Best Places To Eat In Kendall

Chef Adrianne's

Chef Adrianne's

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By: Shayne Benowitz

Kendall encompasses a wide swath of Miami and for that reason, the cuisine you’ll find there is equally diverse. From Indian, Middle Eastern and Korean to Cuban, Peruvian and Spanish, you’ll find all of these flavors and more when you visit. Read on for some of the very best restaurants in this area.

Chef Adrianne’s Vineyard Restaurant

A favorite restaurant since it opened in 2007, Chef Adrianne’s Vineyard Restaurant and Wine Bar marries the chef’s Miami Cuban heritage with her passion for farm-to-table cooking gleaned from an apprenticeship in Napa Valley early in her career. Her specialties include snapper prepared with toasted garlic brown butter and truffle oil, New Zealand rack of lamb demi-glace and Niman Ranch pork tenderloin with chimichurri and au jus. Her extensive wine list highlights California estates including Duckhorn, Caymus and Coppola. 11715 Sherri Lane, Miami, FL 33183​

Ghee Indian Kitchen

A welcome newcomer to the Kendall dining landscape, Ghee Indian Kitchen is the brainchild of chef Niven Patel — and it’s become an instant hit. Sourcing produce from the restaurant-owned farm (dubbed Rancho Patel) and working with local fisherman, Patel changes the menu constantly to reflect the freshest ingredients. A sophisticated take on Indian cuisine, menu highlights include crispy cauliflower, chicken tikka masala with heirloom tomatoes and smoked lamb with chickpeas. A great way to enjoy a meal here is with the three-course, family-style chef’s tasting menu. 8965 SW 72nd Place, Miami, FL 33156

Pincho

A creative pincho bar and grill boasting an award-winning burger, Pincho was dreamt up by Miami local Nedal Ahmad. Serving seriously hearty comfort food, PINCHO sets itself apart by using quality ingredients made fresh to order. Pinchos means kebab in Spanish. You can choose from chicken, steak or shrimp in a variety of preparations, including rice bowls and salads. But it’s hard to resist the crazy-creative burgers. Take the toston burger, for example: fried plantains serve as the bun with a beef patty, jack cheese, lettuce, tomato and homemade cilantro sauce. The fast-casual restaurant also serves chicken sandwiches and a variety of fries and tater tots. 12590 SW 88th St., Miami, FL 33186

Finka Table & Tap

Inspired by her grandparents, who opened legendary Cuban restaurant Islas Canarias in Miami in 1977, Chef Eileen Andrade combines classic Cuban dishes with her favorite Peruvian and Korean flavors to create a unique menu at Finka Table & Tap. Popular items at this gastropub include the brisket wonton ravioli with mango-cheese sauce, arroz con pollo fritters, sweet sriracha pork ribs, lomo saltado fried rice and of course, the “KFC” – Korean Fried Chicken – crunchy pieces of chicken coated in spicy gochujang, accompanied with a boniato roll. While you’re there, don’t forget to order the croquetas, brought over from Islas Canarias daily, either as an appetizer or to go. 14690 SW 26th St., Miami, FL 33175

SECRETO

SECRETO is indeed one of Kendall’s best-kept secrets. Nestled inside the Crossroads Shopping Center since 2009, this quaint, family-owned restaurant combines traditional Italian cuisine with Latin flavors that can only be found in Miami. All dishes are cooked in a wood-burning oven, creating an aroma throughout the restaurant that captures your senses as soon as you enter. Popular items include the crispy crab cake with tropical fruit glaze and pineapple, osso bucco served over homemade risotto alla Milanese, stuffed crabmeat ravioli with lobster sauce, and seafood fettuccine in white truffle oil. The daily specials will never disappoint. 11652 N. Kendall Drive, Miami, FL 33176

TACOS & TATTOOS

This artsy, laid-back eatery is a street-style taco haven with a notable craft beer selection. The restaurant combines Mexican and Caribbean spices to create a menu with a variety of taco styles and unique flavor pairings to mix and match, including vegan and gluten-free options. Made fresh and handcrafted, popular taco proteins include the carnitas, jerk chicken, lemon pepper fish and pork belly. Taco styles vary from the “305” with shredded lettuce, pico de gallo, sour cream and queso fresco to the “Bien Loco” with pineapple, sesame seeds and spicy guava sauce. If you’re in the mood for a burrito, you can’t go wrong with the Steak Jibarrito, with a fried plantain inside and pink sauce on top. Sinfully delicious sides include the stuffed patacon with fried cheese, crispy tostones rellenos, and loaded Cajun cali fries with or without truffle oil. 11790 SW 104th St., Miami, FL 33186

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