Updated: Dec 28, 2021
You'll be in seventh heaven in made-for-Instagram Miami if you're the type of traveler who can't look at a bowl of ice cream without pulling out your phone. Of course, there's South Beach's pastel-colored Art Deco architecture, which looks good enough to eat.
You'll be in seventh heaven in made-for-Instagram Miami if you're the type of traveler who can't look at a bowl of ice cream without pulling out your phone. Of course, there's South Beach's pastel-colored Art Deco architecture, which looks good enough to eat. But we're talking about things that are literally edible. From Little Havana to Little Haiti, Miami is a cosmopolitan feast of sensations - here are 14 delectable delights you must try while visiting the city.
Prepare for a plateful of Latin American and Caribbean-influenced cuisine in Miami. The chicharrón is a popular dish in South America. Fried pork — pork belly or pig rinds – is all there is to it. However, don't be deceived into thinking that each chicharrón is the same. El Palacio de los Jugos is where you should go if you want the best. With three locations in Miami, this family enterprise has been in business since 1977 and serves popular Cuban cuisine.
This is a seasonal dish that may be found in seafood restaurants all around Florida from October to March. The meat of the stone crab is possibly the most soft and succulent of any of its crustacean siblings. Florida stone crab claws come in a variety of sizes and are served cracked and chilled over ice. The sweet, lobster-like flesh requires little seasoning. Joe's Stone Crab, a bustling, enormously popular institution where the thing to do is conclude with a slice of key lime pie, is the greatest place to go for these wonderful gifts from the sea (read on for more about that).
How could it be otherwise in Miami, so close to the Atlantic? – In terms of number and variety, fish eaters are spoiled for choice. It's no surprise that the Best of Miami Awards include a category for "best seafood sandwich." Garcia's Seafood Grille & Fish Market is a favorite of ours; their mahi-mahi sandwiches are the tastiest thing since sliced bread. Nothing surpasses a freshly cooked grouper filet squeezed between two freshly baked buns, whether grilled, blackened, or fried.
Here's a Latin American culinary institution that's settled quite beautifully in Miami. The arepa, a carb-heavy cake made with pounded maize, is a versatile food. It can be eaten alone or stuffed with meats, cheeses, and veggies for a filling supper. Order yours packed with pulled pork, melted cheese, and avocado if you want to enjoy them like they do in Miami. And we know just where to find it: La Latina, a Venezuelan comfort-food institution in Midtown that is widely regarded as Miami's best restaurant for these delectable morsels.
Ceviche has soared to the top of the culinary charts in Miami, as it has around the world. Floridians have come to anticipate the acidic, juicy marinated dish to be on the menu almost anywhere they go these days. Fresh raw fish cured in citrus liquids like lemon or lime and seasoned with jalapeño peppers is an appealing combination. Ceviche is as refreshing as sorbet for both the figure-conscious and those who wilt in the heat, which is why it's at home in this city. Try it as prepared by Peruvian celebrity chef Gastón Acurio at his eponymous hotel restaurant within the Mandarin Oriental Miami if you can afford it. Sensational.
This is the most traditional Miami dish of them all. The Cuban sandwich is a ham and cheese sandwich that first appeared in Key West cafés catering to Cuban migrant workers in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. The Versailles Restaurant's version of this popular Miami dish is made with fresh Cuban bread, yellow mustard, roasted pork, baked ham, Swiss cheese, and sliced dill pickles. This Calle Ocho staple in Little Havana bustles with life at all hours of the day and night, as regulars eat, chat, and watch the giant TV screen for homeland news (in Spanish).
Stone crab, ceviche, empanadas, Cuban pork sandwiches, and pastelitos are some of the characteristic Miami Beach cuisine that visitors should sample (pastries filled with sweet or savory fillings). Seafood fans vouch for Joe's Stone Crab, claiming that the stone crab claws served here are delectable.
Fish sandwich experts La Camaronera, old school Cuban cafe Rio Cristal, and barbecue institution Shorty's are still some of the best places in the city. Waterfront: Let's face it, Miami has some incredible views, and many of the city's restaurants do as well.
The juice of Key limes (naturalized throughout the Florida Keys), egg yolks, and canned sweetened condensed milk are used to make Key lime pie. The pie is generally topped with whipped cream or golden brown meringue.