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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 locals’ favorite since it opened in 2007, Chef Adrianne’s Vineyard Restaurant and Wine Bar marries the chef’s Cuban heritage with her passion for farm-to-table cooking gleaned from her work 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. An extensive wine list highlights California estates including Duckhorn and Caymus. 11715 Sherri Lane, Miami, FL 33183​

Ghee Indian Kitchen

Ghee Indian Kitchen is the brainchild of talented chef Niven Patel. Sourcing produce from the restaurant-owned farm (dubbed Rancho Patel) and working with local fishermen, Patel changes the menu constantly to reflect the freshest ingredients. A sophisticated take on Indian cuisine, menu highlights include spicy papaya salad made with local fruit, chicken tikka masala with heirloom tomatoes and turmeric marinated local fish in a creamy coconut curry sauce. 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. 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, provolone 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

SECRETO

SECRETO is indeed one of Kendall’s best-kept secrets. Nestled inside the Crossroads Shopping Center, 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 sauce, osso bucco served over homemade risotto ai funghi, stuffed crabmeat ravioli with lobster sauce, and seafood fettuccine in white truffle oil. The daily specials 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. Tacos & Tattoos combines Mexican and Caribbean spices to create a menu with a variety of taco styles and unique flavor pairings to mix and match, including vegetarian 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 carnitas burrito (choose your favorite toppings). Sinfully delicious sides include the stuffed patacon with fried cheese, crispy tostones rellenos, and loaded Cajun Cali fries. 11790 SW 104th St., Miami, FL 33186

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