First off I am going to put it out there. I love you Mina’s! You are our new “go-to” restaurant on 79th street. Your food is wise, perfect, and I want to eat dinner at your restaurant every night. The 79th street corridor from Biscayne Boulevard east towards North Bay Village and south to around 67th street is an area that could in a few years become a new destination area. The roster in this area includes, Michy’s, Blue Collar, Balans, Dogma, Federal and used to include Red Light. It’s a little rough at the moment but then again so were Wynwood and Mid-Town.
To start the pita was homemade, warm, delicious and paired with 3 dips we chose. We selected the tzatziki with the perfect blend of cucumber and garlic; baba ghanoug with a nice spice to it and hummus a favorite of the table. We then had the spanakopita which was extremely flaky, tasty and perfect. The Greek salad had a bit of cabbage in it that rose to the occasion and was a nice unique touch. There are many other starters and salads which I hope to have this week, next week heck maybe even the following week. Why stop a great thing?
Our main courses consisted of the mussels a la bourgougne so melt in your mouth, baked beautifully and with crunchy toast included to mop up the sauce. We sampled the Coq Au Vin, a nice twist to the original with perfect gentle pieces of chicken thigh with carrots in a delicate sauce (so yummy), The fish tagine with fennel, potatoes, tomatoes and harissa has instantly become one of my new must haves at a restaurant. The fish was perfectly cooked and the spice excellent. The only miss was the Osso Bucco which was a bit bland and gamey but we met with the owner who told us it is typically its fall off the bone scrumptious; so we promised return and try again. By the way how cool is this, the owners mother is the head chef in the kitchen so it really is home cooking!
The wine and beverage list is good and suits the menu but could use a little depth and some better pairings, but this restaurant is young. (Shameless plug time, Mina’s if you need my help let me know!)
Befitting a true ‘neighborhood’ restaurant the menu has some kid friendly dishes and the pizza is quite tasty. One inspired 8 year old diner said it was his second favorite pizza outside Mama Mia’s in Naples FL. Our intrepid junior diner also told our perfect waiter Juan (who did great job) that he liked the restaurant because it was “fancy but not too fancy”.
So if you are looking for really good food, with Mediterranean inspiration, and really reasonable price points and a fantastic atmosphere, then head to Mina’s. I will be bringing as many people as I can!