by Valerie Conners - Travel Channell
Cuban culture infuses Miami's dining scene; in fact, more than 34% of the city's population hails from the Caribbean island. This pervasive -- and tasty -- presence is a boon for foodies, and means there's stiff competition among Cuban restaurant's to dish out the city's best island fare. Whether you're seeking a strong cuppa Cuban coffee, having a late-night craving for fall-off-the-bone tender braised pork or hoping to get your fill of gooey, sweet fried plantains, these Cuban restaurants in Miami will whet your appetite … and leave you craving more delicioso meals.
Tucked inconspicuously along Calle Ocho, Little Havana's main drag, Exquisito Restaurant's appeal is no secret. For more than 30 years the Coro family has been serving their Cuban cuisine to hungry locals and tourists. The restaurant regularly attracts the attention of media outlets for its tasty, traditional Cuban specialties, while budget-conscious diners flock here to indulge some of the neighborhood's most wallet-friendly meals.
Start your day with one of Exquisito's breakfast deals, like the small steak with 2 eggs, fries, toast and cafe con leche. If you arrive later in the day or evening, order the vaca frita, and ask for a side of malanga, a type of root vegetable, served with mojo, a tangy uber-garlicky sauce. Consider a visit to Exquisito and Little Havana on the popular Viernes Culturales (Cultural Fridays), a monthly street festival and arts gallery stroll through the neighborhood.