Coral Gables Restaurant Week Starts with a Bang!

This week marks the beginning of Coral Gables Restaurant Week in The City of Coral Gables.  This is a week (plus a few days) that is similar to the Miami Spice event that allows the curious to sample food and beverage from a variety of local participating restaurants.  And as reported by Ana Herrera of GablesHomePage.com, the week started off with a hit at the 4th annual Taste of The Gables event.  The event took place  at the Rotunda of the Westin Colonnade Hotel on Thursday evening, June 2.  Herrera reports that over 500 people attended the event which offered a quick sampling of many of the restaurants that will be participating in Restaurant Week.

Hopefully this level of interest will continue for the duration of Coral Gables Restaurant Week which is June 6-19.  I know we will be attending to get some great fare at a fair price!  Hope to see you there…

Here is a pic of the winner of the “Best Taste of The Gables” award as voted on by the guests…Anacapri on Ponce…

Anacapri on Ponce de Leon winner of "Best Taste of The Gables"

Published in: on June 8, 2011 at 4:43 pm  Leave a Comment  

2011 Gallery Nights to get Coral Gables Trolley Service

This year the wonderful tour of galleries and eateries in Coral Gables know as Gallery Nights will get a special service of the Coral Gables Trolley to take patrons around to the different galleries and restaurants.  The E-Newsletter from the City of Coral Gables reports that a special Trolley with an orange paintbrush painted on the side will be circulating the various venues (complete list below) from 6-10pm on Gallery Nights, which are the held on the first Friday of the month.  So the first one will be on May 6, 2011 which is not this Friday but the next so get ready!

I think its a great idea, another way that The City Beautiful supports the arts!

In case you have never seen one, here is  picture of the Coral Gables Trolley from the City of Coral Gables Website

The Coral Gables Trolley

The Coral Gables Trolley in front of City Hall

Here is the list of stops for the Coral Gables Gallery Night Trolley!

Ca’ d’Oro Art Gallery
135 S. Lorenzo Ave, Suite 130

Cernuda Arte
3155 Ponce de Leon Blvd.

RDZ Fine Art
37 Merrick Way

ArtSpace/Virginia Miller Galleries
169 Madeira Ave.

H. Benitez Fine Art Gallery
305 Alcazar Avenue, Suite #4

Books & Books
265 Aragon Ave.

Coral Gables Museum
285 Aragon Ave.

Tresart
550 Biltmore Way, Suite 111

Alhambra Antiques
2850 Salzedo St.

The Guayabara Lady
485 Biltmore Way

Nube Coffee Bar
475 Biltmore Way

DeLeon Fine Art
219 Miracle Mile

Victoria’s Gallery
293 Miracle Mile

The Americas Collection
214 Andalusia Ave.

Sacassas Fine Arts
2910 Ponce de Leon Boulevard

Klara Chavarria Contemporary Art
2912 Ponce de Leon Boulevard

Jorge M. Sori Fine Arts
2970 Ponce de Leon Boulevard

Artrageous Gallery
Village of Merrick Park
330 San Lorenzo Ave., Suite 2305

Published in: on April 27, 2011 at 5:13 pm  Leave a Comment  

Morton’s Steakhouse Coral Gables

MORTON’S IN CORAL GABLES
On Saturday my wonderful woman took me to Morton’s Steakhouse in Coral Gables for my birthday. We have been there a few times in addition to going to the Brickell location a few times. At this point this (The Coral Gables location) is our favorite restaurant in all of Miami. Everything is delicious and the service is impeccable; from the moment you walk in you are treated like royalty, as we walked in one of the servers was walking out and greeted us with a big smile and a “Welcome to Morton’s, enjoy your meal!”

NO WAITING WITH THIS WAIT STAFF
The wait staff was attentive almost to a fault, they are there before you need anything, I never once had to ask for a waiter, and commented once to my better half that they should maybe wait a bit, as it was feeling like we were being rushed. That resolved itself though as the majority of the Coral Gables dining crowd started to fill in. You see, we had reservations for 7pm as we planned to see The Adjustment Bureau, the new Matt Damon movie, later in the evening at Cinebistro (please see Cinebistro post for some details on this sweet movie theatre). So we arrived at 7:15 promptly on Miami Time and the place was mostly empty. About 7:30 the rush started and almost every table was filled by 8pm.

THE HAWK ATTACKS
Once the waiter had other tables to attend the frequency of his visits changed from overwhelming to just about perfect. Unfortunately, or fortunately if you look at it from an entertainment standpoint, at this point a hawk, aka a predatory bird, entered the restaurant looking for what else, a delicious $60 steak. The fine citizens of Coral Gables sprung into action! At first this action consisted of multiple screams of “Ahhhhh!!!!! It’s a hawk!!!!!!”. But then as we all remembered our fowl escape worksheet (FEW) the screams turned to “OPEN THE DOOR!!!!!”. A wise and calm wait staff member opened the door while another shoed the bird out with a tray. Upon the exit of the winged beast a round of applause rang out and we were all once again free to enjoy some of the best food you can find in not only Coral Gables but in all of South Florida.

Published in: on March 28, 2011 at 12:15 am  Leave a Comment  
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California Pizza Kitchen

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For lunch on Sunday we went to California Pizza Kitchen on Miracle Mile in Coral Gables.  It is basically a high end pizza parlor that offers table service and a very nice atmosphere.  There are live plants and tv’s, the waiter was good and the pizza was great and they have Sam Adams on draft, what more can you ask for?

Published in: on March 24, 2011 at 3:58 am  Leave a Comment  
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Houston’s Restaurant on Miracle Mile

We go to this restaurant almost every Sunday for the delicious Onion Soup some Caesar Salad and one of their huge Chesseburgers for me. Also, the bread they give you is out of this world and we usually ask for seconds.  They have steak on the menu but for the price you are better off getting steak somewhere else in my opinion.  You could get just as good a steak at Outback and pay half the price, or you could pay a similar price at Morton’s and get a much better steak.

This past Sunday we decided to try something new and got the Spinach and Artichoke dip, we were very disappointed that we had not ordered this amazing treat before!  It was so good we down it in about 5 minutes.

I highly recommend Houston’s for a business lunch or a casual night out, it is even good for a semi-formal night out.  If you are in a rush for time or rolling solo you can also eat at the bar.

Here is a link to the website…
http://hillstone.com

And here is a link to a good article on Houston’s from the Miami New Times…http://www.miaminewtimes.com/locations/hillstone-4464/

Published in: on March 2, 2011 at 11:02 pm  Leave a Comment