Seven Miami chefs and bartenders share their favorite spots for authentic Cuban fare via our friends at Find. Eat. Drink.
Pubbelly's Andreas Schreiner is a fan of Versailles restaurant. (photo: Find. Eat. Drink.)
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Versailles: Recommended by Julio Cabrera and Andreas Schreiner
You can’t mention Cuban food in Miami without including this classic Little Havana cafe. Cuban-born bartender Julio Cabrera (Regent Cocktail Club) recommends the lechon asado (roasted pork) with maduros (sweet plantains). Restaurateur Andreas Schreiner, of the Pubbelly empire, calls the restaurant a “must for a Cuban experience.” He orders the media noche sandwich. 3555 SW 8th St., Miami, 305-444-0240
Las Olas Cafe: Recommended by Michael Pirolo
“This is a gem on South Beach,” says chef Michael Pirolo (Macchialina, Taverna Rustica) of this cafeteria and coffee stand untouched by gentrification and filled with locals. “The croquettas, empanadas, media noches, café con leche, [and] braised oxtail are all amazing.” 644 6th St., Miami Beach, 305-534-9333
Puerto Sagua: Recommended by Hedy Goldberg and Gabriel Orta
Opened in 1962, this greasy-spoon Cuban café has endured the dark and dangerous times of South Beach. Pastry chef Hedy Goldberg (Michael’s Genuine, Cypress Room) loves to come at night. “It’s stick to your ribs food and great after you’ve had too many glasses of Champagne.” Barman Gabriel Orta (Broken Shaker) comes in the late afternoon. “It’s two blocks from the beach. I order the pan con bistec, a steak sandwich with little fried potatoes inside,” says Orta. 700 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-673-1115
Puerto Sagua is where Hedy Goldberg heads for late-night bites. (photo: Find. Eat. Drink.)
Enriqueta’s Sandwich Shop: Recommended by Roel Alcudia
“It's essentially a Cuban diner,” says chef Roel Alcudia (The Cypress Room). “They have daily lunch specials, which I thoroughly enjoy, especially the fried steak on Mondays and the lechon asado on Fridays.” 186 NE 29th St., Miami, 305-573-4681
El Mago de las Fritas: Recommended by Danny Valdez
Bartender Danny Valdez (Regent Cocktail Club) picks this off the beaten track restaurant. He says, “It is not to be missed. They have great hospitality and very tasty fritas.” 5828 SW 8th St., Miami, 305-266-8486
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