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annmorris Nov 18, 2013 03:15 PM

My husband and I will be visiting family and friends in Florida and are taking 2 days for ourselves in Miami at the Mandarin Oriental. We live in Manhattan and love food. I've read many of the very informative postings but am still yearning for recommendations for really good Cuban food. We'd prefer to stay in the city but will have a car and can travel if the food warrants it.

Ann Morris

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    rsanders99 RE: annmorris Nov 19, 2013 03:55 AM

    You do not need to travel. Michael's Genuine, Michy's and Yardbird are very good restaurants in the Miami area.

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      annmorris RE: rsanders99 Nov 19, 2013 05:07 AM

      thanks so much for your input. I've seen Michael's Genuine and Michy's mentioned quite a bit. Yardbird is new and I'll check out the menu.


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      Hobbert RE: annmorris Nov 19, 2013 04:30 AM

      Puerto Sagua for ropa vieja and Spanish tortilla! Looks a bit divey but the food is great and it's quite inexpensive. I've also heard good things about Versailles for Cuban but haven't been yet.

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        annmorris RE: Hobbert Nov 19, 2013 05:09 AM

        Puerto Sagua was mentioned on another thread as was Versailles, a funny name for a Cuban restaurant. Great to know there are still some good ones.


      2. Frodnesor RE: annmorris Nov 19, 2013 05:10 AM

        There are many threads on this board with recommendations for Cuban food and while some haven't been updated for a while, this is generally the kind of information that doesn't go stale. Here's a couple:

        Best Cuban Food in Miami

        What is this board's favorite Cuban joint?

        Puerto Sagua is OK is you're already on the Beach but I wouldn't make a trip over there for it (though you're likely to end up on South Beach at some point anyway).

        Note with regard to the post above - neither Michael's Genuine, Michy's, nor Yardbird serve Cuban food.

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          annmorris RE: Frodnesor Nov 19, 2013 05:35 AM

          Thanks. I actually knew that about the 3 you mentioned but appreciate you taking to time to inform in case I hadn't. So what do you think of Versailles. I notice you are very active on the Miami board and would love to know your opinion. any other suggestions would be much appreciated as well.


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            Frodnesor RE: annmorris Nov 19, 2013 07:57 AM

            Puerto Sagua is the Cuban equivalent of a greasy spoon diner. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but that's what it is (not sure what's funny about the name - Sagua La Grande is a city in Cuba, with a port on the river).

            Versailles is OK as well - famous as much for the experience (mirrors everywhere, and at one time anyway the sort of de facto headquarters of every Cuban politician) as the food. I don't think the food's exceptional.

            But I'm not the best to make recommendations as I just don't get that excited over Cuban food. When I'm in the mood I've got my spot that's close to home, which I'm not sure is much better or worse than many others. In any event, here's another list that may be helpful:


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              Hobbert RE: Frodnesor Nov 19, 2013 08:41 AM

              Versailles is a funny name for a Cuban place- took me awhile to find out it was Cuban.

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                Frodnesor RE: Hobbert Nov 20, 2013 04:50 AM

                Yeah I misunderstood which name was "funny" - but if you saw Versailles (the restaurant) you'd understand, the decorating motif is "if there's somewhere we can put a chandelier or a mirror, we will".

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                  Hobbert RE: Frodnesor Nov 20, 2013 04:51 AM

                  Now I definitely need to go. Love a place decorated to within an inch of its life!

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                dawsoneats RE: Frodnesor Nov 20, 2013 07:25 AM

                Agreed on Versailles. The food is good but not exceptional. The atmosphere, however, is distinctly Cuban.

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                  emily RE: dawsoneats Nov 22, 2013 08:11 AM

                  I found Versailles really disappointing... much prefer what I've gotten for breakfast at Las Olas (cafe con leche, empanadas, croquettas, Cubano), though I haven't tried their main dishes.

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