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The 11 Essential Caribbean Restaurants in Miami

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There are technically thousands of islands that make up the Caribbean, making it the ultimate brew of intercultural cuisine. Miami is under an hour away from the closest of the islands, but has made sure that their cuisine is always locally available.

We did the groundwork to help you find the best restaurants that characterize the Caribbean, listed in alphabetical order, without ever having to leave the Peninsula. Is your favorite spot missing from the list? Don't fret! Share it in the comments below for everyone to check out.

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Chef Creole

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Chef Creole offers authentic Caribbean flavor in an open-air restaurant known for its giant outdoor grill. Its specialty is spiced up seafood, but it also serves Haitian favorites like queue boeuf, barbecue ribs and fried chicken.
[Image via: Chef Creole Seafood Takeout]

Don Mofongo Food Truck

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Mofongo lovers include more than just every single Boricua. This food truck specializes in Puerto Rico's most popular and imitated dish, the Mofongo. It also serves up other specialties like salami and tostones, the Boricua burger, and the toston burger. Find out where you can catch the truck next by downloading their app, Don Mofongo Food Truck, available for iPhone and Android.
[Image via: Msanchez1115]

El Exquisito

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While Cuban food isn't the first to come to mind when thinking Caribbean, El Exquisito proves time and again why the island's food merits the title, too. Located in the heart of Little Havana, El Exquisito has become a staple in the neighborhood and serves traditional Cuban cuisine in true Caribbean fashion, "straight from grandmother's kitchen."
[Image via: Bklyngrl B.]

Red Yabba

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This Caribbean cafe offers a modern take on traditional dishes. By using non-GMO and organic ingredients, Red Yabba adjusted its services to the ever-growing demand for clean foods in South Florida. It still serves all Caribbean favorites, while making sure that the animal products are raised free of antibiotics and hormones.
[Image via: Red Yabba All Natural Cafe]

Sango's Jamaican and Chinese Restaurant

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Although Sango's serves primarily Jamaican food, the Chinese heritage of one of its owners couldn't be rejected. Some Jamaican specialties include curried goat, jerk chicken, Escovitch wings and oxtail; for the Chinese food lovers, there's chicken fried rice, lo mein and egg foo young.
[Image via: "Sango (Jamaican & Chinese Restaurant)" Since 1989]

Caribbean Delite

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Indentured workers brought Roti to Trinidad back in the 1800's, and now it's a staple in the culture's cuisine. The go-to spot for Trinis in Miami, Caribbean Delite, serves up a hefty Roti with your choice of chicken, beef or goat, among other island favorites.
[Image via: Djflip]

Conch Heaven

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Authentic Bahamian cuisine is heavy on all kinds of seafood, given the island's treasured proximity to the water. Conch Heaven is aptly named, serving the popular Bahamian sea snail in a variety of ways: steamed, grilled, fried and even in a burger.
[Image via: Jay D.]

Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery and Grill

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Golden Krust was once the first Caribbean-owned company in the U.S. to be granted a franchise license, they now have over 100 restaurants on the east coast. Their menu includes eleven types of Jamaican patties, fifteen different Jamaican pastries, and other signature dishes like jerk chicken and braised oxtail.
[Image via: Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery & Grill Miami]

Jamaica Kitchen

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"Wih Ah Di Bess!" is the motto, and if you say it out loud you'll surprise yourself with your newly-discovered Jamaican accent. Jamaica Kitchen is a quaint locale with a lot of soul. Its portions are hefty and menu options include a variety of Chinese-Jamaican dishes, like Suey Mein and stew ox tail.
[Image via: Kimberly K.]

Ortanique on the Mile

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Ortanique on the Mile's award winning "Cuisine of the Sun" include various Caribbean tapas, its famous "Caja China" pig roast and other globally inspired dishes. Its sister restaurant on Grand Cayman Island is an expansion of Ortanique's dedication to the island's cuisine.
[Image via: Rick E.]

Tap Tap

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Tap Tap's Caribbean island vibe is home to authentic Haitian cuisine, gaudy but tastefully decorated tables and big enveloping murals, all in the middle of South Beach. Some menu highlights include coconut pudding, Griyo and a goat stew.
[Image via: Michelle E.]

Chef Creole

Chef Creole offers authentic Caribbean flavor in an open-air restaurant known for its giant outdoor grill. Its specialty is spiced up seafood, but it also serves Haitian favorites like queue boeuf, barbecue ribs and fried chicken.
[Image via: Chef Creole Seafood Takeout]

Don Mofongo Food Truck

Mofongo lovers include more than just every single Boricua. This food truck specializes in Puerto Rico's most popular and imitated dish, the Mofongo. It also serves up other specialties like salami and tostones, the Boricua burger, and the toston burger. Find out where you can catch the truck next by downloading their app, Don Mofongo Food Truck, available for iPhone and Android.
[Image via: Msanchez1115]

El Exquisito

While Cuban food isn't the first to come to mind when thinking Caribbean, El Exquisito proves time and again why the island's food merits the title, too. Located in the heart of Little Havana, El Exquisito has become a staple in the neighborhood and serves traditional Cuban cuisine in true Caribbean fashion, "straight from grandmother's kitchen."
[Image via: Bklyngrl B.]

Red Yabba

This Caribbean cafe offers a modern take on traditional dishes. By using non-GMO and organic ingredients, Red Yabba adjusted its services to the ever-growing demand for clean foods in South Florida. It still serves all Caribbean favorites, while making sure that the animal products are raised free of antibiotics and hormones.
[Image via: Red Yabba All Natural Cafe]

Sango's Jamaican and Chinese Restaurant

Although Sango's serves primarily Jamaican food, the Chinese heritage of one of its owners couldn't be rejected. Some Jamaican specialties include curried goat, jerk chicken, Escovitch wings and oxtail; for the Chinese food lovers, there's chicken fried rice, lo mein and egg foo young.
[Image via: "Sango (Jamaican & Chinese Restaurant)" Since 1989]

Caribbean Delite

Indentured workers brought Roti to Trinidad back in the 1800's, and now it's a staple in the culture's cuisine. The go-to spot for Trinis in Miami, Caribbean Delite, serves up a hefty Roti with your choice of chicken, beef or goat, among other island favorites.
[Image via: Djflip]

Conch Heaven

Authentic Bahamian cuisine is heavy on all kinds of seafood, given the island's treasured proximity to the water. Conch Heaven is aptly named, serving the popular Bahamian sea snail in a variety of ways: steamed, grilled, fried and even in a burger.
[Image via: Jay D.]

Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery and Grill

Golden Krust was once the first Caribbean-owned company in the U.S. to be granted a franchise license, they now have over 100 restaurants on the east coast. Their menu includes eleven types of Jamaican patties, fifteen different Jamaican pastries, and other signature dishes like jerk chicken and braised oxtail.
[Image via: Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery & Grill Miami]

Jamaica Kitchen

"Wih Ah Di Bess!" is the motto, and if you say it out loud you'll surprise yourself with your newly-discovered Jamaican accent. Jamaica Kitchen is a quaint locale with a lot of soul. Its portions are hefty and menu options include a variety of Chinese-Jamaican dishes, like Suey Mein and stew ox tail.
[Image via: Kimberly K.]

Ortanique on the Mile

Ortanique on the Mile's award winning "Cuisine of the Sun" include various Caribbean tapas, its famous "Caja China" pig roast and other globally inspired dishes. Its sister restaurant on Grand Cayman Island is an expansion of Ortanique's dedication to the island's cuisine.
[Image via: Rick E.]

Tap Tap

Tap Tap's Caribbean island vibe is home to authentic Haitian cuisine, gaudy but tastefully decorated tables and big enveloping murals, all in the middle of South Beach. Some menu highlights include coconut pudding, Griyo and a goat stew.
[Image via: Michelle E.]

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