Discoveries around Doral
I'm traveling for biz in Miami and used Yelp (easier on a BB) to do a bit of digging to find some eats around Doral.
Cerro Negro - A Nicaraguan place on West Flagler. Was eating by myself, had the small appetizer plate - a taco (equivalent of a flauta), small cup of chorizo, boiled yucca [not a fan] with chicharonnes covered in slaw and fried cheese. Except for the yucca, this was a delicious way to start the meal. The slaw was tangy and crisp. The cheese was ridiculously good and the chorizo had a wonderful flavor, albeit greasy.
I had the onion steak for the entree. The steak was thin and wonderfully flavorful, cooked very well. The onions could have been more caramelized for my taste. But more fried cheese, mashed beans and another side were all great. I was barely able to make a dent in it after the great appetizer plate, but I would definitely come back here again. $20 for entree, appetizer and coffee.
Benny's Seafood - OK, I dig mofongo having only had it once in Austin at Habana Restaurant. After seeing it on the food network, I headed over there looking forward to it. Got it with the fired pork. The response was meh... It was fine, but didn't blow me away. My dining companions had the mofongo with beef which he liked, the other had an onion steak. All of the food got eaten, but I don't think any of us were blown away.
Rio Cristal - Probably my favorite place I ran into. Big menu that was somewhat overwhelming, just gave up and asked the waitress (in Spanish, not much English being used, more numbers and pointing by other patrons). Started with a tamal, which wasn't great but wasn't bad. The entree was fried fish - could have used a tad more seasoning and I really wanted some malted vinegar, but perfectly crispy great clean ocean flavor. Their fries are awesome, more like potato sticks than fries, big mounds of them, great flavor and texture. Served with an iceberg lettuce salad and garlic bread which were fine. But the rice and beans.. wow. I can take or leave rice and beans but the combination of the buttered rice and amazing beans just sublime. If you haven't been to this place, which looks like it was frozen in time in the 70s, go support your local landmark.
Benny's Seafood Restaurant
2500 SW 107th Ave, Miami, FL 33165
Cerro Negro Restaurant
9613 W Flagler St, Miami, FL 33174
Original Rio Cristal Restrnt
9872 SW 40th St, Miami, FL 33165