Heard OLA closed. Any suggestions with similar food
Not sure if you went when they were on Biscayne Blvd. or after they moved to the beach. I haven't been but understand it just moved again to the Sanctuary Hotel on James Avenue on South Beach, so all hope is not lost. Check website:
Other similar style restaurants that I'd recommend for Nuevo Latino:
Chispa - Coral Gables, very similar both in food and atmosphere (although nothing is quite as cool as the Biscayne Blvd. space was).
Cacao - also Coral Gables, a little quieter than Chispa.
Ortanique - Coral Gables - a little different, more Caribbean than Latino.
Michy's - Biscayne Blvd. & 69th St. - not exclusively Latino, borrows influences from all over, lots of small dishes so you can try a few different things. Sort of funky spot with similar vibe to the old Ola.
Norman's - Coral Gables - one of the kings of the "Mango Gang", restaurant is more posh and elegant than Ola. Recently recommended to someone on this board who came back with a glowing review.
Yuca - South Beach (Lincoln Road) - another of the "old guard" of Nuevo Latino places. The guava-BBQ ribs are outstanding, as is the rabo encendido (braised oxtail).