Wynwood Kitchen & Bar

Bernie’s L.A. Café
This organic eatery serves up traditional Mexican-Latin cuisine with a focus on fresh, calorie-conscious alternatives. Though takeaway and free delivery are available, don’t be fooled: The quality here is by no means comparable to any fast food we’ve ever tried. 1570 Alton Road, Miami Beach, 305-535-8003; bernieslacafe.com

De Rodriguez Cuba
Often heralded as the Godfather of New Latin cuisine, Douglas Rodriguez’s latest Cuban restaurant is located a short walk from the ocean, and keeps that same fresh feel alive on the menu. Offering the finest gourmet Latin dining experience in town, guests can indulge in tuna loin skewered on sugar cane, or oxtail with a spicy red wine sauce, while for dessert, nothing beats a good chocolate cigar. Hilton Bentley Miami/ South Beach, 101 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach, 305-672-6624; derodriguezcuba.com

El Palacio de los Jugos
Packaged coconut water may be trendy, but nothing’s fresher than sticking a straw into an actual coconut at the one-and-only, original El Palacio de los Jugos (don’t be fooled by imposters). This open-air market/cafeteria provides an endearing version of casual Cuban dining, with staples including pan con bistec, ropa vieja and fresh fruits such as mamey and sapote. 5721 W. Flagler St., Miami, 305-262-0070

  Crispy tostadas from Mercadito Midtown’s taquería

Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2011 with four locations, this warm, authentic Argentine steakhouse is a Miami staple. We love the fresh pastas and fabulous selection of Argentine vino (the walls serve as a make-shift wine cellar), but the real star here is the assortment of grilled meats on display up front in the glass-enclosed grillroom, giving the whole place a delightfully smoky aroma. 9227 SW 40th St., Miami, 305-225-0008; grazianosgroup.com

Jimmy’z Kitchen
Wynwood Jimmy’z is a modern take on a Latin American café, with a colorful, high-ceilinged interior and menu that pairs Puerto Rican fare with craft brews and a strong wine selection. Because of its location on the border of Midtown and Wynwood, it’s popular during monthly Second Saturday Artwalks, but its happy hour and daily chef’s specials make it an everyday destination. 2700 N. Miami Ave., Miami, 305-573-1505; jimmyzkitchen.com

La Moon
You’ll never look at American burgers and dogs the same way after a trip to this Colombian hot spot. It’s known to replace the buns with arepas (for its Arepa Moon and Crazy Moon Arepa Burgers), then add a fried egg and your choice of sauces. When it comes to hot dogs, cooks pile on said sauces, shoestring potatoes, chorizo, cheese and even a quail egg or two. 144 SW Eighth St., Miami, 305-860-6209; lamoonrestaurantmiami.com

Mercadito Midtown
With a clean, modern design replete with textured wood accents and brightly colored tile mosaics, Mercadito proves Mexican can go upscale quite nicely. The menu includes ceviches as well as entrées such as adobo-marinated chicken. And there’s a carefully crafted cocktail list with a Mexican fruit and spice influence that mirrors the eatery’s fun, lively sensibility. 3252 NE First Ave., Miami, 786-369-0430; mercaditorestaurants.com

Sabor a Peru
Everyone loves Peruvian cuisine lately, and for good reason: Start with papas a la huancaína (potatoes in a yellow aji pepper sauce) and lomo saltado (sautéed Angus loin), drink some chicha morada (a purple maize beverage) and maybe add a side of chaufa rice (a kind of Peruvian fried-rice dish), and you’ll begin to understand that ceviche is merely the tip of Peru’s culinary iceberg. 2923 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305-573-9637; saboraperu.net

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