The location: Dexter & Prado talk in a narrow café.



Q. What is it supposed to be on the show?

    A. A narrow café / bar, with an unusual decor.

Q. Where is it supposed to be on the show?

    A. Somewhere in Miami.

Q. When did we see it on the show?

    A. In Episode 7 (of Season 3), "Easy As Pie".

    In this scene, we see Miguel Prado waiting in a narrow café/bar.

    Dexter walks in the door and joins him at a small table.

    The two had previously had a falling out over the fact that Prado wanted to kill D.A. Ellen Wolf, and Dexter wouldn't let him.

    Prado directs Dexter's attention to the cafe's TV, which is showing a news image of Albert Chung, a killer who has been apprehended.

    Prado tells Dexter that Ellen Wolf helped police catch the guy, and that has supposedly changes Prado's opinion of the woman. 

    Miguel now admits that he was wrong about trying to kill Wolf, and says that Dexter was right to stop him.

    He thanks Dexter, calls him a good friend, and apologizes for losing his temper.

    They share a beer, seem to reconcile, and Dexter is convinced that Miguel has seen the light and remains his good friend.

    Unfortunately, that's just what Prado wants him to think.  As a politician, he's a polished liar, and he has just lulled  Dexter into a false sense of confidence.

    In reality, he still plans to kill the Ellen Wolf, since she is on to Prado's personal crimes.


Q. What is it actually in real life?

    A. A café / coffee shop, specializing in Mediterranean cuisine.

Q. Where can I find it in real life?

    A. This is the same café where they filmed an earlier scene (back in Episode 3) of Deb and Anton talking.

    But this time, they only used the narrow front entrance room, instead of the more spacious back of the café for that they used for the earlier Deb/Anton scene, so it wasn't immediately recognizable as the same place.

    In real life, it's called The Mirage Cafe, and is located at 539 E. Bixby Road, in Long Beach, CA.

    It bills itself as a Mediterranean Grill, serving Middle Eastern dishes such as shish kabob, shawarma, falafel, and vegetarian items.  It's located in a row of storefronts on the north side of street, just west of Atlantic Ave.

    It's in the northwest section of Long Beach, not far from several other "Dexter" locations, including Prado's home, LaGuerta's home, and that scene with the giant donut.

    You can find the Mirage café on Facebook here.

    To get there in person, get off the San Diego (405) Freeway at Atlantic Ave, then head north five or six blocks, and turn left (west) on Bixby Road, and the café will be on your right side.

      Here is a Google StreetView of the café.

      Here Bing aerial photo, and here is a map link.


    I shot the photo below in 2011

    The Mirage Cafe, in Long Beach

    The photo above is looking north, on Bixby Road.

Q. How the heck did you figure out where it was?

    A. For some reason, I didn't spot this as the same place.

    Because they didn't show the exterior, only the small room interior (and entrance), I discounted my chances of finding it, and didn't really try as hard as I should have to find it.

    But in 2016, a fan (Angel Mendoza) emailed me to let me know that this was the Mirage Café.

    Once I went back to check, it was pretty obvious that it was indeed the Mirage.

    You can see the same notched, purple awning hanging outside the windows, the view across the street matches (despite the fact that they partially hid it with palm trees), and you can even see one of the Cafe's Mediterranean archways when Dexter goes up to get a beer. Even a hanging lamp matched (although they had removed a number of photos and other items from the walls). (Thanks Angel!)



The photo above is basically looking backwards from the room where they filmed the scene, with the camera facing in the opposite direction, away from the entrance.  The archway seen above is partially visible when Dex goes up to get a beer.


 
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