Last week, me and a few other bloggers were invited to a special tasting event at Swensen’s. Swensen’s has been located in Coral Gables by US 1 since 1971. They have revamped their menu, adding fresh new items and ideas, including craft beers and gourmet burgers for a more gastro-pub type menu as opposed to a diner. The owners along with their dedicated staff have been busy coming up with delicious new combinations of Adult Shakes as well, pairing some of them with their latest selection of craft beers.
Our first tasty treat was a truffle oil mac and cheese. We had a few options of beer to try, Brooklyn Blast from Brooklyn Brewery, La Rubia from local Wynwood Brewery, Pineapple Sculpin from Ballast Point Brewery just to name a few. But I decided on a cider, Kopperberg Premium Cider. This is definitely, the best cider I have tried so far. It taste and looks similar to pink champagne. Bubbly, and sweet, with a light fruity flavor. I think it was a good contrast to the mac and cheese since it is heavier and bit more salty.
Our next menu item to try was dolphin fingers. They were battered and fried, but very tender and light to eat. They were served along with a lemon garlic aoili sauce. The sauce was a delicious flavor boost to the dolphin fingers.
Next, the awesome staff from Swensen’s brought out duck confit sliders. They were deliciously made with their in house Asian BBQ sauce and ranch sauce. The meat was super tender and juicy. I guess I can describe the consistency as similar to pulled pork.
So you think I would be full by now. Yes, I was getting there. But then they brought out their Nica Burger. Guess who is Nica? Me! These sliders were made with Angus beef patties, slice of Nicaraguan style fried cheese (queso blanco), crema (yogurt type sauce), a sweet plantain, and Nicaraguan style cabbage salad (repollo).
In between all this food tasting, I tried another beer. This time a Monk in the Trunk. According to our very nice server Riky, it is comparable to maybe an AmberBock. It was not too hoppy or dark, but not as light as a bud light or similar beers. So I liked it.
Our final food sample, was a mac burger. It consisted of fried mac and cheese of course, a hamburger patty, bacon, and was topped with a pepper-jack cheese sauce. I think the cheese sauce was my favorite part of the burger.
For desert we sampled their new Adult Shakes: Cafe Con Leche and Bananas Foster shake. The Cafe Con Leche Shake was made with Cigar City’s Maduro Brown Ale and their delicious coffee ice cream. The Bananas Foster shake consisted of bananas, warm caramel, and Due Soft’s Caramel Cream Ale. They were both delicious. I can’t wait to go try more flavors.
I had a great time and left very full and satisfied. I would definitely recommend anyone to stop by and check out their new menu items, shakes and selection of craft beers. The owner would like to keep adding more in the future as well. Not only is their food good, but their staff is very polite and friendly. This includes Chef Carlos Laherra, who came out to greet us, and our awesome server Riky who came up with many of the shake combinations. They have even updated the music selection that plays while you eat. Alternative bands like Pearl Jam, and other indie bands were playing while we ate. It was a nice atmosphere and as always, it was nice to meet other bloggers and try new things.
Swesen’s is located: 1586 South Dixie Highway, Coral Gables, FL 33146