Virginia Otazo

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Virginia was born and raised in Miami. But like many Dade County natives, she left—only to predictably return. While away, she earned a practical degree in Creative Writing from Florida State University, which logically led to a career managing restaurants in Washington, DC, and Palm Beach, FL. Virginia was inevitably lured back to Miami by her Cuban family's spirited Sunday dinners, the daredevil thrill of driving on the Palmetto, and to push the local picadillo debate from Raisins vs. No Raisins to Banana vs. No Banana.

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Grou Coffee + Cowork

Grou is a coffee shop/coworking space hybrid near Merrick Park. They have a small menu, and you can rent an office space.

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Tur Kitchen

Tur Kitchen is an upscale Mediterranean restaurant in Coral Gables with a hit-or-miss menu. They're open for lunch, dinner, and have tasting menu options.

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Vice City Pizza

Vice City Pizza is a good Detroit-style pizza pop-up currently residing in Abi Maria, a small Kendall cocktail bar.

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Smorgasburg Miami

Smorgasburg is a very big open-air market with multiple food options in Wynwood. They are only open on the weekends.

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Pueblito Viejo

Pueblito Viejo is a Colombian restaurant in Westchester with a fun atmosphere and wildly colorful interior.

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Golden Rule Seafood

Golden Rule is a seafood market and restaurant in Palmetto Bay. It’s been around forever and has a great selection of fresh local fish.

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The Best Outdoor Restaurants In Miami

Spots for those days when you feel guilty eating inside.