by Rick Munarriz - 406 Reviews - 155 List
Miami is more than just America's playground for the rich and beautiful at play. When it comes to embracing foreign cultures, it's also a mixing bowl, a blender and a sandwich press. Keep your passport at home but bring your appetite as we explore some of the city's best ethnic eateries.
Updated: October 21, 2009
Despite the city's growing Haitian community, you won't find too many thriving restaurants serving staples like grilled conch or shrimp in coconut sauce outside of the Little Haiti neighborhood. This South Beach hot spot is the ambassadorial breakout. Live music on Thursdays and Saturdays also helps get the word out
If you don't have a taste for Bollywood dance numbers, it may be hard to ignore the overhead plasma TV belting out the visually-moving Indian videos. Let's hope you at least have a taste for Indian dishes like Tandoori lamb chops or crepe-like Dosa.
This is the local chain that introduced the chimichurri-sauced churassco skirt steaks and the milky Tres Leches dessert into mainstream menus everywhere. Any meal's highlights are the ample sides of plantains and red beans and rice that accompany every entree.
Miracle Mile pub may feel stuffy by day with all of the professionals in power suits, but everything changes the moment you dig into Irish standards like corned beef and cabbage. If a pint of Guinness isn't enough, keep going with the beef and Guinness stew.
The star attractions here may not be the Greek delicacies, though it's hard to find a better baklava or mousaka around town. A young crowd flocks to this SoBe hot spot for its lively scene. Guests are invited to dance on tables, waiters throw napkins in the air and guests can even smash plates (though you will be charged accordingly).
The city's most popular Cuban eatery is where politicos come to discuss conservative-leaning ideologies between sips of the very strong Cuban coffee. You can sidestep them arguing away in the walk-up window and grab one of the many indoor tables to enjoy a soupy plate of chicken with yellow rice.
Regional authenticity is never questioned at this casual Spanish cafeteria. Maybe it's the wall where Serrano hams dangle. Maybe it's the attached grocery store that stocks only Spain-imported delicacies. One forkful into the signature potato omelets and you won't be questioning it either. It wouldn't be polite to talk with your mouth full.