What is your favorite hole-in-the-wall in South Florida?
I know we discuss them in different posts but I thought a new, well organized thread is needed. I am especially eager to hear about tiny inexpensive ethnic gems....
Favorites that come to mind right now:
Vietnamese - Hy Vong
Thai - Panya Thai
Japanese- Yakko San
Indonesian - Bali Cafe
Peruvian - El Chalan
Argentinian - Liberty Grill
French - Cafe Pastis and A La Folie
Haitian - Chez Rosie
Vegan - Garden of Eatin
Tapas - recently discovered El Carajo at the gas station (so many times I put gas there, thought their wine selection looked good but never ventured to the back! So funny. I wonder if their other location is better, heard the duo split up)
For Pizza - Andiamo (does this qualify? I guess since it is next to a car wash....maybe)
But I am missing so many! I haven't found a really good Cuban (and I am sure local chowhounds understand what I am saying, we are in Miami after all), Puerto Rican, Italian, or best hamburger yet to name a few (that I am in search of...).
Wanna share your great finds or old time favorites?
Hands down, numero uno, Papa Rudy's. Cuchifritos, my friend. Eat here, and you won't care about Cuban food anymore, because the Puerto Ricans have all the recetas correctas.
Numero Dos-Lakay for homemade Haitian food, especially their Mais Morou.
Numero Tres-Annie's Nicaraguan on 95th St, just for the steamed yucca and chimol.
And please define 'hole-in-the-wall'. By my count, more than half of the places you named wouldn't qualify.
re: Miami Danny
About the hole in the wall: I was just having this discussion with my fiance. And you know you may be right about some of these depending on how you look at it. I have not explored a lot of Miami yet. In Puerto Rico a whole in the wall is the real deal...you know a hole. Super tiny, super cheap, been there forever with the obvious crazy looking counter where you order with the traditional fried empanadas on a case, lots of local folks drinking beer in the middle of the day, the smell of grease.... well you know. But here I guess I just go by the small, non pretentious, but proud, ethnic or neighborhood places with great food....
Here are my "holes"
El Carajo is inside the Citgo Gas Station on 17th Ave and US1
1550 NE 164th St, North Miami Beach, FL 33162
109 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33132
7310 SW 57th Ave, South Miami, FL 33143
Garden of Eatin
136 NW 62nd St, Miami, FL 33150
Hy-Vong Vietnamese Cuisine
3458 SW 8th St, Miami, FL 33135
Pan Ya Thai Restaurant
520 NE 167th St, Miami, FL
El Chalan Restaurant
7971 Bird Rd Ste 17, Miami, FL 33155
A La Folie Cafe
516 Espanola Way, Miami Beach, FL 33139
1925 Liberty Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Chez Rosie Restaurant
5961 NW 2nd Ave, Miami, FL
5600 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33137
3881 NE 163rd Street, North Miami Beach, FL 33160
The Sicilian Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria in the Burger King plaza right off the Palmetto and NW 67th Ave. I found it totally by accident 10 years ago when I moved here and lived in the neighborhood. I now live in S. Miami and still drive up there to eat. Best eggplant rollatini around, awesome pizza, excellent garlic knots, great linguini and white clam sauce, divine italian cheesecake and fabulous pignolatas all just like my Sicilian grandmother used to make. The owner is the cook, his wife the waitress. Barely any table and chairs, no ice and only takes cash, does that qualify as a hole?
Went to this restaurant after reading the reviews, Thank you!!! The food was delicious!!! We live in South Miami so it's a bit of drive to get there but totally worth it. Everything was so mouth watering, from the little rolls to the main dishes (eggplant rollatini and lasagna) to the desserts (tiramisu, cheesecake and an expresso). Come hungry, they serve plenty. Cash only as stated above, very casual, just perfect little Mom and Pop place.
Have to agree with you there about Philomena's. Been going there for a about a year and love everything there--perfect, homemade, downhome Italian like it's supposed to be. Maybe 9 tables or so. Make sure to order off the menu or from the specials on the wall....the waitress will only suggest the most expensive items that aren't necessarily the best (we learned). Philomena herself is there to kiss you hello and goodbye when she takes a moment to get up from guarding the cash register. Last I knew, the place is open for lunch only Monday through Friday, and dinner only Friday and Saturday. It's worth the trip from anywhere. Cash only.
Can't have a hole-in-the-wall thread without mentioning the two Pigs - Georgia Pig and Dixie Pig (not related.)
You might also be interested in this thread on the Best Dive in Florida. http://www.chowhound.com/topics/469786
Georgia Pig Barbeque & Rstrnt
1285 S State Road 7, Davie, FL 33317
Dixie Pig Bar-B-Q
4495 N Dixie Hwy, Oakland Park, FL 33334
Love Walter's Coffee Shop....homey atmosphere....love the breakfast....been a while since I've been there.....need to find my way back.....Love The Sports Grill's chicken wings on Sunset Drive.....Love a place...it's either called Chetitos or Chetanos....it's on Kendall Drive...right next to the turnpike...in the mall that has Sports Authority, Chilis and the movies theatres....This place is wonderful for Argentinian steaks and pizza....This place is small and is constantly packed and for good reason....the food is fantastic......