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Good Cuban Food in Miami?

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I'm visiting a friend in Miami this weekend who lives right on South Beach...trying to get away from the "scene" and find some great cuban food.

Any suggestions?

Thanks!

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  1. If you do a search for "best Cuban Miami" and sort for relevance, this is the first thread which comes up (among many others), which has 69 replies and was updated only a couple months ago.

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/132580

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    1. My personal favorite from the ones in that post provided by Frodnesor is Havana Harry's in Coral Gables. I've eaten there many times, ordered several items off of their menu, and never walked out disappointed. They have a great vaca frita, but their ropa vieja is fantastic as well.

      If you're looking for more of a casual place with good sandwiches- wether it be a traditional cuban sandwhich, media noche, pan con bistec, or pan con lechon - Sergio's is a great option.

      Both are about a 15-20 minute drive from the beach though... can't vouch for any of the cuban restaurants there.

      1. I'll second Versailles in Little Havana from the earlier link posted. It may not be the absolute best in Miami but it is good and the atmosphere is authentic. Go on a Friday or Saturday around 9-10pm for the real experience. Try the Garlic soup.

        1. http://www.lacarreta.com/ I like this place been going there 20yrs or so they have many location and the locals seem to like it as well. that is always a good sign

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          1. re: pikiliz

            You absolutely have to visit next time you come to Miami, El Palacio de Los Jugos. This is an amazing foodie experience. Please try the dulce de leche!