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MiAMi LiViNG 113 ML SELECTS Dining University Restaurant & Patio Words by Marta A. Oppenheimer The mouthwatering food, friendly environment, and amazing service make University Restaurant & Patio one of the best spots to eat and drink in Miami. The huge parking building across the orange and green hangout, obliterates any excuse not to visit, over and over again…. Family-owned and run, this restaurant is like a Greek family's home. Mom and Dad can be found in the kitchen when not chatting up the customers and inquiring about their gyros. Brothers Mike and Steve Vasilas are present for every Opa! exclaimed. Meet the entire family. Ask to be introduced. Try the many homemade Grecian Specialties: Taramosalata, considered the Greek Caviar, with potatoes and olive oil, is delicious; Saganaki is not only an adventure of taste but also of sight. This dish is engulfed in flames right by the table. For those without experimental desires, no worries—burgers, sandwiches, and salads (make it a Greek) are on the menu! In honor of that Big, Fat Movie, end your meal with Ouzo, a drink known to get rid of sickness, toothaches, and to warm up the heart. Drop by at: 1050 NW 14 th Street, Miami; (305) 326-3303. ML pick dining LA DORADA 177 Giralda Ave. | Coral Gables (305) 446-2002 Spanish Moderate If you love Spanish restaurants, you will love La Dorada. The freshest of seafood, direct from Spain. Be sure to try the paella—it's delicious! DAILY BREAD MARKETPLACE 2400 SW 27th St. | Coral Gables (305) 856-5893 Middle Eastern Deli and Market Inexpensive This delicious deli and grocery store has great sandwiches you can pick up at their pita bakery. Here you'll find everything you need to make your own hummus, shawarma sandwiches, quality meats, as well as a whole lot of extras to stuff your pita with. ZUPERPOLLO 1247 Coral Way | Coral Gables (305) 856-9494 Argentinean Steakhouse Moderate This family-style Argentinean steakhouse serves up live music while patrons dine on enormous portions of delicious and flavorful meats. The skirt steak is an excellent choice. If you're looking for some variety, try the barbeque combo-- a couple of cuts of steak, chorizo, chicken, intestines, and sweetbreads. LOCATION CATEGORY | COST DESCRIPTION CORAL GABLES LES HALLES 2415 Ponce De Leon Blvd. | Coral Gables (305) 461-1099 | French Expensive This traditional French brasserie is run by Chef Anthony Bourdain, also the author of Kitchen Confidential, which means that you can expect a dish that is très magnifique! Les Halles has the best-prepared steaks, and a perfect soup l'oignon. MORTON'S THE STEAK HOUSE 2333 Ponce de Leon, | Coral Gables (305) 442-1662 Steak Expensive Rich mahogany, crisp linens and superior service combined with the superior product and the dedicated people at Morton's create an experience you won't soon forget. ORTANIQUE ON THE MILE 278 Miracle Mile, | Coral Gables (305) 446-7710 Caribbean Hand-painted motifs of dainty fruits and flowers grace the walls and rich, natural woods complete the picture. "We like to think of 'Cuisine of the Sun' as an eclectic fusion of different nations and their natural bounties. The availability of real tropical spices and herbs enables us to recreate a 'true taste' of the islands, yet allows us the freedom to recreate these dishes to incorporate the public's growing concern for eating healthier, lighter foods."

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