Quick Six With...Chef Phil Bryant, Who Brings Southern Food to South Florida

Quick Six With...Chef Phil Bryant, Who Brings Southern Food to South Florida

By Mae Velasco, Custom Content Editor

The word "local" has many meanings for Miami restaurant The Local Craft Food & Drink — or simply 'The Local,' as its locals (fittingly) call it. There's one more local element to this welcoming, snug hotspot that serves up comfort food, unique craft beer on rotation, carefully curated small-batch wine selections, and warm spirits. This brand has a commitment to locally sourced food and takes pride in providing guests seasonal, responsibly sourced, quality ingredients. Those dishes can be found updated every day on a charming chalkboard, just as charming as its pub-like atmosphere.

And who is the man behind it all? Meet Phil Bryant, The Local's executive chef and owner. Self-proclaimed to have "an old Southern soul and an appreciation for all things food," Bryant grew up in Stafford, raised in a household where you didn't find a bottle of ketchup on a supermarket shelf, but instead, by canning, pickling, and making it yourself. From the age of 15, he began working in foodservice and fell in love with the restaurant industry. Whether in kitchens across Virginia to kitchens in California, he put the final garnishes on his culinary career and took his Southern food know-how's to South Florida. 

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