Don’t dismiss Coral Way — aka Southwest 22nd Street — as just a pass-through between Coral Gables and Brickell. It’s a path that demands attention, dotted with family-owned businesses and residential pockets that have a sense of place. Its main artery’s lush trees create a tunnel of shade, and the stipules dance in the wind as Miamians zoom by. Slow down and pull over, and you’re bound to discover local flavors at places like longtime favorite Maria’s Greek Restaurant or relaxed gastropub The Mighty. Young families, meanwhile, are flocking to the quiet micro-neighborhoods that jut out to the north and south of Coral Way, like Coral Gate, Shenandoah and Silver Bluff.
Meet Our Guides to Coral Way
Brothers Michael and Andrew Mendez are the owners and operators of Mendez Fuel, a gas station at the northwest corner of Coral Way and 32nd Avenue. “Gas station” doesn’t really do it justice. The Mendez brothers were on the front line of Miami’s craft beer revolution, with taps that pour draft beer to go and a bottle-and-can selection that’s among the best in town. Fresh juices, probiotic kombucha, cinnamon-avocado toast, Vietnamese sandwiches, vegetarian burritos and gourmet popcorn are just some of the options that make Mendez Fuel so much more than a place to fill up your car’s gas tank. Catch them behind the counter, and count on them to know the very best of what Coral Way has to offer.
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Andrew: “I love to bring my nieces to Oh My Gosh Brigadeiros. They love the traditional and churro flavored brigadeiros, and I can’t get enough of the salty dulce de leche cappuccino.” 2205 Southwest 23rd Avenue; 305-456-8378; omgbrigadeiros.com.
Michael: “As a Miami local, I love Casola’s Pizza because it’s a classic pizzeria that is always consistent and available late at night.” 2437 Southwest 17th Avenue; 305-858-0090; casolas.com.
Michael: “My go-to for haircuts is The Spot Barbershop on Coral Way. It’s a modern barbershop but with classic values.” 3301 Southwest 22nd Street; 786-310-7085; thespotbarbershop.com.
Andrew: “When I need a super-filling Venezuelan arepa, I head to Doggi’s Arepa Bar for casual yet delicious food.” 1246 Southwest 22nd Street; 305-999-7498; eatdoggis.com.
Michael: “It’s not fancy, but it’s authentic. The Original Daily Bread Marketplace is the best place to grab a quick and fresh Mediterranean meal.” 2400 Southwest 27th Street; 305-856-0363; dailybreadmarketplace.com.
Andrew: “I try to support local businesses as much as possible, so Shell Lumber easily beats Home Depot in my book. It was established in 1928 and is an important staple in our neighborhood.” 2733 Southwest 27th Avenue; 305-856-6401; shelllumber.com.
Andrew: “The staff at Healthland is incredibly helpful and knowledgeable. It’s my local wellness market with health products I can’t find anywhere else.” 3202 Southwest 22nd Street; 305-445-3320; healthlandcenter.com.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY CARINA MASK AND CHRISTINA MENDENHALL