Thanks to Galleygirl!
I have been walking by Miami Cafe for years and never stopped in. It did used to look way more decrepit outside. I believe that they painted the facade. But I would not have tried it had I not seen Galleygirl's recent post.
That said, ate there with 2 buddies last night and the food was excellent.
I had oxtail with rice, beans, and sweet plantains.
I just got back from Rome where I had oxtail 2X and this was WAY better. In fact the only time that I have had oxtail that rivaled this was in Negril, Jamaica. Sadly, even the oxtail at Izzy's in Central Square does not come close.
The key to good oxtail is cooking it forever in a good sauce. Miami Cafe nailed it.
The plantains were a 10 perfectly ripe and delicious.
The red beans were also a 9.5 very flavorful.
The only weak point is that my buddies both had Bifstec Empanizado (essentially chicken fried steak). It was fried to a very dark color, and appeared very overdone. On tasting it, it was actually pretty good, but really could have used 2 minutes less in the fryer.
That said, an excellent addition to the Boston Latino stable (believe the folks are Dominican).
The eggy flan for dessert was also very good.