Exercising Your Palate: Sampling of Miami Beach Ethnic Eateries

Miami Beach and its surrounding cities are known for the having some of the best restaurants in the United States. Latin American cuisine dominate the dining scene but in pockets around the city, you will find a worldly selection of cafés and bistros that will take you out of your comfort zone but will also leave you truly satisfied.

Miami Beach Ethnic Eateries

On your next trip to Miami Beach, explore, exercise your palate, and sample a few of these delicious Miami Beach ethnic eateries.

Tastes of the Old World

There’s nothing more European than having apéro so kickoff your vacation with some Spanish tapas at Xixon on Brickell. This place offers great happy hour specials, tasty offerings like Iberian pork tenderloin, and a casual ambiance reminiscent of Madrid tapas bars. The restaurant also has a huge selection of Spanish beer and wines and excellent sangria.

If you’re on a lookout for budget meals, try Mykonos, a diner style joint located in Coral Way frequented by Miami’s Greek community. Bring the family or some friends and share a plate of roast lamb, spanakopita, and souvlaki. Finish the night off with an order of kataifi, a typical Greek dessert filled with nuts and honey.

Fans of French cuisine will enjoy Le Bouchon du Grove, a casual French bistro serving traditional offerings like escargots and beef bourguignon. The restaurant received the locals’ vote for the “Best French Restaurant in Miami” and is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Try their onion soup for starters and follow it with a fish course.

Indulge in one of Miami Beach’s most exclusive dining experiences. Located on South Beach but away from the noisy and chaotic sections of Ocean Drive, Casa Tua is an enchanting and romantic spot that used to be a private club. Frequented by high-profile individuals, the ambiance is definitely intimate and perfect for celebrating special occasions. The house specialty is their hand-made pasta with stone crab and seared lamb chops.

Miami Beach ethnic eateries: Casa Tua Exterior
Casa Tua Exterior

Flavors of Latin America

When you visit Miami Beach, it’s almost impossible not to sample Latin American cuisine. Simple places like Tap Tap in South Beach can be hard to resist. The restaurant’s cheap prices, eclectic menu offerings, and inviting ambiance make this a South Beach gem particularly for budget travelers. The portions are huge enough to share too.

Everyone’s heard of Versailles. The most famous Cuban restaurant in Miami is in itself a cultural icon and certifiably one of the best Miami Beach ethnic eateries. Heads of state, celebrities, and locals alike come here to munch on fried plantain chips and Cuban sandwiches.

Miami Beach ethnic eateries: Spanish and Cuban Baguettes at Versailles Restaurant, Miami Beach
Spanish and Cuban Baguettes at Versailles Restaurant, Miami Beach

If you’ve never been to Peru, a meal at Francesco might just convince you to go. The excitement surrounding Peruvian gastronomy is on full display at this Coral Gables location, the first in the United States. The house specialty is ceviche, a mixture of fresh seafood marinated in lime or lemon juice and seasoned with aji peppers, but save room for one of their seafood entrees too.

Miami Beach ethnic eateries: A plate of ceviche mixta
Ceviche: Peru’s national dish

Columbian cuisine already has a strong presence in Miami Beach even before the popularity of Shakira and James reached our shores. You will find plenty of restaurants offering Columbian inspired food but at Bolivar Restaurant and Lounge, you’ll have the opportunity to sample a number of South American specialties with a Columbian twist. The restaurant also offers an inviting ambiance to compliment your stylish dining experience.

Middle and Far East Cravings

Coconut Grove is a neighborhood known primarily for its Michelin and Zagat rated restaurants but among the posh rows of brasseries and bodegas is the café at The Original Daily Bread Marketplace where you can get platefuls of shawarma, scoops of house hummus, and a side of tabouli to fill your freshly baked pita bread at reasonable prices. Don’t forget to take some pistachio and walnut baklava to go.

Among the many Miami Beach ethnic eateries, traditional Chinese food is one of the toughest find, but located just north of downtown is a place called King Palace Chinese Barbeque. The restaurant’s specialty is authentic Cantonese barbeque but you can also order traditional Chinese dishes such as congee and clams in black bean sauce.

There is nothing pretentious about Matsuri, a Japanese restaurant that sits in a strip mall in nearby Coral Gables. Its selection of sushi is impressive and reasonably priced especially for the quality you get. The restaurant also has an extensive hot food menu. Those who have an aversion to raw fish will find plenty of other cooked food options to choose from.

Sushi Platter at Matsuri
Sushi Platter at Matsuri

For additional suggestions on other noteworthy Miami Beach attractions, and cheap hotels in Miami Beach and surrounding areas, check out Miami Beach on a Budget or Things to do in Miami Beach. From Miami Beach you could take a cruise to the Bahamas and the Caribbean.

About Iris A

Website: http://www.travelingwithiris.com

Born in the Philippines, but grew up in Texas, Iris has been traveling and writing about her experiences for well over a decade. Her work has been published on well-known travel sites like Hipmunk (#hipmunkcitylove) and D Magazine Online Travel Club. She has been all over Europe, the US, and has recently started exploring Latin America. She loves trying local cuisine and visiting UNESCO deemed World Heritage sites. Her favourite city is New York, with London, following a close 2nd. You can follow her on Twitter @sundeeiris or through her travel blog, Traveling With Iris.

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