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Looking for best Cuban & best Tapas in Miami

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gritshunter Feb 23, 2008 12:31 PM

We'll be visiting our son at the University of Miami next weekend and want to take him to some first rate Cuban retaurants. Also, we'd love to locate a great tapas place. We heard there is one in Coral Gables, near the campus, in a gas station???

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  1. karmalaw RE: gritshunter Feb 23, 2008 02:31 PM

    to look for either -- just look using the search this forum feature.. both have been discussed extensively in this forum.

    Best Cuban: Habana Vieja, 3622 Coral Way

    1. Frodnesor RE: gritshunter Feb 23, 2008 07:10 PM

      Best Cuban in Miami
      http://www.chowhound.com/topics/132580

      Best Tapas in Miami
      http://www.chowhound.com/topics/454654

      List of "Best" / "Tops" List
      http://www.chowhound.com/topics/477263

      The tapas place you're thinking of is El Carajo which is in the back of the Citgo gas station at 17th Ave. & US1. It has been one of my favorites but I heard rumors recently that the chef had left and some of my favorite dishes (i.e. the piquillo peppers stuffed w/ bacalao & topped w/ a squid ink sauce) were no longer available. There's another location on Red Road near intersection w/ Flagler.

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        taiga RE: Frodnesor Feb 25, 2008 08:57 AM

        Xixon.

        1. re: Frodnesor
          tarepanda RE: Frodnesor Mar 1, 2008 06:57 PM

          I miss that dish too. I was there last week, saw the word pepper and ordered a similar dish, which was a total disappointment. My husband ordered a pork dish with sth wine in it that was so bad he didn't finish it. And that never happened with the previous chef.

          Las Culabrinas in Coconut Grove is a good choice too.

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            Frodnesor RE: tarepanda Mar 1, 2008 10:30 PM

            There's another El Carajo on Red Road which I'm going to try sometime to see if it's any good. I'm crushed to hear the one at the Citgo has declined.

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