America was built on men blazing their own trails, although it's amazing we even have a country with everyone hellbent on setting their belly hairs on fire. For awesomely creative noodles from a chef stepping out on his own, hit American Noodle Bar
From a celebrated Vietnamese-Italian chef who helmed Wish on South Beach before going solo in the edgier but up-and-coming MiMo area of Biscayne, ANB's slinging affordable fusion noodle dishes and more, turning the storefront of the Biscayne Inn from dodgy to cool, with a Bruce Lee portrait and vids, an open kitchen, bathroom chalkboards you can graffiti up, and a big communal table made from rehabbed wood, but not rehabbed Woods, because you know that dude is banging chicks from Rock of Love this very moment. The menu's core is $7 noodle bowls you buttress with eyebrow/cholesterol-raising sauces such as emulsified bacon fat, smoked lobster, sriracha butter, and brown sugar ginger, then take even further with add-ons like pork shoulder, garlicky pork meatballs, braised oxtail, shrimp, smoked duck, and pulled chicken, who coach thankfully took out before he choked. There's also some novel beyond-noodles creations, including fried cheeseburger dumplings, edamame hush puppies, sandwiches (pulled BBQ short rib w/ zesty slaw), as well as Big Mama's egg rolls -- also a movie in which FBI agent Martin Lawrence forgets to dress up as a woman, and just eats a lot of Chinese food
Washing-down deliciousness comes in the form of rotating house-made sodas (kiwi, clementine, blueberry), sake, sangria, and microbrews such as Hop Devil and Holy Mackerel's Mack In Black, which has notes of espresso, pomegranate, and "smokey flavors in the middle", much like every man who tried to blaze his own, now-unhappy trail.