Downtown Coral Gables is getting a brand new Cuban restaurant. Calle 23, a colorful homage to Havana with a distinctly Miami twist, is now open on Miracle Mile in the former Plomo Tequila & Taco Bar spot. From the same group behind popular Coral Gables spots Copper 29, a retro-inspired cocktail bar, and Crema, an espresso bar with an additional location in South Beach, Calle 23 serves up modernized Cuban classics in a trendy, tropical space tinged with neon and covered in Instagram-ready greenery walls.
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Copper 29, a speakeasy-inspired bar in Coral Gables looks to classic New Orleans watering holes for inspiration. When you walk through the nondescript door, you'll find a lounge area with red leather couches. The space opens to the main room, resplendent with a mahogany bar lined with leather-upholstered stools. Chandeliers and vintage lamps light the space, but the most eye-catching features are the two large walls cascading with devil's ivy that sandwich bookcases holding a curated array of select small-batch spirits not found anywhere else.
Like the name suggests, the coffee at Crema is, well, very creamy. It may be the way they steam the milk before adding espresso shots, but the “how” is less important that the “wow.” This is exquisite coffee, with the added benefit that you can sit not only inside, but also outside at one of a dozen tables sheltered by the columned arches of the Colonnade’s building. There may be no better place to sip coffee, certainly not along Miracle Mile. They also serve excellent breakfasts, sandwiches and salads at reasonable prices, all of which are promised to be at your table within seven minutes of ordering at the counter.