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


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


Nes­tled among the cozy, tree­lined 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; geor­gesinthe­


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; glas­sand­ 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, 305444-0244; green­street­ LOVE IS BLIND FOOD & WINE Take your taste buds on a trip across the globe (ex­pe­ri­enc­ing ev­ery­thing from Asian veg­etable spring rolls to Ital­ian zuc­chini lin­guini) without leav­ing Mi­ami. 225 Al­tara Ave., Coral Gables, 305-748-6118; loveis­blind restau­ 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 fa­mous 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; mon­tys­raw­ 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; or­tani­quer­estau­


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; bilt­more­ho­


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; pas­calmi­


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;


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; ver­sailles restau­


An up­scale Ital­ian restau­rant lo­cated in the his­toric Ho­tel St. Michel, Zucca serves an ev­er­ro­tat­ing se­lec­tion of fresh pasta dishes and Ital­ian-in­spired li­ba­tions like Nonna’s mule (made with grappa in­stead of vodka), mixed by Cock­tail Car­tel. 162 Al­cazar Ave., Coral Gables, 786-580-3731; zuc­cami­

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