When the Cubans migrated to Miami, they brought along their Cuban sabor. Don’t leave the 3-0-5 without trying a Cuban sandwich. Tampa may declare that they make better Cuban sandwiches than Miami, but don’t be fooled. Miami takes the crown when it comes to these babies. A Cuban is basically toasted Cuban bread filled with ham, roasted pork, Swiss cheese, pickles, and mustard. It’s filling, and good any time of the day. You can get it from la ventanita at El Palacio de Los Jugos, or check out our list of restaurants with the best Cuban sandwiches.
There are other countless Cuban favorites, but to give the other countries a chance, we’ll just mention the picadillo. The dish of ground beef cooked with cherry tomatoes and paired with soupy black beans, rice, and plantains is savory and delicious. Have it for dinner, and you won’t be hungry until maybe the next afternoon.
Peruvian cuisine has recently been acclaimed for being one of the best in the world, and thankfully, there are lots of Peruvian restaurants in Miami. Try their ceviche de corvina; refreshing and tangy, the fish is diced into cubes, prepared with lime, and served in a bowl with corn, red onions, and sweet potato. Pair it with their chicha morada, a sweet non-alcoholic drink made from purple corn with cinnamon, and you’re golden! For authentic Peruvian cuisine, go to the locals’ favorite Sabor a Peru on Biscayne Boulevard and NE 29th Street. The service is excellent, and the serving portions are generous.
Think of arepas like a thick tortilla but stuffed with cheese, chicken, beef, and other tasty ingredients. Somewhere between a snack and a meal, they just hit the spot. You can get one for about $5 at La Latina in Wynwood.
Croquetas—you really can’t leave Miami without tasting croquetas. Originating from Spain, it’s the Cuban way of making this breaded finger food that we crave. They look like mozzarella sticks, but inside is smashed ham. You can get them at any bakery in Miami; have them with a cafecito and pastelitos of guava and cheese for the ultimate breakfast.
You can taste scrumptious Key lime pie pretty much anywhere these days. Cookie crust, Key lime custard and a dollop of whipped cream—you’re in for a treat. For the best Key lime pie in the city, check out this article.
Ever since the hurricane, Miami’s Puerto Rican cuisine has slowly been trickling into the city, and that’s a good thing. One taste of their Mofongo, and you’ll have a taste of what it’s like to eat in San Juan. Try it at Jimmy’z Kitchen Wynwood.
Stone crabs in Miami are a delicacy. The legendary Joe’s Stone Crabs prepares them best every season, serving them with cole slaw and seasoned with lemon, butter or tartar sauce.