Miami is humid, hot, beautiful and very Cuban. Cuban food is delish, but there are a whole lot of other equally amazing Latin American food spots to check out.
Nicaraguan at Pinolandia
Nicaraguenses are one of the larger Latinx populations in Miami outside of Cubans, and have mostly settled in Sweetwater, known as Little Managua or Little Nicaragua, so you know their food spots are LEGIT. Pinolandia in Little Havana has been voted as one of the best fritangas in Miami, where you can nosh on queso frito, gallo pinto and carne asada.
Pinolandia 119 NW 12th avenue
Dominican at Milly’s Restaurant
Over the past few years, the Dominican community in Miami has grown enough to have their own aptly named neighborhood, Little Santo Domingo, in Allapattah. Sitting right outside of trendy Wynwood, Milly’s Restaurant is one of the neighborhood staples to get authentic mangu, mofongo, fried cheese and all things plantain because it wouldn’t be DR food without it. <3
Milly’s Restaurant 2742 SW 8th St, Ste #29
Puerto Rican at Isla Del Encanto
While many Puerto Ricans have skipped Miami and grown a big community in Orlando, Florida, the influence of the island is still strong. Isla Del Encanto serves up amazing alcapurrias, churrasco and arroz con guandules. If you want to hit up a spot that specializes in authentic mofongo, visit Jimmy’z Kitchen Wynwood.
Isla Del Encanto 12850 SW 120th St
Colombian at Los Arrieros
While I would say my mamitas house is where to find the most authentic Colombian food, a restaurant in a Miami strip mall might be the next best alternative because of the heavy Colombian population. Arrieros is often brought up as a favorite, where you can revel in perfectly made bandeja paisa, empanadas and sancochos.
Los Arrieros 10995 SW 40th St
Peruvian at Sabor a Perú
Miami loves to make things super fancy, and there’s been a boom of Peruvian concept and fusion restaurants, making it the trendy new kid on the block. When you’re craving some truly authentic Peruvian food, check out Sabor A Perú. This restaurant is a local favorite and specializes in pollo saltado, choclo con queso, chaufa, and of course, a plethora of ceviches.
Sabor a Perú 2923 Biscayne Blvd
Mexican at Mi Rinconcito Mexicano
I admit, Miami has a problem of pervasive Tex-Mex chain restaurants with bottled mix margaritas that stray far from authentic, but Mi Rinconcito Mexicano is a beacon of hope. Voted by Miami New Times as Best Mexican food in Miami, Yelpers almost unanimously name their queso fundido con chorizo as the must-try dish. An honorable mention goes to Taqueria Viva México, where Andres Tovar serves the most authentic carnitas in Miami, Michoacán-style.
Mi Rinconcito Mexicano 1961 SW 8th St
Salvadorian at El Atlakat
While Salvadorian food in Miami is no easy task, El Atlakat is around for all your pupusa-loving needs. Opened in 1987, El Atlakat was a response to the demand for Central American food in South Florida, and this spot is still thriving. Their menu goes hard with the pupusas, parilladas and all-beautiful antojitos.
El Atlakat 10855 SW 72nd St
Venezuelan at Doggi’s Arepa Bar
Doggi’s Arepa Bar used to be a hot dog cart called Doggi’s & More, but the overwhelming demand for more of their authentic Venezuelan treats lead them to open up two storefronts in Miami. The restaurant is a family affair, owned by Carlos Estevez, brother Giovani Esteves, and his mother Yoleida Galiano, who initially made all the cart food. Their menu has an impressive list of arepas, pepitos and jugos naturales. I WANT!
Doggi’s Arepa Bar 1246 SW 22nd St