I recently had to go to Miami to see a relative who was in Baptist Hospital. We needed a lunch close by and went to the Latin American Cafeteria on Sunset.
During the many years I lived in Miami, it was a favorite - close to the house and a varied menu. After 12 years in Central Florida, I had fears, but, all was right in the world.. My usual, the steak sandwich was just as remembered. My father had the lamb stew which turned out to be two meaty lamb shanks in a savory sauce. My husband had the special Cuban sandwich and he admitted ( for the first time) that a Miami Cuban sandwich could be better than a Tampa one.
An order of mariquitas to start and a cafe con leche to finish and I was in heaven!
All this takes me back to growing up in an increasingly more Cuban Miami during the 70's and 80's. Digging through a mountain of fries to find the steak at Lila's, going to Casa Larios for vaca frita on Thursday night, dipping Cuban toast in cafe con leche in the morning at La Carreta.
Most of the posts today mention places I've never heard of. I hear about "fusion Cuban" food and trendy SoBe cafes. It's good to know that you can go home again and get comfort food, Miami style.