The cooks in Taco Shop’s kitchen stuff burritos, tacos, and tortas with traditional Mexican meats ranging from carne asada and carnitas to barbacoa and al pastor. They also pile these seasoned proteins onto towering platters of nachos and hide them inside gooey quesadillas. In the dining room, tangerine-colored walls brighten up the space and make guests feel like tiny pieces of pulp.
Inside Lisboa-Habana Restaurant, sunlight pours in through floor-to-ceiling windows flanked by thick palm fronds. The atmosphere reflects the Latin-Caribbean flair that's so integral to the eatery's diverse menu. A collaboration between two seasoned restaurateurs, Lisboa-Habana Restaurant serves up a fusion of Cuban and Portuguese cuisine. Favorites include stewed codfish, lobster fettuccine, and Habana-style sirloin. There are also vegetarian options, including stuffed eggplant. Peruse the lengthy wine list for imported wines and champagnes to complement your meal.
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.
In 2010, a young couple enlisted the help of chef Ernesto Vargas to open Ceviche Inca Restaurant in the heart of the Wynwood Arts District. Vargas draws on more than 15 years of experience in Peruvian cooking to prepare specialties such as moist, flavorful pollo a la brasa, lomo saltado steak, and fresh ceviche, which he marinates in lemon juice before beautifully presenting it scooped into shells. The restaurant's decor is simple, with white tablecloths, potted plants, and wall-to-wall windows that let in streaming sunlight or the gentle glow of nearby firefly conventions. On Saturday nights, musicians entertain diners with live music.
Los Ranchos makes sure that nearly everything on your plate is prepped in-house. There are homemade pork sausages, homemade french onion soup, and homemade sauces, from a spicy jalape?o cream to a mushroom and sherry wine sauce. The latter covers the petit mignonetas?two 3-ounce beef tip medallions from the menu's steak section.
All of the charbroiled specialties have Spanish monikers, speaking to the restaurant's Mexican and South American influences. The signature steak churrasco is 12 ounces of center cut tenderloin steak, a much lighter cut than sirloin or a two-story porterhouse. Rancheros and fajitas round out the list. Los Ranchos serves seafood as well, with plenty of shrimp dishes in addition to lobster and fish. For dessert, try sweet bites of tres leches cake and flan.
Just beyond the neon blue lights of Yo Mix Frozen Yogurt's tiled counter, guests can fill up empty cups at a bank of yogurt dispensers set inside a marble wall. After filling up with any of the shop's rotating menu of more than 100 flavors of frozen yogurt—such as chocolate milkshake and dragon passion tart—guests can decorate and enhance their creations at the covered toppings counter, which features fruits, nuts, and candies. While nibbling on their self-made snack at one of the contemporary tables or bar seats, patrons can log into the free Wi-Fi and search the web to see if scientists finally found the cure for brain freeze.