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New to Miami? 5 Iconic Local Dishes & Our Favorite Places to Enjoy Them


You don’t have to live here to know that Miami is famous for its cultural fusion and delicious cuisine. The moment you step outside the doors of The Cloisters, you’ll catch the aroma of spices, juicy meat, and tangy fruits if you pause and take in a breath. Here are some of the city’s most iconic dishes that will have your taste buds watering.

Sink Your Teeth Into the Cuban Sandwich

Pork. Pickles. Swiss cheese. Mustard. Spices. This sandwich, mastered by Enriqueta’s Sandwich Shop, a local favorite, is one of the most famous sandwiches in Miami. Enriqueta’s specializes in Cuban cuisine, and you can tell how good it is based on the lines that often form outside their doors!

Treat Your Sweet Tooth to a Pastelitos

Imagine puff pastry stuffed with rich cream cheese and guava. Sticky. Creamy. Flaky. Pure heaven. You can find these at many of the city’s eateries, but try the locals’ favorite – El Brazo Fuerte Bakery.

Sample the Best Croquetas in Miami

It’s widely agreed among Miamians that Islas Canarias has the best croquetas in the city – and you can bank on that because if there’s one thing Miami residents are serious about, it’s good croquetas! Bite-sized, fried, and breaded, you can choose between ham, beef, chicken, or fish. After just one bite, you’ll understand this regional obsession.

Indulge in a Frita Cubana

Bring your appetite to El Rey de las Fritas – you’re gonna need it. Their Frita Cubana (Cuban burger) is so big, you’ll have to perform feats of acrobatics in order to get it into your mouth. This ground beef patty is infused with “La Formula,” the restaurant’s secret ingredients, and then stacked high with shoestring fries. The combination of textures and flavors makes for an unforgettable meal.

Crack Open a Stone Crab Claw

Perhaps one of the most visited restaurants in Miami, you’ll definitely want to make reservations at Joe’s Stone Crab and try their iconic stone crab claws. Dip them in their incredible mustard sauce and you’ll wonder how anything could be so delicious. You’ll have to wait until October to go, when the stone crab season begins, but it’s so worth it.

If you’re looking to explore more of Miami’s hot spots, be sure to check out our Neighborhood page, where you’ll find all the best local shopping, eating, and playing.


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