 28 and Sept. 25.

                        1. re: The Chowfather AKA sobe

                          Perfecto - thanks chowfather!

                          Sounds like it is like a buffet "family style". Don't know if I'm too keen on that, but the price is tempting. I was thinking about seeing the Imax batman movie at 4:30 and then going to this event at 7pm, but that could be sensory overload.