Miami is known as a melting pot of Latin American culture, from Cuba to South America and everywhere in between. It’s also home to a wide mix of people from across the world. That diversity is reflected in Miami’s ethnic cuisine. On South Beach alone, restaurants range from Haitian and Peruvian to Greek and Chinese. Whether it’s a hole-in-the-wall with authentic flavors or an upscale, refined meal in the lap of luxury, South Beach is home to some of the city’s best ethnic restaurants.
Tap Tap – Haitian
Miami has a large Caribbean population and many hail from Haiti. You can explore Little Haiti to immerse yourself in the cuisine and culture or you can simply head to Tap Tap on South Beach for a taste. This charming restaurant overlooks Fifth Street and is filled with folkloric art, brightly painted wooden chairs and tables and killer Haitian food and cocktails. From fried pork griyo to kabrit nan sos (goat stew) and poulet rouge stew, most dishes are served with rice and sweet plantains. The seafood menu is just as tempting with grouper marinated in lime sauce, shrimp in creole or coconut sauce and stewed conch. Pair that with a strong rum cocktail straight out of a coconut and you’re in for a treat. 819 5th St., Miami Beach, FL 33139
Chalan on the Beach – Peruvian
For a down to earth entrée into Peruvian cuisine, head to Chalan on the Beach. This no frills, diner-like restaurant in the heart of South Beach’s buzzing Washington Avenue nightlife scene dishes up authentic Peruvian staples like lomo saltado (sautéed beef with onions and tomato) and aji de galina (sautéed hen with a creamy pepper sauce and cheese). You can also sample your fair share of ceviche here, made of fresh fish marinated in lime juice with onions, avocado and giant white corn. 1580 Washtington Ave., Miami Beach, FL 33139
Puerto Sagua – Cuban
Of course, you can’t come to Miami without a taste of Cuban cuisine. For an authentic, down to earth experience on South Beach, head to Puerto Sagua near the shopping district of Collins Avenue. You’ll enjoy Cuban classics here, like the Cuban sandwich made of marinated pork, ham, Swiss cheese, pickles and mustard pressed between flaky Cuban bread, or ropa vieja, a savory beef stew marinated with peppers, tomatoes and onions and served with rice, beans and sweet plantains. Don’t leave without a shot of strong, sweet Cuban coffee to get you through your day. 700 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL 33139