Challah French Toast and a Media Noche at Wynwood’s Newest Restaurant.
Remember the days when you would go to Bardot just so you could end your night with Gigi’s mushroom buns or udon noodles? We do. Sort of…When Gigi’s closed, we were upset, no doubt about it. It was the end of an era…But, we’re all about new beginnings. Closing one chapter and opening up another. This one starts with bagels, bread, smoked deli meats and more.
What you need to know: Chef Brian Nasajon of Wynwood hotspot Beaker & Gray has stepped up to the plate (pun OBVY intended) officially opening his much-anticipated new restaurant, Mason today! Located in the former Gigi space, the concept is Nasajon’s unique take on a traditional American diner in an industrial concrete space with Art Deco-inspiration.
Talk to us about the menu: The food reflects his Latin and Jewish roots with offerings from morning to late night. Mason’s menu features diner staples such as sandwiches, salads, cured meats and sweets, all made in-house from scratch, with Nasajon’s unique twists.
Appetizers, perfect for sharing, include Bagel Bites containing garlic churros, nova lox and dill cream ($13); Mac n’ Cheese with parmesan, cheddar and fontina ($13); Frito Mixto heaping with calamari, rock shrimp, and lemon coriander ($15); and Buttermilk Biscuits with leek gravy ($9).
Piled-high Sandwiches include a Reuben with rye bread, sauerkraut, pastrami and thousand island dressing ($15); Media Noche on a croissant with ham and yellow mustard ($16); and a succulent Mason Burger made with grass-fed beef, bacon, American cheese and Mason’s “special sauce” ($16). Eggs aren’t just for breakfast with a Goopy Egg served with manchego, sour cream, and a bagel chip ($14) and a Pastrami Hash made with Yukon gold potatoes, garlic mayo and a fried egg($15). Nosh on a variety of Boards with a selection of meat, fish, and vegetables ($18-$21). An assortment of Breads & Spreads are perfect for pairing, for instance, a Garlic Roll with Mushroom Spread or Pretzel with Chicken Liver Mousse ($9-$18). Palate-pleasing Specials are must-try comfort foods like Mussels & Clams with coconut, saffron, and beer ($21); Oxtail Pot Pie with sourdough puff pastry, corn and bacon ($23); and Frank n’ Beans with ham, pork belly and BBQ sauce ($22).
Of course, no dinner experience would be complete without decadent Sweets! Compliments of Pastry Chef John Maieli, Mason will offer breakfast-inspired dishes including Belgian Waffle or Buttermilk Pancakes drizzled with maple syrup, salted butter, and jam ($8/$12); Challah French Toast with a sprinkling of powdered sugar and maple syrup ($13); and the ultimate in diner fare, a trifecta of Milkshakes with a choice of Vanilla, Chocolate, or Strawberry ($8). Dessert items are sure to satisfy any sweet tooth like an assortment of Cookies – chocolate crackle, white chocolate macadamia and oatmeal; Bars – like the Gold Rush with caramel, peanut, and pretzel or Key Lime Pie with dark chocolate, graham cracker, and meringue ($9); and a variety of Jars – Ice Cream Cookie with crushed chocolate chip cookie, vanilla soft serve ice cream, cookie dough, chocolate chip cookie quarters, and chocolate covered chocolate cookie crunchies; Peanut Butter Pie with peanut butter cookie, chocolate crumble, ganache, peanut butter mousse, vanilla chantilly, roasted peanuts; and Red Velvet with milk chocolate mousse and cream cheese icing ($9).
Wash it all down with an array of Wines by the Glass ($8-$17) or Bottle($35-$90); craft Beers; and Cocktails invented by Beaker & Gray’s Ben Potts including A Mason Grace – sparkling rose, blonde ale, and Belvoir; Green Tea Cobbler – green tea, honey, and Tio Pepe Sherry; and Cardamaro’s Another Day – ginger beer, soda water, lime juice, and Cardamaro ($11). Fresh Juice, squeezed daily, is a refreshing choice with options like orange, pineapple, watermelon, cucumber, grapefruit, mango, and carrot ($6).
Kids menu choices, to-go orders of the all-day offerings, as well as select items sold by the pound are also available.
What’s coming: After the launch of Mason, there will be the opening of an adjacent commissary kitchen where cooking classes and other interactive experiences for the neighborhood will be hosted. Catering will be available soon. Chef Nasajon and team have additional projects coming down the pike, as well. Real estate rumor has it that they’ve bought the former Bardot spot and will be opening up BoomBox, a bar and lounge.
Mason, located at 3470 North Miami Avenue in Midtown Miami, serves Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily from 10AM-2AM. Telephone: (786) 618-5150; www.masoneatery.com