Prism Tastes: Campton Yard at The Hall
June 7, 2016
Consensus: With room for growth, The Campton Yard hits its welcoming backyard vibes out of the park–all propelled by a locally conscious menu that bridges Miami flavors with worldly tastes.
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While much of the city, and slowly the world, is looking at mainland Miami like an unchartered reservoir of creative culture, the driving force behind our city’s identity, Miami Beach is stepping up its chill game and it’s coming in hot. As locals and tourists alike are hungry for authentic moments of connection, venues are shifting their accessibility from the luxury in exclusivity to the comfort in the inclusive. More and more spots are opening their doors to welcome all walks of life, investing in the beauty of the native and the lush, and developing platforms where locals and the local businesses they have come to support can thrive.
“More than just a watering hole with mouth-watering grub, the place is a haven for the local surf community.”
One such spot at the forefront of this Miami Beach revolution is the 3 week-old Campton Yard, the backyard bar housed at the recently opened The Hall. Anchored by a towering banyan tree, the “Kauai meets Miami” vintage-inspired outpost breaks down the barriers of clean luxury that the beach has built up for so long. With acclaimed chef, Spike Mendelsohn at the helm, Campton Yard merges the comforting with the cool, bringing a Caribbean pulse to a classic biergarten. More than just a watering hole with mouth-watering grub, the place is a haven for the local surf community, “beach by beach bums” as Mendelsohn calls it–his own personal board on display in the conference room library. The idea sprung from when the Top Chef-famed talent would travel to Miami every year for South Beach Food & Wine festival, finding convenience in opening a full brick & mortar. And so he did, bringing the feeling of freedom and having fun back to Miami Beach.
“..the sound of local draft beer being poured in the background, you sort of get the feeling that you’re at a friend’s backyard BBQ.”
Although the spot is new and has some distance to go in regards to solidifying its atmosphere (the tunes can be more curated, the ambiance can be more intriguing for passerby), it’s well on its way to becoming the next big gem on the beach. When you sit down at your wooden picnic table or life-sized Jenga and Connect-Four, the sound of local draft beer being poured in the background, you sort of get the feeling that you’re at a friend’s backyard BBQ, that one friend who loves to host and does it well. Local love is immediately noticed, with a craft beer menu populated by a majority of local breweries, and cocktails that are inspired by the city itself. What we had: The Miami Dream (paired with MIA Beer Co.’s Miami Weiss), The Campton Tea, and the Sandilla Picante.
Come by every other Thursday for their Beer Pong tournaments, gathering steam and fandom with every throw, or the launch of their new brunch menu just in time for Father’s Day. As event ninjas, it makes us happy when new locales understand the importance of building up strong programming to recruit the community, and they’re definitely taking that hint. But now onto the food. The fast-casual menu is a mix of classic bar bites and comfort food, all infused with the spice of the tropics and flavors of our city. What we had: Avocado Toast and Rice Balls (a Sicilian recipe passed down from grandmother to son) off the Happy Hour menu; the Big Ass Pretzel, Three Oh Five Dog (what? Maduros on a hot dog?), and Tiki Dog–all highly recommended. Best thing about it all? Aside from the locally-sourced goods, the prices are also geared to Miamians looking to escape the infamous Miami Beach inflation.
So if you’re looking to discover someplace new while still feeling instantly welcome, Campton Yard should be the next spot on your list of beach-way hangs. Come with a crew, you can’t finish that Big Ass Pretzel on your own.