Snackdown Semi-Finals: Coral Gables vs. Midtown/Design District/Wynwood

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Over the next few weeks, Short Order will be pairing eight Miami-Dade neighborhoods in a "Snackdown." This is the second semi-finals entry. Today pits Coral Gables against Midtown/Design District/Wynwood. Which of these two is the better neighborhood for dining?

Read our arguments and VOTE! Tweet it. Facebook it. Google+ it. Comment if you don't like it. Comment if you love it. Do whatever it takes to rep your epicurean mecca.

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Coral Gables

Evidently, the charm of Domino Park and papas rellenas on every corner weren't enough for you. As a result, The Gables came out strong.

We'll highlight its newest implant, Eating House, once again because the hype has not subsided since it opened earlier this month. Gables patrons and visitors have all voiced their excitement with the eclectic pop-up's new-age takes on old school dishes (bone marrow ropa vieja, anyone?). The daily changing menu keeps our taste buds on their toes. But worry not, we're happy to note those chicken and waffles aren't going anywhere.

But that's not all Coral Gables brings to the table. Commenters left shout outs for favorites like Ortanique on the Mile. The new world Caribbean fare has eaters jumping out of their seats for more of that Hawaiian tuna tartare with bacon butter and West Indian style bouillabaisse. Slightly pricey, sure. But worth it.

Places like Christy's on Ponce de Leon Boulevard hands over the meaty goods of outright deliciousness (how do you like your steak? Rare? Medium?) and Cafe Vialetto on LeJeune Road offers tuna tostones... you just can't beat a sashimi tuna topped toston.

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Midtown/Design District/Wynwood

The voice of reason spoke and knocked Aventura and North Miami Beach restaurants out of our competition. But not without leaving behind a suitable candidate for this semi-finals round. Some of you even said the Midtown/Design District/Wynwood part of town is "the absolute best culinary scene in town."

Michael's Genuine Food & Drink calls the area home. The simple concept and crazy good food is what keeps everyone going back. The menu changes often so as long as you're not a weekly visitor, you're bound to try something new every time. Disappointment is never served though. You'll have to look elsewhere for that.

Fans of Joey's go nuts for their pastas but man oh, man, let's talk about those handmade pizzas. A pizza carbonara with bacon, eggs and asparagus hits the spot every time. So does the diavola with spicy salami. Drooling yet?

Let's put it this way, as long as you have the three main men behind your palate, you should be good. So far we have Michael, Joey, now we'll introduce Jimmy, a Wynwood favorite. Simple, fresh and good are always on the menu at Jimmy'z Kitchen. It's part bistro, part brasserie, all delicious.



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Karen
Karen

Gables is back to their old glory days with eateries like Hustons, Christy`s and Ortinique leading the way.....

Doreen
Doreen

Crepes make the best snacks in the world -- CrepeMaker at 76 Miracle Mile -- healthy & yummy

Ricardo
Ricardo

Truly a big fan of the rustic "family style" experience of Cibo wine bar.

Bill
Bill

When we visit we always enjoy the Coral Gables scene and wonderful restaurants. Great breakfast options and top flight dining.

Coral Gables fan
Coral Gables fan

Love Charlotte, Route 9, Cafe Vialetto, La Dorada, Talevara Palm d'Or and many more in Coral Gables!

Food
Food

dumb poll, many experts agree midtown/design district is best food area in town, none of them think Coral Gables is.   so, the public is ignorant...

Guille
Guille

Fave place in Midtown and the beach!!! by Farrrrrrrrrrrr.................

Natascha OS
Natascha OS

Alex, thank you so much for including Jimmy'z Kitchen! ;-)

Gemmy Alcala
Gemmy Alcala

 Jimmy'z Kitchen. is my favorite Restaurant in  Midtown/Wynwood/Design District. It's part bistro, part brasserie, all delicious.

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