I tried this place at my friend's suggestion. He's a Coral Gables native and can be an annoying, food snob (we all have at LEAST one friend like that, right!). He'd been to Route 9 several times since their opening only 6 weeks ago, and he was raving about the place, so when I arrived in town (not from FL), we went straight there from the airport.
To say that we had a fun and amazing culinary experience would be an understatement. I've never experienced a restaurant to be as delicious and enjoyable in as non-pretentious and non-self-congratulatory way that Route 9 has managed to do.
The prices are all so low that we just went to town... a great bottle of red for $35 (my friend ordered, sorry I don't recall the name; my friend said this exact bottle usually goes for $50-55 at most area restaurants), and then came a steady stream of the following (which I've cut-n-pasted from the restaurant's website):
-BURRATA WITH FIG PRESERVE CROUTON, ARUGULA, AND OLIVE OIL
-SELECTION OF CHARCUTERIE WITH WHOLE GRAIN MUSTARD AND "IN-HOUSE" PICKLINGS
-PEI MUSSELS WITH CHORIZO, TOMATO CONFIT, WHITE WINE, AND GRILLED BREAD
-GRILLED BABY SQUID WITH LENTILS, ROASTED PEPPERS, AND CILANTRO
-FISH TACOS WITH HOUSEMADE GUACAMOLE AND SCALLION SOUR CREAM
Each dish was delicious, unique, and better than the previous. We ended up chatting with our waitress and then with one of the owners (Jerry or Jeremy, can't quite remember) for quite awhile afterwards. It's been a long time since I've walked out of a restaurant feeling as good as I did that night. I was filled, but not stuffed, and the bill at the end was a joke relative to the experience we had. We ended up tipping our waitress 25% because we felt like thieves.
I was kidding with my buddy afterwards that I may have to move down to Coral Gables so I can have more meals at Route 9.... "many a truth is said in jest"... I do look forward to my next trip down to Miami and will definitely make a meal at Route 9 a necessity. Here's their website: http://www.route9miami.com/index.php
1915 Ponce De Leon Blvd, Coral Gables, FL 33134