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I will be heading down to Miramar on business today. I will be there for the next couple of days. I am staying at the courtyard marriot off miramar pkwy near I75.

I wanted to know if there were any really good inexpensive places nearby. I love all types of ethnic foods. I am from Tampa so I always get great latin food. I was hoping to find something distinctly "Miami" or something I just can't get in Tampa.

Thanks in advance.

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  1. La Carreta is a typical cuban restaurant. that makes everything decent, but nothing outstanding. They're a small chain and the one in Miramar is located just east of the I-75 on Miramar Parkway.

    As far as ethnic types of food, you won't find too many authentic restaurants around Miramar, but there are plenty of chain restaurants.

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    1. re: madtheswine

      Just what I was afraid of.

      Chain restaurant HELL!

    2. Late reply, I know, but I missed the thread originally. Anyhoo, if you're ever back in town on business, here are some recommendations since I've lived in the area for a while now.

      The best ethnic in So. Fl. is Caribbean or Peruvian. You *cannot* get good Cuban food here.

      That said, near the hotel there is a great Jamaican dive called Cool Runnings. Disinterested service, interior of a cafeteria on a bad hair day, ... but oxtail that will make you weep with joy. The curry goat is pretty good too and both the jerk and brown stew chicken are very very good. It's in the Publix plaza at corner of Miramar Pkwy and Palm Ave. (about 3 miles east of the hotel). Go for lunch or early for dinner.

      Closest Peruvian I can think of is Lakes Seafood (terrible name) in Miami Lakes about 10 minutes south on I-75. Family-owned and do good renditions of classic Peruvian fare: tiraditos, ceviches, causa, chaufa, etc.

      On a different tack, if you just want to have good chow without sticking to a specific nationality, then try my place called L&L Market Bistro. We were built to serve the large local working community for lunch and takeout. Not fancy. Ok, no more self-promo.

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      1. re: damiandavila

        We are opendng a new location in Miramar and I will be there for most of the next 3 months so I will definitely try the L&L..

        1. re: MN Hick Chowhound

          How about Argentinian Che Pibe on Pembrike Road, Peruvian chicken El Fogon on Dykes and Miramar Prkwy, Uruguayan El Gaucho on Miramar and Red Rd.