In Doral, the housing is affordable, sprawling shopping complexes for everything you could ever want abound, and the food is plentiful. It ain't fancy or full of itself, but it encapsulates everything that's great about eating in Miami.
There’s a massive array of inexpensive spots representing a broad swath of Latin American countries. Es no
3887 NW 107th Ave., Doral
This mostly Venezuelan-themed spot, which opened in late 2014, applies Chipotle-style ordering to the hedonistic, gut-busting world of arepas and
Maido Japanese Restaurant
4267 NW 107th Ave, Doral
Owner Hiroshi Horai earned a loyal following for the highly seasonal, multicourse kaiseki meal he served at Coral Gables favorite Su-Shin Izakaya. Many of his fans followed when he left and opened Doral's Maido more than a decade ago. Though he serves all of the classic Japanese fare, like the sticky fermented soybeans called natto, it's the kaiseki menu you want. Be sure to order it a few days in advance. What's most important is securing the best of each season's products. For Horai, winter means lotus root, daikon radish, and lily bulbs, along with squid, octopus, and abalone. Summer means tender young bamboo shoots, shiitake mushrooms, and young tofu. They are used in little dishes such as snapper preserved in seaweed, bamboo shoots simmered with bonito flakes, and Japanese whiting fried in tempura with burdock root and verdant matcha tea.
10701 NW 58th St, Doral
On weekdays, the parking lot at a Doral gas station on 107th Avenue grows strangely full. The office crowd is here for the guilty pleasures at Pepito’s Plaza. Think mountainous
La Esquina del Lechón
8601 NW 58th St., #101, Miami
Some restaurants tell you they're great in strange ways. At the temple of swine that is La Esquina del Lechón, they do it with the bread service, and a butter-soaked basket of
4400 NW 87th Ave., Doral
Despite its association with the Donald, the Trump National Doral Miami’s BLT Prime can’t be stopped. It’s a classic American steakhouse with gorgeous views of the club’s daunting golf courses. The menu was designed by Dustin Ward, who has cooked in the kitchens of superstars José Andrés and Gordon Ramsay. Yet this one stays away from cutting-edge modernity and instead is a luxuriously appointed temple of beef. The flip side of the placemats
Las Mercedes Cafeteria
8199 NW 54th St., Doral
On weekends, this pint-size cafeteria amid Doral's unending rows of warehouses turns into a boisterous party. The big black drum that sits out front is packed full of coals, and 55-year-old Manuel Lopez lays on hulking slabs of pork ($17) and beef ribs ($12.50). You can grab an order to go with sides such as
Los Bobos Cafeteria
5600 NW 79th Ave., Doral
Los Bobos is Doral’s family-run, decades-old standard-bearer of Cuban cafeteria classics. Simple, hearty working-class specials will keep you and your pocket full through the day. They open at the ungodly hour of 5:30 a.m. and usually call it quits by 3 p.m. weekdays, so plan accordingly. Start with a pan con tortilla, which rings in at $4.50, as does the Rosy, with a fried egg, grilled ham, bacon, and cheese on white bread. The medianoche ($5) comes on ultra-eggy sweet bread and stands among the city’s best. If ham seems too much, opt for the always reliable $3 pan con lechón.
Mi Lindo Ecuador
8726 NW 26th St., #18, Doral
Miami is covered in Central and South American restaurants. Though Doral is best known for hefty Venezuelan influence, Mi Lindo
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3655 NW 107th Ave., Doral
Dragonfly Izakaya & Fish Market
5241 NW 87th Ave., Doral
Once you step inside Dragonfly, the third location for the Gainesville-based ownership group, it's easy to see why the place is packed even at 10 p.m. It seems no accident that the sushi bar and