This 30-year-old Coral Gables spot is the Cheesecake Factory of Cuban-fusion restaurants. It's a reliable place with huge portions and a lot going on. The music is muffled by the crowd: families celebrating birthdays, tourists with strollers, and tanned boaters that stand out against the restaurant’s white walls. The sixteen-page menu covers a lot of ground. Entire sections are dedicated to tacos, ceviches, and tostones—reading it is like going through work emails after vacation. Not everything is a hit (like the watery frijoles) so it’s important to take your time. That way you won’t miss the chicken vaca frita that’s better than most beef versions. Or the Cuban sandwich with mozzarella and Swiss. It’s big, gooey, and the cheese spills onto the sides. Plus, you can also order a cheesecake for dessert—there are eight to choose from.
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