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visiting Coral Gables/MIA, your thoughts on my choices so far?


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visiting Coral Gables/MIA, your thoughts on my choices so far?

yamalam | Jan 13, 2009 03:03 PM

Will be in Coral Gables later this week for the holiday weekend(and a wedding). I've had a lot of fun searching this board and reading all your reviews and ideas, but was hoping to run my overall itinerary by youse experts;)

We are splurging on the Biltmore brunch and Joe's, and hoping to say economical or at least modest for the rest of our meals. Saw some talk about Joe's Take-Away rather than the restaurant. Where does one then eat the take away? Our hotel is the Coral Gables Hyatt Regency, so I don't think driving all the way back there to eat would make sense. Should we probably just eschew the take-away for the restaurant? Aside from that, here's our overall plan:

Friday- Fly into MIA mid-day, rent car then explore Little Havana, early dinner at maybe Versailles, El Pub or El Cristo, or all three plus whatever else looks good?

Saturday-big Lunch at Por Fin or Francesco, then wedding stuff for rest of day and night

Sunday- Brunch at the Biltmore(I have reservations), bloodbank to recoup some of our $$$, then dinner at OneBurger, CrepeMaker or Pardo's chicken?

Monday- leisurely breakfast close-ish to our hotel, maybe Greenstreet or Bouchon du Grove, then explore the Beach, including Cafe at Books and Books for a snack, and cap off the night with dinner at Joe's.

Anything else that is a must try? We weighed Michael's Genuine vs. Joe's and decided as Marylanders (i.e. blue crab fanatics), we had to give FL stone crabs a try. Is one day exploring South Beach enough? I mean, obviously not, but if you were visiting for 4 days, would you spend extra time there, or make the trip to the keys? I currently live in Arizona and am very seafood deprived, so any other affordable fresh seafood recommendations would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance!

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