By: Shaina Wizov Contributing Writer
Crazy Uncle Mike’s knows what three things people want most when looking for a fun day or night out, and it’s right there in their slogan: “brews, bites, beats.”
The restaurant opened last summer by founder, Mike Goodwin, who wanted to give people a relaxed atmosphere where they can just hang out and enjoy great food and drinks, while listening to live music. He certainly hit the mark, as Crazy Uncle Mike’s completely satisfied his vision.
The master behind Crazy Uncle Mike’s brews is Corey Wilson, who comes with plenty of experience in the beer industry, having worked with award-winning breweries including Copperpoint Brewing Company and Copper Kettle Brewery.
The kitchen is led by another seasoned vet, Executive Chef Tara Abrams, who has trained throughout Florida in restaurants such as multiple JEY Hospitality Group establishments, 32 East, and OTC Brickell.
Even if you aren’t a beer drinker, there is still plenty on the menu for you including a variety of craft cocktails and a list of wines by the glass. For a refreshing start to your meal, try the Smooth Criminal. It’s made with Hendricks gin, cucumber, pomegranate liquor, agave and elderflower. The elderflower adds a subtle sweetness, but it’s the bright, beautiful color from that pomegranate liquor that makes this drink so pleasing to the eye.
Get there during happy hour (which is every day 4-7 p.m., and also Sunday through Thursday from 11 p.m.-1 a.m.) so you can get a taste of the happy hour menu, which includes a few appetizers that aren’t found on the regular menu, such as shishito peppers and sweet chili aioli, sopressata-wrapped pretzels with bourbon-mustard sauce and IPA-marinated sausage, peppers and onions with whole grain mustard. There are also specials on draft beers, house wines, well cocktails and a weekly rotating Old Fashioned.
Crazy Uncle Mike’s is a great spot to chill out listening to music with friends and have a couple beers — and there are plenty of good appetizers perfect for sharing, like the charcuterie platter with assorted meats and cheeses and guacamole served with tortilla and plantain chips.
If you like spice, the charred heirloom carrots are going to be your new favorite thing. They are drenched in gochujang-maple glaze. Gochujang is a common ingredient in Asian cooking that is essentially a red chili paste. Although these carrots are definitely on the spicier side, the sweetness from the maple helped to cool things down and balance out the dish.
There is a lot of variety when it comes to main plates — flatbreads, tacos, sandwiches, and even a few breakfast-for-dinner type entrées. The grilled skirt steak is a top choice, served with just the right amount of chimichurri sauce, chili-rubbed baby carrots, and thick-cut yucca fries that are perfectly crisp on the outside, with a cloud-like tender middle.
There are not many places in the area where you can find quality music, food and drinks all under one roof. Crazy Uncle Mike’s is making it work.
Crazy Uncle Mike’s is located at 6450 North Federal Highway in Boca. The restaurant is open everyday from 11:30 a.m.-2 a.m. Happy hour is every day from 4-7 p.m. and Sunday through Thursday from 11 p.m.-1 a.m. Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m.