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.
Part seafood grill, part fish market, Don Camaron Seafood Grill Restaurant is completely dedicated to fresh fish. At the market, the knowledgeable staff assists guests with selections of domestic fish and crustaceans such as grouper, red snapper, and, when in season, Florida lobster and stone crabs. Likewise, the grill's chefs prepare a wide range of seafood-oriented dishes, ranging from shrimp alfredo to ceviche to salmon. For its presence at the Miami Marlins' stadium, Don Camaron's fruit of the sea has even been spotlighted by Forbes, the first fish to be lauded by the financial magazine since Jaws made $470 million at the box office.
Betty Marichal founded Miami Spice Bakery as an oasis for those seeking sumptuous fresh-baked desserts, without the diet guilt. This means almond and pumpkin cakes, homemade bread, brownies, and delicious flan––all completely free of lactose. The bakery's cakes are sugar free, sweetened naturally with top-shelf liquors, and can be purchased gluten free. Clients may also solicit the bakery for an elaborate custom-decorated cake to woo a lover or stone-faced judge.
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.
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.
The bakers behind Cupcake.Love.Miami fill their huge menu of desserts with unexpected and creative flavors. Some emulate childhood favorites, such as the PB-and-J-inspired Goober and watermelon Jolly Rancher. Other categories are dedicated to refreshing summer beverages, breakfast staples such as Froot Loops, and seasonal flavors such as pumpkin pie. These flavors take shape as cupcakes, cake pops, or full-grown cakes that can feed up to 95 people and arm as many food catapults.
But no matter what its shape or size, each dessert flaunts a distinct artistic vision with intricate fondants and other toppers. Cupcake.Love.Miami also partners with sister business Sunshine State Cakes to craft custom couture desserts.