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Miami’s 14 Most Iconic Dishes

They’re, like, so Miami 

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Croquetas and cafecito from Isla Canarias
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Beyond suntanned skin and barely there getups, Miami has a reputation for bold flavors with many cultural influences. From fried pork to fresh fish, the city is a melting pot for dynamic cuisine. Here are the Magic City’s 14 most renowned dishes.

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1. Empanadas: Novecento

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18831 Biscayne Blvd #220
Aventura, FL 33180
(305) 466-0900
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Baked or fried and stuffed with just about every filling under the sun — empanadas are worth the carb load. At Novecento, these pastries are packed with chicken, beef, ham, spinach or cheese, and act as tasty starters or indulgent meals on their own. 

2. Cuban Sandwich: Enriqueta's Sandwich Shop

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186 NE 29th St
Miami, FL 33137
(305) 573-4681
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Pork lovers rejoice at the sight of a Cuban sandwich — prepped with ham, pork, swiss cheese, mustard, and pickles. And at Enriqueta’s, the classic submarine can also come with croquetas for a snack that screams “diet starts tomorrow.” 

3. Key Lime Pie: Fireman Derek’s Bake Shop

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2818 N Miami Ave
Miami, FL 33127
(786) 703-3623
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While the Florida Keys are just a short drive away, a road trip isn’t required for standout Key lime pie. Sweet, tart, and fashioned with Key limes and a graham cracker crust, Fireman Derek’s version is the real deal. 

4. Alligator Bites: KUSH

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2003 N Miami Ave
Miami, FL 33127
(305) 576-4500
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For the adventurous types, Florida alligator bites are worth a sample. Kush jazzes up the fried snacks with creamy garlic and spicy mayo. 

5. Tostones Con Ceviche: Pubbelly Sushi

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1424 20th St
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 531-9282
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Like cookies and milk and cheese and crackers, fried plantains and marinated raw fish make a winning combination. Pubbelly Sushi’s hamachi concoction is no exception with ginger, soy, cilantro, and red onion.

6. Stone Crab Claws: Joe's Stone Crab

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11 Washington Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 673-0365
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If it’s between October and May, it’s stone crab season. Florida’s famed crustaceans are sustainably farmed and served by the plenty at South Beach’s most legendary place to schmooze and be seen, Joe’s Stone Crab. Paired with mustard sauce and offered in multiple sizes, Joe’s stone crabs are as classic as the experience.

7. Fritas: El Rey de las Fritas

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1821 SW 8th St
Miami, FL 33135
(305) 644-6054
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For tricked out Cuban burgers, El Rey de las Fritas is the place to grab them. Made with ground beef, chorizo, onions, and mountains of fries, these souped-up sandwiches produce more serotonin than a summer body ever could.

8. Ice Cream: Azucar Ice Cream Company

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1503 SW 8th St
Miami, FL 33135
(305) 381-0369
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In a city where the temperature averages 77 degrees, a midday ice cream is required eating. Locals can’t get enough of Azucar’s homemade treats with creative flavors ranging from the Miami-favorite Abuela Maria, to balsamic strawberry, to classics like mint chocolate chip.

9. Vaca Frita: Versailles Restaurant Cuban Cuisine

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3555 SW 8th St
Miami, FL 33135
(305) 444-0240
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With shredded beef, grilled onions, rice, beans, and plantains, vaca frita is the essential Cuban spread. Consistently delivering traditional plates to the Miami population since 1971, Versailles whips up a formidable vaca frita among other Cuban delicacies. 

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10. Flan: La Carreta

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3632 SW 8th St
Miami, FL 33135
(305) 444-7501
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A fan favorite among Latin countries, flan is always a welcomed party guest. La Carreta offers five varieties including creme brulee with pound cake, caramel, cheese, coconut, and double yolk. 

11. Cafe con Leche: Tinta Y Café

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1315 Ponce de Leon Blvd
Coral Gables, FL 33134
(305) 285-0101
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Before there was cold brew, there was cafe con leche. As simple as it sounds with strong coffee and scalded milk, this Spanish beverage is rich in flavor and served hot or cold at Tinta y Café, Coral Gables’ most adorable Cuban coffeehouse.

12. Pastelitos: El Brazo Fuerte Bakery

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1697 SW 32nd Ave
Miami, FL 33145
(305) 444-7720
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Pastelitos are puff pastries stuffed with decadent fillings like cream cheese and guava. While most Miamians have their preferred purveyor, El Brazo Fuerte Bakery stands out among the group.

13. Churrasco: Graziano's (Multiple Locations)

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394 Giralda Ave
Coral Gables, FL 33134
(305) 774-3599
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There’s no better protein fix than a hearty churrasco entree, and with four locations throughout the city, Los Ranchos fires up some of the juiciest charbroiled steaks in town.

14. Croquetas: Islas Canarias Cafe Restaurant & Bakery

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3804 SW 137th Ave
Miami, FL 33175
(305) 559-0111
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If there was a king of croquetas, Islas Canarias would hold the crown. Available in ham, chicken, fish, or beef, these bite-sized fried darlings command loyal crowds.

1. Empanadas: Novecento

18831 Biscayne Blvd #220, Aventura, FL 33180

Baked or fried and stuffed with just about every filling under the sun — empanadas are worth the carb load. At Novecento, these pastries are packed with chicken, beef, ham, spinach or cheese, and act as tasty starters or indulgent meals on their own. 

18831 Biscayne Blvd #220
Aventura, FL 33180

2. Cuban Sandwich: Enriqueta's Sandwich Shop

186 NE 29th St, Miami, FL 33137

Pork lovers rejoice at the sight of a Cuban sandwich — prepped with ham, pork, swiss cheese, mustard, and pickles. And at Enriqueta’s, the classic submarine can also come with croquetas for a snack that screams “diet starts tomorrow.” 

186 NE 29th St
Miami, FL 33137

3. Key Lime Pie: Fireman Derek’s Bake Shop

2818 N Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33127

While the Florida Keys are just a short drive away, a road trip isn’t required for standout Key lime pie. Sweet, tart, and fashioned with Key limes and a graham cracker crust, Fireman Derek’s version is the real deal. 

2818 N Miami Ave
Miami, FL 33127

4. Alligator Bites: KUSH

2003 N Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33127

For the adventurous types, Florida alligator bites are worth a sample. Kush jazzes up the fried snacks with creamy garlic and spicy mayo. 

2003 N Miami Ave
Miami, FL 33127

5. Tostones Con Ceviche: Pubbelly Sushi

1424 20th St, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Like cookies and milk and cheese and crackers, fried plantains and marinated raw fish make a winning combination. Pubbelly Sushi’s hamachi concoction is no exception with ginger, soy, cilantro, and red onion.

1424 20th St
Miami Beach, FL 33139

6. Stone Crab Claws: Joe's Stone Crab

11 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

If it’s between October and May, it’s stone crab season. Florida’s famed crustaceans are sustainably farmed and served by the plenty at South Beach’s most legendary place to schmooze and be seen, Joe’s Stone Crab. Paired with mustard sauce and offered in multiple sizes, Joe’s stone crabs are as classic as the experience.

11 Washington Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139

7. Fritas: El Rey de las Fritas

1821 SW 8th St, Miami, FL 33135

For tricked out Cuban burgers, El Rey de las Fritas is the place to grab them. Made with ground beef, chorizo, onions, and mountains of fries, these souped-up sandwiches produce more serotonin than a summer body ever could.

1821 SW 8th St
Miami, FL 33135

8. Ice Cream: Azucar Ice Cream Company

1503 SW 8th St, Miami, FL 33135

In a city where the temperature averages 77 degrees, a midday ice cream is required eating. Locals can’t get enough of Azucar’s homemade treats with creative flavors ranging from the Miami-favorite Abuela Maria, to balsamic strawberry, to classics like mint chocolate chip.

1503 SW 8th St
Miami, FL 33135

9. Vaca Frita: Versailles Restaurant Cuban Cuisine

3555 SW 8th St, Miami, FL 33135

With shredded beef, grilled onions, rice, beans, and plantains, vaca frita is the essential Cuban spread. Consistently delivering traditional plates to the Miami population since 1971, Versailles whips up a formidable vaca frita among other Cuban delicacies. 

3555 SW 8th St
Miami, FL 33135

10. Flan: La Carreta

3632 SW 8th St, Miami, FL 33135

A fan favorite among Latin countries, flan is always a welcomed party guest. La Carreta offers five varieties including creme brulee with pound cake, caramel, cheese, coconut, and double yolk. 

3632 SW 8th St
Miami, FL 33135

11. Cafe con Leche: Tinta Y Café

1315 Ponce de Leon Blvd, Coral Gables, FL 33134

Before there was cold brew, there was cafe con leche. As simple as it sounds with strong coffee and scalded milk, this Spanish beverage is rich in flavor and served hot or cold at Tinta y Café, Coral Gables’ most adorable Cuban coffeehouse.

1315 Ponce de Leon Blvd
Coral Gables, FL 33134

12. Pastelitos: El Brazo Fuerte Bakery

1697 SW 32nd Ave, Miami, FL 33145

Pastelitos are puff pastries stuffed with decadent fillings like cream cheese and guava. While most Miamians have their preferred purveyor, El Brazo Fuerte Bakery stands out among the group.

1697 SW 32nd Ave
Miami, FL 33145

13. Churrasco: Graziano's (Multiple Locations)

394 Giralda Ave, Coral Gables, FL 33134

There’s no better protein fix than a hearty churrasco entree, and with four locations throughout the city, Los Ranchos fires up some of the juiciest charbroiled steaks in town.

394 Giralda Ave
Coral Gables, FL 33134

14. Croquetas: Islas Canarias Cafe Restaurant & Bakery

3804 SW 137th Ave, Miami, FL 33175

If there was a king of croquetas, Islas Canarias would hold the crown. Available in ham, chicken, fish, or beef, these bite-sized fried darlings command loyal crowds.

3804 SW 137th Ave
Miami, FL 33175

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