When talking about Miami food, one inevitably thinks about Cuban food, but I tend to try all kinds of food, so there will be an international flare in this post. During our stay in Miami, we primarily stayed in Miami Beach about one block away from the beach and here is what we think of the food scene in Miami Beach, the good, the bad and all else.
1. Mexican: Alma Mexciana, relatively cheap and good tacos, really enjoyed their pineapple horchata!
2. Spanish: Tapas y Tintos, relatively low to medium price range, overall mediocre food
We had their stuffed calamari “Calamares rellenos” and “Plato del Marinero” as happy hour snacks. Both dishes were just ok, nothing great.
3. French: A La Folie Cafe, relatively cheap, very good coffee, right off the busiest part of Espanola Way with great background music choice
I had a really good crepe. But I have to admit that I am biased, because there was confit duck leg on top of the crepe that is wrapping inside a lot of sautéed mushrooms melted in cheese. Everything tastes better with duck leg and mushrooms. Lol.
4. Breakfast: Aroma Espresso Bar, the lattes we had there were pretty good, seems like a nice place to chill for a lazy morning.
Havana 1957, the one on Espanola Way, medium price range, overall good food, great ambience
Husband had their “Havana 1957 Specialty”: A Family Traditional Roasted Chicken in Our Delicious Cuban Gravy
Served With White Rice, Black Beans, Salad and Sweet Plantains, which was very good. The chicken was tender, moist, well seasoned, quite flavorful. The dish came with a big salad as well.
I had a pulled pork sandwich. The portion was very generous, which I could not finish even with some help from Husband. but the meat was a little dry and under seasoned. And under the giant sandwich, there buried a half-inch deep small fries, which I barely touched.
Nights in Miami were warm and humid. So drinks were mandatory. We enjoyed our sangrias as well as cans of pineapple-flavored Jupina soda.
Places we didn’t really like:
Usually, I tend not to talk about places I don’t like. But for places that receive overall positive or raving reviews on rating sites to be rather disappointing, I feel the need to point out the possibility that they might not be as good as they claim.
1. Doraku Sushi, medium to expensive price range, bad quality of food considering we are right by the beach (I would say ok if we were somewhere inland). There was too much mayo, chili sauce or jalapeño pieces being abusively put on sushi rolls that we could not quite taste the fish at all. Since the cold dish was disappointing, we ordered some yakisoba and fried rice and both were just OK at the best. The yakisoba was slathered with soy sauce and a bit too salty. And you know you sort of made a wrong restaurant choice when you see odd items such as fried rice on a Japanese menu and the fluffy intro to the chef/owner’s “zen/art” of food at the back of the menu. People all dressed up fancy trying to put out high class vibe and seemingly enjoying shitty food is something I really cannot tolerate and we got out as soon as we could. Heck, we were there during their happy hour to take advantage of the price break even.
2. Serendipity III, ok, I went in knowing it would be a tourist trap because of the movie and all that. I also went in knowing that other than their trademarked Frozen Hot Chocolate, there would be absolutely nothing else worth ordering. And thinking how hard it is to screw up with a drip coffee, we ordered a coffee along with the Froze Hot Chocolate. The coffee was absolute the worst either Husband or I have ever had in our lifetime, instant coffee would be 100x better, at least given enough sugar and stirring patience, you can eliminate the bitterness and the sandiness. And there comes the Frozen Hot Chocolate, basically cold hot chocolate with cream and chocolate shavings on top – I miss my $14 already. And yes, it was OUTRAGEOUSLY priced given by the terrible quality and the ultra-low difficulty to prepare the food!
3. Hiro’s Sushi Express, to be fair, the food was ok given the low price, especially if you order hot dishes. But the way they prepare the raw fish that goes into sushi dishes were unforgiveable – every freaking chunk of raw fish was pre sliced and sitting out with no wrappers over them to ensure the freshness intact or the more basic, HYGIENE (and I weep for the fish that died just to receive such mistreatments) – we didn’t look further for bad clues.
Alright, enough of the negativity.
Even though it already drove me insane just staying in this beach town for about 3 days doing nothing but to lay by the big body of water, it was relaxing to not worry about anything every once a while. We did enjoy staring at all the big b**bs (maybe fake, but who cares) and any other skin exposure that is considered sexy around the beach area, lol. Thanks for reading!