If you’re drooling over the thought of empanadas con jamon, un cafecito, and some pan con bistec, but can’t afford the plane ticket to Cuba, fear not! You can get exceptional, authentic cuban food right here in Miami – and there are so many spots to choose from you could eat out for a month and still not hit them all. Still, if you’re willing to try anyway, start with these gems:
A real neighborhood institution – If you’re on a budget then get your thrifty self over to Chicos in Hialeah, where you can get 25 croquetitas (small fried rolls of deliciousness) for around $5. And if you’re hungry for more, you’ll find chuletas, lechón asado, and, on the weekends, rabo encendido (if you’re not familiar with these, order them anyway, and enjoy the surprise) And then throw in an arroz frito, or cuban fried rice, You won’t be sorry.
If you’d rather your dinner served amongst lively regulars rather than scores of tourists, this is your place. Situate in the Coral Gables neighborhood, Havana Harry’s is famous for its subtle twist of classic Cuban dishes. Try the fried plantains covered with pulled pork and barbecue sauce, or go for the chicken in a tangy tamarind and mango sauce. There may be a wait for a table, but you can enjoy a cocktail as you peruse the menu and work up an appetite!
Looking for a tasty plate in the wee hours of the morning? Puerto Sagua, a hole-in-the-wall eaterie in Miami beach is the perfect way to end your night, especially if you’re not ready for the party to end (things get load after midnight!). Grab a hearty grilled Cuban sandwich or give in to the sweet, creamy tres leches dessert. It’s cuban comfort food at its finest.
Asia de Cuba at Mondrian South Beach
If you’re looking for upscale, fusion Cuban then get your beest threads on and book a table at Asia de Cuba. Prepare to be wowed by dishes llike made-to-order ceviche, and Cuban coffee-crusted rib-eye with mandarin orange, gingered sherry butter and yuca mojo fries to name just two exciting choices. Don’t miss the cocktails either – fans love The Cuban Missile, a combination of brown, aged and honey rums, Cherry Heering liqueur, freshly squeezed orange and lemon juices. If that doesn’t get you in the mood for salsa, nothing will!