5 beloved Cuban restaurants
1) David's Cafe Cafecito
Originally two popular locations in South Beach, David’s is now one in an entirely different spot. But it’s the same great, casual diner fare. Known for fresh, hot breakfasts and café con leches – as well as crunchy Cuban sandwiches – this second generation-run restaurant continues to welcome the community.
2) Islas Canarias Restaurant
Owned and run by the Garcia family since 1977, Islas Canarias is as dependable as thunderstorms in the tropics. Cuban and Spanish dishes include a homemade tamal, yellow rice with chicken and sweet plantains, and meatballs Catalan style, served with rice and house-cooked potato chips.
3) La Fragua Restaurante
Much-loved Quintin and Maria Teresa Larios used to own Casa Larios, and supplied the recipes for the Estefans’ Larios on the Beach (they’re no longer affiliated). They returned in 2016 near the Miami International Airport, making the cream of malanga soup and vaca frita (fried steak) that enchanted from the beginning.
4) Estefan Kitchen
Emilio and Gloria Estefan have been running restaurants in Miami almost as long as they’ve been making music in it. This one has the high-style vibe you’d expect, along with soul-stirring beats. Try the bacon-wrapped maduros (sweet plantain) with queso blanco (white cheese) and guava cream for a cultural explosion on the palate.
5) Little Havana Restaurant
From ham croquetas and maraquitas (plantain chips with garlicky mojo) to main courses of lechon asado (roasted pork) and picadillo (ground beef) with Creole sauce, the classics are all represented at this long-standing favorite. Formally dressed servers are quick to greet families and serve Cuban rolls.
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