So the place is called Beaker and Gray. It’s named after a beaker, essential at the bar to make cocktails, and a Gray Kunz spoon used in the kitchen to execute dishes. When you name your restaurant after key tools, you’d better deliver on food and drinks. I’m happy to report at Beaker and Gray in Wynwood, they do just that.

The menu is divvied up into 4 parts: Bites, Colds, Smalls and Not So Small. On the "Bites" side the Sandwichito ($10), an ode to the Cuban sandwich, made on brioche bread is outstanding. The Churros ($9) aren’t sweet but savory made with shrimp, chorizo and ginger. My favorite "Colds" dish had to be the Glass Noodle ($13) with green papaya, just so crisp with a spicy kick for good measure. Our waitress mentioned the Pumpkin Gnocchi ($14) on the "Smalls" section so we thought we’d give it a whirl and OMG it took us for a spin. Unlike traditional potato gnocchi this one is made with roasted pumpkin and filled with pork. It’s a perfect balance of sweetness from the pumpkin and salty from the pork. After that dish we never made it to the Not So Small section of the menu. Too stuffed and too satisfied thanks to Chef and Owner Brian Nasajon.

The cocktail menu is just as extensive and creative as the dinner menu. It goes on and on and Ben Potts, the Bar Manager and owner, was happy to answer any and all questions we had about the libations. My boyfriend (who prides himself on being a cocktail snob of sorts) gave the Sazerac, a rye based drink ($14) two solid thumbs up and the Super vin Santo ($13) a whiskey based drink also got a passing grade. We would have tried more drinks but somebody had to drive!

Check them out for happy hour weekdays 5-7 p.m. and then again midnight to 2 a.m. Monday – Thursday. Order a snack, order a few cocktails, then order an Uber to get you home.

Belkys’ Best Bite: Pumpkin Gnocchi

Beaker & Gray
2637 North Miami Ave.
Miami, FL 33127
305-699-2637
www.beakerandgray.com

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