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Where and what do the locals eat in Miami? Read on to find out.
Try to find little places serving Cuban or Carribean cuisine. Most Cuban restaurants will have delicious pork and beef dishes-some of the major seasonings would be lime or sour orange juice, oregano, cumin, garlic and onion. Ropa Vieja ( shredded beef ) and Piccadillo (ground beef hash with olives) and boliche (pot roast) are some favorites, along with fried plantains ( bananas) and flan, a delicious caramel custard. There are lots of choices in the SW 8th st area among others. The Versailles is the most well known and Las Culebrinas has a more " noveau" approach but keeping to the traditional black beans, rice or moros y cristianos (erroneously referrred as congri) and pork meat which is the basic cuban fare. Some other include: Las Delicias, Casa Romeu in Pembroke Pines, and La Carreta. The nice thing is that Cuban food is quite reasonable in price. And most popular among Miami Cubans - Sergio's on Coral Way.
The Carribean restaurants usually have "jerked" dishes, especially chicken or pork, spiced with cloves , cinnamon etc. Some can be quite hot and spicy. Depending on the country represented you may also find empanadas, little meat filled turnovers.Don't forget local seafood specialties such as shrimp, stone or soft-shelled crab, or conch fritters which are spicy deep fried dough with pieces of conch meat ( a shellfish much like clams). You also should enjoy lots of Key Lime Pie- available everywhere- the statewide Publix supermarket sells a very good one.South Beach offers variety and all kinds of quality or casual restaurants. Most of them are located by Ocean Drive together with famous SB clubs and Lincoln Rd. Cheaper one - on Washington Dr and further from the beach. You can also try unigue dining on water with freshly prepared foods aboard ships, such as commercial dinner cruises on power boats or private getaways on sailboats. They mostly depart from Downtown Miami e.g. Bayside Marketplace area - minutes away from South Beach
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