Mina's Mediterraneo

749 NE 79th St.
Miami, FL 33138
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  • Tuesday through Friday 5 to 10:30 p.m., Saturday noon to 10:30 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
The cooking at Mina's might remind you of a potluck supper hosted by friends from Egypt, Greece, Italy, Spain, and France. The kitchen is led by Yasmine Kotb and her mother, who personally trained the staff in re-creating the family's most cherished recipes. Slurp the lentil soup, a dish that Kotb ate as a kid. It's thick, creamy, and puréed; the bowl is scattered with golden baked pita chips that double as spoons. Lamb osso buco is slow-cooked in red wine and carrots until its meat is plump and tender, and a vegan moussaka is so spicy and satisfying you'll ever miss the meat. The restaurant also offers a well-priced brunch on weekends, including an authentic Egyptian breakfast consisting of a half-dozen clay bowls, each holding small, exotic treasures. It helps that no complaints can be uttered about the bill. On a recent visit, a meal for four — including beer and wine — didn't reach $100.

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