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The Best Cuban Eateries in Miami

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So you’ve come to Miami and now you are craving the best Cuban restaurants in Miami, so where are they? There are plenty to visit and indulge because Miami is a proudly Cuban place. In this diverse city, it's our dominant culture.

We definitely have quantity, but quality? That’s a little harder to find. Here are some musts on the best Cuban, all worth the trip and effort. 

 

The Local Cuban

  

Where : Time Out Market - 1601 Drexel Ave , Miami 33139 

 

Alberto Cabrera has challenged our perception of Cuban food with every one of his restaurants: At Time Out Market Miami, the Local Cuban’s wide-ranging menu of innovative Latin food gives Cabrera ample room to play. Find fresh versions of arroz imperial (now with duck!) and crispy pork belly, plus a cafecito that satisfies both Cuban coffee purists and trendy java snobs. If Miami’s Cuban community had a single go-to spot, it would be Cabrera’s. And it tastes like home.


Café La Trova

Where : 971 SW 8th St, Miami 33130 

 

The world famous Julio Cabrera and his team of Cantineros bring to life the retro Cuba atmosphere with their artisanal, handcrafted cocktails. Cabrera’s cocktail menu takes you back in time from pre-Revolutionary Cuba to present-day Miami: channel the island’s most famous mid-century expat with a Hemingway Special (rum, maraschino, grapefruit and lime), drink to Havana’s famed Hotel Nacional (rum, apricot liquor, pineapple and lime) or sip on a Yin & Tony, an updated gin & tonic with an amusing phonetic moniker. James Beard Award Winning Chef Michelle Bernstein lends her culinary prowess with a contemporary take on Cuban-styled dishes. Immerse yourself in Miami Cuban culture with live music played by real Trova musicians. Bernstein puts her own spin on the Cuban classics, serving a Spanish-inspired Cubano with Serrano jam, empanadas filled with hand-cut steak and an unbelievable paella croqueta.


Islas Canarias

Where : 13695 SW 26th St , Miami 33175

For nearly 40 years, Islas Canarias has been supplying Miami with the best croquetas north of Cuba. Since the early ’70s, this bakery-restaurant has been famous for its deep-fried béchamel and smoked ham treats, which cost just over $1 each. Beef, chicken, and fish croquetas are also available, but the realMiamians know it’s all about the jamón.

 

Enriqueta's Sandwich Shop

 

Where : 186 NE 29th St., Miami, FL 33137

 

Between 6:15 and 11 a.m., you'll have to jostle for a spot a hole-in-the-wall diner/cafeteria in Wynwood that you’d probably miss, if not for the throngs of people clamoring to get to its lunch counter for a cafecito. In this efficient little sandwich shop order the desayuno especial— two eggs, bacon or ham, Cuban toast, café con leche, and the pièce de résistance: a cup of fresh-squeezed orange juice. Also the Cubano, Cubanos typically consist of two pieces of flaky Cuban bread stuffed with roast pork, ham, Swiss cheese, pickles, and mustard, but at Enriquetas, they give it a “preparada” twist and throw croquetas inside the sandwich, too.

 

Versailles 


Where: 3555 Calle Ocho (SW 8th St), Miami 33135 

 

A kitschy Cuban diner with wall-to-wall mirrors, a constant buzz and a menu featuring every dish ever cataloged as Cuban. Versailles has perfected the toasty ratio of bread, meat and cheese. And the most iconic sandwich on the menu is easily the Cuban. In fact, the Cubano is the most popular thing on the entire menu. The original (there’s a special version that’s slightly larger) meets all the basic requirements: toasted, filled with the right ingredients and cut perfectly in half. For a quick Cuban coffee and pastelito, head next door to the bakery. It serves a wider selection of baked goods and has a small seating area for a proper colada break.


Sanguich de Miami

Where : 2057 SW 8th St , Miami 33135

 

It has never been about what a sanguich is, but what it has always been— homemade.

Sanguich’s 25 seat sanguich shop and café play tribute to Cuba’s early 1900 Spanish architecture. Featuring Brass trimmings, decorative wall trimmings, Spanish tile, and playful 24kt gold leaf designs. They take their sanguich making seriously! Everything from jamon, lechon, mostaza, pepinillos en vinagre are produced completely in-house. Secured your spot at the ventanita, with a front row view into where the magic happens. All while sipping on a cup of dark roasted espresso topped with a thick coat of espumita. 

 

 

La Carreta

 

Where : 3632 Calle Ocho (SW 8th St), Miami 33135 

This Cuban gem offers large doses of the usual local nostalgia for Batista-era Cuba. Find everything from the massive sugarcane plants growing on the front lawn to large portions on the plates and a backroom café for strong Cuban coffee, sweet pastries and sugarcane juice. Most of the ordering happens at the walk-up coffee window, serving up flaky pastelitos and espressos until the wee hours.


Puerto Sagua

Where: 700 Collins Ave , Miami 33139

   

The best place for breakfast on Collins is this traditional (as in authentically old, rather than retro) Cuban diner. Choose from a long list of set breakfast combinations. If later in the day, an entertaining mix of old-time Cubanos, hip-hop kids and beach bums drop by for arroz con pollo (chicken and rice), ham croquettes and fried pork chops, better known as chuletas. The best down-home Cuban diner on South Beach.