Finka Table & Tap Takes Bold Flavors to Miami's Hinterland

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Finka owner Eileen Andrade, Cuban bibimbap.
Far beyond Miami International Airport and that tangle of Dolphin Expressway construction traffic, a rising stretch of asphalt threatens to launch you into the sawgrass abyss. Only it doesn't. The road narrows and curves south, spitting you onto SW 137th Avenue and into a maze of low-slung auburn stucco houses and jam-packed strip malls.

Head west on Coral Way and you'll arrive at a bank and a pharmacy. There, in the corner of the parking lot, stands a rust-colored brick-and-wrought-iron building with the faint twinkle of Edison light bulbs crisscrossing a glassed-in patio.

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Finka's tiradito rocoto with Corvina.
Finka Table & Tap owner Eileen Andrade didn't want to open a restaurant way out here. But her parents (who are also investors and own two West Kendall places) had the good sense to force her into this space once occupied by a Kentucky Fried Chicken and Long John Silver's. Andrade, age 25, who owns Finka along with her brother Jonathan, age 27, wanted to be on the east side of town -- Wynwood, downtown, or Miami Beach. "[But] after thinking about it business-wise, it made perfect sense," she says. "There are people who just won't go out because there's nothing to do here."

The western reaches of Miami-Dade County, where civilization ends and the Everglades begin, has a booming population in search of affordable eats. Yet, so far, the area hasn't become a magnet for creative chefs and restaurateurs.

So Finka -- a funky spelling of the Spanish word for "farm" -- made a splash when it opened in early July as a stylish gastropub with an Asian and South American flair. There's a ten-drink cocktail list created by Bar Lab, the duo behind hipster hideaway Broken Shaker, alongside a barrage of eclectic-sounding dishes pulled from a pantry filled with homemade kimchee, ají amarillo, and vaca frita. Now the place buzzes at all hours. During a recent Saturday afternoon, as sunset approached, people sat on wrought-iron benches outside waiting for a table to open. Inside, nearly all of Finka's 230 seats were filled.

Waiters wearing canvas aprons and carrying cast-iron dishes squeezed through the crowd. Older couples sporting guayaberas and colorful sweatsuits sat quietly munching ham and codfish croquetas. Young families gathered at light-beige banquettes while screaming children downed bowls of macaroni and cheese peppered with juicy shredded carne asada.

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Finka Table and Tap

14690 SW 26th St., Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant

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29 comments
Nancy Ozon
Nancy Ozon

So glad we checked it out before all the hype Lazaro Moreno; everyone needs to try their Mac and cheese with ropa vieja!!

Riselda Ruiz
Riselda Ruiz

Carla Velasco, you should definitely try this place.

Riselda Ruiz
Riselda Ruiz

Sat at the bar on Sunday and had dinner while served by the wonderful mixologist Jessica. Amazing food and drinks! Right Jimmy Zapata?

Diego Guevara
Diego Guevara

"low-slung auburn stucco houses and jam-packed strip malls" Haha. Really? Probably written by someone who lives in a 1/2 bedroom condo or 'luxury' apartment in overtown...

Kate Arana
Kate Arana

Caroline Blanco this is the place by my house I was telling you about

Scott Esh
Scott Esh

The drinks here are magical!!!

Martha Gutierrez Boiardt
Martha Gutierrez Boiardt

Great food! I haven't had a bad meal there yet! Once the service irons out its little kinks here and there it will be an amazing place to eat!

Javier Hernandez
Javier Hernandez

I just recently had dinner there and it was extremely enjoyable.

Melissa Ferradaz
Melissa Ferradaz

Congrats on the success Jonathan Andrade, hope to check out the place soon!

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