10 West Kendall Bars & Restaurants

Now that suburbia is close to hugging the Everglades border, West Kendall has evolved from an agricultural hub to a residential hotbed. Strawberry fields and orange groves are now upscale restaurants and friendly neighborhood watering holes. From a movie theater that serves up gourmet eats to a tapas bar in the heart of a strip mall, here are the top places to grab a memorable meal or a stiff drink in West Kendall.

Updated: February 16, 2010

Restaurants


Rock A Bangkok

13718 SW 88th St, Miami, FL 33186

Thai restaurants are surprisingly plentiful in the 'burbs. This standout provides an elegant dining room where the hungry dig into Pad Thai, ginger fish, and basil squid. The Asian eatery is closed on Mondays.


Nonna Maria

14146 SW 8th St, Miami, FL 33184

Family-run trattoria embraces high-tech with sleek modern furnishings and one of the largest television projection screens in town. Beyond the fresh pastas and brick-oven pizzas, Mexican specialties including beef tacos and chicken quesadillas are cranked out.


The Pit Bar B Q

16400 S.w. 8th St., Miami, FL 33194

More than just ribs and beef brisket, this Tamiami Trail icon isn't afraid to trek into its backwaters to fire up frog legs, gator nuggets and catfish. It's throwback barbecue, in every sense of the term.


Cobb CineBistro at Dolphin Mall

11471 NW 12th St, Miami, FL 33172

Dinner and a movie takes new meaning at this high-end multiplex where moviegoers with reserved seating enjoy high back leather rocking chairs. Haute cuisine eats including sauteed yellowtail snapper and wine-braised oxtail are served in pullout trays before the feature presentation gets rolling.


Chef Adrianne's

11510 SW 147th Ave, Miami, FL 33196

This gourmet dining indie is a fresh break from the plethora of casual-dining chains popping up around the neighborhood. Alaskan salmon, bone-in Ribeye steaks, and lump crab cakes are just some of the menu highlights.


Bars


Wine It Down

14417 SW 42nd St, Miami, FL 33175

Enjoying a tapas bar doesn't require a trip downtown or out to South Beach. This wine bar offers Spaniard eats in appetizer and full entree options. The lively ante is raise on Friday and Saturday nights, when live jazz music is performed.


Gatsby's Kendall

8575 SW 124th Ave, Miami, FL 33183

Daily drink specials keep this longstanding gathering place buzzing throughout the week. Those seeking a more interactive experience head toward the back of the venue, where the billiard tables appear to outnumber the tables.


Drake's of Kendall

13754 SW 88th St, Miami, FL 33186

One of the few bona fide nightclubs in the area, this strip mall space offers a VIP area and bottle service, though everyday locals are also welcome to enjoy the drink specials. Patrons are drawn to the neon-lit bar like barflies to a flame, if the dance floor doesn't woo them first with DJs spinning everything from house to hip hop to salsa.


Mojitos Cuban Cuisine

11401 NW 12th St, Miami, FL 33172

Beyond the Cuban dishes, the star attraction is the namesake rum drink. The 14 signature mojitos are served in keepsake glasses, even for patrons who may not remember consuming them.


Scully's Tavern

9809 SW 72ND St, Miami, FL 33173

This sports bar's pub fare was once featured on Guy Fieri's "Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives" show on The Food Network, so this is more than just a place to milk the happy hour specials from 3pm until 7pm on weekdays.