Nineteen months. And now finally, Jack Garabedian and his food truck concept Jefe’s Original Fish Tacos & Burgers has officially opened a brick & mortar in North Miami. Garabedian’s painstaking story of getting this store open is one for the books, that is both heartbreaking and shocking not to mention money-sucking. Quite frankly, I’m not sure I would have been able to hang on as long as he did with all the delays and excuses thrown at him from contractors and the city. But Garabedian stayed the course, he endured the nonsensical lip-service for over a year and a half from those who stalled the start-up entrepreneur; now with all that behind him “Jefe’s Original Soul Truck” has a sibling, “Jefe’s Original Soul Shack”. The Soul Shack opened quietly on Friday, June 20th; on Saturday, June 21st, Soul Shack started making noise, and today, Monday, June 23rd the doors are wide open and the band is playin’.
Soul Shack, the newest addition to the Jefe’s family, has a lot of soul, and character just like its big brother food truck, and you will see many menu favorites and similarities between the two, additionally, you will also see the creative juices and soul of Garabedian shining through with new menu items and Soul Shack specials.
Tried & True
I’ve always been a fan of Jefe’s Original fish tacos, but the classic patty melt with bacon and horseradish mayo gets me every time, it’s truly comfort food in its finest hour. And the carnitas taquitos, is fried indulgent-goodness; and colorful so you don’t feel too-too guilty.
Garabedian’s Soul Shack allows for him to be creative with his food and menu, yet still remaining true to his comfort-esque style of food. Saturday night, in addition to everything else, I had to try “The Wedge”. Classic in theory, iceberg lettuce with blue cheese and bacon [optional] but the twist of this salad comes from the house-made buttermilk blue cheese dressing, tomato, egg, banana pepper rings for zip & zing and toasted pumpkin seeds for a little extra somethin’. In a word, home-run. Order it, and taste for yourself.
Garabedian’s story of getting Soul Shack open shows determination to the tenth power. I don’t believe he anticipated the journey to be as rocky as it was, and ironically, it’s been said, what’s in a name? I would say Mr. Garabedian and his Soul Shack have truly defined the phrase “heart & soul”.
Jefe’s Original Soul Shack 12581 Biscayne Boulevard, North Miami, FL 305-989-5188
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