After looking through all of your informative posts on Miami chow before our trip, I am reporting back on my trip to Miami from Wednesday, March 20th to Sunday, March 24th.
Before I get started, I learned first hand on this trip, that traveling with a baby (9 mos.) is far different from traveling with your wife. Our chowhound adventures were severely limited by our baby's scheduling needs.
Day 1, Wednesday, March 20th.
Drive up the coast to get the baby to sleep. Stopped in at a Tropical Chicken location. Had pretty good grilled chicken sandwiches, nice flavor, good size. Did not like the yucca fries with garlic sauce, so starchy they stuck to my teeth.
In the evening, ordered take out stone crab claws from Cami's. Were quite good in the hotel room!!
Day 2, Thursday, March 21
Lunch at TapTap. Had an excellent baby red snapper in lime sauce. My wife had the conch creole, which was also very tasty. Appetizer was the fried goat bits. Again good. The outstanding part of the meal though, was the mojitos made with the Betancourt five star rum. I'll be making those this summer
Dinner with friends at their hotel. Tapas under the Trees in the Fountainblue. Was typical hotel food, overpriced and mediocre. Nice atmosphere, but would not return. Staff was surly.
Day 3, Friday, March 22
Skipped lunch for the beach.
Dinner was with a friend at La Farolito, a Peruvian spot on the mainland off of 27th (I think). Appetizer was fish ceviche. For dinner, we had shrimp verde, shrimp ahi, and shrimp huanciana (sp?). The place was deserted, but the food was good. I had my first Presidente which was quite good!!
Day 4, Saturday, March 23
Lunch was at Versailles. Had the lentil soup for appetizer, the wife had the plaintain soup. For the main dish, my wife had the roast pork sandwich and I had the fried pork chunks. Excellent cuban food, but it was as I remember, extremely filling. For dessert, I had the dulce de leche ice cream and my wife and the mamey flan. Overall a very good meal.
Dinner was with friend again at Monty's after a short boat ride across the bay. Atmosphere was top notch, but food was middle of the road sandwiches. I had the dolphin sandwich which was the best of the bunch, but the fries were bad all around.
Day 5, Sunday, March 24
Ate lunch at the Carnival Cafe on Lincoln Rd. It was convenient and the baby needed to rest. Had the mozzarella and tomato appetizer, which was very good. We split the prosciutto and arugula pizza which was a little unusual but tasty. Pinot grigio wine was poor. Topped it off with gelato from Paramalat Gelateria -- YUM!
Dinner, the plane.
Thanks for your recommendations. Unfortunately, I could not try many of the spots recommended, but I felt well informed and knowledgeable about the food to be had due to your many posts. We would go back to Miami in a second, as we had a wonderful time in this truly international city. Also, I would like to try some of the many spots that I missed.
If any of you are coming to Houston, I hope that I can return the favors!