Cuban: While the dining scene at Coconut Grove doesn't lack for its share of options, it's difficult for many tourists to find a place that serves up good food but doesn't wipe out the trust fund in the process. 27th Avenue's Las Culebrinas is one of these places. Live calypso and salsa music filters through the restaurant, whose sophisticated decor bears a distinct tropical lilt. Upstairs, patrons may sit at the upscale bar and enjoy a little bi-lingual interaction with the band. Meanwhile, the smartly clad waitstaff swarms around the main dining area, bringing delightful offerings of sautéed shredded beef and onions, fried pork in avocado sauce, and rabbit in garlic sauce with deep-fried green plantains. Reservations are accepted. Note: For an authentic, more rustic experience, the original location of Las Culebrinas, on West Flagler Street in Miami, is a smaller, less-stylish version where the fare is just as delicious. Dishes range from goat to alligator in addition to the typical, and crema catalan desserts are blow-torched tableside. The place, which doesn't offer bilingual servers as a rule, is frequently filled to capacity - especially after Sunday mass.
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