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MIA options plus short layover

Windy | Dec 24, 201103:46 PM

I was in Miami on my way to Costa Rica this month. I grew up on the beach, so usually when I'm visiting Mom, we head out for Cuban food, a colada, and maybe key lime pie.

The airport while still pretty hellish once you leave security does have lots of new options inside Terminal D. Cafe Versailles was a welcome sight at 5:30 a.m. for cafe con leche. I had a tasty medianoche at Ku-Va a few hours later. Usually I go to La Carretta, but the greasy premade croquettes and ham didn't appeal this time, nor did cocktails at 6 a.m.

On the way home, I spent the day with Mom at Bill Baggs State Park and had a great if not cheap lunch at the Lighthouse Cafe. This is hybrid burger joint, fancy seafood, and moderately priced Cuban joint, with so so service, and sticky tables. The food rises above though.

We shared stone crabs ($23 for 4 huge cracked claws; delectable); an impeccable bowl of black bean soup ($5, would have liked a side of chopped onion and a lime); and a platter of okay conch fritters with excellent cocktail sauce and forgettable fries ($11). I also had a colada. I do love Cuban coffee. We noted Cuban sandwiches are only $5.50, while a panfried grouper is $20 and paella nearly $30 for lunch.

I grabbed a prepacked Thai chicken salad at Ice Box before boarding, and was very happy with it. Too much dressing (which you put on yourself), but high quality shredded chicken, beets, carrots, lettuce. At $9 a solid healthy choice, especially when American is barely selling raisins and potato chips on board. Those giant muffins were tempting too.

Notable that the food inside MIA is not marked up. This is commendable.

Lighthouse Cafe
1200 Crandon Blvd, Key Biscayne, FL 33149

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