Mario Lopez and Mariah Carey Open Delivery-Only Restaurants in Miami
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Attention, Hangry pop culture and music fans: two of your favorite 90s icons are now delivering groceries to your doorstep.
Mario Lopez, known as AC Slater on the teen sitcom Saved by the Bell, has grown up selling tortas while America’s favorite diva Mariah Carey bakes cookies.
Lopez’s delivery-only concept, Mario’s Tortas Lopez, launched late last month and offers six different types of torta, a Mexican sandwich similar to the arepa born in South America.
The tortas are served on a grilled telera roll and are filled with beef barbacoa, chorizo and egg, grilled chicken, pork carnitas, chilli relleno or a vegan chorizo. (Alternatively, the same fillings can also be ordered as cauliflower rice bowls.) Other menu items include nachos, french fries and guacamole, black beans, elote and churro donuts, which are served with dulce de leche.
The menu was created by Chef Eric Greenspan with input from Lopez. (Greenspan, whose Los Angeles restaurant, The Foundry on Melrose, was named a semi-finalist for the James Beard Award for Best New Restaurant in 2008, is featured frequently on TV food shows.)
The concept is a partnership with Orlando-based Virtual Dining Concepts, which contracts with local restaurants to prepare the food, which is exclusively delivered through Grubhub.
In a press release, Lopez said he was satisfied with working with Virtual Dining Concepts. “”[T]There is no one else here that I would trust to make this happen, “he said.” It is especially important to me that this menu be available to small, independent restaurants to help them regain their finances foundation. “
The New Times made several unsuccessful attempts to reach out to Virtual Dining Concepts to inquire about their Miami dining partners. The address for Marios Tortas Lopez (426 SW Eighth Street) is home to a taco rico.
If you’re looking for a dessert that is a “sweet, sweet fantasy, baby” Mariah’s cookies might just be for you. Baked in collaboration with America’s favorite diva Mariah Carey, the cookies cost $ 12 for half a dozen and come in six flavors: chocolate bar, lemon cooler, triple chocolate bar, white chocolate cranberry, Heath bar, and white chocolate bar made of red velvet.
Like Marios Tortas, the cookies are baked in collaboration with Virtual Dining Concepts. They are currently available in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and West Palm Beach.
Celebrity ghost kitchens seem to be all the rage. Guy Fieri recently jumped on the celebrity ghost kitchen bandwagon with Guy Fieri’s Flavortown Kitchen. Virtual Dining Concepts has signed deals with a variety of other A (and B) listeners, including Tyga Bites (a chicken nugget concept from Tyga, also available in Miami) and Pauly D’s Italian Subs (a sandwich shop owned by Pauly D from Jersey Shore) ).
And if it’s concrete evidence of the end of the world you’re looking for, take note that Jonathan Cheban (AKA Foodgod) is allegedly opening a business called Foodgod Truffle Fries that offers chicken wings in addition to his eponymous dish. Burgers and hot dogs.
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Laine Doss is the food and liquor editor for the Miami New Times. It was featured on Eat Street by Cooking Channel and in the Great Food Truck Race by Food Network. She won an Alternative Weekly Award for her contribution on what it’s like to wait for tables.