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andy huse | | May 25, 2009 07:31 PM

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

Las Culibrinas

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




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