Jimmy’z Kitchen: Mofongo in Miami

Jimmy’z Kitchen
Several locations – we visited 2700 N. Miami Ave.
Wynwood, Miami, FL

Flag of Puerto RicoWe first had mofongo in Puerto Rico in 2008, and haven’t had it many times since. So when our Miami local friend suggested a good place to get mofongo in Miami, we were sold. Jimmy’z (named after proprietor Jimmy Carey), located in the trendy Wynwood neighborhood of Miami, is bright and modern with ample outdoor seating. The menu is a little more upscale and pricier than you might expect at a place where you order at the counter (some entrees over $20), and the food is later brought to your table. ???????????????????????????????

The menu at Jimmy’z has something for everyone. For a quick bite, there were a wide selection of panini and other sandwiches, including a cubano and seared ahi tuna. There are even substantial entrees covering both Latin and American cuisine like pollo guisado and cajun ribeye if you are really hungry, and a big range of salads if you are trying to be “good.” We had the tomato and mozzarella salad to offset our mofongo and it was delicious! However, what we had been hearing raves about was the mofongo, the quintessential dish of Puerto Rico made from mashed plantains and garlic. Honestly, we were a little skeptical since the restaurant seemed to be doing the whole Pan-Latin and euro sandwich thing. However, we were assured that the mofongo was the real deal. ??????????????????????????????? There were 6 kinds of mofongo available: mixed seafood, fresh fish, churrasco, pork in mojo sauce, chicken and shrimp. We ordered the pork mojo mofongo, since M can never pass up a roast pork dish, and split a little of the churrasco with our friends. The price, $17, was a little high, but it was more than enough to feed two hungry people. The pork was tender and flavorful and it was chock full of plantains. It was still had some substance to it, not too mushy. They weren’t lying, this mofongo was delicious.

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Everyone at our table got mofongo so it was fun to try all the different kinds, though we still think the pork mojo was our favorite. Contributing to the party atmosphere, there is also an ample beer and wine selection, including a lot of import bottles, which were a hit. On a nice night, the outdoor patio was particularly festive.  Jimmy’z was awesome for mofongo, and it gave us the hankering to go back to Puerto Rico, ASAP!

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