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Food To Try In Miami, Florida, USA - Updated 2020

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Miami’s culinary scene is made up mainly of food and restaurants with a strong Cuban influence. There is a Cuban restaurant in every corner, however, it would be incorrect for one to assume that this was the only type of foods available here. Within the Latin American spectrum, there are also Peruvian, Mexican, Argentinian and Spanish eateries located all over Miami. Miami is home to a variety of other flavors. In this article, we will explore the gastronomy in Miami, showcasing some of the foods that visitors should try. Take a look at these extraordinary foods to try in Miami, listed below, from the local favorite Cuban sandwich to the Cuban coffee - cortadito.

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1. Cuban Sandwich

Cuban sandwich
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In Miami, the most sought-after food is the Cuban sandwich. Miami is well known for its Cuban-influenced cuisine, with the taste of Havana being the highlight of the flavors in Miami. The Cuban sandwich is a somewhat variation of a club sandwich. A Cuban bun is sliced open, then stuffed with roasted pork slices, Swiss cheese, ham, and pickles, then topped off with a squeeze of mustard. The sandwich is tasty and a great on-the-go snack.

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2. Frita Traditional (traditional fried beef sandwich)

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This is another favorite sandwich in Miami. The burger-like sandwich is soft and golden on the outside, filled with a soft and juicy beef patty, embedded on a layer of chorizo sausages, seasoned to perfection with a little heat coming through from the paprika, and finished off with crispy fried shoestring potatoes and melted cheese. This dish is a must-try when in Miami, and it comes with lots of different variations.

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3. Chicharrón (pork crackling)

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These are deep-fried slices of pork belly including pork skin, fat, and meat. Chicharrón is best when served fresh. This decadent pork treat can be soft and fatty, or nice and crispy with a blistering crunch, seasoned with salt. El Palacio serves some of the best Chicharrón in town. They are served in a paper bag and can be eaten as a snack with a squeeze of lemon juice at the top. Make sure that you wash your mouth after, as the pork-fat tends to get stuck in the teeth.

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4. Stone crabs

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Head over to Joe’s Stone Crab to try out this seasonal and delicious seafood dish. The claws of the crab are filled with succulent and tasty crab meat that will leave you wanting more. They can be prepared in different ways, mainly by boiling in water, steaming and baking. Whichever cooking method you prefer, you will still get the full flavor of the crab.

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5. Jewban

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Why not eat like a local in Miami, and try out the “Jewban” sandwich? It is a layered feast of pastrami and roasted pork loaded with mustard and melted Swiss cheese, all served on rye bread. Josh’s Deli in Surfside, are masters at creating this Miami sandwich by stuffing the sandwich in-house pastrami and they even make their own sweet and spicy mustard. The sandwich is accompanied with coleslaw and pickles.

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6. Key Lime

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Key lime pie is a favorite dessert for Miami residents, as well as people coming to the city looking for a delicious, fruity and tart dessert. The pie originates from the Keys in Florida, and it is made from the fruit of the Key lime tree, with most of it comprising of a creamy tart custard and the base made with a crunchy cookie crumble. Blue Collar and Kush restaurant in Miami, as among the best places where one can sit and enjoy the delicious dessert.

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7. Cortadito (Cuban espresso)

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Start your day off right with a good pick-me-up drink. Coffee lovers will enjoy the cortadito, it is a type of espresso that originated from Cuba. This warm drink refers to an espresso shot which is sweetened with demerara sugar which has been whipped with the first and strongest drops of espresso. A cortadito is similar to Italy’s macchiato, is like a colada with a splash of milk. For your shot of cortadito, visit La Carreta in Miami.

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8. Ceviche

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For the seafood lovers, try out the much-loved ceviche. It is a typically Spanish seafood dish that is made from fresh raw fish, marinated in lime or lemon juice and seasoned with spices and chillis. Due to Miami’s strong Cuban influence, adventurous foodies looking to sample this dish can find it at a lot of the restaurants in the city. The dish pairs very well with cilantro and chopped onions to bring out the flavors of the fish.

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9. Cuban Mojo (a garlic citrus sauce)

Grilled chicken marinated in Cuban Mojo
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Mojo is a sauce that is packed with loads flavor. Simple ingredients are used, such as garlic and hints of citrus lime or lemon juice, then finished off with the addition of oil. Once the sauce comes together, it makes the Cuban Mojo. The sauce is great when used as a dipping sauce, or it can be used as a dressing, poured over salads as well as a marinade for your grilled chicken.

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10. Arepas (corn pancakes)

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Arepas is a type of corn pancake where the dough is cooked or fried. They are flat and can be topped or filled with meat, eggs, tomatoes, salad, cheese, shrimp, or fish depending on the meal. At Super Arepa in Miami, the restaurant specializes in these savory cakes, and they can be either stuffed with grilled meat, chicken or pork. All arepas at this eatery are served with pico de gallo, shredded cheese and special house sauce.

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Try some of these delicious foods

During your next visit to Miami, explore some of the food trucks and restaurants in the area and try out these delicious foods, that will probably keep you coming back to Miami for more. If spicy food is your thing, then you will enjoy the selection of spicy dishes with a Latin influence found at the many restaurants in Miami. Go on a true Cuban journey where foodies will feel like they are in little Havana when visiting Miami.

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