A Traditional Spanish Paella | Courtesy of Ines Hegedus-Garcia/Flickr
Coral Way is located in an area that is best known for its historic urban boulevard and is one of the main thoroughfares between Coral Gables and the Miami. SW 22nd Street (Coral Way) is a happening place, with shops, bars, restaurants, and clubs lining the streets. This is the place to be if you want to dine out with Miami’s trendy-chic locals on a street that is jam-packed with an amazing array of restaurants. Come here for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, because no matter what style or flavor you prefer, there’s bound to be a restaurant that will blow your taste buds away. Read this short but helpful guide for an inside look at the best restaurants on Coral Way.
El Rinconcito Latino
El Rinconcito is a family business that was established in 2000 by the Moreno family. Originally from El Salvado, this dynamic family of food enthusiasts has had great success, opening up five different restaurants across South Florida. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, El Rinconcito is dedicated to serving traditional Latin dishes such as rabo encendido and parilla, as well as delivering excellent customer service.
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La Boulangerie Boul’mich
Welcome to the best French bakery that you will find in Miami. Specializing in breakfast breads of all kinds as well as mouth-watering pastries, La Boulangerie Boul’mich has earned its spot atop the list of restaurants in Coral Gables. This French artisanal bakery has a concept that has been in existence for over 10 years in Miami; simply put, they want you to feel at home in a relaxed environment among friends. What does Boul’mich stand for? Well, it’s actually the affectionate nickname given to the Boulevard St. Michel in the Latin Quarter of Paris known for its quaint cafés, bookstores, and shops.
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Xixón Spanish Restaurant
Restaurant, Spanish, $$$
A traditional Spanish paella | Courtesy of Janathan Pincas/Flickr
Have you ever had a paella? Maybe you have, but have you had the best paella in Miami? Not unless you’ve been to Xixón Spanish Restaurant in Coral Way. Xixón is open 11am to 10pm daily, and they’re serving up the most authentic, gourmet Spanish cuisine in South Miami. This place is a quadruple threat, with a multi-story building that houses a bakery, restaurant, gourmet market, and wine cellar, all of which feature traditional Spanish flavors and recipes.
According to the owners of Oporto Cafe, 12 years of experience is something you can taste when you sample the traditional cooking that makes its way from the kitchen of a Portuguese chef, onto a hot plate, and into your mouth. With an emphasis on home-style quality, Oporto Cafe’s head chef Fernando Santos prepares authentic Portuguese and Brazilian lunch and dinner items and the staff know exactly which wine will pair nicely with your meal.
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Bar, Pub, Restaurant, Pub Grub, Italian, Spanish, $$$
Every high-end, chic area needs an authentic gastro-pub, a place where you can go when you feel that a beer and sausage is more appropriate than an expensive Italian or Spanish restaurant. At The Mighty, that’s exactly what you’ll get: simple food that tastes amazing, and a plethora of bar drinks and locally brewed craft beers on tap. The Mighty is all about the craft beverages, great food, and excellent service. One of the most popular dishes is the roasted duck with Mulato Chili Rum Sauce and wild rice bacon stuffing… you’re mouth should be watering right about now.
Coming up on their 25th anniversary in Coral Way, Sushi Chef Japanese Restuarant is one of Miami’s hidden treasures. The owner and head executive chef, Fusao Enomoto, has an impressive résumé to say the least. Born in Japan, Enomoto traveled to Venezuela to cook for the Japanese Embassy and trained in classical French cooking in Paris, France. If you want to enjoy Miami’s best Japanese food, make your way to Sushi Chef on Coral Way where you’ll experience the authentic taste of fine Japanese dining.
Speaking of hidden gems, Farolito’s is a small and casual place with friendly service and delicious Peruvian seafood. This is definitely the place to get a ceviche if you’re heading to the Gables. Try the Aji de Gallina with the Farolito Salad, or the corvina and shrimp ceviche, which will make local residents wonder how they’ve been coming to Coral Way for years without ever knowing that Farolito’s was quietly serving the best Peruvian food in town.