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Gables Diner In Coral Gables – CLOSED

Holy Smoke Burger

El Rey de las Fritas

Gables Diner - Coral Gables, Florida

My sister was the one who suggested I try Gables Diner out because of the Burger. I would eat at this same spot years ago when it was J.J.’s American Diner. Another plus is that it’s across the street from Ben & Jerry’s, gotta love that Cookie Dough Ice Cream.

As far as their appetizers go, their Southwestern Chicken Egg Rolls (Blackened Chicken, Roasted Corn, Red Onions , Cheddar & Goat Cheese, Cilantro and served with a creamy BBQ sauce) is ridiculous. This thing is no joke and is not like the crap you get at those chain restaurants.

Southwestern Chicken Egg Rolls
Southwestern Chicken Egg Rolls

If you get their basket of Sweet Potato Fries (which are exceptional), they are served with a homemade Blue Cheese dipping sauce that made me want to dip everything in it (not my balls though ala The State). The other item on the menu that I’m also deeply in love with is the Crispy Chicken Basket. These oversized Chicken Strips breaded in Panko (they’re Japanese, the bread crumbs not the chicken) bread crumbs and fried real crispy are served with their Cilantro Mustard Sauce and is just plain awesome.

Chicken Strips w/Honey Mustard
Chicken Strips w/Honey Mustard

There are two Burgers on their menu: their 10 oz. Beef Hamburger and the Holy Smoke Cheeseburger (crispy Onions, Cheddar Cheese, Applewood Smoked Bacon and an Apricot BBQ Sauce. I also happen to think that this burger is larger than 10 oz, it’ pretty heavy. A Turkey Burger is also available (if you wanna be a stickler that would make three on the menu for you believers out there) .

Holy Smoke Burger
Holy Smoke Burger

The Holy Smoke Burger has become one of my go to local burgers and is one I highly suggest you try. If you do make it through their apps and dinner, then try their Old Fashioned Louisiana Apple Raisin Bread Pudding with Vanilla Sauce.

Bread Pudding
Bread Pudding

If not, you can always go to the Ben & Jerry’s across the street and get a Vermonster but make sure to choose your flavors wisely.

Gables Diner is CLOSED
2320 Galiano Street, Coral Gables, Fl

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  • Ericka M.

    Eh. Good food, but I wouldn’t make a big deal about this place. However, I believe I have eaten the Holy Smoke and it was quite pleasing.

  • Ericka M.

    As promised, I will retract my statement.

    The Burger Beast has recently shared his Southwestern Chicken Egg Rolls with me and I must say, they are quite delicious. The sauce they come with…awesome.

  • Butterloaf

    That place had lost its luster didn’t it? Or did it come back to form?

  • rachael

    i think you totally wanted to dip your balls in the blue cheese dip.

  • GhenghisJuan

    Does anyone have trouble getting freshly fried french fries here? The last five times I’ve gone they’ve served me a pile of cold, stale french fries. To add insult to injury – I believe the fries came from a plastic bag. My feeling is that if you are too lazy to slice a potato in a machine then your not really interested in my business. Its a shame, my wife really likes this place but I have to exercise my VETO power every time she suggests it. Huge argument ensues.

    Its hard for me to deny the hickory burger is pretty good although I find its priced rather high compared to Houston’s burger. Houston’s is located about a block and a half away, is even more appealing to females than the Gables Diner, and is clearly a better burger value than Gables Diner.

  • Sef

    Juan please leave your hate at the door.

  • GhenghisJuan

    sorry sef, i can’t help it, i’m just an angry little man.

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