by Rick Munarriz - 406 Reviews - 155 List
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
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.
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.
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.