Traveling through food is the best way to experience a local culture.
Whether you are traveling within your home state or internationally, exploring the local flavors gives you a new perspective on the area.
Florida is one of the most diverse states in the country. And, Miami embodies multi-culturalism shaped by immigrants from Latin America, Cuba, Haiti, the Bahamas and other parts of the Caribbean.
As we continue to explore the local flavors wherever we are based, we put a spotlight on the Doral restaurants in the vibrant city of Doral, not far from Miami.
Let’s take a journey and explore the unique Miami flavors of Doral restaurants.
Doral, Miami: An Unexpected Gem
Just a few miles west of the Miami International Airport, is the City of Doral, a hidden gem.
The area is known for two main activities. Golfing and shopping.
Doral has been home to PGA-level golf tournaments with contenders like Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Phil Mickelson and more. Miami’s largest mall, called Dolphin Mall is also located in Doral.
If you find yourself in Doral golfing or shopping, take the time to explore the unique local flavors at the best Doral restaurants.
Doral Restaurants: Where to Eat Locally & Authentically
PIsco y Nazca Doral: Best Peruvian Restaurant in Doral
We love Peruvian food and enjoyed discovering the variety of flavors while on our quest for authentic food in South America.
Pisco y Nazca Doral, a modern Ceviche Gastrobar is one of the best restaurants in Doral for authentic Peruvian food.
Executive chef Miguel, originally from Peru, has a unique menu featuring shareable plates, divided into ceviches, small plate, and large plates.
Rather than order off the menu, chef Miguel curated a selection of starters for us to share.
The first starter was Nikkei, made with ahi tuna, mirin, soy sauce, wasabi peas, cucumbers, canchaca, leche de tigre, topped with a wonton-sesame crisp.
The first few bites were delightful. The flavors took us right back to Peru where we first had Nikkei cuisine. The sweet and spicy flavors with the contrast of textures perfectly complemented the delicate flavors of the ahi tuna.
Grilled Octopus – Causa Pulpo
We were initially surprised by the use of Argentinian chimichurri sauce in this dish. But when we took our first bite, we immediately understood why.
Spread over thick chunks of grilled octopus, is a thin layer of chimichurri sauce and olive aioli. To go along with the octopus is a side of whipped potatoes.
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The octopus is incredibly tender and mild. The vibrant flavors of the chimichurri sauce, together with the octopus and potatoes create the perfect blend of fresh and delightful flavor
Twice Fried Plantains – Tostones
Popular in many Latin homes from the Caribbeans to South America, are tostones. These are green plantains that are twice fried and typically served as a savory side dish.
At Pisco y Nazca, chef Miguel layers tostones with a mix of different toppings. On three tostones, find a layer of pulled pork, avocado, salsa criolla, and the famous Argentinian chimichurri sauce.
These tostones are filling and the pulled pork, tender and flavorful. The salsa criollo and aji amarillo sauces add a touch of spice that perfectly rounds out the flavors. This is a delicious appetizer to share.
Beef Heart – Anticuchos Corazon
Anticuchos are a popular street food in Peru with a long history coming from African slaves. In Peru, we ate them on the streets like locals, choosing the traditional anticuchos corazon, which are pieces of grilled heart served on skewers.
When we mentioned our experience in Peru to chef Miguel, he immediately had us try his version of anticuchos corazon.
A heaping plate of beef heart on skewers served with fried potatoes, choclo (Peruvian corn) and topped with a spicy sauce (aji panca) was delivered to our table.
Right away, we noticed a couple of key differences. In Peru, the anticuchos are grilled, while at the restaurant, they are seared. As a result of the different cooking methods, the tastes and textured differed.
While tasty, there is nothing like queuing up on the streets of Peru for anticuchos with locals.
Surprising Chocolate Dome Dessert
To complete the experience of the unique flavors at Pisco y Nazca, was their signature dessert, the chocolate dome.
On a beautiful plate, chef Miguel brought out a dome shaped chocolate dessert. As soon as he set the plate down, he gently poured a white chocolate ganache sauce over the dark chocolate to reveal a mouthwatering interior of sweet potato custard in a warm ganache.
This culinary masterpiece is the perfect marriage of decadent flavors. Swimming in layers of dark chocolate contrasted with unusual sweet potato ice cream is the perfect way to end a delightful meal.
5300 Chop House Restaurant at Provident Doral at The Blue Miami
Featuring a modern American cuisine with a local Latin twist, you’ll be in for a treat!
5300 Chop House is known for their steak served churrasco style. They also serve fresh fish from Florida and locally grown vegetables and fruits.
With that in mind, Claire had the 14 oz. churrasco steak with drunken mushrooms. The steak was enormous and spread out across the plate. Served with a generous portion of fries, this is a huge meal for steak lovers or the perfect plate for sharing.
Intrigued by the fresh fish from Florida, I went with the fish tacos made with grilled Mahi-Mahi fish and served with tostones. The tacos were delicious and the Mahi-Mahi fresh and firm. The accompanying Caribbean-style salsa sauce added just the right amount of spice and flavor to complete the dish.
The tostones were simple and freshly made. Hot and crisp on the outside and soft on the inside, they are easy to eat and packed with flavor.
Argentinian Ice Cream – Freddo Helado
For an icy treat and to cool off from the Miami heat, taste the flavors of Argentinian desserts with their popular helados.
Helado is the Spanish word for ice cream and Argentinians have mastered the art of making it. While in Argentina on our quest for authentic food, we fell in love with the helados, the gelato style ice cream and could not get enough.
When we discovered Freddo Helado from Argentina in Doral, we were ecstatic. We immediately ordered Argentina’s most popular ice cream flavor dulce de leche, and took a trip down memory lane.
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Where to Stay – Provident Doral at The Blue Miami Resort
The Provident Doral at The Blue Miami is a 4-star resort nestled in 17 lush acres. It is an all suite resort offering full-size apartments with fully equipped kitchens and oversized bathrooms.
The rooms at The Provident Doral are ideal for longer visits by families or business travelers thanks to the generous amount of space. Our spacious one bedroom apartment was well spread out with the square footage of an apartment.
The dining room opens into a fully equipped kitchen. Although we didn’t use the kitchen, it is well stocked with everything one might need to cook and feel like home.
With grocery stores close by, you can prepare breakfast or a quick meal and eat on the private balcony with a view of the golf course.
The bedroom suite was more like a trendy apartment than a hotel room. An oversize king size bed with a plush mattress, large closet space with one of two ensuite bathrooms. The lush bathrooms had a rain showers with the perfect amount of pressure and bathtubs for complete relaxation.
With plush towel bathrobe and comfortable slippers, the suites are the perfect oasis for relaxing and unwinding after a day of shopping or sightseeing.
For a closer look at the luxurious suites at Provident Doral at The Blue Miami, here is 360 video of our suite. Rotate and see different perspectives using a mouse click or arrow keys to zoom in and out.
Amenities at The Provident Doral at The Miami Blue
The Provident Doral at The Blue Miami features a Spa, a fitness center, and a swimming-pool.
Spa Azul offers a variety of treatments for both men and women. We took the opportunity to pamper and relax with two massages focused on the troublesome neck and back areas.
The unbelievable therapists worked out knots with a combination of stretching, muscle tension relief and soothing relaxation, leaving us feeling refreshed and energized.
With a steam room and complimentary fresh fruity waters, this intimate spa is the ultimate getaway in Doral for pure relaxation.
A complete fitness experience is offered at the in-house gym. With the hot and steamy Florida weather, working out indoors can be a welcome relief.
The cardio equipment is well maintained in the cozy space. We took advantage of the recumbent bike and treadmill for our workout warm up. And, we finished our workout routine with free weights and Swiss balls. You’ll find everything you need to stay fit and active in Doral.
Sun lovers can enjoy a huge seating area and sun loungers with umbrellas set around the large outdoor pool. Snacks and drinks are provided poolside. Unfortunately, we didn’t have time to enjoy the pool, though it was wonderful to see guests of all ages having fun and enjoying the water.
Doral Restaurants and Local Eateries
La Esquina del Lechon
A few blocks north from The Provident Doral at The Blue Miami is the very popular Cuban style Doral restaurant called La Esquina del Lechon.
This traditional restaurant specializes in Lechon or roasted pig prepared Cuban style. The food features Latin Caribbean recipes with a Miami flair. This local spot is a favorite amongst locals.
El Cafecito y Pastel Bakery
Conveniently located next to La Esquina del Lechon is El Cafecito y Pastel Bakery, a popular local bakery with Cuban coffee and pastelitos. These puffed Cuban pastries which are either sweet or savory, are known to simply melt in the mouth.
City Place, Doral
A few block south west from The Provident Doral at The Blue Miami, you will find a newly built area called City Place.
This is an outdoor shopping mall with more than 40 restaurants and stores. Enjoy live music every Friday and Saturday evening on the entertainment plaza. You can also choose to explore the range of unique Miami flavors at any one of the outdoor cafés and bistros.
The Fresh Market
At the entrance of City Place, is The Fresh Market. This specialty grocer serves the freshest seasonal produce from the local Florida farms. You can also find easy meals or freshly baked bread and pastries. If you’re looking for something to cook in your room at The Provident Doral at The Blue Miami, this is the best place to shop for food.
There is more to Florida than Miami and Doral is an up and coming area worth discovering. Located just minutes away from Miami International Airport, this is the perfect place to explore the local tastes of flavors of multi cultural Miami away from the hustle and bustle of downtown.
The restaurants in Doral, offer a variety of tastes and cuisines. Take a culinary journey to South America and the Caribbeans. Whether you are visiting Miami for the first time or have been multiple times before, stay in Doral and taste the local flavors at any of the Doral restaurants.
Have you been to Miami before? In the comments below, tell us your favorite restaurant for local and authentic food.
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Disclosures: This article was provided in collaboration with The Provident Doral at The Blue Miami and Pisco y Nazca. As always, all thoughts and opinions, are entirely our own.
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Rosemary, ex-marketing and advertising strategist, is a digital nomad and content creator at Authentic Food Quest. Since 2015, with her partner, Claire, they travel the world in search of the best local food experiences. Their mission is to help you enjoy the best local specialties on your travels or via recipes in your home kitchen. Favorite country for food: Peru. Favorite local dish: Bacalhau. Favorite way to keep fit: Running. Rosemary is the chief content writer and strategist on Authentic Food Quest. She is also co-author of Authentic Food Quest Argentina and Authentic Food Quest Peru, available on Amazon.