As the name suggests, Cuban Guys is the brainchild of two guys from Cuba, Jorge and Isaac, who have a strong passion for the cuisine of their homeland. After years of working in the restaurant industry, the pair joined forces to open a restaurant focused on some of Cuba's most beloved sandwiches and street food.
Their fast-casual eatery's signature dish is the original frita?a fresh seasoned beef patty served on a toasty Cuban roll. What makes this sandwich special is that, much like a rebellious debutante, it ignores typical dining conventions, piling crispy, freshly cut string fries right onto the sandwich.
Cuban Guys serves up a variety of other sandwiches stuffed with fries, including the choripan with chorizo and the sandwich de pollo with grilled chicken breast. In addition to the sandwiches, cooks quickly whip up hearty Cuban bowls filled with your choice of protein, plus white rice, black beans, and plantains.
Laughing children. Chattering dominos players. Whispering breezes passing through coconut trees. These were all common sounds at Cayo Esquivel, a pristine Cuban beach that grew from a secluded getaway into a well-known destination with a vibrant community. The two Cayo Esquivel locations in South Miami and Hialeah attempt to capture the spirit of this Caribbean destination by luring diners with flavorful homestyle Cuban cuisine—with a few extra creative touches. It’s not a surprise that seafood dominates most of the menu. Grouper, salmon, snapper, shrimp, and tuna emerge from the kitchen seared or fried and garnished with simple olive oil or a more flavorful sauce, such as tomato-ginger relish or cumin-lime vinaigrette. From time to time, the chefs even incorporate Jamaican or Asian flavors into their Latin American soups, sandwiches, and entrees, taking cues from cozy beach-inspired cuisines across the world.
The signature sandwiches at Gyroville might be named after Greek Gods?Zeus, Hermes, Athena?but the power to control your mealtime destiny can rest in your hands, if you so choose. The shop's You Build It meals allow you to customize your own dish in just three easy steps. Start by choosing a pita, rice bowl, wheat wrap, or salad, then add one of four proteins, such as gyro meat, pork, or vegetarian falafel. From there, the only thing left to do is top your creation with one of six sauces that are made fresh daily such as tzatziki or Mediterranean relish. Truly herculean appetites can also choose to add one or two of Gyroville's sides, such as spinach pie or hearty tomato vegetable soup.
From the outside, China Steak House's diner-style windows and corner location almost make the restaurant feel torn from an Edward Hopper painting—with the addition of red lanterns hanging from its awning. But within, it’s the eatery's commitment to a variety of regional Chinese flavors that’s the main draw. Cantonese noodle dishes find good company alongside the menu’s spicy Szechuan entrees and occasional Miami-style touches—such fried plantains—find their way into the mix. The dining room incorporates a bit of a ballroom vibe with its high-backed booths and heavy wood chairs surrounding lacquered tables that add class to an already refined dining experience.
The gourmet treats at Häagen-Dazs delight discerning palates with a variety of frozen goodies in indulgent flavors. Made from top-quality ingredients, Haagen-Dazs ice creams and sorbets confidently fill cups and top cones ($4.20-$6.00) or blend into shakes ($6.25) and smoothies ($6.50) in an attempt to lose taste-bud tails. Each Dazzler's three scoops of ice cream settle under whipped-cream peaks, with flavors including Dulce Split, Mint Chip, and Rocky Road ($6.95). Patrons select toppings, sauces, and ice-cream flavors to form customizable sundaes ($5.50-$6.95), or deploy straws to taste a Sorbet Sipper ($5.95), which is made of sorbet and then sipped.
Conquering discriminating palates with its tempting small plates, enticing entrees, and cozy, eclectic atmosphere, El Pimiento brings a taste of traditional Spanish dining to South Florida. Sample from a selection of small portions designed to be passed among dining companions both real and imaginary. Nibble upon chistorras, Spanish sausage links simmered in Spanish cider ($6.49), pick at pimientos rostisados, fire-roasted red and yellow peppers ($6.95), or feast fiendishly upon morsels of filetillo con queso cabrales, beef tenderloin accented with aged blue cheese ($10.95).