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Miami Specialties: Asado Negro, Pastel de Choclo, Cazuelas, Etzel Itzik


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Miami Specialties: Asado Negro, Pastel de Choclo, Cazuelas, Etzel Itzik

Steve | Jun 30, 2013 03:15 PM

DC visitors hit up some special foods in Miami that we can't easily find where we live. We had good, decent meals highlighted by some specialty dishes that were superb. Chowhounding of the highest order.

European Corner is a Venezuelan bakery in Coral Gables we've been to before. In addition to very good arepas (domino is my favorite) we also tried something I've never had before: asado negro. When it first arrived at the table, I wasn't sure what to think. It comes out very dark (almost black) and I poked at it because it looked maybe like liver. It was as soft as tongue. It was indeed a slice of beef cooked in brown sugar and wine until it was very dark and sweet. Not something I'd order to eat alone, but combined with the arepa, tequenos, rice and beans, and a salad, was amazingly delicious. We fought over every last drop.

At Sabores Chilenos, we found a dish worth the drive: pastel de choclo. Again a new dish for me, and it came nicely browned on top, served in its own pot: a kind of corn bread pudding with lots of corn and a few bits of meat. This was spectacular.

We ordered two cazuelas at the original Las Delicias de Espana on Red Rd. just south of Bird Rd. One with baby eels, the other with eggs, chorizo, and a spicy ham. Both were cooked in the shallow clay baking dishes that they were served in, all bubbling over.

Finally, we got to Etzel Itzik in N.Miami for Israeli food. This place is a five-star Chowhound gem.

Very hard to find this kind of food elsewhere, and we ate like kings. Ten different bowls are set out with various vegetables like warm spicy potato, lemony carrots, cabbage, slaw, chopped pickled beets. In addition we had the chicken liver with onions, moroccan fish, and the boureka with hard boiled egg. I wouldn't be tempted by the bourek again, but only because everything else is so special. Special note to the lemonade semi-slushy loaded with fresh mint that you see on every table. A must order.

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