Downtown Coral Gables is getting a brand new Cuban restaurant. Calle 23, a colorful homage to Havana with a distinctly Miami twist, is now open on Miracle Mile in the former Plomo Tequila & Taco Bar spot.
From the same group behind popular Coral Gables spots Copper 29, a retro-inspired cocktail bar, and Crema, an espresso bar with an additional location in South Beach, Calle 23 serves up modernized Cuban classics in a trendy, tropical space tinged with neon and covered in Instagram-ready greenery walls.
Expect familiar dishes with funky ingredients, like chorizo croquettes served with citrus aioli, empanadas made with oxtail, a pan-fried grouper cooked in shallot-ginger stock and an Arroz Frito Cubano topped with a crunchy poached egg.
Aside from a potent and appropriately sugar-injected Cafe Cubano, drink offerings include a full bar and a daily happy hour from 5 to 8pm (we’ve heard good things about the $7 spicy margarita).
Rounding out food and drinks, Calle 23 promises to further imbue the space with the lively energy of Havana through daily live music programming. Calle 23, 230 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables. Open Tue–Thu 5pm–2am, Fri 4pm–2am, Sat–Sun 11am–2am.
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