I'm a little slow today. I just switched to Sanka. So...have a heart?

Monday, December 21, 2009

Fox's Sherron...Out?

I really hope my friend Amanda is a vicious, heartless pathological liar.

It would be against her character, but stranger things have happened and maybe when she told me that Fox's Sherron Inn has been sold and may be slated for a million-dollar renovation, I'm hoping that it's some delusion brought on by a curable, and temporary palsy.

I don't want to believe her. And you probably don't want to believe her.

No one wants to believe her, because in my time in Miami, pushing eight years now, I have never met a person who doesn't hold Fox's in the highest regard - in this City, that's kind of amazing.

And so, for the moment, I'll suspend my belief, and chalk Amanda's news up to the ramblings of a woman who's suffering from some temporary dementia.

Fox's is in my top 5 places in Miami. It's a dark, wood-paneled, red-lit timewarp back to 1946 -- it's even got a walk-up package liquor window in the back, which I imagine is a holdover from Miami's Jim Crow days. Before smoking was outlawed in restaurants in Miami, a dense haze of cigarette smoke undulated over the Geriatric Old-Miamians (Read: Southerners) as they drank their "Seven-and-Sevens" and ate their clam sandwiches, ensconced in circular red booths of cracking vinyl, bouncing on springs that had long-since gone bad. I mean what I'm about to say in the nicest possible way, but if you can imagine what a restaurant would have looked like "on the other side" in Beetlejuice, that's pretty much what Fox's used to look like - Ghouls breathing smoke and eating what very well could be their last meal.

Although the haze is gone, the ceiling has been stained a deep chocolate brown from fifty-six years of constant exposure to plumes of Chesterfield smoke, and everything has a slightly-sticky-nicotiney film on it. Which is one of the factors contributing to Fox's overall awesomeness.

I'm sure even in the middle of the day, the interior of Fox's is as dark as it is at 2:30 in the morning, when you really should go home, but one last Manhattan is calling your name.

There's really... just so much to love about the place. I have a lot of different groups of friends, but the one universal commonality between all of them besides having excellent taste in friends (me) is that I could suggest going to Fox's for dinner and a couple drinks, and everyone would think that was a capital idea.

The food is about as classic American as you can get. And it's plentiful and it's GOOD. I always get the open faced turkey sandwich, which comes with a side salad with the best garlic dressing ever. And I put that motherfucker down, because it's so tasty, I can't help but eat 3,000 calories in one sitting. And who cares if the Waiter looks like the Peter Lorre based villain in Mighty-Mouse, the guy, as creepy as he is, is a damn good waiter, who's been at the place forever, and used to know what my order would be, when I lived just up the street, and was a regular.

Their drinks are stiff, well-made and phenomenal. And their happy hour always seemed to be whenever I was there.

I'm not doing the bar justice, because I can't put into words the depth of my love for that shopworn old dame, past her prime, but perfectly aged nonetheless - basically, Fox's is Rue McClanahan, if she was a bar. I think that's probably one of the biggest compliments I could pay.

And so, if you've never been there -- GO. Go tomorrow, before it's too late. If you have been there, go again. We all know this City is pretty atrocious at preserving its nearest and dearest institutions, and now I have something else to worry about -- that the Fox's I have known, and grown to live, will soon be just another memory.

Hopefully whoever bought Fox's will realize that there's no need to touch a silver hair on her head; that the formula has worked for 63 years, and there's absolutely no need to alter it now...

Or maybe Amanda's just a big lying jerk. I hope it's the latter.

13 Comments:

Blogger Maria de los Angeles said...

I used to bartend at Fox's during college. And I'm a regular there now that I'm a South Miamian again. The daytime waitress is my "therapist" LOL

I'm going to find out if this is true, and if it is ... I'm going to scream at the owner!

10:39 AM

 
Blogger Maria de los Angeles said...

Oh Superbee ... also, Bougainvillea's is closing as well. Tragedy. Utter tragedy for South Miami.

10:42 AM

 
Anonymous Lauren said...

Does it mean i'm not your friend if i wouldn't want to eat dinner there? Maybe i would watch you eat over a stiff cocktail?

10:59 AM

 
Blogger SuperBee said...

Manola - Tell me what you learned! Any additional info?! I'm really wrecked about this.

And I'm SuperBummed about Bougainvillea as well. While I have less attachment to that bar, than I do to Fox's, both of those places are vital to the South Miami landscape.

Lauren: Have you ever eaten there? You would find something you liked. They have a nice chicken-strips meal. Or a "Dieter's Delight" plate.

I'd forgive you for not wanting to eat there, as long as you drank there. : )

7:37 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love Fox's. The first time we ever went there, we sat next to a quiet guy who just sipped his beer and watched TV. Before he left, he told the bartender he had won at the races that day, and paid everyone's tab. Pretty cool.

4:01 PM

 
Blogger Jessica said...

OMG, die over both closures mentioned in these comments. Superbee, you left out the BESTEST part of Fox's-- the jukebox! And the people sitting around you! And the fact it's so dark you can barely read the menu so if you didn't know you wanted that hot open turkey, you wouldn't even know what else they had. Tears. Find out more info so I know whether to jettison down there before closures.

1:21 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why is everyone crying about Fox's being sold. I love old character bars also but the place got ridiculous lately. Old owner let things break and stay broken. Some things have to be fixed,,,its called upkeep. Do you guys like going to the bathroom and having water from the ceiling hitting your head as you take a leak. Barstools ready to fall apart? Anything new owner does to Fox's is very welcomed.

5:41 AM

 
Blogger matthew said...

hello everyone i am one of the previous owners @ foxs and i hate to inform you all that we have sold the restaurant. i want to be clear that foxs will still remain the new owners are working very closely with me in order to maintain the attraction. Foxs has been in my family for about 45 years and i will continue to help maintain the legacy that has been provided. As fir the upkeep the anonymous gentleman is correct we did not do much for the upkeep considering the sale was ongoing and investing any further would futile. there will be alot of renovations made but those renovations will be only to clean it up and to bring back the old in the new. if i can even say that. If you have any questions feel free to call me @ 305-666-2230 and ask for matt ill be more than happy to answer any questions you may have. thank you all for your patronage

6:43 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's what I hope they fix at fox's. Paneling-replace with identical type, moldings too. Front door replaced with a solid wood door that opens easily. Drop ceiling panels replaced with same dark color and install baffles around recessed lights in ceiling. Bar refinished and re-coated with varnish. New stools-same type. Install wooden floors. Remodel bathrooms. Install tap beers. Replace some things on menu that are tired and boring. Install new windows in small room in back. Fix liquor shelf at bar,,its falling. Is this too much? No this is just a start and does not change the atmosphere of a dark bar, just upkeep that has to be done.

9:34 AM

 
Blogger matthew said...

THANK YOU MR.ANONOYMOUS. SOUNDS TO ME LIKE YOUR NOT REALLY MUCH OF A FAN OF FOXS. BUT THATS OK. AS FOR YOUR ADVICE. WE DONT NEED IT. WE HAVE PROFESSIONALS HANDLING THESE THINGS BUT THANK YOU ANYWAYS.

10:01 AM

 
Anonymous John C. said...

I think most people love Fox's, including Mr Anonymous. They feel like its their last original old miami hangout and would love to see it remain true to what it represents for us. Old fashioned cocktail bar with dim lights like a post card from New York circa 1940's. Ok so Matt told us it was sold and new owner will make the old look new again and that is all everyone here wishes. Long live Fox's and thank you to the Andrews family for decades of ownership and may the new owners treat it with delicate hands as its one of the last of the greats in Miami.

7:14 AM

 
Anonymous Donna said...

All the posts here show one common thread. Fox's is loved and everyone has a story about it. This is because there is no other place like it here. Like John C said, its a New York style bar from another era. I absolutely love these comments, everyone has an opinion, some even as to how to fix it up, that's a loyal regular for sure. My feelings towards Fox's are deep because I have had such good times there and hope for many more.

5:48 AM

 
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