LOVE IS BLIND FOOD & WINE

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Take your taste­buds 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, 305-748-6118; loveis­blind res­tau­rant.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 the 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 (fa­vorite 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

ZUCCA

An up­scale Italian res­tau­rant lo­cated in the his­toric Ho­tel St. Michel that is serv­ing up an ever-ro­tat­ing se­lec­tion of fresh pasta and Italian-in­spired li­ba­tions like Nonna’s mule (made with grappa in­stead of

vodka) and mixed up by Cock­tail Car­tel. 162 Al­cazar Ave., Co­ral Gables, 786-580-3731; zuc­cami­ami.com

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