Nowhere else in the United States has Cuban culture become so prominent as here in Miami. Reaping the benefits of having a large and vibrant community, the local gastronomy scene is in large part defined by a strong Caribbean influence. So that our guests can enjoy the best of the neighborhood, here are the must try Cuban dishes in Miami Beach.

Roasted Chicken at Havana 1957

This hyper-stylized restaurant takes its cue  from the Cuba’s glamorous mid 20th-century identity. Indulge in a mojito and order up the house specialty, roasted chicken served over white rice, black beans, and sweet plantains. A sugary glaze coats the fall-off-the-bone pollo, and you’ll leave yearning for the recipe, and probably planning a return trip for seconds.

Havana 1957
405 Espanola Way
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Cubano at Las Olas Cafe

Their bread is what sets them apart: thin, crunchy, and rich, the end pieces of Las Olas Cafe’s Cuban sandwich set the bar high for this simple and classic lunchtime dish. The roasted pork and ham are tender and just the right amount of chewy, and healthy portions of pickles, mustard, and cheese make this one of the finest Cubanos in Miami Beach.

Las Olas Cafe
644 6th St
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Ropa Vieja at Puerto Sagua

Just a few blocks from the Winter Haven Hotel, Puerto Sagua has an extensive menu  with some of the most delicious food in all of Miami Beach. One must try is the ropa vieja (Spanish for “old clothes”), a sumptuous bowl of juicy shredded beef in a tomato sauce. Scoop it over some white rice, and black beans, and you will not be disappointed.

Puerto Sagua
700 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Ajiaco at Sazon Cuban Cuisine

Ajiaco is one Cuba’s oldest and most beloved dishes. A thick stew with beef, potatoes, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, and yuca, Sazon Cuban Cusine’s rendition is as delightful and authentic as it gets.

Sazon Cuban Cuisine
7305 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, Fl 33141
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