Status: The long awaited homecoming of Norman Van Aken to Coral Gables will take place when Norman's 180 opens to the public on June 29 featuring indoor and outdoor seating, lounge, wrap around bar, floor to ceiling wine vaults and open theater kitchen. But Norman's not the same Mango Gangster he used to be, but it's definitely a family affair as son Justin joins him in the kitchen as co-chef alongside Phillip Bryant. According to Van Aken, Norman’s 180 menu will be "more broadly American" than his previous restaurants, and "will feature deeply flavored items that are truly a reflection of his life’s culinary journey." Expanding on New World Cuisine, the menu also draws inspiration from Chef's Midwestern roots and his time spent in the South. Click here for the menu. [EaterWire]
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The menu is comprised of small plates, sharing platters, soups, salads, pizzas, sandwiches, entrees, sides, and desserts, cheese and charcuterie. Among the featured dishes: duck meatballs with carrot parsnip mash, Marsala mustard reduction and Ruth’s relish; Gulf shrimp ceviche with charred octopus, “Salsa of Life,” and Peruvian cancha; a rotating selection of "Wig" Burgers with toppings such as Ropa Vieja or Pulled Pork; Key West yellowtail snapper, locally caught and served with a bright citrus butter and delicious congrí of red beans and rice; and Three Little Pigs, a pork trio including barbequed baby back ribs, a trotter cake and “ham n’ mac n’ cheese.” Diners may want to snag a seat at Norman's “Kitchen Table” that, by reservation only, seats up to 12 guests and serves a set price menu written daily.
Norman’s 180 will be open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Beginning Tuesday, June 29, dinner will be served Sunday through Thursday from 5:30pm-11:00pm and 5:30pm-12:00am Friday and Saturday. Following the initial launch, Norman’s 180 will serve breakfast Monday through Friday from 6:30am-10:00am and Saturday and Sunday from 7:00am-10:00am; lunch from 11:30am-3:00pm; a special midday menu from 3:00pm-5:00pm; and a late night menu from 12:00am-1:00am on Friday and Saturday.