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Apr 11, 2007 08:08 AM

Heard OLA closed. Any suggestions with similar food

I am coming out to Miami and last time I was there I ate at OLA with my wife and had a great time and fabulous food. I am looking for a similar atmosphere with similar food. Perhaps the chef resurfaced??? Please advise.

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  1. 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).

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    1. re: Frodnesor

      Thanks. I really appreciate it. I was at it when it was on Biscayne. I will look for it at the sanctuary

      1. re: jkap910

        I loved the Biscayne space. I heard they had a couple bad problems with break-ins and decided to get off Biscayne. They first moved to the Savoy Hotel on the Beach where I went once and the room seemed all wrong. I suspect the new space at Sanctuary is nicer.