In and around Miracle Mile, there is no shortage of solid restaurants, ranging from an Irish pub (John Martin's
) to steak houses (take your pick here
, and here
) to Italian (upscale
) to casual (and packed
). Just about every mood, preference, and price can be found between LeJeune Road and Douglas Road.However, there are some eateries that could enhance the area just a bit.
Panera Bread: Every morning, Starbucks and Einstein Bros., which are next-door neighbors on the corner of Ponce de Leon and Miracle Mile, have lines out the door. That chaos could be alleviated with a Panera Bread in the vicinity. Coffee, fresh-baked breads, sandwiches, and soups -- Panera is a better alternative.
A gelato shop: Yes, there's a Cold Stone
Creamery on the block, and even a Ben & Jerry's just off the
Mile, but what the strip needs is an honest-to-goodness gelateria.
There's nothing like going for a walk with a
cup or cone of the real thing. When the only thing you
desire is a refreshing scoop of frozen Italian indulgence, nothing
else will do.
Real pizza: Northeast bias is going to rear its head here, but what
every Miami neighborhood needs is a real Jersey- (or New York-)
style pizza parlor. The pies must be large, floppy, burnt on the bottom, saucy, and cheesy. With all due respect to California Pizza Kitchen
(one should never
use the word gourmet
to describe pizza), neither comes close. There is no mistaking the delight derived from homemade dough, sweet
sauce, and fresh mozzarella.
253 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables, FL