Simplicity, freshness, and flavor. 1909 Caf? builds its massive menu of creative cuisine on these three tenets. Working almost entirely from house-made recipes, the culinary team crafts a bulk of the menu from scratch, ranging from fresh-baked baguettes to mustards and spreads. Chockfull of proteins, 1909?s sandwiches run the gamut from smoked turkey with apricot mayo to smoked marlin with house-made vinaigrette. For vegetarians, cooks infuse portobella mushrooms with garlic-parsley sauce and pack four cheeses into their grilled cheese, including mozzarella and brie. Aside from sandwiches, the 1909 crew tosses salads, whips up lattes and smoothies, and even serves sweets from Misha?s Cupcakes.
Located in the newly restored historic Coral Gables Country Club, Liberty Caffe serves freshly baked pastries, crisp salads, and local Florida orange juice. Behind a lit glass case stuffed with crisp salads and buttery croissants, baristas pour foamy cappuccinos at the coffee bar and scoop cups of house-made gelato made from traditional Italian recipes and garnished with fresh strawberries and hazelnuts. Diners can slide into tables facing a row of open, arched windows overlooking the country club's manicured landscape of green grass, swaying palm trees, and fist-shaking groundskeepers.
Despite being separated from the Mediterranean by an entire ocean, 345 Caffe Italiano manages to bring an authentic taste of Italy to southern Florida. Its chefs embrace tradition by importing specialty meats and cheeses directly from the Old World, and pair these distinctive flavors with locally sourced produce to better capture the inherent freshness of true Italian bistro cooking. This is most evident in the eatery's panini sandwiches, which can feature everything from bresaola della valtellina (cured beef) and Italian goat cheese to grilled eggplant and basil between two pieces of gently crisped bread. As a sweet counterpoint to the savory panini, the cafe also offers a variety of sweet and savory crepes, classic espresso drinks, and gelato that is made fresh daily using shavings from Italy's famous icebergs.
With the deft hands of a veteran baker, Vincent Benoliel keenly measures almonds, eggs, and sugar, because accuracy is essential when making macarons. The ephemeral sweets come in a rainbow of colors and might taste of chocolate, rose petal, or lemon, but every single one has that je ne sais quoi of a macaron made by a native Frenchman. Vincent grew up in France's ubiquitous restaurant industry, ascending to the rank of sous chef in a Parisian brasserie when he was only 18. In 2005, he brought the richness of French cuisine to South Florida by importing the Eiffel Tower in 3-pound chunks and by opening Le Boudoir in Miami. His handiwork includes delicacies such as escargot, steak tartare, and fresh pastries.
Grass-green walls and the aroma of freshly brewed coffee greet diners at Caffe 33 before its chefs satisfy insides with warm sandwiches and breakfast dishes. Hot sandwiches, including an avocado BLT, warm bellies like internal hot-water bottles, and cold sandwiches refresh with options such as Mediterranean salmon with olives or a chicken caesar wrap. Earlier in the day, breakfast fare that includes ham, egg and cheese paninis and house-made empanadas transforms sleeping caps into thinking caps. The café also serves freshly squeezed juices, using fruits and veggies such as beets, pineapple, and ginger to craft elixirs even more refreshing than unicorn milk. As patrons nosh, they can connect to the Internet beneath walls with vivid and expressive paintings or pepper their meals with fresh air at a smattering of sidewalk tables.
Vegan quinoa and apple salads, tuna with olive tapenade and tomato sandwiches, and mango-basil smoothies. These are only a few of the healthy options you can get at Pete's Authentic Cooking. The restaurant prepares a whole menu of nutritious meals using fresh produce and wholesome ingredients. Pete's homemade jams top a number of the breakfast toasts and sandwiches, adding a sweet fruit flavor to brioche or roast beef. You can get these tantalizing tastes in the store for breakfast or lunch or delivered across Coral Gables.