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35. Crab Cake at La Bottega by Carmen Trigueros

As we count down to New Times' Best of Miami 2011 in June, Short Order will serve up 100 of our favorite dishes in the 305 in random order. If you have any nominations of your own, please send them to cafe@miaminewtimes.com. After the jump, find our other choices.

35. Crab Cake at La Bottega by Carmen Trigueros

35. Crab Cake at La Bottega by Carmen Trigueros

Tucked away inside Calamari Restaurant's compound, La Bottega is a hidden gem of a bistro, serving tapas in a market setting.


The crab cake is more refined than the traditional Maryland variety so don't expect a heavy hockey puck on your plate. Instead, relish in a creamy circle of rich, sweet crab, served with a green onion salad, fresh field greens and house-made remolude. Not your average clam shack offering, this dish elevates the crab cake into a bit of crustacean heaven on a plate.

100 Favorite Dishes:

36. Leek Dumplings at Tropical Chinese

37. Chicharrón at El Palacio de los Jugos

38. Baked Brie en Croute at Perricone's Marketplace & Cafe

39. Local Farmer's Delight at 1500 Degrees

40. Baked Alaska at Michy's

41. Lifefood Gourmet's Raw and Vegan Vegetable Pizza

42. Pulled Pork Sandwich at Sparky's Roadside Barbecue

43. Fettuccini & Garden Mushrooms at Peacock Garden Cafe

44. Spinach Gnocchi at Cavatelli Italian Trattoria

45. Chicken and Rice Soup at Lemoni

46. Lasagna di Pesce at Mai Tardi

47. Banh Cuon at Hy Vong

48. SoBe Vegetarian Pizza at Spartico

49. Samosas at Thali Indian & Thai Cuisine

50. Carnitas Taco at Orale Taqueria Mexicana

51. Meatball at Prime Italian

52. Portobello Burger at Latin Burger

53. Ravioli di Aragosta at Caffe da Vinci

54. Grouper Ceviche at Blue Door Fish

55.Fancy Bacon Cheddar Turkey Burger at Oneburger

56. Joey Pizza at Joey's

57. Adult Grilled Cheese at Angelina's Coffee & Yogurt

58. Country Beef Stew at Jimmy'z Kitchen

59. Steak Chow Fun at Gigi

60. Raspberry Tart at Le Royal

61. Duck Confit at DB Bistro Moderne

62. Seared Scallops at Bistro One LR at Ritz-Carlton South Beach

63. 50 Mile Salad at Sustain

64. Huevos Rancheros at Sra. Martinez

65. Apricot Tart at Essensia at the Palms

66. Vegetable Red Curry at Yuga

67. Cinnamon Bun at Solo

68. Herb-Crusted Salmon at Lulu

69. McBelly at Pubbelly

70. Queso de Cabra al Horno (Baked Goat Cheese with Tomatoes) at Tapas y Tintos

71. Tapas at Xixón

72. Mac 'n' Cheese Pancake at CheeseMe Mobile

73. Yum Yum and Earth Day Tacos at Nacho Bizness

74. Vegetarian-Smoked Duck at Shing Wang Chinese

75. Steamed Local Snapper In-A-Bag at The Forge

76. Gouda Tater Tots at Meat Market

77. Raspberry Flatcakes at Morgans

78. Barbecue Shrimp at Emeril's Miami Beach

79. Croquetas at El Floridita

80. Chicken Salad at Manhattan Cafe

81. Organic Chicken and Sundried Tomato Panini at BLT Steak

82. Tuna Nicoise at The Royal

83. Cubi-Thai Sampler Plate

84. Chicken Chili Con Queso at Deli Lane Cafe

85. Lemon Meringue Cake at Ice Box

86. Fig Pizza at Kokopo Fresh Kitchen

87. Poulet Rouge at Cecconi's
88. Grilled Scallops with Pickled Plum at Zuma

89. Garnachos at Taqueria el Mexicano

90. Pancakes at Sky Grille in Miami Tower

91. Tuna Ceviche at Sushi Samba

92. BBQ Pork Roll at American Noodle Bar

93. Mandolin's Hand-Cut Fries

94. Joe Allen's Bourbon Bread Pudding
95. Lobster Roll at Joe's Stone Crab Takeaway
96. Brussels Sprouts at Sakaya Kitchen
97. Gandules en Escabeche from Raaga Cart

98. Pizza Genovese at Spris

99. Leek Soup at Buena Vista Deli

100. Dumplings at Chow Down Grill

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Calamari Restaurant

3540 Main Highway
Coconut Grove, FL 33133

305-441-0219

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