If you’re in town to attend the events at this year’s South Beach Wine & Food Festival then I’m gonna go out on a limb and say that you will also be hitting up some food spots. More than likely it will be some highly touted restaurant on the Beach that is the “it” spot at the moment. I would prefer to try and lure you to the spots that I like and frequent.
Downtown Miami is right over the bridge:
The Filling Station & Garage Bar/Reggae Tacos – A great place to sit down, relax and enjoy some Wings with a cold Beer. Their sister restaurant Reggae Tacos recently opened next door and it’s worth the visit.
Sakaya Kitchen (also in Midtown) – Yes, Sakaya Kitchen is very well known but it’s still a favorite of mine. The year old Downtown location is the spot to visit. Coconut Rice, Orange Ribs with the Ginger Brussel Sprouts are must haves.
Sparky’s Roadside Barbecue - A hidden gem that is easily overlooked when driving down the street. Get the BBQ Thighs and Tyler’s Pressed Sandwich.
Little Havana, you’ve heard of it and it’s really not that far from you:
Azucar Ice Cream Company - Ice Cream made in small batches with flavors influenced by owner Suzy’s Cuban upbringing. If you don’t have the Abuela Maria Ice Cream (Maria Cookies with Guava & Cream Cheese) then hang your head in shame.
El Rey de las Fritas (also in Hialeah & Westchester) – The Original Frita spot in South Florida. There’s also a variety of other dishes & specials to be had including a great Pan con Bistec (Steak Sandwich).
La Camaronera - If you want Fresh Fish then this is a spot for you, no one does it better. They’ve been open since 1966 and have recently expanded to accommodate their ever growing popularity. Get the Pan con Minuta & some Bollitos de Carita. My favorite is the Camaronera Sandwich (Shrimp).
Mi Rinconcito Mexicano/La Migaja Mexican Bakery - Mi Rinconcito isn’t the only Authentic Mexican Food in Little Havana but it is the best. Be on the lookout for when they have Conchinita Pibil as a special. At the back of the restaurant is La Migaja making Mexican Breads and Desserts. Sit near La Migaja and enjoy some sensory overload.
West Miami, if you flew in to Miami via the MIA, you were right near this area:
El Mago de las Fritas - El Rey is the Original but El Mago is my favorite Frita joint. They also happen to be family. You can always find El Mago (Magician) behind his flat top cooking up a storm. The Frita a Caballo (Frita topped with an Egg) is where it’s at. If you come by on Saturday, then add some Chicharrones and Ajiaco to the mix.
El Palacio de los Jugos – If you don’t speak Spanish then you’re in for an experience. El Palacio is set up Farmer’s Market style with different stations selling different foods. The Fresh Juices are a must and the Chicharrones, well no one makes them better.
Luis Galindo’s Latin American (also in Westchester) – This is the BEST Cuban Sandwich in Miami, bar none. It’s also my favorite Cuban restaurant in South Florida. Don’t leave without having a Croqueta, they are great too!
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