Marcus Samuelsson is a chef with a full CV. From being the youngest to receive a three-star New York Times review to being crowned Top Chef Masters and Chopped All-Stars champion, he’s a celebrity chef in every way. But what sets him apart from many other famous chefs is that his accolades come from serving comfort food from his roots. His brand new Red Rooster Overtown in Miami pays homage to both his journey and that of the restaurant’s multicultural neighborhood.
Red Rooster Overtown
Red Rooster Overtown was originally scheduled to open last March, but has been delayed due to the pandemic. However, when it was nearing completion, the team decided to team up with World Central Kitchen and Food Rescue US by José Andrés to deliver meals to anyone in need rather than rushing to open. They created meals for people affected by the pandemic three days a week at restaurants.
The space finally made its debut as Red Rooster Overtown last December. Samuelsson decided not only to bring his iconic Harlem dishes to Miami, but also to incorporate the flavors of the Overtown neighborhood. You’ll see their famous hot honey fried chicken and the quintessential “Obama ribs” on the menu, but you’ll also find additions like ceviche, grilled fish, and conch fritters inspired by Miami’s Latin and Caribbean flavors.
Historic place in Overtown, Miami
Whether you’re looking for a casual outdoor dining experience with friends or an intimate date night in the dining room, Red Rooster aims to please. The restaurant is housed in the former “Clyde Killen’s Pool Hall” in the historic district of Overtown. In the 1960s, it was a popular nightlife spot. Today, Samuelsson’s Red Rooster features a main dining room, a covered outdoor patio, a balcony terrace, and several private dining areas. The vibe is cool and relaxed, with plenty of trendy artwork by Derrick Adams and Mickalene Thomas throughout the space. Following the musical history of the billiard hall, the team will bring entertainment and live DJs almost daily. Wednesdays feature soul and afro beats, Thursdays are filled with classics and B-Sides, Friday night is all about hip-hop, rare grooves and remixes and weekend brunches are either Funky Dance Gems or Gospel. Check the Red Rooster website for details.
Marcus Samuelsson’s classics
Come hungry because the portions are certainly generous, especially if you go for the Fried Yard Bird which is hot honey fried chicken with a few sides. Try some of their refreshing cocktails, which feature lots of Miami flavors and spirits, like House 920, made with pear infused e11even vodka, barley syrup and soda. But also, be sure to save room for dessert because the “Old Fashion Good Time”, a dark chocolate pretzel pie, with bourbon-citrus caramel, kumquats and chocolate malt ice cream is too good for it. Give Way!
Currently open for dinner and brunch, with happy hour offered at the main bar and patio bar on weekdays from 5-7pm, the team follows all national and local safety precautions and has also implemented safe practices. additional disinfection. Guests are required to wear masks when not seated and distance guidelines are in place.