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Coral Gables with a toddler

yummymonkey | Jun 22, 2012 11:15 AM

My husband and I are excitedly planning a one-week trip to Coral Gables at the end of July, with our toddler in tow. We will also be traveling with my parents, who are a foodie and a picky semi-vegetarian. I'd really appreciate some advice!

We're staying at the Biltmore, and we will have a car, but would prefer to keep the drives short if possible. We plan on early dinners (5-ish) to accommodate the baby's temperament and so we won't be a bother when the restaurants are crowded. We'd like to avoid places that are too trendy or "south-beachy"--my parents are older and can't handle loud music and noisy crowds. We love authentic Chinese (including Dim Sum), Indian, Italian, French, seafood, and would like at least a couple of good Cuban meals. We're not so into Mexican or Japanese (see: picky semi-vegetarian parent).

I've been to Miami once before for a brief visit--went to Versailles and Mago de Fritas, which were both fun. I'm thinking I'll take the clan to Versailles one day since it's pretty family friendly and seems like a real local institution.

I'd like to try Palacio de los Jugos but I hear it's a zoo in the summer--any rec's as to when to go to avoid the crowds? Also, there are like 10 places listed on Yelp with that name or similar names--is it a chain? Are they all the same? I see one listed on Coral Way, close to our hotel, but not sure if that's the "real" Palacio de los Jugos?

Other than that, any rec's for Miami must-try's?

Thanks in advance for the advice!!!

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