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Best Restaurant for Lunch Miami 2007 - Garden Café

Garden Café

Garden Café

10901 Old Cutler Road

Coral Gables, FL 33156

305-667-1651, ext. 3345

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There can be no more charming a setting for an informal alfresco lunch than smack dab in the middle of Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. Right by the conservatory, to be precise. A stone's throw from the rare plant section, but remember: People who dine by glass houses shouldn't throw stones. There is seating for 150 to 200 people, and a concise selection of soups, salads, and sandwiches to soothe nature lovers of all stripes. We like the feature sandwiches (each $7.95), especially panini Caprese, a baguette rife with ripe Redland tomatoes (seasonal), fresh mozzarella, and basil aioli. We are also partial to black forest ham wrapped in a pesto tortilla with dilled havarti cheese, cucumbers, and tomato. Another favorite is mango chicken salad, which lends itself to the environment in a very natural manner. So do cool "hand-crafted" tropical sodas in flavors such as tangerine, watermelon, and kiwi. These are made on-premises using real fruit concentrates and pure cane sugar, and provide a kick as effervescent as any Chihuly sculpture.
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Charlotte
Charlotte

Try the Tropical Turkey with their homemade mango and papaya relish!! My friends from out of town loved it! My personal fave is the Gaucho with their Chimi Ailoi!! Thanks for the great prices!

Martha Sintz
Martha Sintz

This is the best of the best! Have been there several times and the food is phenomenal, as are the people preparing and serving it. KUDOS ALL AROUND!

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