Miami, FL 33138
Courtesy of Barmeli69 Greek Bistro & Wine Bar
- Monday through Friday 5 to 11 p.m., Saturday 6 to 11 p.m.
- Vegetarian Friendly, Wheelchair accessible, Beer and wine, Free Wifi, Takeout
- Metered Parking, Parking Lot Available, Street Parking
This tapas and wine bar, located in Miami's MiMo District, sits alongside a no-tell motel. The location makes Bar Meli 69 seem all the more like a hidden gem, a personal find, one of those so-called secret places people whisper about to their friends, as in "I just found this great little joint." Inside, the restaurant feels like one of those wonderful little bistros or tavernas seen in movies. You really can't pinpoint the exact country or town; you just know it's charming. The bar is a welcoming place for commiserating with a comrade over a tough workday. The place is also friendly enough if you're on your own. Wines are predominantly from the Mediterranean, but there are also some interesting selections from Sardinia and Israel. The tapas are all delicious, but the showstopper is the flaming saganaki; the Greek cheese dish is doused with brandy and set aflame. Proteins include plenty of lamb, octopus, and a chicken breast that's nicely charred on the outside and juicy on the inside. Vegetarians have many options, such as piquillo peppers stuffed with manchego cheese, pine nuts, and almonds. A friendly, casual vibe, along with good food and drinks at reasonable prices, makes BarMeli 69 a great neighborhood joint. Insider tip: Owner Liza Meli was a flamenco dancer for years, so don't be surprised if she leads the entire bistro in a rousing dance — sometimes with breaking plates — as the night progresses.
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