Chicken fried gator and Miami’s best croquetas: Doral Yard gets first big restaurant

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Straight out of west Kendall and into The Doral Yard comes the latest restaurant from Chef Eileen Andrade.

Andrade, the chef behind Finka Table & Tap and Amelia’s 1931, has just opened Barbakoa by Finka in Downtown Doral.

Barbakoa, located in Doral Yard’s outdoor Backyard area, is the first full-service restaurant at the Yard, a hub for food vendors, live music and other community events. The cuisine features Latin-Asian fusion, but there’s a nod to Miami tradition, too: The beloved Islas Canarias croquetas will be on the menu (Islas Canarias was opened by Andrade’s parents in 1977).

There will be new choices, too, like chicken-fried alligator with pickled onion and pickled radish tacos as well as wok-fired okra with kimchee lime sauce and cashews. There’s also a smoked brisket with aji amarillo mac n cheese and grilled corn on the cob. And don’t miss the loaded Spanish boniato fries with vaca frita, sour cream, maduros and cabbage kimchee.

Chef Eileen Andrade of Finka Table & Tap and Amelia’s 1931 has just opened a new restaurant at the Doral Yard.
Chef Eileen Andrade of Finka Table & Tap and Amelia’s 1931 has just opened a new restaurant at the Doral Yard.

Doral Yard is a family-friendly spot, and Barbakoa has the kids covered with a pizza menu. Adults are also welcome to dive into everybody’s favorite cheesy comfort food, maybe the Hot Honey Pepperoni version or a Camaron Enchilado pie. Come for happy hour and discover the craft cocktail program, which echoes the drinks menu at Finka Table & Tap.

Barbakoa by Finka joins several food concepts at the Yard: della bowls (plant-based fare and one of the stars of the late, great Wynwood Yard); Un Pollo (Venezuelan rotisserie chicken); Yip (handcrafted dumplings); Pokekai (poke bowls); Santo Dulce (churros); and Paletas Morelia (handcrafted gourmet pops). There’s also The Bar at the Yard for beer, wine and specialty cocktails.

Barbakoa by Finka from Chef Eileen Andrade is now open in downtown Doral.
Barbakoa by Finka from Chef Eileen Andrade is now open in downtown Doral.

Barbakoa by Finka

Address: 8455 NW 53rd St., Suite G106, Doral

Hours: 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday; 11:30 a.m-midnight Friday-Saturday

Barbakoa by Finka serves Latin-Asian fusion — and the famous croquetas from Islas Canarias.
Barbakoa by Finka serves Latin-Asian fusion — and the famous croquetas from Islas Canarias.
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