Dining After Sunset

SouthSide Café

There's enough room for everyone on the SouthSide
Steve Satterwhite
There's enough room for everyone on the SouthSide


Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily; breakfast 8:00 to 11:30 a.m., lunch 11:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., dinner Sunday through Thurs, 6:00 to 10:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 6:00 p.m. to midnight.
6901 SW Red Rd, Coral Gables; 305-665-9051.

A genial waitstaff performed their tasks without incident if also without polish; I suspect their informal manner masks inexperience in some of the finer points of service. Not too many fine points concerning desserts. "Mile High" chocolate cake was served too cold, making the multiple levels of dark/hard and light/soft chocolate tough to cut through while also chilling out the flavors. Créme brûlée ($4.95): fair to middling. The "Pyramid of Illusion" promised layers of coffee, white chocolate, and milk chocolate mousselines, but the low price ($3) and unreliability of menu adjectives made me second-guess what was meant by "illusion." In retrospect I should have tried it. The "apple delight" I ordered instead was anything but, the circular pastry dry, the apples so thinly sliced and baked into the dough I'm not certain they were there at all. The scoop of cinnamon ice cream on top was very good, and you can order it by itself, as well as other flavors like Baci chocolate or peach-ginger sorbet. I suggest going that route, and also suggest giving Southside Cafe a try for dinner when you finally make it out that way to return your holiday gifts.

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