The neighborhood of Doral, in the western part of Miami, is a blend of local, low key, family neighborhood and high-end resort attractions. There’s a restaurant for anyone from a local looking for an upscale meal or a tourist who wants to tap into the local tastes. Whether you are looking for a quick bite, a tapas style meal in a bossa nova lounge, a burger and a beer or Columbian, Argentine and Venezuelan platos tipicos you won’t leave Doral hungry.
Trump National Doral Miami
Trump National Doral Miami is home to one of the most famous golf courses in the world, where just about every major name in the sport has teed off on the famous, and infamous, Blue Monster. But it’s also home to much more: 10 lodges and 693 guestrooms, four more golf courses, 90,000-square feet of meeting space, a massive spa with more than 48,000 square feet of space and 32 treatment rooms and a huge ballroom. What else could you want? Dining is just as fine as the rest of the facility.
Bossa Nova Lounge in the clubhouse level of the Trump National Doral Miami is open daily and serves Latin-inspired tapas and bossa nova and jazz beats. This sophisticated lounge is decked out in leather club chairs and has a large island bar. Cozy up and order one of their handcrafted cocktails, a boutique sipping rum and some food to go with it.
Want to catch the game and drink your favorite beer? The Champions Bar & Grill is a classic sports bar within the sophisticated resort. Watch your favorite team on the big screen and have something from the grill.
Mesazul is the newest addition to the many options for a great dinner at the Trump National Doral Miami. This Latin inspired restaurant serves local favorites like lechon asado, Slow Roasted Rotisserie Mojo Chicken and their signature Grouper Oscar paired with their excellent list of wines.
Fine Dining in Doral
5300 Chophouse at Hyatt Miami at the Blue is a modern high-end restaurant with a neighborhood feel. The flavors of Doral are all alive in this menu with Latin-American staples like empanadas, ropa vieja and ceviche.
Armillary Grill at Intercontinental at Doral Miami is a favorite spot for breakfast in a more formal setting, but you can enjoy every meal at this restaurant that celebrates “South Florida’s rich international culinary heritage.”
Latin American Food, A Taste of Authentic Doral
Doral was once a predominately Cuban neighborhood. In recent years there has been a huge South American influence on the area. Most notably in the food scene where strip malls with cafes that once sold Cuban style empanadas have now expanded their menus to include the same Latin food staple but with added Venezuelan and Colombian influence. Alongside the Cuban café’s typical to the area are now tons of South American cafes serving up the same specialties and home cooked meals that Peruvians, Argentineans, Colombians and Venezuelans eat at home.
In Doral, you can have Colombian food just as they have it in Colombia – but without a passport . In fact, Mondongo’s is a restaurant with locations in Medellin, Colombia and Miami, Florida. Enjoy authentic food that any carnivore can get behind, like grilled chicken breast, steak, pork and breaded fish all served the typical Colombian way with avocado, corn cake and plantain. Ajiacos Grill, Restaurante Monserrate and Narcobollo Restaurant are all other options in the area for traditional Columbian food that’s good, authentic and very reasonably priced. Take the family to one of these restaurants for something different while in town.
For huge plates of meat there’s no better cuisine than Argentinean – they take their steak very seriously. You may not know this but Argentinean is very similar to Italian in more than a few ways. They make their pasta fresh and serve a variety of cheeses both cooked and cold. Order an empanada or two to start, some provoleta cheese, a main plate to share, unless you’re showing up with a serious appetite and enjoy high-end Argentinean food at Olivos in Doral.
If the words cachapas and fresh queso guayanes sound like gibberish to you, it’s time you head over to one of Doral’s many Venezuelan restaurants like El Arepazo, a tiny café in a gas station. Here, the arepas are delicious and the price is right. Try foods you’ve grown accustomed to like cheese and bread and chicken all prepared in different ways for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
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