5 to Try: Churrasco in Miami

Meat lovers around town can be pretty passionate about churrasco. While the term has several meanings throughout Latin America, in Miami it's the Nicaraguan-style churrasco that became a staple in the ritzy Cuban chophouses of yesteryear. Nicaraguan churraso is a long cut of juicy skirt steak, topped with a parsley and cilantro spiked olive oil sauce called chimichurri. Let's check out the five carnivore magnets that do the cut justice. (Photo: Shutterstock/pixshots)

Updated: September 21, 2009

Churrasco Classics

Los Ranchos Steakhouse

401 Biscayne Blvd Ste N100, Miami, FL 33132

This is the Nicaraguan steakhouse that reignited the churrasco lovefest in three decades ago. It still serves up its massive skirt steaks, with attentive waiters weighing down the already heavy plate by spooning over all of the fried plantains, red beans and rice, and crispy plantain chips that diners can handle.

BLT Steak

1440 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Even the ritzy chophouses know how to play this game. This beachfront eatery doesn't just rattle any cattle. Its skirt steak comes from American Wagyu beef. Top it off with a little chimichurri, though the oily sauce can be applied to any of the steakhouse's cuts.

Charcoals Latin Grill

11401 NW 12th St, Miami, FL 33172

This is the value-hunter's choice. It's the one place in town where the signature steak can be had for under $10. Sure, patrons will have to settle for the smaller 10-ounce "baby" churrasco, but it's the way to go when craving red meat is offset by a bank statement's red ink.

El Novillo Restaurant

6830 Bird Rd, Miami, FL 33155

It's not as well-known as its larger Los Rachos rival, but both outlets of this Nicaraguan restaurant showcase the churrasco. Steak-knife wielders have a few condiment choices, since all tables have three bowls of sauces. Beyond chimichurri, diners can also spoon over a thick and spicy tomato sauce or pickled onions.

Prime 112 Restaurant

112 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Trendy steakhouses know that their celebrity diners crave a little skirt from time to time. This South Beach hotspot's churrasco steak can be sauced up with chimichurri, though tradition-defying heretics can go with peppercorn, hollandaise, or even a fois gras butter.