There is a hidden restaurant in the middle of Dixie Highway unique in taste and elegant in decor. El Carajo restaurant is located inside a gas station and you won’t imagine its splendor from the dull facade.

Locals who stop at the corner of the Mobil gas station, typically overlook the tiny eatery that serves fine tapas. Its name “Carajo” which means Damn in Spanish is deceiving at first sight. Its buzzy atmosphere and delectable Spanish cuisine is unbeknownst to passersby. But this place features an exquisite selection of empanadas, chorizo, paella and tapas that are mouthwatering.

El Carajo has stood the test of time when other transient locations have disappeared from the area. Wine aficionados can imbibe in a great selection of wines from Spanish to California taste, and first-time daters can find a cozy environment for an intimate dinner. 

The restaurant also offers sangria, a great happy hour menu and more for the local looking for something distinctive.

This is a local restaurant every Miamian should visit at least once in their life. You might wonder why people are wearing high heels at a gas station but it is because there is a secret menu cooking behind-the-pumps. 

El Carajo is also a one-stop-shop for exquisite wine and delicious snacks for the road. Not only you will be filling your car tank but also your stomach with great food. 

Next time you are in the area, enjoy a glass of bellini and a bit of Tortilla Española for a quick tour to Spain. El Carajo is open Sunday - Wednesday from noon to 10 pm and Thursday - Saturday from noon to 11 pm. 

El Carajo Restaurant

Address: 2465 SW 17th Avenue Miami, FL 33145

Price: 💸💸

Why you need to go: This is a very unique Spanish restaurant behind a gas station with a wine shop and a bar serving traditional Spanish tapas.