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.
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.
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.
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.
At Decor Art'z Wine & Café Boutique, the smell of lightly fried sandwiches mingles with the taste of fresh vegetables, fruit juices, and rich coffee. In the kitchen, chefs brown the sides of croque-monsieurs—grilled sandwiches that pair fruit, meat, and seafood with various cheeses—serve up a multitude of cold wraps and sandwiches, and create entrees of chicken breasts and beef tenderloin smothered in cheese and mushrooms. Decor Art'z also brews its own fine wines and encourages customers to do the same. Using the café's equipment, patrons choose blends of fruit and spend time brewing the mixture at the store, then return for bottling once the wine accepts the fact that yeast has changed it forever. After eating or brewing, guests can peruse the eatery's boutique and florist for something to give to the kitchen as a peace offering for not using its appliances.