A Full Plate: Bread + Butter in Coral Gables

Cuban cuisine isn’t very hard to find in South Florida. So when we heard about Bread + Butter opening up in Coral Gables, the gang decided to celebrate our 1 year blog anniversary there. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Chef Alberto Cabrera offers patrons a menu that’s creative and rich in Cuban influence. The restaurant itself is reminiscent of an old-time diner or counter restaurant…both cozy and welcoming. When we arrived, there were a good amount of diners already there – always a good sign.

Now let’s talk about the good stuff, the food…or in this case, we could say the really good stuff. Chef Cabrera’s menu is easy to fall in love with – even if you’re not familiar with Cuban eats. His menu is split into small plates, big plates, breads items, grains (rices), farm-fresh picks, and dessert. As always, we each ordered things that we shared with the group. Favorites included the Babyback Rib Empanadas, Pulpeta (meatballs), Frita China (chorizo burger), and the Pan Con Lechon. A few of us also got larger dishes and the unanimous winner was the Pollo Asado.

Dessert was also quite the success. Most of ordered the Torrejas, a traditional dish that can be considered a Cuban “French Toast.” It was served with a mouth-watering guava sorbet and was just…perfect. Another dessert that received an A+ from us was the Flan De Queso De Cabra – a goat cheese flan. Cabrera uses Humboldt Fog, a well-known cheese from the Cypress Grove Chevre in California. The flan was so well done from its consistency to its creamy, light, and slightly tart taste.

A lot has changed since we were there and the new additions look just as tasty as the ones we’ve already tried. All the food was so flavorful and delicious that we had a hard time picking what the one best thing was that night. (Note: days after, we were still talking about the empanadas and corn pudding.) We love dinners like that! Chef Cabrera masterfully uses Cuban staples and out of the box thinking to serve up food we can’t wait to eat again.

“I ended my meal with a cortadito with evaporated milk, truly one of the best cups of Cuban coffee I’ve ever had (needless to say, I stayed up until 3am)!” –Ayeh

“The pan roasted chicken with truffle mash took a while to cook but it was worth the wait.” –Jenn

“Now the corn pudding was one of the most amazing things I have ever tried, I really mean it. Like a corn soufflĂ© but with a gooey texture, sensational is the word I’m looking for.” –Graham

“One of my favorite dishes on his menu was the Platano en Tentacion – Bacon Wrapped Sweet Plantains. It was the perfect blend of sweet and savory, and it left me wanting more.” –Honey

“Dee highly recommended the BBQ Rib Empanadas for Graham & I to try and boy was she right on the money. The empanadas consisted of guava BBQ sauce and a side dish of corn souflee and pickled watermelon. One bite into the corn souflee was an unexpected surprise that left my taste buds happy. I really enjoyed Chef Alberto’s take on Cuban Cuisine.” –Lotus

“The truffle gravy [on the pan roasted chicken] was not overpowering or covering up the taste puree. I could not get enough of it, the gravy went well with everything I tried.” –Mark

“The torrejas cubano was amazing. This Cuban spin of French toast was full of flavor, with a scoop of cream cheese ice cream and guava maple syrup. This definitely reminded me of a guava and cheese pastelito, which is my favorite Cuban pastry.” –Mo

“Meatballs are pretty simple, but these wow-ed me. The egg yolk and foie gras really come through and it’s so, so good.” –Dee

Make plans to visit Bread + Butter as soon as possible. Let us know what your favorite things are off the menu!

Bread + Butter
2330 Salzedo St
Coral Gables, FL 33134


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