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An Upper Eastside Star is Born

Couple Creates Fun, Eclectic Eatery


Ed Fisher

CREAM PARLOR entrance.

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CREAM PARLOR entrance.

Cream Parlor opened August 15 culminating a dream of Ainsley and Johnny Tsokos, who wanted to own an establishment of their own.

The young, vibrant and energetic couple now have their home away from home in the Upper Eastside neighborhood of Miami.

Yielding from diverse corporate backgrounds while also embracing an extensive background in food, their vision is now a reality.

Their concept of mixing nostalgia with tasty comfort food is embraced in their logo which encourages their customers to “drink, chat, lick, and nibble”.

Ainsley and Johnny have created an atmosphere where the decor is eclectic and bohemian.

Personal memorabilia, found objects, and estate sale treasures surround you, creating a warm retro vibe.

Photo (LEFT): Eclectic bohemian decor, (RIGHT):Counter - menu selections taken.

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Photo (LEFT): Eclectic bohemian decor, (RIGHT):Counter - menu selections taken.

A back patio with a pergola and bistro tables offers a serene outdoor seating option.

Patio.

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Patio.

Cream Parlor, although small, has a vast menu appealing to all diets and budgets. Vegetarian, vegan, dairy free, gluten free, and protein-based diets are easily accommodated. Prices range from $2 to $23. For lunch or dinner, patrons can choose from salads, tartines, paninis, wraps, cheese plates, and charcuterie plates. Shareable sides and bowls are pleasing accompaniments. The Tsokos' are awaiting completed approval of their liquor license.

Breakfast items include cereals, yogurt, quiche, croissants, eggs, and a breakfast sandwich/wrap. Breakfast sides include ham, bacon, sausage, and vegetarian sausage.

Our culinary adventure at Cream Parlor started with a tartine. Their rendition is an open-faced toasted sandwich using a slice of Zak the Baker's country wheat loaf with assorted toppings. Ours was topped with prosciutto, goat cheese, arugula, and fruit preserves. Savory and sweet are juxtaposed in perfect harmony.

Prosciutto & goat cheese tartine.

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Prosciutto & goat cheese tartine.

Salad choice was Sriracha lentils over kale with goat cheese, tomatoes, onions, and olive oil. This well balanced preparation adds piquancy to the palate.

Sriracha lentil salad.

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Sriracha lentil salad.

Grilled smashed potatoes are offered with three different toppings as a shareable side. We chose feta and Kalamata olives atop ours to creat a Mediterranean medley.

Smashed potato side.

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Smashed potato side.

Inherent in the name, Cream Parlor offers more than a dozen flavors of ice cream with your choice of cup or a variety of cones. Our selection was Prince-inspired Purple Rain flavor – a delectable combination of black raspberry ice cream, black raspberry crinkle and dark chocolate chips. Additional dessert selections change daily.

Ice cream & desserts.

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Ice cream & desserts.

Cream Parlor enhances the landscape of the Upper Eastside neighborhood and is well deserving of your attention.

Cream Parlor is located at 8224 Biscayne Boulevard, 786-534-4180, reservations are not accepted. Open seven days a week, 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. (*subject to change) Small lot next to Cream Parlor has a couple of parking spots for patrons. Free street parking is available

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