American Coral Gables

Love Is Blind

This week’s review takes place in Coral Gables, in the corner of Aurora Street and Altara Avenue. I came upon Love Is Blind (yes, that’s the name) for brunch over the weekend. It’s atmosphere was definitely the perfect place for brunch. And it would have been much better if the day had not been the typical humid Miami day, because we could’ve sat outside and enjoyed the terrace. Nonetheless, we were still seated close enough to have some nice sunlight coming in through the windows. And I was also able to see one of the BEST quotes ever painted on one of the walls: “In victory, you deserve champagne; in defeat, you need it.”

Needless to say, that immediately set us in the mood for some mimosas. Which were 99 cents. (Yep, I gave that same look to the waitress). All the mimosas you could have for less than a dollar each before midday. So that definitely got the morning going really well. The waitress then brought the menu and explained how brunch worked. Each main dish is accompanied by an appetizer for a total of about $18. We ordered the Chicken and Waffles and the Grilled Short Rib Benedict for entrees, and the Huevos Rotos and the “Maybe the Best Serrano Ham Croquettes” (yes that’s the name) for appetizers. The Chicken and Waffles was not excellent, but good. The waffles were not warm, but then again waffles do get cold pretty quick.

It came served with two well-sized chicken fingers and the side of syrup and potatoes. The potatoes were honestly the best part. They had what I call in Spanish “salsa ranchera,” which is not like ranch dressing–just clearing it up! It’s traditionally a mix of different vegetables in a red, spicy sauce, so what they did was mix the potatoes up with the sauce and make them taste absolutely delicious. The Benedict was also good, but again, not excellent. However, it did come with the potatoes, too! As for the appetizers, the croquettes were really good. The ham on the inside was almost creamy. But do keep in mind that it only brings about six small croquettes. Finally, the Huevos Rotos were also pretty good. They were sunny side up eggs laid over a bed of fried potatoes and ham. The potatoes were too crunchy for me, but that of course depends on personal preference. Overall, the restaurant was good, but I’m looking forward to trying it for lunch or dinner and see what more dishes they offer. And before you go, the brunch is every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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