It is true that what you are likely to look for in Little Havana is Cuban food, but other cuisines are represented quite well in the area as well. In fact,there are hidden gems in this area that make some food that make food that are destination-worthy. Whether you are in the area and don’t particularly want Cuban or want to make it here just for this, here are what we consider to be the best non-cuban restaurants in Little Havana.

Pinolandia

This 24 hour Nicaraguan Fritanga provides the area with hefty portions of what many consider to be a must stop when craving cuisine from this Central American nation. For being a Fritanga (cafeteria-style instead of made to order), the food is always surprisingly fresh and served steaming hot no matter what time you stop by. We have gone in during breakfast and been impressed with the quality of the food even at non-peak hours. We recommend carne asada with gallo pinto and (of course) fried cheese.
119 NW 12th Ave Miami, FL 33128

Mi Rinconcito Mexicano

When you arrive, you are quickly served complimentary fresh-fried chips with salsa just like any proper Mexican restaurant should do. The food here rivals the food you find in Homestead to provide some of the best Mexican food in the city. Start off with the queso fundido (steaming hot bowl of melted Mexican cheese fondue) with chorizo and continue with one of their sampler platters. They have a couple to choose from, but any choice is sure to yield satisfactory results, as everything offered here is as authentic as you can find in Miami.
1961 SW 8th St Miami, Fl 33135

San Pocho

Prepare to be amazed at how much food you will be served after you order a Bandeja Paisa. This Colombian dish consisting of white rice, beans, fried pork belly, plantains, grilled steak, arepa (corn cake) and a fried egg is enough to feed a family of three for around $10. Although most Colombian restaurants rely on the fact that this dish is large and forgo producing product of quality, San Pocho excels in successfully blending quality with tastiness.
119 NW 12th Ave Miami, FL 33128
sanpocho.com/

Mr. Yum

For inventive takes on Japanese and Thai dishes, come to Mr. Yum. Try the Ño Roll, which consists of Shrimp Tempura and Avocado topped with Sweet Plantain and Mango Sauce for a cuban mix on a popular Maki roll. If you prefer more authentic Asian cuisine, stick to the Thai dishes to provide a less creative (but no less delicious) meal.
1945 SW 8th St Miami, Fl 33135
mryummiami.com/

Cabanas

Compared to other Latin cuisines like Cuban or Colombian, Salvadorian food is very underrepresented in Miami. Luckily, this neighborhood has Cabanas, a restaurant providing locals with home-cooked Salvadorian dishes at very affordable prices. Come for the pupusas, a traditional dish made of corn tortilla that is blended or filled with cheese, meats, rice, or ingredients of choice. They are as authentic as you can find in Miami.
435 SW 8th St Miami, FL 33130
cabanas-restaurant.com

 

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