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Exploring the Rich History and Flavors of Red Rooster Overtown

Posted at 8:43 PM, Jun 17, 2024

We’re diving into the rich cultural history and culinary delights of Red Rooster, a restaurant at the heart of Overtown’s cultural entertainment district. This iconic spot has a storied past, having hosted legends like Muhammad Ali, Aretha Franklin, and many more during its heyday in the 1960s.

Red Rooster is not just a restaurant; it's a significant piece of Overtown’s history. Back in the 1960s, the building was known as Clyde Killen's Pool Hall, a popular hangout for numerous African American icons. Today, it stands alongside other historical landmarks such as the Lyric Theater and several community churches, symbolizing the resilience and growth of African American culture in Miami.

To celebrate Juneteenth, Red Rooster Overtown has curated exclusive menu additions that reflect their dedication to culinary excellence and cultural celebration. These special dishes have been crafted by renowned chefs Marcus Samuelsson, Derek Fleming, and Michael Simkins, ensuring a memorable dining experience for all.

Lamb Stuffed Peppadew Peppers:
This dish features Moroccan spiced lamb stuffed into sweet Peppadew peppers, served with a black garlic red wine reduction and creamy garlic goat cheese. The combination of spice and sweetness, along with the richness of the goat cheese, makes for a tantalizing starter.

Bone-In Ribeye:
Diners can choose to add foie gras or enjoy the steak ala carte with a special steak butter. The steak is coffee-crusted using Café Bustelo and finished with fresh rosemary and chili crunch honey butter, providing a unique Miami twist to a classic dish.

To complement these culinary delights, Red Rooster offers the Justice Jubilee cocktail, a blend of Licor 43, simple syrup, and bold espresso, perfect for celebrating the flavors of freedom.

The cuisine at Red Rooster Overtown is described as modern Southern, infused with Caribbean, Ethiopian, and other Southern influences like those from South Carolina, North Carolina, and the bayou. This fusion aims to marry the diverse culinary traditions, bringing a unique and rich dining experience to the heart of Overtown.

Red Rooster Overtown is more than just a place to eat; it’s a vibrant community hub. The restaurant offers a family-friendly environment with various cultural activations, including DJ nights, Afro beats parties, and more. The upstairs lounge, known as The Pool Hall, hosts party nights and special events, catering to diverse cultures and family sizes.

Make sure to stop by Red Rooster Overtown on Wednesday, June 19, to celebrate Juneteenth and witness how this iconic restaurant continues to spark a cultural revival in Overtown's entertainment district. This revitalization effort is not just about preserving history but also about igniting hope and opportunity for the community.

For more details, visit Red Rooster Overtown’s website,, and experience the flavors and history that make this restaurant a cornerstone of Miami's cultural landscape.

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