Over The Line
By Lizzie Wilcox
Buckle up, folks, we’re taking the dangerous trek south down U.S. 1 into South Miami. There are only a few places that would make us cross the border, but No Name Chinese on 57th Court is one of them. While a Chinese restaurant may not be an initial reflex when choosing a brunch locale, No Name Chinese won us over with dumplings, bao buns and, of course, the drink menu.
It has clearly won over others as well, because the restaurant has extended brunch to both Saturday and Sunday to meet demand. Leaning more toward the lunch side as far as food options go, No Name offers classic Chinese comfort food like egg rolls and kung pao chicken. But in true brunch tradition, they also have bottomless mimosas for $20, as well as an extensive wine, beer and sake list.
To ingest as much #DopeChineseFood as possible, opt for the family style tasting menu. At $60 per person, five to six courses will be served for the whole table. For an extra $30, you can also do a wine pairing for each course.
After trying as many dishes as we could stomach – for our readers’ sake, of course – we can confidently report on what you must order. Since no dim sum is complete without dumplings, choose the Angry Dumplings. Taste buds beware: these are spicy. But if you can take the heat, they’re among the best dumplings you’ll ever eat. Another must-have is the Crab Chao Fan, or crab fried rice. Topped with Thai basil, green peppercorn and crunchy shallots, it’s a melange of comfort food and fine dining. And now, for the best dish in the house. Drum roll please. The pan-seared brisket Bao. Both the Bao bun and the brisket inside are warm and soft and melt-in-your-mouth delicious. For even more flavor, pour the yaka broth over it and ascend into food heaven.