You know the type: Walls lined with South American wines, alfajores and other facturas neatly organized in a glass display, panettone boxes everywhere ('tis the season), refrigerators with ready-to-cook gnocchi, golden-baked empanadas laying out under a heat lamp ...
They're hard to resist, those empanadas, and the recently opened Patagonia makes some good ones.
Claiming to offer "Argentinean gourmet," this third outpost of Patagonia, while smaller, is much like the Graziano's Market and La Estancia already in the Gables. But housed in a large space (formerly occupied by Cupcakes Noveau) near Charlotte Bistro and Le Provence, Patagonia is in the middle of it all.
The empanadas go for $1.75. The ground beef and four-cheese were a real treat. The chorizo: not so much.
Patagonia also serves hot and cold sandwiches and the typical grilled steak and milanesa dishes. For the steak sandwiches ($7.99) you can choose your cut of meat between flank, skirt and top sirloin. It comes solo, though. Fries must be ordered separately.
Daily specials such as a parrillada ($9.99) on Fridays and chicken with mushroom sauce ($8.99) on Wednesdays are also available.
Patagonia's concept may not be novel, but the Gables crowd seems to be responding well to its newcomer. You can never go wrong with a good empanada.
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244 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables
Patagonia also has locations in Doral and Key Biscayne.