If you’re feeling that grumble while walking through the Gables, don’t worry — it’s the perfect place to stop either for a quick bite or a full-on dining experience. From pad thai to locally-sourced produce, you’re sure to find what you want to ease those hunger pangs. Let’s dine out in Coral Gables.
Bagel Emporium is the go-to if you’re hankering for Jewish deli offerings – this place has great bagels, Challah french toast, pastrami on rye, lox, and pretty much every artery-clogging deli special. Dishes are standard diner fare done right and the portions are tremendous. It’s a good spot for takeout deli sandwiches too – grab a bag of their homemade bagel chips to-go. (Photo Courtesy of Bagel Emporium and Grill)
Bangkok Bangkok II
If you’re craving some authentic pad thai or green papaya salad, Bangkok Bangkok II is the spot. It’s one of the best Thai restaurants in Miami-Dade, both for its food and the ambience — the restaurant is full of beautiful Southeast Asian art and the service is excellent. For the best dining experience, sit on the floor in the room closest to the window.
Walking into this cozy bistro, you’re sure to stop in your tracks at the display case, which is filled with jewel-like pastries and bites. The food here is just so pretty, you almost don’t want to eat it. Almost. From Parisian-style pastries to great coffee and hearty lunch specials, this little spot has the answer to all your cravings. Bonus points: there are three locations!
What started as a pop-up has become a permanent and favorite fixture of the Coral Gables restaurant scene. The rotating menu, based on what ingredients are seasonally available, means that the dishes are always fresh. Be sure to try the roasted brussels sprouts to get started – they’re muy delicioso. If you’re going for brunch, you’ll probably want to make a reservation, because this place gets pretty packed.
Glass & Vine
Newly opened by the mastermind behind Coral Gables’ wildly successful Eating House, Glass & Vine is one of the newest additions to the Coconut Grove food scene. Tucked away in Peacock Park, the restaurant’s lush garden outside and high gabled seating inside creates an ambiance that’s unrivaled. The menu is broken up into three sections: Garden, Sea, and Land, featuring things like a watermelon salad, scallops, and grilled duck breast — and all in portions big enough to share. With a heavy emphasis on aesthetics, the dining experience becomes an artistic one. And the best part of it all? The food and drinks taste as good as they look.
Love Is Blind
Whether you’re trying to impress your new girlfriend or want a cocktails night with the girls, Love is Blind is going to do you well. The ambience is rustic, romantic, and classic, so the photo op potential is abundant. They’ve got a large, well-curated wine selection, live music on weekends, and comfortable couches next to the DJ, making for a great experience no matter who you’re catering to. The menu is “world cuisine,” so there’s something to appeal to everyone.
After working for years in the Miami and national food scene, Miami native Scott Wise returned to his hometown two years ago to start Mash Potatoes. As you might guess from the name, it’s a casual spot, featuring delicious comfort foods like meatloaf, mac and cheese, and, of course, mashed potatoes. And if you’re tryna be healthy, fear not, they’ve also got kale, kombucha, and vegan oats. Readers suggested this spot for the guide with A LOT of enthusiasm. (Photo Courtesy of Mash Potatoes)
Cheeseburger with queso frito. Plantain buns. Croqueta burgers. If you aren’t familiar with Pincho Factory, shame on you! What started as one man’s passion project turned into a multi-site burger behemoth in Miami.
The Local Craft Food & Drink
Locally sourced food, an ambitious rotating craft beer selection, and a laid-back vibe has made The Local something of a legend. The menu boasts southern fare with a unique flair, with offerings like their famous Georgia fried chicken, bone marrow, and blue crab hush puppies. Their signature craft cocktails like the Port of Miami Sour are also certainly something to write home about.
The Seven Dials
Tucked into an apartment building on Douglas, Seven Dials is dropping that slightly bougie, slightly hipstery, definitely British gastropub hotness. There is chi-chi charcuterie. There is bone marrow. There are truffled eggs. But there is also a damn fine burger and local brews on tap. Be sure to end your meal with some sticky toffee pudding. (Image courtesy of The Seven Dials)
With its all-day breakfast all the time, Threefold Cafe really gets it. It’s a cute, sunny little spot that tries to keep it wholly local, from seasonal produce used in their many dishes, to the Zac the Baker bread served alongside their eggs, to the Panther coffee brewing in the kitchen. Be sure to try the godly Pope Benedict with hash browns on the side — it’s one of our favorite dishes.
Thank you Tap42 for bringing your awesomeness to Miami. This Ft. Lauderdale favorite recently opened in Coral Gables, and we couldn’t be more pumped. The Sunday brunch is a major key, with bottomless mimosas for $15 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The service is great and the food is delicious, but you’ll probably have to wait a little when you get here, so pop a squat at the bar and grab a beer — or 42 of ’em.