MFP Destinations: A Staycation at Biltmore Hotel

We love Coral Gables. It’s a balanced city: Whatever your interests — food, history, culture, etc. — there’s something for everyone to enjoy in the neighborhood. That’s why it’s the perfect place for a staycation.

If you were to ask a local where to stay in The City Beautiful, odds are that the Biltmore Hotel would be at the top of the list. No building is more iconic — the structure’s history dates back to the 1920s. And while it is a luxury hotel, we found out firsthand that a big budget isn’t required to enjoy its accommodations.

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The Local Craft Food + Drink: Where Flavors Flourish

Change is scary for most people, but not for The Local Craft Food + Drink’s Phil Bryant. At the Coral Gables gastropub, the chef actively embraces it in his Southern cuisine. What’s on the menu one day will be most likely be gone the other, making each visit to the neighborhood spot a unique one. Case in point: All the items we had during our visit for this story are no longer available.

It doesn’t matter, though, because one thing has remained the same at The Local under Chef Bryant’s care: the quality of the experience.

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Plomo Brings a Ton of Tacos and Tequila to Coral Gables

The beauty of the Coral Gables dining scene is its variety. If there’s a certain type of cuisine or food you’re in the mood for, odds are pretty good that you’ll find it somewhere within The City Beautiful. But there’s one type of food that’s severely lacking in the area: tacos. While there are Mexican restaurants and other eateries that serve these little bundles of joy, there isn’t a place where they’re the main focus.

Enter Plomo Tequila & Taco Bar. This new taco spot from the team behind Copper 29 and Crema Gourmet Espresso Bar has taken over the old 100 Montaditos location to fill the neighborhood’s big void — and it does so successfully.

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Miami Spice at Palme d’Or: A Quality Experience

When it comes to food, we usually opt for casual cuisine over fine dining. But when we do have the hankering for fancy fare, we go all out. Miami Spice makes it easy to do so: Restaurants that would typically be out of our price range are suddenly affordable. One of those restaurants is Palme d’Or at the Biltmore.

The AAA Five Diamond restaurant is fine dining at its finest, so the $39 Spice offerings are a phenomenal value. And when you factor in the impeccable service and beautiful, vibrant dishes, Palme d’Or is a Miami Spice must.

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The Local Craft Food & Drink: Weekend Brunch Done Right

Coral Gables is undergoing a transformation. Since last year, the Gables Streetscape construction project has been turning two of the city’s main arteries — Miracle Mile and Giralda Avenue — into more pedestrian-friendly destinations. Local restaurants would ultimately benefit from expanded outdoor dining space and other improvements meant to attract customers.

Unfortunately, the process has been anything but smooth for Giralda Avenue. Because of numerous delays, the usually busy strip was an active construction site (and an eyesore) for months after its scheduled completion date; the place was a ghost town. As a result, several businesses shuttered and others hung on — and continue to hang on — by a thread. Thankfully, construction is just about complete and a grand opening celebration is planned for mid-September.

We’re celebrating for another reason, though: It’s no longer a mission to get to The Local Craft Food & Drink for their awesome brunch.

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