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BEST RESTAURANT TO TAKE OUT-OF-TOWNERS Miami 2005 -

BEST RESTAURANT TO TAKE OUT-OF-TOWNERS Chispa 225 Altara Avenue

Coral Gables

305-648-2600 With its bright red and yellow colors, Bahamian shutters, and oversize star lamps hanging from the ceiling, Chispa's highly stylized décor screams, "You're not in Kansas anymore!" Those lights aren't the only stars here. Chef/proprietor Robbin Haas is one of our top culinary stars and a founding member of the "mango gang" that more than a decade ago placed South Florida on the national restaurant radar. Haas's dynamic, contemporary, Latin-inspired cuisine is even louder than the interior design: distinctive dishes such as guajillo and soy-glazed short ribs, cazueliata of wood-smoked shrimp, roasted pork belly, and conch chicharones likely to make your guests feel as though they're not even in America anymore. That's the whole point, as Chispa's food reverberates with tropical heat, Latin fervor, and bright, sunny flavors. It's a microcosm of what makes Miami great. Visitors will also get to revel in the sort of sizzling bar scene they may not get at home.

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