In beautiful Coral Gables, families, girlfriends, couples and coworkers alike flock to Miracle Mile to wine, dine… and wine and dine some more. And while this friendly neighborhood is full of classic staples, it’s also a breeding ground for up-and-coming favorites. If they aren’t on there already, here are ten Gables restaurants (listed inalphabetical order) you need to put on your radar.
— Contributions by Jennifer Agress and Olee Fowler
1 Brasserie Central
Owned by the same team behind Pascal’s on Ponce, this Parisian bistro serves up Old World cocktails and classic French fare in a casual setting. For just $36, head there on the weekends and you’ll get a delicious three-course brunch and — the kicker — unlimited mimosas.
320 San Lorenzo Ave Coral Gables, FL 33146
2 Bulla Gastrobar
For an immediate happy food coma, try Bulla Gastrobar. A casual spot with high-top tables, it has tasty sangria and hearty Spanish tapas like suckling pig hash, veal and pork burgers, and Oxtail flatbread.
2500 Ponce de Leon Blvd Coral Gables, FL 33134
3 Eating House
Led by Chef Giorgio Rapicavoli, Eating House serves jaw-dropping small plates in a laid-back, decidedly “cool” atmosphere. Its New American menu change daily and includes favorites like Cap’n Crunch Pancakes, Chicken and Waffles, and Tang mimosas.
804 Ponce De Leon Blvd Miami, FL 33134, Miami, FL 33134
This authentic ramen den serves modern spins on ramen like variations filled with seafood, veggies, and even one with a spin on the classic Italian dish, carbonara. Also filling up the menu are items like crispy pig ears, pork belly buns, scallion pancakes, fried oysters and gyoza made with beef, seafood, pork and vegetables. Plus it's open late night on the weekends to cure those ramen cravings.
2330 Salzedo St Coral Gables, FL 33134
5 Seven Dials
Run by an English chef and his American wife, this casual spot has everything you’d want from your neighborhood pub. It has eclectic, American-meets-British pub food, keeps Florida beers on tap, and sits at the bottom of a small condo building. Try the Fish + Chips — they’re amazing.
2030 S Douglas Rd #102 Coral Gables, FL 33134
6 Tap 42 Gables
This popular Ft. Lauderdale has finally made its was down to Miami, featuring the same modern takes on classic "gastropub" fare as its Broward counterparts with dishes like bacon and corn guacamole, grilled chicken wings and "prohibition” burgers. Also making its way down is the restaurant’s extensive bar menu with more than 50 craft beers on the menu and cocktails.
301 Giralda Ave Coral Gables, FL 33134
7 The Local Craft Food and Drink
Boasting a casual pub-like feel, this fun spot serves up all things craft. Its menu of gastropub, Southern-inspired favorites — like “Disco Fries” covered in bacon gravy — changes daily, and there are always 18 craft beers on tap.
150 Giralda Ave Coral Gables, FL 33134
8 Threefold Cafe
The only Aussie restaurant in town, Threefold Cafe is open for breakfast and lunch. Serving Panther Coffee and Zak the Baker bread, it has an all-day breakfast menu of fun (hearty) plates like “Big Bad Aussie,” “Hash Tag This,” and “Toasted Like A Tourist.”
141 Giralda Ave Coral Gables, FL 33134
9 Trust & Co Miami Bar & Restaurant
This American gastropub, complete with the industrial setting, serves up a variety of creative eats plus stiff drinks to wash them all back with.
2 Aragon Ave Coral Gables, FL 33134
Everyone loves a good wine bar. That’s especially true with Uvaggio, a fun, chic spot with Old World charms, live music, inventive cuisine by Texas raised chef Tanner Gil, and some of the best “juice” (aka what sommelier Heath Porter calls wine) in the city.