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Cuban food in Ft Lauderdale/Miami - not OT, really!
Wally Nell, Photographer
SAN DIEGO | CA | USA | Posted: 2:25 AM on 05.20.12
->> OK, so I will be in the Ft Lauderdale/Miami area next weekend shooting the pro beach volleyball, and my picture editor put me to task to find the best Cuban restaurants to go to...
So to all those SS'er in Florida-land, what can you suggest?
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Armando Solares, Photographer
Englewood | FL | USA | Posted: 3:48 AM on 05.20.12
->> Versailles, is good on SW 8th street. La Carreta is decent. There are a lot in Fort Lauderdale, I just don't have the names, but I know where they are. There is one on Powerline Rd. just north of 62nd street and south of Atlantic. Padrino's Cuban Cuisine in Plantation.
Havana Harrys‎
9525 North Kendall Drive
Miami, FL 33176
(305) 595-1116
This place is good for breakfast too.

David's Cafe
1654 Meridian Avenue, Miami Beach, FL - This place is good and it's near Lincoln Rd.
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James Broome, Photographer
Tampa | FL | US | Posted: 8:37 AM on 05.20.12
->> Any 'Latin American Restaurant' in their chain will be a very good representation of inexpensive, everyday Cuban food. If you want to know how the regular folks have their frijoles negros y arroz blanco, you sit down at their counter. Don't forget the cafe con leche, either. It's not fancy. It'll never be considered 'the best', but they are ubiquitous in the Miami area.
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Yamil Sued, Photographer, Photo Editor
Peoria | AZ | USA | Posted: 9:58 AM on 05.20.12
->> I agree Versailles is IT!!

My Recommendation, Picadillo, Arroz Blanco con Frijoles Negros y Amarillos, which is Stewed Ground Beef, White Rice and Black Beans and Fried Ripe Plantains.
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Michael Fischer, Photographer
Spencer | Ia | USA | Posted: 10:24 AM on 05.20.12
->> Man, is this thread making me homesick for the old days in Miami. There was a Cuban restaurant near where we used to print the college newspaper on Calle Ocho. Days of real paste up.

Yamil, the Fried Ripe Plantains are great if you have sweet tooth (it was always too sweet for my taste). I preferred the pollo and the rice - but the plantains were part of the meal.

Might have to take the wife and son on a road trip....

Wally, have fun. Make pretty pictures... and enjoy the food!
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Brian Blanco, Photographer
Tampa / Sarasota | FL | USA | Posted: 11:47 AM on 05.20.12
->> Ok, I'm Cuban; born and raised in Tampa and have lived in and around South Florida my entire life so I'll let you in on a secret about where to find the best Cuban food in South Florida... are you ready for it?

Laundromats.

Yes, you read it correctly, the best Cuban food won't be found in restaurants with menus, waiters and a Carlos Montoya CD on continuous loop... you'll find it handed out of little windows attached to laundromats scattered throughout Dade County.

If the person working the window is an adorable little old lady who speaks to you in broken English then yells your order back to her husband in Miami-Cuban slang Spanish then you've found a good place.

If the menu is hand-painted above the window then add one star.

If there are misspellings on the menu, well, add two stars.

If there's a used tire place next door then, well, you've landed in a truly special place.

I'm actually being serious. If you're in Dade County and you spot a little window next to a laundromat, any laundromat, with a bunch of Cubans (like me) hanging around, arguing and drinking coffee out of tiny cups then please pull over and have the best Cuban food you'll ever taste.

Mary's Coin Laundry is a good place to start... it's right on US-1.
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Michael Prengler, Photographer
Fairview | TX | USA | Posted: 6:59 PM on 05.20.12
->> Sounds like trying to find the best BBQ joints here in Texas...No paved parking, a couple of dogs hanging around, a true smoker doing its thing, picnic tables and a 55 gallon drum for a trash can.
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Richard Wolowicz, Photographer
Montreal | QC | Canada | Posted: 10:12 PM on 05.20.12
->> Never forget the time I lived in Miami and my buddy took me to one of these sandwich stands (downtown food stand) for the first time ... ordered me a Cubano sandwich and a coffee. Sandwich was great ... coffee was another story. Little old lady throws me a small "cup" looked like a plastic shooter cup ... washed it down and asked for another ... crushed that one too.

I was wired for a few hours ... heart palpitations and all that good stuff ... lesson learned.

Listen to Brian ... he's got you on the right track.
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Armando Solares, Photographer
Englewood | FL | USA | Posted: 11:05 AM on 05.21.12
->> Hey Brian, he asked for restaurants! haha.
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Armando Solares, Photographer
Englewood | FL | USA | Posted: 11:25 AM on 05.21.12
->> By the way, I know most people order Cuban sandwiches, which are great. But next time order a medianoche, with moros and fried ripe platains. - I'm glad I'm going to Miami tomorrow.
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Yamil Sued, Photographer, Photo Editor
Peoria | AZ | USA | Posted: 11:29 AM on 05.21.12
->> Man, I could use a couple of Medianoches right now!! I have a craving for them!! I can't get the Pork here in AZ!! I can't get the sweet Buns either.
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Jack Howard, Photographer, Photo Editor
Central Jersey | NJ | USA | Posted: 1:41 PM on 05.21.12
->> Man, I wish there was an "F'in' Awesome" button for Brian's comment.
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Wally Nell, Photographer
SAN DIEGO | CA | USA | Posted: 2:06 PM on 05.21.12
->> Thanks guys, Brian thanks for your insider info! You guys made me hungry!
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Joshua Prezant, Photographer
North Miami Beach | FL | USA | Posted: 9:55 PM on 05.21.12
->> Second what Brian says... and let me add.. If it is exspensive it is not good Cuban food!!!!

But here are a few that I often find myself at when in the area.

Enriqueta’s Sandwich Shop ( great sandwiches and great trigo shakes)
186 NE 29th St, Miami, FL 33137-4425
(305) 573-4681

Sergio’s
3258 SW 22th Street
Miami, Florida 33133
(305) 529-0047

La Palma : ( for great croquetas)
6091 Southwest 8th St. Miami, FL 33144-5044. (305) 261-1113

On the beach you have David's Cafe ( good, not great but near will you will be shooting)
1654 Meridian Ave

Also on the beach: Playa Cafe ( a very local place. Used to be good. But have not been there in a while)
1515 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 538-1551
Miami Beach, FL 33139
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Ted Aguirre, Photographer
Covina | CA | | Posted: 1:03 AM on 05.22.12
->> I went to Miami Beach for vacation about a month ago and was recommened by a friend to check out Puerto Sagua Resturant, which was a block away from Ocean Dr. The place did not disappoint. I would definately give the Ropa Vieja a try and top your meal off with a Cafe con Leche and Tres Leche Cake. Yelp link: http://www.yelp.com/biz/puerto-sagua-restaurant-miami-beach#query:cuban%20food Enjoy and have fun in that Florida Sun.
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Angel Valentin, Photographer
Miami/San Juan | PR | | Posted: 7:52 AM on 05.22.12
->> For a quick good lunch I'd hit Enriqueta's (29th st and NE 2nd Av, Miami). For a gourmet Cuban meal hit Yuca (Lincoln Rd, So/Beach). If you are near a Sergio's go in and try their mariquitas. Versailles (8th and 35th Av +/-) and try their arroz imperial. Las Culebrinas in Coconut Grove is awesome also. Google all these places for directions.

In Ft Lauderdale/Broward County I can only recommend Las Vegas (there are several locations), family owned and the food is great and if you're lucky you'll get to see one of the 5 sisters who run their parent's restaurants. Other than that, I can't help you. I worked 10 years @ the Sentinel there isn't much else I could recommend. For GREAT BBQ in Ft Lauderdale try Tom Jenkins, damn great bbq.

David's in So/Beach sucks as do most Latin American Cafaterias. Puerto Sagua is a rip off. It's on my "never again" list.

Then again, finding Cuban food in So/Fla is like finding Mexican food in So/Cal.
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Al Diaz, Photographer
Miami | Fl | USA | Posted: 9:48 AM on 05.22.12
->> Ditto on all the above. Except for Angel's comment about Latin American Cafeterias. I like em. I'm a regular at Versailles on SW 8th Street, Miami.
No one mentioned garciasseafoodgrill.com along the Miami River, great place. Sergios is good but a bit gentrified. Enjoy!
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Al Diaz, Photographer
Miami | Fl | USA | Posted: 10:00 AM on 05.22.12
->> Cuban Sandwich
http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/04/17/2754467/miamis-cuban-sandwich-still-t...

Best Black Bean Soup at El Pub
http://www.redorbit.com/news/business/832396/black_bean_confidential_explor.../

http://aldiaz.photoshelter.com/gallery-image/Portraits/G0000.QZ7p9qZE.c/I00...
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Doug Murray, Photographer
West Palm Beach | FL | USA | Posted: 8:33 PM on 05.24.12
->> +1 on Puerto Sagua Resturant on Miami Beach...I used to eat there all the time when I worked on the Beach.
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