Neighborhood Guide: Where to Dine in Doral

By Kathy Buccio | February 23, 2018 | Food & Drink

There’s a delicious reason to get on that Dolphin Expressway heading north and it has to do with Doral’s Dining Scene. No longer a vast wasteland of warehouses and undeveloped land, Doral is quickly becoming one of South Florida’s booming neighborhoods. From high-rise living to five-star dining, this area is blossoming into a one-stop shop for arts, dining, and culture. With an array of restaurants sure to satisfy any palate, Doral’s dining scene is making a name for itself as a must-visit foodie hot spot.

Pisco y Nazca

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The flavors or Peru are rocking downtown Doral with the addition of Pisco y Nazca. The modern Peruvian hot spot is not just the ideal meet up for an afternoon brunch or a girl’s night out, but a foodie must-try to sample some great ceviches and dishes such as Lomo saltado (stir-fried tenderloin, soy sauce, onions, tomato wedges, arroz con choclo, fries) and Pulpo a la plancha (grilled octopus, choclo, potato cake, chimichurri, anticuchera, ají amarillo sauce). Expect a lively ambiance with rich and vibrant decor. Grab a seat at the bar and sample some refreshing cocktails during the restaurant’s Hora Loca from 5-7 p.m. 8551 NW 53rd St., Doral, 786-805-4344

Bulla Gastrobar

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One of the most loved Spanish restaurants has landed in Doral and it’s already got a loyal following. Try to resist their famous Croquetas de Jamon (Serrano ham croquettes with fig jelly) or the flavorful Huevos Bulla (Eggs, homemade potato chips, Serrano ham, potato foam with truffle oil). Grab a seat in their outdoor patio space while perusing their impressive list of Spanish wines curated by their team. Another special feature? Their Josper oven—a grill and oven combo—which gives the food a distinct flavor and texture. Best served with a Rioja! 5335 NW 87th Ave., Doral, 305-260-6543

Graziano’s Market Doral

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Meatlovers of Doral rejoice! Graziano’s Market, the fast-casual off-shoot of the Argentinian restaurant of the same name, is serving up bold and juicy grilled meat dishes (think Molleja de Res a la parilla and grilled beef sweet breads), a variety of sandwiches such as the Milanes de Carne (breaded beef milanesa), and the Pechuga de Pollo (grilled chicken breast). Feeling like a hearty meal? We suggest ordering the Puntas de Lomo a la Parrilla con Salsa Madeira de Hongos (grilled tenderloin tips with mushroom madeira sauce). Wash it down with an equally robust Malbec. Once you’re done with your meal, make sure to pick up some goods such as the homemade bread and some high-quality steak from the meat counter at the market. 11421 NW 41st St., Doral, 786-475-8965

King’s Doral

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What do you get when you mix award-winning cuisine, a room dedicated to serving over 100 varieties of rum, and bowling? The answer is King’s Doral. Beyond nachos and chicken fingers, King’s kitchen is dishing out plates such as their Award-winning lollipop chicken wings (available in spicy garlic parmesan, Korean BBQ, Thai peanut, baked Caribbean Jerk flavors) and kung pao fried cauliflower (tossed in pineapples, peppers, and crushed peanuts, served with creamy wasabi sauce). Pair your plate with a craft cocktail from their extensive menu, including the stormjito (mint, grilled pineapple, and ginger beer). 3450 NW 83rd Ave., Doral, 844-494-9400

Dragonfly Izakaya and Fish Market

Sushi dates just got a whole lot sexier with the addition of foodie-favorite Dragonfly to the Downtown Doral dining scene. Traditional dishes such as sashimi, nigiri, and sushi are standards on the menu, but venture out and try some of their famed robata items including the Atlantic king crab or the A5 miyazaki ribeye, which are sure to make your palate explode. The delectable roasted miso cauliflower (tri-color cauliflower, golden raisins, pine nuts sesame dressing) is always a good way to start before moving on to popular maki rolls such as the satori (snow crab, scallions, cilantro, red and green peppers topped with avocado, yellowtail, jalapeno garlic sauce, and garlic chips). The space itself commands attention with high ceilings and modern décor elements that highlight the approachable yet chic izakaya-style dining the neighborhood has been waiting for. 5241 NW 87th Ave., Doral, 305-222-7447

Chuy’s

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An Austin, Texas favorite is gearing up to open it’s doors to Doral residents and beyond. Chuy’s, an eccentric and funky Tex-Mex hot spot, is finally coming to South Florida and expect all around fun. Must-try signature plates include the chica-chica boom boom enchiladas and Chuy’s famous big as yo’ face burritos, which you guessed it, are as big as your face. If you’re looking for out-of-the-box features, look no further than the fully-loaded nacho car—a free, unlimited, build-your-own nacho station housed in the trunk of a vintage car. Still hungry? How about washing that down with one of the restaurant’s homemade margaritas or Texas martinis. 8001 NW 36th St., Doral

Las Vegas Cuban Cuisine

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It wouldn’t be a Miami Dining guide without a neighborhood Cuban restaurant, and that honor goes to Las Vegas Cuisine for serving up sabor and Cuban goodness by way of classic dishes such as arroz con pollo, vaca frita, and lechon asado. The Vilarino Family has made a name for themselves for providing not only consistent and familiar home cooked meals for the last 20 years, but creating an atmosphere of friendly service and warm welcomes when patrons step foot into the casual, family-friendly eatery. Expect big portions and a big belly afterwards. All dishes are served with a side of black beans, sweet plantains, and white rice. 11500 NW 41st St., Doral, 305-599-2300

Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant

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Take your next dining experience at City Place Doral to Napa-style heights at Cooper Hawk’s Winery and Restaurant. More than just a restaurant, Cooper’s Hawk is a wine-lover’s one-stop shop for good wine, good food, and great times. All entrées, from the bourbon lacquered barbecu pork chops (boneless loin, chipotle mashed, tomato braised kale) to the shrimp and scallop risotto (sweet corn, asparagus, peas, spinach, parmesan and white truffle oil), come with a recommended wine pairing from the restaurant’s own extensive selection of wines and bubbles. Swirl those glasses and get those taste buds ready for five-star dining in a vibrant and laid-back setting. 3585 NW 83rd Ave., Doral, 786-814-4777



Photography by: Photography courtesy of Pisco y Nazca; Bulla Gastrobar; Graziano’s Market Doral; King’s Dora; Dragonfly Izakaya and Fish Market; Las Vegas Cuban Cuisine; Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant; via facebook.com/chuys.restaurants