With Miami’s Latin and Cuban heritage, it’s no wonder that some of the best restaurants in town feature these delicious cuisines. And surprisingly enough, eating and enjoying this food won’t cost you a fortune. Here’s a rundown of the top Latin and Cuban restaurants in Miami that won’t break the bank.
David’s Cafe Cuban Cuisine
Since 1977, David’s Cafe Cuban Cuisine has been the perfect breakfast stop for a quick snack and some delicious rich Cuban coffee; grab the yummy Cuban Toast and a Cafe Con Leche and you’ve got a great start to your day for under $4. For lunch, try Vaca Frita (fried beef) or Media Noche (Cuban sandwich) and for dinner, their delightful Camarones Enchilados or Pan con Bistec (steak sandwich). (Two locations: 1058 Collins Avenue and 1654 Meridian Avenue).
Previously known as El Pescador Restaurant, El Cristo still remains a local favorite today. Known for both their great food and service, this quaint restaurant serves up delecacies like Shrimp Tortillas, fish croquetas, and empanadas, all for under $14 (Calle Ocho, Little Havana).
Off the Grille Bistro
Serving up delicious Caribbean cuisine, Off the Grille Bistro offers huge portions at little prices (under $10). Although the chef is constantly updating and creating new dishes, there are always old favorites to choose from including Mojo & Curry Wraps, Grilled Mahi Mahi, or Shrimp with Sweet Potato Fritters. And don’t miss out on the Plantain Chips (12578 North Kendall Avenue).
The one thing that seems to stand out about Versailles Restaurant is that it offers up that boisterous kind of Cuban atmosphere along with amazing down home cuisine. Versailles can be loud and exciting but in a good Ricky Ricardo kind of way. Since 1971, visitors and locals alike have been enjoying specialties like their Cuban Sandwich, Roast Pork, and their famous authentic Mojitos. With abundant portions, all meals are under $20. Besides great dinners, Versailles Restaurant is also known for their delicious breakfast and cafe con leche – in fact, they serve over 1,000 Cuban cafecitos each day from their walk-up coffee window alone (3555 SW 8th Street).
Ola at Sanctuary South Beach
Even though it’s listed as ‘the most chic hotel in Miami’ by Ocean Drive Magazine, it doesn’t mean this Latin restaurant is overpriced. Combining both Latin and Caribbean cuisine, you can enjoy dishes like Lobster Empanada, Mystery Meatballs, and Crispy Pork with Fried Yucca, all for under $30 each (1745 James Avenue).
Flickr.com Photo Credit: Versailles Cuban Restaurant by Cherrylet