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The Six Best Doral Lunch Spots: Goat, Sushi, and Everything in Between

Don't spend another half-hour eating lunch at your desk and fading under the office's fluorescent lighting as a computer screen melts your eyes out of their sockets. Grab your keys and get outside. Feel that? It's the sun. Finally, your body is getting the vitamin D it's been craving for weeks. You may not have much time, so make the most of it. This is Doral, and you'll have to be strategic. Jump into the car and open the sun roof to let in more of that sunshine. Don't be distracted by the panoply of chain restaurants like Hooters, Chili's, and the Ale House. Avert your eyes. Doral has some of the city's best lunch spots if you know where to look.
6. Bubble Café & Tea Lounge
In a hidden corner of a far-flung strip mall, Manny Sulbaran serves a thoughtful, concise list of fare that won't send you back to the office in a coma. Perhaps you know Sulbaran. He was once chef de cuisine at Michael Schwartz's Harry's Pizzeria in the Design District. It may seem odd to find him all the way out here, but you'll be happy he is, especially when you get a glimpse of his burrata and panzanella salad ($7), as well as curried coconut rice ($6) with lentils, Virginia peanuts, raisins, scallions, and cilantro. Don't forget to grab a sweet bubble tea ($4 to $8) for the ride back to the office.
5. Maido Japanese Restaurant
At first glance, Hiroshi Horai's Maido might look like another stamped-out Miami sushi spot. Upon closer inspection, it's anything but. The onetime cook from Coral Gables favorite Su-Shin Izakaya moved out here a decade ago and has grown his loyal following thanks to spot-on sushi and an extensive menu offering everything from the sticky fermented soybeans called natto ($3.50) to grilled pine mackerel ($8) sprinkled with a touch of salt. Or opt for the oyako-don, a classic lunch of chicken and egg over warm sushi rice. Finish it off with a few pieces of nigiri, and you'll be set for the day.
4. La Esquina del Lechón
Some days you just don't care. It's been a hell of a morning, or it'll be one of those afternoons. You need something satisfying, something fatty, a quick escape. Traipse over to this palace of pork and tell your problems to a welcoming basket of buttered bread with chicharrones. Then order the large pan con lechón ($9.45). It's a savory symphony that washes over you with ample bits of pork skin peeking out through shreds of luscious shoulder meat. Lay on some of the crisp plantain chips called mariqiuitas for extra crunch. See? You're feeling better already.
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Zachary Fagenson became the New Times Broward-Palm Beach restaurant critic in 2012 before taking up the post for Miami in 2014. He also works as a correspondent for Reuters.
Contact: Zachary Fagenson