I've done some research for an upcoming trip to Miami. I'm interested in food that defines Miami as a city. I posted about this before with little response, but thought coming up with a list might help me narrow down the choices. I appreciate any help out there.
In general, I'm interested in Latin American food, southern/soul food (if any), and restaurant classics beyond Joe's and Versailles. I'm especially interested in Cuban and how the fare there compares to Tampa's. I searched some recent threads for more down home food, which is my usual preference. Here's the list. Which are best bets when you have, saw, 5 or six lunches and dinners? any must-do breakfast spots?
Fine Dining considerations: Michael's, Michy's, Talula, others?
El Rey de Las Fritas for frita burgers and shakes. Pan con bistec. Tamales.
Sergio’s for sandwiches, steak and fish. Croquettes. the tortilla de platanos
Palacio de los Jugos, coconut and papaya juices. Pork is consistently good.
Havana Harry’s vaca cfrita masitas de puerco and palomilla. croqueta
Mao Colombian -- super hamburger. hot dog and the corn in Mao and DO NOT tell them to leave anything out.
Ortanique for upscale, much touted Floribbean.
Little Havana NMB for off the beaten path Cuban. Fried chicken. Tamales. Fish. Tortillas.
Ay Mama Ines it's actually "Afro-Cuban" Rabbit, Crocodile, Frog. Mushroom with Cheese appetizer Arroz con Pollo. Chorizo in sherry. Manchengo Cheese and Serrano ham.
Palomilla with ham and capers. Tasajo. Masitas de pollo.
Che Tito’s for grilled steak and chicken
Islas Carnarias churrasco with chimichurri. Potato chips. Chicken and garlic sauce. Caldo Gallego.
Versailles Lackluster (but not bad) reviews, still a part of the Miami experience. Tortilla. Garlic soup. Roast Chicken. Boliche. Picadillo. Seems like I should go.
The original Bahamas Fish Market fried whole snapper. Great grouper filets, decent paella/arroz con mariscos (yellow rice and seafood), cod fritters and assorted other frituritas including conch, etc.
Garcia's Seafood for a seafood chowder and grilled dolphin sandwich
Chalan for seafood? Peruvian
Puerto Sagua whole red snapper fried, bistec de palomilla with all the fixins and tamal de casuela con cerdo... chunks of pork in a corn meal gravy, abuela comfort food sort of dish. Popular with tourists. Sounds cheap, easy, and greasy.
Enriqueta's Sandwich Shop The chicken sandwich the cuban is not the greatest.
Luis Galindo's Latin America Chicken/cheese croqueta Their Vaca Frita is solid. It is always packed. Brilliant counter.
El Nuevo Siglo supermarket on Calle Ocho.
La Rosa. Morros are always tasty and the maduros are consistently the sweetest. good cuban rap of chicken or beef with moros and maduros. pionono- sweet plantain timbal stuffed with seasoned ground beef
Mojito Grill pan con bistec
La Carreta late night bites on the way home from downtown/the beach. for the Denny's cuban experience.
Casa Paco Fabada Asturiana
Casa Juancho great atmosphere and pretty authentic spanish cuisine. traditonal Spanish offering tapas, cochinillo (suckling pig), The restaurant has great ambience and live music but most people find the food to be no more than average
Asturias in Hialeah
Nena’s: cuban style home cookin. breakfast and lunch
Blue Sky Coral Way and 88th Ave. chicken soup, arroz imperial and moros!
croquetas at the Latin Bird Road Cafe on Bird and 67th Ave.
Oasis in Hialeah near Miami Lakes and Gratigney
Jaguar in Coconut Grove for the ceviches in particular.
for Argentinian parillada, best of breed is Graziano's.
for Peruvian, Francesco's is much loved for their ceviches and for the calamari w/ squid ink risotto. Aromas Del Peru -- cheaper peruvian than Francesco
Los Ranchos in Bayside (downtown), offers authentic Nicaraguan food. Gallo Pinto Red Beans and Rice! Also, fried plaintains longboard chips.
Cerro Negro -- Nicaraguan
El Rey de Chivito -- uruguayan chivito sandwich
Chef Creole -- conch stew/fritters
Honduras Maya -- baleadas
Fritanga Monimbo -- pitahaya juice
El Atlakat on NW 7th -- pupusas de chicharron y revuelto Atlakat La Moon -- late night colombian eats
Xixon -- tapas, jamon iberico
Ideas -- nicer tapas place, i.e. chef's broken eggs