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Lakeside Cafe

10901 Old Cutler Rd.
Coral Gables, FL 33156
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  • Daily 9:30am-4:30pm
  • $
  • Lunch
  • No Alcohol
  • Kid Friendly, Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Private Party, Takeout
  • Parking Lot Available
  • Reservations Not Necessary
There is no setting more fit for a charming, informal alfresco lunch than smack-dab in the midst of Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden — right by the conservatory, to be precise, and a stone's throw from the rare plant section. But remember: People who dine by glass houses shouldn't throw stones. There is seating for 150 to 200 people, and a concise selection of soups, salads, and sandwiches to soothe nature lovers of all stripes. We like the feature sandwiches, especially the Caprese panini, a baguette rife with ripe Redland tomatoes (seasonal), fresh mozzarella, and basil aioli. Another favorite is mango chicken salad, which lends itself to the environment in a very natural manner. So do cool "hand-crafted" tropical sodas in flavors such as Mandarin orange, watermelon, and kiwi. These are made on the premises using real fruit concentrates and pure cane sugar, and provide a kick as effervescent as any Chihuly sculpture.
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