There is another Garcia's on West Fagler Street that seems to get mixed reviews. This is NOT that establishment, but the "original" that is sat on the Miami River. Many locals know this particular restaurant, but few others, so take good note of the address. This is Little Havana (I think) so it helps if you speak Spanish!
No bookings are taken, so is is likely that you'll have to queue or go early - I believe Sunday brunch gets packed with families. If you want a smart restaurant with tablecloths and slick service, then this is definitely not for you. Here, you'll get hard wooden seats and plain wood tables, but if you're lucky (we were), you'll get a seat along the perimeter of the semi-enclosed verandah with a view of the river.
The menu is pretty short, but there are specials on the blackboard which will change according the day's catch. There is a wine list, but we never got to see that - clearly we should have asked! Nevertheless, the house chardonnay by the glass is perfectly acceptable, and of course there is also beer available.
The two of us had crab cakes and grilled shrimp for starters, followed by a whole grilled lobster and fried shrimp. Each main is priced with a choice of two "sides". The chips are rubbish but the coleslaw is ok, but to criticise this place on that basis misses the whole point. You're here for the very freshest fish, simply cooked with no frills.
Our bill, with two glasses of wine each, coffee and one flan (creme caramel to you guys!), and including service (optional but "suggested" at the usual 18/20%) was outstanding value, and there's no question but that we would return
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