Marigold walls dotted with framed photos and chalkboard specials warm up the interior of La Patagonia Argentina. But with a menu that includes everything from fresh seafood catches of the day to housemade pastas and new york strip steaks, guests might not notice the color of the walls any more than Mr. Magoo notices anything.
La Patagonia Argentina's selection of red and white wines pairs with skirt steak and sweetbreads, chicken piccata, and grilled short ribs. Meals conclude with housemade desserts such as flan or chocolate soufflé with vanilla ice cream.
Though it's one of the more popular menu items at Catch of the Day, the only constant on the Catch's fish sandwich is a layer of grilled onions. Otherwise, its contents shift based on the kitchen's supply of fresh fish and the guest's preparation preference: grilled, blackened, or fried. This unpredictable dish sits beside shrimp wraps and Black Angus burgers on the seafood restaurant's expansive menu. The pages also gather shellfish, fillets, pastas, steaks, and housemade soups along with internationally inspired dishes such as paella and ceviche.
At both locations, Catch of the Day's atmosphere matches its oceanic eats. Nautical decor spread throughout the space includes underwater murals, hanging lifesavers, Captain Nemo, and suspended models of swimming fish. Happy hour unleashes a slew of specials at the bar, and live entertainment frequently sets meals against a musical backdrop.
Approaching three decades as a Miami Springs institution, Treats Café serves old-fashioned french dips and reubens, grilled-sirloin burgers, and dinner dishes such as pasta, seafood, and baby-back ribs. All meat and produce are carefully chosen from local markets, and the fruits of their harvest are posted each day on the restaurant’s Twitter feed. Treats Cafe now offers delivery service so that customers can stop dragging their couches and TVs through the leafy bushes out front. Before the storefront’s big, plate-glass window, umbrella-clad tables and a leaning shade tree give respite on sunny days.
Husband-and-wife restaurateurs Jorge and Licet Torres aren't new to the Miami dining scene. They've lived and worked in Miami Springs since 1997, operating a duo of Latin-cuisine restaurants?both named Latin Cafe. In April 2014, the Torres's opened an eatery closer to their own neighborhood, on a prime corner just off of Circle Park. They called the spot Sabores Restaurant & Lounge.
At Sabores, the Torreses and their team skillfully prepare Cuban classics such as steak sandwiches, whole fried snapper, and smoked pork chops. A private area hosts special events, and a full bar keeps glasses filled with adult libations such as imported beers, creative cocktails, and blended tax returns. On Fridays nights, guests can take the karaoke stage to croon favorite tunes.
Wine racks the color of warm wheat chaff crisscross the walls at Holleman’s Restaurant, the sleek bodies of the bottles reflecting servers as they slip through the dining room. The vessels, stamped with labels from France, Argentina, and Italy shimmer beneath visions of Black Angus steaks, fresh pasta, and racks of New Zealand lamb. From the kitchen drift the scents of garlic-and-rosemary demi-glace and cognac-and-peppercorn sauce. In that busy room, New York strip steak crackles against the open-flame grill and chefs busily mold crabcakes.
Beneath wrought-iron chandeliers, the high-topped tables are covered in crisp white cloths like ghosts appearing in traffic court. On some evenings, the smooth twang of an electric guitar fills the room, flitting softly beneath a crooning singer.