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Ten Best Restaurants in Coral Gables

Xixón: For tapas and also una buena borrachera.
Xixón: For tapas and also una buena borrachera.
Michael McElroy

If Coral Gables were a pop star, it would be Justin Timberlake post-FutureSex/LoveSounds. You still dig the '90s man: Brillo-curled hair, frosted tips, and the damn sexiest denim outfit in history. But you also love his new, sleek sound.

This city has evolved too. It once catered to law firm types and diners who couldn't pick Kim Kardashian from a lineup. Now, Coral Gables heralds a cool era of dining. There are cocktails, funky foods, and young chefs.

What follows are the top ten restaurants in the area, a mix of the old and new.

Just a little snack.
Just a little snack.
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10. Gusto Fino

There are sandwiches, and then there's Gusto Fino's Pork Five-O ($8.95) -- a ridiculously rich sammie stuffed with sliced pork tenderloin, mushrooms, mozzarella, and pancetta. Sure, lighter items also appear on the menu: soup, capresa, carpaccio, and antipasto. But don't let the greenery stop you from ordering this lunch spot's famous meatball sub, a heaping mass of beef, pomodoro, and pecorino cheese. It'll make your sandwich-lovin', beef-crazed heart go pitter-patter.

9. Su-Shin Izakaya

Warning: Su-Shin Izakaya will not refund your money if your meal was different from what you expected. In other words, take your platáno-maduro-sushi-loving culo somewhere else. (Seriously, this disclaimer appears on the front page of its website.) At this Aragon Avenue spot, follow the lead of its regulars. Try the specials or whatever looks good on the chalkboard menu: stir-fried garlic beef ($8.95), grilled squid, or fish collar. Eat up. Don't even think of asking for your money back.

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Hey, shrimp. How'd you get to be so tropical?
Hey, shrimp. How'd you get to be so tropical?

8. Ortanique on the Mile

Ortanique on the Mile has been around almost longer than Justin Bieber has been alive. So, yeah, things stay pretty classy over there. You can order the lemon-roasted caesar salad or some baked Brie. But know this: Chef Cindy Hutson is known for her tropical cooking. Sample some fried yuca, coffee-crusted steaks, and jerked cornish hens ($26). Relish in Coral Gables' swanky Caribbean eats.

Booyah!
Booyah!
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7. Bulla Gastrobar

Let's put this in terms Miamians can easily understand: Bulla is Por Fin but with a tummy tuck and a little face-lift. Por Fin was once fancy, traditional, and conservative. But earlier this year, it changed its name and concept. Today, Bulla has creative cocktails, cool vibes, and a young crowd. Go for the croquetas de jamón ($9); stay for many, many glasses of sangría de cerveza.

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You fancy.
You fancy.

6. Palme D'Or

Does Palme D'Or deserve a higher spot on this list? Perhaps. But recently, things changed at this critically acclaimed restaurant. After 13 years, noted chef Philippe Ruiz exited the kitchen. In August, Gregory Pugin took the helm. So, will Pugin rock it? It's likely. But it's still too soon to tell. Palme D'Or snagged a spot on this list because of what it once was. We'll have to see what it'll become.

This and some croque monsieur.
This and some croque monsieur.
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5. Frenchie's Diner

Let's get one thing straight: The croque-monsieur at Frenchie's Diner is one of the most delicious lunches in town. Sure, the family-run spot churns out delectable duck confit, escargots, and moules-frites. But it's this béchamel-smothered creation that'll keep you coming back. So take a lunch break one of these days. Tell your friends you're just popping out for a quick salad. Then stuff your face with this ham-stuffed sandwich -- a decadent creation crowned with blistered, bubbly Gruyère ($12). It'll do you good -- promise.

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Postre? Postre!
Postre? Postre!
Michael McElroy

4. Xixón Spanish Cuisine

You look like you need some Spanish meatballs -- tender orbs of beef bedaubed with tomato sauce. Or maybe you crave black rice, its grains coated in squid ink and topped with seafood. Xixón isn't just a restaurant on Coral Way; it's a Miami institution. Head over and obey tradition: You must drink red wine, eat mucho jamón, and learn to love the funky flavors of boquerones and salted cod.

Something green, something greasy, something meaty.
Something green, something greasy, something meaty.
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3. Swine Southern Table & Bar

Pork in your drink? Try the bacon-washed whiskey. Pork in your supper? Choose from Swine Southern Table & Bar's whole hog, bacon, loin, or shoulder. Pork in your sweets? Treat yourself to the sticky bun, a dish garnished with candied smoked bacon. If you don't like Swine, you can't possibly be from Miami. This is the city of la caja china, chicharrón, and pan con lechón. So kudos to Swine! Because little will ever trump a meal of pork on pork on pork.

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Hi.
Hi.
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2. Eating House

Eating House's menu has a whole lot of quotation marks. The "dirt cup"? It's not really a dirt cup. The "fried rice"? It's fussier than what you get from your favorite Chinese delivery place. You see, chef Giorgio Rapicavoli has made a name for himself by selling Tang mimosas ($5), Cap'n Crunch pancakes ($13), and some funny concoction dubbed "foie-ffles." Two cheers for his sense of humor. And three cheers for his badass kicks.

It's poached lobster. And it tastes good.
It's poached lobster. And it tastes good.
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1. Pascal's on Ponce

OK, OK. We know. Pascal's is kind of fusty, its tables festooned with roses and its walls lined with sconces. But while other chefs obsess over foams and 64-degree eggs, Pascal Oudin sticks to what he knows: cheese soufflé, duck terrine, and olive-oil-poached fish. Classic French, independently owned restaurants are a rarity in this novelty-obsessed town. For that, and his unrelenting permanence, we award Oudin the number one spot.

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