Per its name, the Taste of Cuba Festival shines a spotlight on traditional Cuban food—potato-like yucca, rice and beans, and lechon asada, or shredded roast pork. Ice-cold mojitos complement these classic dishes, along with café con leche and authentic cigars rolled by hand, unlike the newfangled ones that roll themselves if left at the top of a hill. The festival delights senses beyond taste, too; revelers can dance to live music or feast their eyes on Cuban artwork.
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 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.
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.
Approaching three decades as a Miami Springs institution, Treats Café serves old-fashioned french dips and reubens, grilled-sirloin burgers, and dinner dishes such as pasta, seafood, and baby-back ribs. All meat and produce are carefully chosen from local markets, and the fruits of their harvest are posted each day on the restaurant’s Twitter feed. Treats Cafe now offers delivery service so that customers can stop dragging their couches and TVs through the leafy bushes out front. Before the storefront’s big, plate-glass window, umbrella-clad tables and a leaning shade tree give respite on sunny days.