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Two years ago, brothers Robert, Ruben, and Giancarlo Rodriguez started their successful pop-up, Barn Bites, in Hollywood’s Yellow Green Farmer’s Market. They’ve been nominated for the Miami New Times Best Fried Chicken and Best Brunch. Now they’re bringing their Southern cuisine to the Miami Design District with their concept, CooP, opening in St. Roch Market.
The brothers fell in love with Southern food during their family’s summer road trips through Georgia, North Carolina, and Tennessee. Chef Ruben Rodriguez, who trained under Gorvind Armstrong, will bring the team’s culinary visions to life with dishes such as from-scratch buttermilk biscuits with candy bacon butter and 25-hour brined fried chicken served on a cheddar chive waffle with house pickled onions.