Best Restaurants In Doral

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By: Jennifer Agress

Miami is not just sun and beaches, there’s so much more to this multifaceted city than what you see in travel brochures and on reality television. Visitors who venture away from the tourist areas and head inland will get to discover the true heart of Miami and its people: its food. Go to the neighborhood of Doral, just west of Miami International Airport, and you’ll find a blend of multicultural families, business complexes and high-end resort attractions, all of which hold a strong influence over the neighborhood’s restaurant scene. Whether you’re looking for a quick bite, a tapas style meal, a burger and a beer or international cuisine, you won’t leave Doral hungry. In fact, we think it’s safe to say that this business and residential hub is quickly becoming one of Miami’s top dining destinations.

Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant

This nationally renowned restaurant, winery and tasting room brings a little bit of Napa to Doral. Here, guests will find contemporary American fare with an international twist, like Asian pork Belly Tostadas with a sweet chili BBQ sauce and Crab and Lobster Bisque. The real gem of this spot is the Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant menu. On it, every dish is matched with a bin number, which directs diners to the perfect wine pairing for their meal. On top of that, the restaurant actually has its own exclusive collection of award-winning Cooper’s Hawk wine, all courtesy of the related Cooper’s Hawk Winery in Illinois, which is currently 34th largest winery in the U.S. 3585 NW 83rd Avenue, Doral, FL 33122

Dragonfly Izakaya and Fish Market

Venture into the bustling Downtown Doral area with its abundance of shopping and dining choices and you will find Dragonfly Izakaya and Fish Market, a true Izakaya-style Japanese restaurant. It boasts its own in-house fish market with various meat rubs, whole local fish, soy sauces and rice available for purchase, as well as an award-winning list of rare Japanese whiskey and sake. Inspired by both Japanese seafood markets and traditional “izakayas,” or Japanese gastropubs, this restaurant brings a menu of Japanese comfort foods to central Miami, like robata-grilled Chicken Skins with a sake-based Tare sauce. There are also fresh sushi, sashimi and nigiri menus, Sunday brunch and a changing Chef’s Select menu you won’t want to miss. 5241 NW 87th Avenue, Doral, FL 33178

El Arepazo

No trip to Doral is complete without a visit to El Arepazo, named after the Venezuelan corn cake. Offering the most authentic taste of Venezuela outside of actually visiting the country itself, this family-owned spot will expose Miami’s visitors to the real flavors of Caracas-style cuisine. But it’s not just about the food here; it’s about the culture, too. This unassuming gas station-attached eatery is where locals go to discuss the latest news from Venezuela, and where locals and tourists both go for arepas and cachapas, two Venezuelan dishes that are traditionally made from corn and sold streetside. Whether you order the Queso Amarillo and Rallado Arepa with Gouda cheese and white shredded cheese, the Queso Guayanes and Reina Pepiada Arepa or both, buy extra to take with you. They’re the perfect late-night snack to soak up the night’s cocktails. 10191 NW 58th St, Doral, FL 33178

City Works Eatery & Pour House

City Works isn’t your average sports bar. Located in CityPlace Doral, this restaurant-hangout serves classic American food with a twist and has 90 craft beers and eight wines on draft, 16 indoor flat screen HDTVs, lifesize Jenga and a popular weekday happy hour. Guests can sit in the huge dining area or on the spacious outdoor patio, and munch on bar bites like Cheese Curds with white cheddar, battered cornmeal and smoked tomato coulis, or dive into a shareable dish like jumbo, chili-rubbed Smoked Wings and drummies served with both BBQ and mustard BBQ sauce. Of course, if you’re there for brunch, lunch or dinner, try one of the mains for yourself. The fish tacos with beer-battered mahi-mahi and chipotle coleslaw and the signature half-pound City Works burger with aged white cheddar are both fan favorites. 3450 NW 83rd Ave., Doral, FL 33122

Il Forno Ristorante

With its refined approach to gastronomy, Il Forno Ristorante serves up a menu of locally sourced, classic Italian fare like pappardelle pasta with wild and porcini mushrooms, grilled veal chop with rosemary, homemade Black Angus beef lasagna with mozzarella cheese and béchamel, and more. The atmosphere is marked by the locale’s rustic, open kitchen and wood-burning oven, the latter of which cooks pizzas to perfection, like the Quattro Stagioni with fresh tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, artichokes, mushroom, ham and olives. Like the food, ambiance is key here, too. Il Forno’s warm, intimate feel creates the perfect backdrop for guests to grab a cocktail at the bar, dine al fresco on the terrace, or eat to the sounds of live music in the dining room. 9350 NW 25th Street, Doral, FL 33172

La Esquina del Lechón

In the middle of a region in the country filled with Cuban restaurants, La Esquina del Lechón still stands out from the pack. A neighborhood favorite, locals and visitors alike flock to this strip mall restaurant for its unconventional bread basket made of rolls, chicharones and miniature arepas, and keep coming back for classics like its famous Pan con Lechón with slow-roasted pork and pork rinds on Cuban bread, whole-roasted Caja China, and Colombian-style Bandeja Paisa with grilled churrasco, white rice, black beans, pork rinds, avocado, fried egg and a corn flour arepa. Perfect for out-of-towners craving a taste of Latin cuisine, La Esquina del Lechón promises every Latin flavor and staple in one welcoming spot. 8601 NW 58th Street #101, Miami, FL 33166

Los Parrilleros

Los Parrilleros is an authentic, casual-chic Argentinian steakhouse that landed in Doral more than 16 years ago. Steeped in the traditions of Buenos Aires, the restaurant boasts a menu of mouthwatering meats cooked exactly like you crave, such as filet mignon, bone-in ribeye, churrasco and more. While red meat is the star of the menu, Los Parrilleros also nails a long menu of chicken, sausage, pasta and seafood dishes and has an extensive wine list for you to pick from. Go on any Saturday, when you’re guaranteed live music, and enjoy a fun, delicious night out in Doral. 10775 NW 41st Street, Miami, FL 33178

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