Thousands of fans will fly south to Florida for Orange Bowl. This Miami dining guide, catered to the wide variety of college National Championship Game fans, is just a few of the many culinary delights that await in sunny Miami.
Casavana Cuban Cuisine, Town and Country, 8202 Mills Dr., Miami, FL 33183. Phone: 305.279.3409
Casavana Cuban Cuisine, Coral Reef, 13600 SW 152nd St., Miami, FL 33177. Phone: 786.242.9790
Web site: http://www.casavana.com/
Casavana Cuban Cuisine is a chain serving Miami and neighboring communities such as Homestead that retains its own unique flavor. With two spots within Miami’s city limits, Orange Bowl fans of all ages are sure to enjoy its selection of authentic Cuban breakfasts with or without sausage and grilled sandwiches, as well as their extensive drink and dessert offerings.
Iron Sushi, 120 S.E. 3rd Ave., Miami, FL 33131.
Phone: 305.373.2000. Web site: http://www.ironsushi.com/
Known for cheap prices, quality sushi, and delivery service, Iron Sushi is another chain serving Miami and neighboring communities. It also is open all day, a somewhat rare find in the sushi world. Specials include a low-priced but delectable selection of California roll, salmon, and eel or tuna. For dessert, consider the salty sweetness of cheesecake tempura.
News Café, 800 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach, FL 33139.
Phone: 305.538.6397. Web site: http://www.newscafe.com
Even the heartiest partying BCS fans will find great food and company all hours of the day or night at News Café. This hot spot, open 24 hours a day, offers breakfasts and other traditional American food all day long. Another advantage is the bar, with weekday happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m. , and a variety of wines and an assortment of international and domestic drinks.
Mario the Baker, Coral Gables, 5755 Bird Rd., Miami, FL 33155-5301. Phone: 305.665.0941.
Mario the Baker, Downtown Flagler, 43 N.W. Flagler, Downtown Miami, FL 33128. Phone: 786.316.0166.
Web site: http://www.mariothebakerpizza.com
Mario the Baker, with original and franchise locations all over Florida, serves some of the best pizza and pasta in the state. Most locations offer delivery, dine-in, and takeout, making this an Orange Bowl recipe for success. Liquor is not served, but the knock out hot wings and garlic rolls will probably take care of that absence. Also recommended are the constellation of hot and cold sub sandwiches, washed down with cold soda.
El Novillo Restaurant, 6830 S.W. 40 St., Miami, FL 33155
Phone: 305.284.8417. Web site: http://www.elnovillorestaurant.com
Even though Miami has a distinct Cuban flavor, no Bowl College Championship (BCS) trip is complete without a stop at a Nicaraguan con Spanish restaurant and lounge like El Novillo Restaurant. Named one of the top 50 Latino restaurants in the country by Hispanic Magazine, this spicy eatery offers seafood, a wide variety of libations, ethnic specialties, and even a kids menu.