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Kendall: Where to Take Visiting Friends to Eat and Drink

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In a new weekly series, Summer in Miami, Eater is highlighting places to eat and drink—sometimes lesser-known spots—in different neighborhoods for when your out-of-town friends come to visit. This week: Kendall.
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‘Tis the season for soupy temps, muggy mornings and the as-if-on-cue afternoon down pour. Yes, our tropical metropolis knows a good rain storm, but also, how to chow down. So every week, Eater will provide a list of the different places throughout each neighborhood and break it down into categories—the famous, the hidden gems and more—to guide your summer culinary journeys and arm you with an escape from the steamy days (and nights) outside.

Talked About: Chef Adrianne’s
Address: 11510 SW 147 Ave.
The low-down: For better or worse, Chef Adrianne Calvo, a recent contestant on Food Network’s Chopped, is always seeking the limelight. At her eponymous restaurant, Calvo caters to a consistently packed house with her seasonally-focused cuisine, which lends itself to elegantly executed classic dishes.

Sandwiches: Hungry Bear Sub Shop
Address: 10521 SW 109 Ct.
The low-down: Here, in a small corner of a tucked away strip mall, lies arguably the best subs in the city. You can go with the hot corned beef or the honey mustard chicken, but the steak bomb with chipotle sauce is what you’ll really want.

Lunch: Keg South of Kendall
Address: 12805 SW 136 Ave.
The low-down: This sports bar in the western burbs plates up a textbook finger-licking patty. Chase your 1/3 pound burger with a frosty pint of one of the 18 beers on draft and a slice of the homemade Reese’s Peanut Butter pie.

On the Go: Jamaica Kitchen
Address: 8736 SW 72 St.
The low-down: The Jamaican patties at this mom and pop shop -- beef, jerk chicken, curry and callaloo -- are the savory specialties. But the styrofoam to-go boxes brimming with specialties like curry oxtail, saltfish, peas and rice are an instant passport to the island.

The Pub Scene: Scully’s Tavern
Address: 9809 SW 72 St.
The low-down: With an extensive beer list, elevated pub grub (like escargot, lobster and potato chip-encrusted mahi mahi) and live music/karaoke nights, Scully’s is a go-to for a raucous lunch or an night out. Grab seats in the adjoining billiards room for a quieter vibe.

Traditional Italian: Secreto
Address: 11652 N. Kendall Dr.
The low-down: Unabashedly romantic, this cozy Italian hideaway is set inside an unassuming strip mall. But don’t let that fool you -- the Champagne risotto, lobster ravioli and local artwork on the walls are as authentic as they come.

Upscale Sushi: Shibui
Address: 7101 SW 102 Ave.
The low-down: With a focus on fresh sushi, this den of maki has been drawing in-the-know locals for over 30 years. Go the traditional route and find some comfy floor seating up in the second floor loft, before washing down your whole grilled squid and chirashi with carafes of sake.

Sweets: Sweetness Bakeshop and Cafe
Address: 9549 Sunset Dr.
The low-down: A sweet tooth’s mecca. This homey shop is a veritable wonderland of baked whimsy. Cotton candy cupcakes, red velvet donuts and Krispy Kreme bread pudding accompany a decadent roster of milkshakes and frothy lattes.

Late Night: Ernesto’s Taco Shop
Address: 8845 SW 107 Ave.
The low-down: This no-frills spot dishes up some of the best burritos in town. On weekends, don’t miss the homemade menudo - a hearty broth loaded with beef tripe that’s guaranteed to eliminate any cocktail-induced haze.

Jackie Gutierrez-Jones

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