Ten Best Restaurants in Coral Gables
If Coral Gables were a pop star, it would be Justin Timberlake post-FutureSex/LoveSounds. You still dig the '90s man: Brillo-curled hair, frosted tips, and the damn sexiest denim outfit in history. But you also love his new, sleek sound.
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This city has evolved too. It once catered to law firm types and diners who couldn't pick Kim Kardashian from a lineup. Now, Coral Gables heralds a cool era of dining. There are cocktails, funky foods, and young chefs.
What follows are the top ten restaurants in the area, a mix of the old and new.
10. Gusto Fino
Codik Just a little snack.
There are sandwiches, and then there's Gusto Fino's Pork Five-O ($8.95) -- a ridiculously rich sammie stuffed with sliced pork tenderloin, mushrooms, mozzarella, and pancetta. Sure, lighter items also appear on the menu: soup, capresa, carpaccio, and antipasto. But don't let the greenery stop you from ordering this lunch spot's famous meatball sub, a heaping mass of beef, pomodoro, and pecorino cheese. It'll make your sandwich-lovin', beef-crazed heart go pitter-patter.
9. Su-Shin Izakaya
Su-Shin Izakaya Yes.
Warning: Su-Shin Izakaya will not refund your money if your meal was different from what you expected. In other words, take your platáno-maduro-sushi-loving culo somewhere else. (Seriously, this disclaimer appears on the front page of its website.) At this Aragon Avenue spot, follow the lead of its regulars. Try the specials or whatever looks good on the chalkboard menu: stir-fried garlic beef ($8.95), grilled squid, or fish collar. Eat up. Don't even think of asking for your money back.
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