Eating Out With Kids at Dwyane Wade & Udonis Haslem’s 800 Degrees

What do you think when I say Dwyane Wade and Udonis Haslem? Two NBA champions, completing their 15th and final season for the Miami HEAT together. Right? Thing is, basketball legends and long-time friends turned businessmen recently teamed up with Chef Anthony Carron to open 800° Woodfired Kitchen in Aventura and win the hearts of their fans and customers off the court too.

Located at 2956 Aventura Boulevard, Aventura, FL 33180, this full service restaurant dismantles any celebrity-owned eatery’ stereotypes – expensive menus, memorabilia décor, fancy environment, to name a few. In fact, when I was invited to a complimentary meal with my family, I was wondering if this was another celebrity vanity project, I was not expecting culinary delights here and by the time I got there I was pleasantly surprised.

The light and airy, 4,000 sq. ft. space, with a large open kitchen, high ceilings and an industrial decor, is not a sport bar (there are no autographed shirts and jerseys on the wall) or just another pizzeria. Don’t get me wrong…the big screens, the bar area and the local craft beers make this establishment a great place to catch any sporting event (the US Miami Open’s final was on TVs when we were there). And if you are after a traditional pizza, 800° Woodfired Kitchen has you covered with all of the expected meats and vegetables toppings, as well as with their gluten-free and vegan options. However, with a family-friendly, laid-back and warm atmosphere, this is a full table-side service restaurant with an impressive culinary and service pedigree that brings a unique and innovative approach to the art of wood-fired cooking, providing guests top-quality dishes that stretch beyond the traditional pizza offering.

Menu includes items influenced by the NBA players, like Pre-Game Warmup (Bombay, Lemon, Honey, Strawberries, Champagne); UD’s Woodfired Wings (with Calabrian chile, creamy gorgonzola dip), and DWade’s Woodfired Burger (Dry-aged beef, bacon jam, caramelized onion, aged white cheddar, roasted garlic aioli, served with Yukon Gold french fries). But they also serve craveable woodfired rotisserie meats, healthy salads and bowls, woodfired appetizers and more. Starting with the purest ingredients – scratch dough, fresh produce and artisan-quality meats and cheeses – 800° Woodfired Kitchen creates an offering that is authentic, delicious and diverse. There is certainly something for everyone, whether it is meat, fish, pizza, pasta or vegetables.

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