This family-owned joint cooks up some delicious and authentic Haitian cuisine. Leela’s Restaurant combines traditional Haitian cooking with a slight American influence in order to create a unique blend of flavorful styles. The food is simple yet prepared with fresh seasonal ingredients. Order the grillot, a rich plate that packs a punch with fried pork, rice, peas and tostones, or the poulett, which mixes stewed chicken with vegetables and is a true Haitian delight.
Address: Leela’s Restaurant, 5650 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL, United States, +1 305-982-8607
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
Fritay Fried Pork & Chicken
Just like the name mentions, Fritay’s is the king of anything and everything that’s deep fried in the Miami area .This tiny but quaint hole-in-the-wall joint delivers authentic Caribbean food in an informal and casual atmosphere. It’s no wonder that the fried chicken here has been voted to be the best by the Miami New Times – no easy feat! The vibe of the restaurant has a fast food element to it due to the quick service and amount of fried food options present on the menu, while the watermelon sodas are the perfect option for liquid accompaniment.
Address: Fritay Fried Pork & Chicken, 12143 NW 7th Ave, North Miami, FL, United States, +1 786-306-5504
New Piman Bouk Restaurant
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.
Address: New Piman Bouk Restaurant , 5932 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL, United States, +1 305-759-6805
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