Earlier this year, CityPlace Doral opened to the public and brought a bevy of dining, shopping and entertainment options to the city. One of those new restaurants was Icebox Cafe. Known for its globally inspired American cuisine, Icebox Cafe in CityPlace Doral builds upon its South Beach sibling’s success by complementing its extensive menu with a beautiful two-floor layout to ensure you have a fun night out at CPD.
If you’ve been to the Miami Beach location, you know what to expect: A lot of food. Because the menu pulls influences from around the globe, you’ll find a little of bit of everything here. Take the apps, for instance: Alongside Tuna Poke Tacos and Tandoori-Roasted Cauliflower, there’s Pear Flatbread and Ropa Vieja Lettuce Wraps. This diversity makes Icebox ideal for bigger parties and varied tastes; even your picky grandmother will find something to her liking here.
The drink selections are just as distinct. Want to indulge but still feel a little healthy? The Green-Go Hulk (Tito’s handmade vodka, matcha green tea, cucumber, lemon, celery bitters) has your back. At the other end of the spectrum, there are drinks like the Pineapple Daiquiri (Plantation pineapple rum, tepache spiced liquor, fresh pineapple and lime juice, Angostura and Bittermens bitters) that are more appropriate for kicking off the start to an epic evening.
When it comes to entrees, it’s a matter of picking your preferred protein. Chicken, salmon, fish and pork all show up, but it’s the Braised Short Ribs that won over our stomachs with its super-tenderness and a sweet soy glaze that had us licking our lips. We couldn’t get enough of the Brussels sprouts and mushrooms on the dish, either.
The dessert menu here is just as long as the dinner menu. Cookies, truffles, brownies, pies, cakes … If you can imagine a dessert, it’s probably available at Icebox Cafe. Of course, you have to get the Chocolate Delight (dark chocolate, creamy cheesecake brownie and chocolate mousse filling, dark chocolate ganache). Why? Because Oprah says so — she fell in love with it when the restaurant was featured on her show back in 2006.
Diners who can’t make up their mind can choose a sampler platter of 3 or 5 different desserts, which is what we did. We got the Chocolate Delight along with the Carrot Cake and Deep Dish Key Lime Pie. #noregrets
The restaurant lineup at CityPlace Doral has bolstered the city’s reputation as a dining destination. We never used to think of the area as a culinary hotspot, but the recent influx of dining options like Icebox Cafe has made us excited for its future. It’s just a matter of time before the neighborhood is on every foodie’s hot list.
Icebox Cafe – Doral is located at 8300 NW 36th St in CityPlace Doral. For hours of operation and other information, visit their official website or call 786-374-2326.