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Little Haiti is booming with art galleries, boutique shops and speciality Haitian music and book stores. The neighborhood is home to the statue of General Toussaint L’Overture, who is more commonly known as the father of Haitian Independence. Take a break from touristy South Beach and explore this up-and-coming Miami neighborhood full of culture and exotic flavors. Here are 10 of the best restaurants in the area.
Born in New Orleans and raised by Haitian parents, renowned chef Ken Wilkinson is well known in South Florida for his extra spicy seafood. Chef Creole embraces the Caribbean culture with its tiki hut themed outdoor patio and the tropical decor found throughout the place, featuring vivid images of fishermen catching a big blue marlin. One of the dishes to be tried is the seafood platter, which includes shrimp, fish, lobster tail, fried conch, sweet plantains, rice and beans in one explosive punch. Chef Creole also has something to offer for meat lovers, with the oxtail marinated in a homemade spicy sauce. Caliente!
Address: Chef Creole, 200 NW 54th St, Miami, FL, United States, +1 305-754-2223
Piman Bouk is a family-owned restaurant located in the heart of Little Haiti. Pima Bouk proves that more often than not less can be more with its simple but utterly delicious dishes. Customers can expand their horizons by trying the legume plate consisting of perfectly seasoned meat mixed with a variety of assorted vegetables, or by drinking the sweet papaya juice infused with milk. The restaurant is located right next door to a Haitian church, which makes for a great stop for those travelers looking to immerse themselves in the culture of the neighborhood as a whole.
Andiamo! has consolidated itself to become one of the most recognized pizza joints in all of South Florida. The dough used for the pies is made fresh on a daily basis and the ingredients are always top-notch. The pizzas range in size and toppings, from more traditional options such as the quattro formaggio to the Athena pie, which is inspired by the Greek diet and comes with spinach, feta cheese, black olives and Roma tomatoes. Patrons can sit outdoors at traditional picnic tables and admire the 1954 Robert Law Weed building that houses this classic Italo-American joint.
Address: Andiamo! Brick Oven Pizza, 5600 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL, United States, +1 305-762-5751