Located across from the Magic City Casino and less than two miles from Miami International Airport, this venue is a great location for a taste of Southern comfort food in the heart of Miami.

My children and I went to visit on a Wednesday afternoon, with some apprehension, as none of us are real barbeque fans. We are from the Caribbean and our idea of BBQ usually involves an open fire grill by the beach complimented by the sound of the waves breaking on the shore and a cool breeze.

We decided to sample the food here as High Steaks promised authentic BBQ platters: steaks, ribs, chicken, shrimp … So why not try it? We sat outside as it was fresh and airy: we had to take advantage of this time of the year in Miami.

The menu and the concept behind the restaurant was throughly explained to us. All the ingredients are organic, natural and kosher. The recipes family-inspired. We ordered the baby back ribs and the Memphis Style ribs which came with cole slaw and fat wedges of fries. Miss Y., as per usual, had to order the chicken fingers and regular fries. Some things never change …

Memphis Style Ribs – The House Favorite

We are not big eaters (even though my big belly does betray that fact), so we ordered the Half Rack. We could smell the smoke from the moment the plate of ribs hit the table. They were carefully charred on the outside and pink on the inside. And oh, the flavor! The smokiness reminded me of the sweet smell of embers in a fireplace. In reality it was the slab of hickory wood used in the kitchen’s smoker, the spices and the marinade that made these ribs different.

Baby Back Ribs

These were succulent, soft and very tasty. Most restaurants boil the ribs first, them add the BBQ sauce and then cook. At High Steaks BBQ, they put a sweet and sour sauce then bake in the oven. The cole slaw was delicate and not sweet and swimming in mayonnaise as so many are.

Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Icing

The size of the serving was quite unexpected. Enough for a party of four to share! The cake was chockfull of fruits and nuts and the icing was soft and melting in the mouth like a thick, sweet, white butter. They also serve a variety of pies and other cakes, all made on the premises.

On a personal note, I must say that the BBQ served here is different in that it is lighter and subtler than what I have tried before and some hard-core BBQ connoisseurs may think that the food can have more of a kick to it. I think the balance of flavors is both super and down-to-earth and definitely deserves a try. My daughter Issa , who is 14, agrees with me. And we tend to disagree a lot, but not this time J

High Steaks BBQ

57 NW 37th Ave; Miami; 305.642.7447

By Contributor Writer Brenda Benoit