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El Pimiento

16403 NW 67th Ave. Miami Lakes, FL 33014 | West Dade | 305-826-8181

Location Description:

There is more to Miami Lakes, which is squeezed between Hialeah and Miramar, than residential neighborhoods, golf, and a shrine to sports legend Don Shula. Residents have been hiding a shopping-center tapas gem for almost four years. Complete with a Spanish flag, cork-covered tables, and two terra cotta walls decorated with wine bottles for the picking, the quaint locale whisks patrons off to Spain even though it's located just a few feet from a convenience store. Three employees run the 12-table restaurant most nights; they recommend just the right wine to accompany more than 60 tapas including croquetas de bacalao ($5.95), tortilla española ($5.95), and garbanzo frito ($7.95), in that exact order. For those looking for a fuller meal, the suburban hush-hush also serves larger dishes such as paella valenciana ($26.95). Owner, part-time chef, and Spaniard Mylo Gonzalez remembers every face and makes sure visitors return to his little piece of Andalusia.

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  • Cuisine(s): Spanish, Tapas
  • Hours: Mon-Thu 11am-10pm, Fri 11am-12am
  • Price: $$, $$$
  • Serving: Dinner, Lunch
  • Alcohol: Beer/Wine
  • Reservations: Accepted
  • Parking: Lot Available
  • Payment Types: All Major Credit Cards
  • Attire: Casual
  • Features: Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible

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  • Short Order: Favorite Dishes
    In light of Spain's victory in the World Cup, now is the ideal time to revel in Spanish culture. For such an experience, try tapas bar El Pimiento's garbanzos fritos. This dish features...
  • Short Order: Behind the Line
    El Pimiento in Miami Lakes is an owner-operated Spanish tapas restaurant. Mylo Gonzalez is the dude in charge, but don't call him chef -- he prefers culinary director. Mylo says, "I never...

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