7 Delightful Restaurant Dishes Inspired by Chefs’ Moms
We’ll always think our mom is the greatest cook in the game, but these seven restaurants give her a run for her money. (Sorry, Ma, Kyu’s coconut cake tastes like a cloud.) From cheddar and chive biscuits to beef ramen, some of our all-time favorite chefs are honoring their mothers in the most delicious way possible.
Florida Cheddar & Chive Biscuits at Bird & Bone
These bad boys are made with a toothsome strawberry jam by chef Richard Hales’s wife. The recipe, passed down by her mother, makes the perfect sweet counterpoint to the biscuit’s savory dough.
4041 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-424-1234 or theconfidantemiamibeach.com
Mom’s Coconut Cake at KYU
You can thank Kyu chef/owner Michael Lewis’s mom for one of Miami’s cult-favorite desserts. For years, she perfected the recipe to satisfy Lewis’s stepdad, who wasn’t a total fan of sweets but had a thing for coconut cake. The result is a light white cake with cream-cheese icing, coconut flakes and coconut ice cream.
251 NW 25th St., Miami; 786-577-0150 or kyurestaurants.com
Grandmother’s Ramen at Makoto
The only thing gentler than a mother’s touch is a grandmother’s. Chef Makoto Okuwa’s ramen—with ground beef and chili—is his take on a recipe he learned from his grandmother while growing up in Japan.
9700 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour; 305-864-8600 or makotorestaurant.me
The Grutman Pastrami Egg Roll at Komodo
As a kid, Komodo owner David Grutman practically lived on pastrami sandwiches. That’s why he was determined to find a way to include a deli sandwich on his menu of trendy Southeast Asian cuisine at Komodo. The result is wrapped up inside a crispy egg roll and served with Chinese grain mustard. Mom would be proud.
801 Brickell Ave., Miami; 305-534-2211 or komodomiami.com
Chilaquiles Bowl at Lolo’s Surf Cantina
This South Beach restaurant makes some of the tastiest chilaquiles we’ve ever tried. Maybe it’s because the recipe is inspired by the dish made by owner Richard Ampudia’s mother and grandmother (the latter being the restaurant’s namesake). All you need to know is this warm and comforting tortilla casserole is brimming with black beans, queso fresco, pico de gallo, avocado and fried eggs, and it’s worth Every. Single. Bite.
161 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach; 305-735-6973 or loloscantina.com
Mama B’s Chicken Parm at Doc B’s
Inspired by a recipe from Doc B’s founder Craig Bernstein’s mother, Mama B’s signature chicken parm is made with marinara sauce atop breaded chicken cutlets and sealed with a thin slice of melted mozzarella. It’s served with sautéed broccoli, because this mom wants to make sure you eat your veggies, too.
Vegan Risotto at Elcielo
Every vegan dish at this Brickell hot spot was inspired by founder chef Juan Manuel Barrientos Valencia’s mother. It’s no wonder she’s behind one of the chef’s most popular items, the vegan risotto. It’s made with a base of creamy Colombian rice, and blended with carrots, onions, mushroom sauce, coconut milk, broccoli, mushrooms, zucchini, yellow pumpkin and a mix of Indian spices. It’s a mouthful in the best possible way.
31 SE Fifth St., Miami; 305-755-8840 or elcielorestaurant.com