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Bodegon 71: Try the Juice, Arabian Empanadas, and Dulce de Leche Conitos

Filled with dulce de leche.
Filled with dulce de leche.
Photos by Carina Ost

I've already declared my love for dining in North Beach and Normandy Isle, and now there's a new favorite spot in the neighborhood. Bodegon 71 offers seemingly endless empanadas, along with juices, smoothies, decadent desserts, and much more.

This family-run restaurant is still waiting for a wine and beer license, but in the meantime, I've tasted a majority of the items on the menu. And virtually every dish and juice shines.

See also: Ten Reasons North Beach Is Miami's Best Dining Neighborhood

Bodegon 71: Try the Juice, Arabian Empanadas, and Dulce de Leche Conitos

What first appears as simply a window selling empanadas is actually far more extensive. This eatery offers a ton of healthful options and Argentine staples.

Bodegon 71: Try the Juice, Arabian Empanadas, and Dulce de Leche Conitos

The juice options are a bit limited, but you can mix and match up to three ingredients for a variety of combinations.

Bodegon 71: Try the Juice, Arabian Empanadas, and Dulce de Leche Conitos

This grapefruit, carrot, and celery blend cost $3.99. Even better is they will most likely juice more than fits in your cup, so if you stay and sip, you can get a free refill.

Bodegon 71: Try the Juice, Arabian Empanadas, and Dulce de Leche Conitos

The Spanish tortilla ($5.99) was irresistible and massive, filling an entire plate with its fluffy, eggy, frittata-like form chock full of tomatoes, potatoes cut like fries, onion, and red pepper. Other tortillas feature chorizo.

 

Bodegon 71: Try the Juice, Arabian Empanadas, and Dulce de Leche Conitos

The empanada station is the heart of the restaurant. The varieties offered range from spinach and cheese to caprese to guava and cheese. Breakfast, savory, and sweet empanadas are sold for $1.99 each or a dozen for $20.

Bodegon 71: Try the Juice, Arabian Empanadas, and Dulce de Leche Conitos

The spicy chicken variety boasted a perfectly doughy casing filled with marinated, shredded chicken and slivers of garlic. House-made red chimichurri sauce added a kick of spice.

Bodegon 71: Try the Juice, Arabian Empanadas, and Dulce de Leche Conitos

Another popular Argentine empanada is the Arabian. It comes shaped like a hamantash, with a filling of ground beef marinated in lemon juice. It's light, tangy, and unique.

Bodegon 71: Try the Juice, Arabian Empanadas, and Dulce de Leche Conitos

The sweets on the counter near the register are not to be missed. They include freshly baked alfajores and chocolate conitos. The conitos, which are shaped like a cone, come dipped in chocolate with bits of toasted coconut on the side. The cone is placed in a thick pastry shell for added support. One bite of the conito reveals the richest, most decadent dulce de leche. It trumps all other sweets.

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Bodegon 71

1014 71st St
Miami Beach, FL 33141

305-868-8009

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