Jamie DeRosa / Tongue & Cheek

Posted on 04. Jun, 2013 in American, Breakfast & Brunch, Chefs, Eclectic, Miami Beach, Owners

South Beach just got even cheekier. Over in the South of Fifth neighborhood, collaborators Jamie DeRosa and Michael Reginbogin are reconstructing our notions of what constitutes a contemporary American dish.

“Tongue & Cheek to me is whimsical, it’s fun,” explains DeRosa. “We have a play on words on a lot of things. We have a pudding pop on the menu that’s a popsicle. It started out as a chocolate popsicle and someone said, ‘This is better than a Bill Cosby pudding pop.’ And that became the name.”

Other mouthfuls on the menu include a Beef Cheek burger that arrives sans the usual trappings (no lettuce, no tomato). “No frills, no thrills,” as DeRosa says. Of course, DeRosa and his team are serving up plenty of cheek and tongue variations, including a poutine.

Even the cocktail names are creative. Try a Bourbon for Apples, with bourbon-soaked apple ice cubes floating in a cooling concoction, or the strawberry-and-gin-based Walking Dead (DeRosa is a fan of the AMC television hit). Like any good South Beach establishment, Tongue & Cheek also features a molecular margarita with an overflowing liquid nitrogen preparation.

“I think the name and the ambiance and the more welcoming vibe that you get when you come into Tongue & Cheek matches the food,” DeRosa explains. “For us it was important to have art and music and food and service be one.” It’s all in an effort to keep Tongue & Cheek a neighborhood hangout that appeals to locals. For instance, every day at 5pm, guests can sit down for a family-style meal of comfort-food morsels like grilled cheese and hoagies. It’s Tongue & Cheek’s way of giving back to the community.

Check out the video above to get a glimpse of the restaurant’s witty art by local Miamian Claudio Picasso and hear what’s on the daily-rotating family meal menu. Then stop in and grab a seat at the snack bar serving nostalgic bottled sodas and made-to-order small plates presented in old-school cafeteria trays. They have tongues wagging.

Tongue & Cheek 431 Washington Ave / Miami Beach, FL / (305) 704-2900

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8 Responses to “Jamie DeRosa / Tongue & Cheek”

  1. NEW EPISODE: Chef / Owner @JamieDeRosa of @TandCMiami South Beach just got even cheekier! http://t.co/24i59SvKYo

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  2. @MReginbogin

    04. Jun, 2013

    I want to give a shout-out to the entire team Chat Chow TV and my business partner
    Jamie DeRosa for an awesome… http://t.co/hASMLvt6wI

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  3. Is that possible? RT @chatchowtv NEW EPISODE: Chef/Owner @JamieDeRosa of @TandCMiami SoBe just got even cheekier! http://t.co/JGDvcQ8eJz

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  4. @TandCMiami

    04. Jun, 2013

    You have no idea ;) RT @EdibleSoFla: Is that possible? RT @chatchowtv EPISODE: @JamieDeRosa got even cheekier! http://t.co/Fu8H7fLW3n

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  5. @TandCMiami

    04. Jun, 2013

    How’d @JamieDeRosa @mreginbogin make #SoBe even cheekier? Find out in this one-on-one video interview w/ @ChatChowTV! http://t.co/hRtNdUCyh6

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  6. @sfdb

    04. Jun, 2013

    VIDEO: Check out @ChatChowTV ‘s chat with Jamie DeRosa of “whimsical” and “fun” Tongue & Cheek. | @TandCMiami | http://t.co/KaGa8DDboZ

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  7. WiiFitGirl (@wiifitgirl)

    04. Jun, 2013

    “@TandCMiami: How’d @JamieDeRosa @mreginbogin make #SoBe even cheekier? Find out w/ @ChatChowTV! http://t.co/2Zp2VPOGdV”

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  8. @WalkingDead_AMC Did you know there’s a restaurant in South Beach with a “Walking Dead” cocktail? http://t.co/8ropahxju0 (45 second mark!)

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