30 S.W. 12 St.
Another busy tax season is finally over, and the last couple weeks since April 15 have been a whirlwind of celebration – between the family visits, beach lounging and a Jimmy Buffett concert. We’ve been eating out consistently since Tax Day, and some of those experiences featured restaurants that were less memorable than others. However, our dinner at Batch Gastropub last week particularly stands out in my mind. Perhaps because it involved some celebratory essentials: local brews, juicy-greasy cheeseburgers and truffle fries.
Batch is a casual joint within walking distance of our condo in the bustling Brickell area of downtown Miami. The inside boasts a dark wood and exposed brick urban vibe, while the outdoor covered patio, where we sat down, is a street-side oasis of sorts, often playing host to live musicians.
The place might offer somewhat of a limited menu, but it’s packed with your typical gastropub fare: brick-oven pizzas, pork belly tacos, bison Bolognese, and a slew of mac-n-cheese styles (i.e. hanger steak, Brussels sprouts, more pork belly!)
The bar also serves up a sizeable drink menu, including eight different cocktails on tap, wine varieties and plenty of craft beer, including a few local beers. It was Miami-based Wynwood Brewing’s La Rubia ($7), a crisp blonde ale, that quenched our thirst that evening.
Our appetizer, the duck confit nachos ($14), was a massive portion for a starter, heaping with tender duck meat, sweet-spicy chili verde and melted shredded Oaxaca cheese, which is similar in texture to Italian mozzarella. Being that we love spicy foods, we were hoping for more of a bite with a salsa of some sort, but there’s no denying these nachos are a great choice if you’re dining with a few friends.
After the enormous loaded nachos, we decided to share the Batch brisket burger ($14), and we both agreed that sharing was a good choice. The plump patty, topped with sweet caramelized onions, lettuce, tomato and the specialty “B1” sauce, was extremely juicy and cooked to ideal just-pink medium perfection. We added maple-smoked cheddar ($1.50 extra) and bacon ($2.50 extra), which only added to the salty, meaty sammy.
As if we weren’t bursting yet, the burger was served with a side of thin-and-crispy truffle fries – and a pretty big portion at that! Between the oversized duck nachos, the indulgent burger and the incredible amount of fries, our bellies were more than satisfied. Plus, we walked home that night with plenty of lunch leftovers. I don’t know about you, but I’d consider that a win-win.
Full disclosure: Our meal at Batch Gastropub was gluttony at its finest, ya’ll. But honestly, after the stressful tax season we endured this year, we felt it was well deserved.