What is it? Chef Michael Beltran experiments with Cuban food and draws from all sorts of flavor profiles and cooking methods to yield an innovative menu that’s exciting to navigate. It’s not cuisine whose style you’ll immediately pin down, but letting go of old stereotypes is part of the fun of dining here.
Why go? Beltran’s contributions to Miami’s handheld offerings are unmatched. Whether it’s his famous Chug burger slathered in secret sauce or the Cuban frita covered in just-fried papitas, you’ll want to order something with a bun to get the full Ariete experience.
Like the college kids who drank the neighborhood dry in the aughts, Coconut Grove has done a lot of growing up in the last few decades. Several of the divey Miami sports bars remain but the Grove has come into its own as a sort of gastronomical enclave, boasting some of the best restaurants in Miami in a small, few-block radius. You can literally park your car and spend the day eating and drinking at a different place without setting off your step tracker. The best restaurants in Coconut Grove are special, especially to its residents who patronize their neighbors more than any other area in Miami. For food made and supported by locals, there’s nowhere else to look than the best restaurants in Coconut Grove.
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