CORAL GABLES/ CO­CONUT GROVE

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CAFFE ABBRACCI

This is the type of white-table­cloth, ruby-light­ing, Vene­tian glass-art, and dome-ceilinged Ital­ian joint where a good­fella (and good Ital­ian) like Tony So­prano would be a reg­u­lar. That’s prob­a­bly why—save the al dente pasta and so­cialite clien­tele—it’s been an un­der-the-radar hot spot for al­most three decades. 318 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables, 305-441-0700; caf­fe­ab­bracci.com

COP­PER 29 BAR

Coral Gables’ first le­git cock­tail bar is shak­ing and stir­ring up cre­ative con­coc­tions with in­gre­di­ents such as chia seed-in­fused vodka, avo­cado honey syrup, and Caber­net air foam. Bot­toms up. 206 Mir­a­cle Mile, Coral Gables, 786-580-4689; cop­per29bar.com

GE­ORGE’S IN THE GROVE

Nes­tled among the cozy, tree-lined streets of the Grove, Ge­orge’s serves up tra­di­tional French fa­vorites, in­clud­ing its famed lamb shank, braised to per­fec­tion for more than three hours. 3145 Com­modore Plz., Co­conut Grove, 305-444-7878; geor­gesinthe­grove.com

GLASS & VINE

Chopped win­ner and culi­nary mas­ter­mind Gior­gio Rapi­cavoli is at it again, only this time he’s dish­ing out Florida strac­ciatella, charred cau­li­flower, and Florida beer-spiked PEI mus­sels with sour or­ange at what is ar­guably Co­conut Grove’s most stun­ning eatery. 2820 Mcfar­lane Road, Co­conut Grove, 305-200-5268; glas­sand­vine.com

GREENSTREET CAFE

With cin­na­mon-roll pan­cakes and white peach purée Belli­nis on the menu, it’s no won­der lines are form­ing around the block for brunch at this café. And at any other time of day, you can feast on pop­u­lar of­fer­ings like braised short ribs with po­lenta and truf­fle honey or crab and lob­ster ravi­oli. Whiskey Wed­nes­days are still hap­pen­ing, by the way. 3468 Main Hwy., Co­conut Grove, 305-4440244; green­street­cafe.net

JOJO TEA

Want to know the ori­gin of oo­long? Make a reser­va­tion with Jojo founder and lo­cal tea guru Michael Or­tiz and he’ll gladly fill you in dur­ing an omakase tea ex­pe­ri­ence that will give you a new­found ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the an­cient art. 951 SW 42nd Ave., #305, Miami, 305-322-9521; sipjojo.com

LOKAL

What’s bet­ter than a burger? A burger be­tween two scrump­tious dough­nuts from The Salty Donut. Get yours at this Co­conut Grove burger and craft-beer joint. 3190 Com­modore Plz., Miami, 305-442-3377; lokalmi­ami.com

LOVE IS BLIND FOOD & WINE

Take your taste buds on a trip across the globe (through ev­ery­thing from Asian veg­etable spring rolls to Ital­ian zuc­chini linguini) with­out leav­ing Miami. 225 Al­tara Ave., Coral Gables, 305-7486118; loveis­blin­drestau­rant.com

MONTY’S RAW BAR

Crack open steamed clams and oys­ters or nosh on conch frit­ters while down­ing frozen fa­vorites like a Miami Vice or Monty’s in­fa­mous Pain Re­mover (a blend of rum, cream of co­conut, and pineap­ple and or­ange juices), all served with a side of wa­ter­front views. 2550 S. Bayshore Dr., Co­conut Grove, 305-856-3992; mon­tys­raw­bar.com

ORTANIQUE ON THE MILE

See (and taste) for your­self why chef Cindy Hut­son is her­alded for her culi­nary in­ge­nu­ity at this Mir­a­cle Mile sta­ple, where she fuses Latin and Caribbean fla­vors in dishes like jerk chicken penne pasta and West In­dian-style bouil­l­abaisse. 278 Mir­a­cle Mile, Coral Gables, 305-446-7710; or­tani­quer­estau­rants.com

PALME D’OR

The long­est-run­ning French eatery in Miami boasts up­scale Parisian fare, in­clud­ing braised rab­bit and tem­pura-bat­tered frog legs, along with an ex­pan­sive wine list. 1200 Anas­ta­sia Ave., Coral Gables, 305-913-3201; bilt­more­ho­tel.com

PAS­CAL’S ON PONCE

Chef Pas­cal Oudin opened his Coral Gables main­stay in 2000 after be­ing named one of Amer­ica’s Best New Chefs by Food & Wine in 1995 and the Best New Chef in Florida by Esquire in 1997. Seven­teen years later, he con­tin­ues to de­light with his con­tem­po­rary spins on clas­sic French foods and tech­niques, like his gourmet sir­loin burger filled with braised short ribs. 2611 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Coral Gables, 305-444-2024; pas­calmi­ami.com

TAP 42 GABLES

This is the place to be for happy hour on Fri­day (fa­vored sips in­clude the blood or­ange cos­mo­jito, the mule on tap, and the “te-kill-ya”) and bot­tom­less brunch on Sun­day. Can you say choco­late ba­nana French toast? 301 Gi­ralda Ave., Coral Gables, 786-391-1566; tap42.com

VER­SAILLES

A Miami in­sti­tu­tion, flooded with politi­cians dis­cussing city mat­ters over ropa vieja and black beans, this Calle Ocho sta­ple and its Cuban sand­wich got their 15 min­utes of fame in the film Chef. 3555 SW Eighth St., Miami, 305-444-0240; ver­saillesrestau­rant.com

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