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Mango's Tropical Cafe: A Tourist Trap Revisited

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John Zur
Mango's wings
If you live in Miami, you might have forgotten what it was like when you first moved here. You did, you know, tourist things such as enjoying a night out at Mango's Tropical Café. The Ocean Drive institution is known for its colorful cast of character patrons, shows, and scantily-clad staff. But how often is Mango's recommended for food?

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John Zur
Sangria
We began with a pitcher of a refreshing sangria ($34), while sitting on the loggia overlooking the stage below, where a reggae band was rocking. The lead singer groped at the air in front of a voluptuous female dancer on the bar.

The best part of the meal came in the form of the famous "Mango" Wings (8 Wings, $10.95). Eight, meaty pieces smothered in mango barbecue sauce arrives with a side of blue cheese dressing including modest chunks. The celery sticks are a little bonus. But not long after devouring the wings, with the sweet, yet spicy, taste still lingering, your taste buds are crying for more.

We chose the tilapia piccata ($20.95) and Mango's churrasco steak tacos ($18.95) as our entrees. The former is a filet of tilapia sautéed just right with tasteful garlic, white wine, lemon, and caper sauce. A generous serving of mashed potatoes and steamed vegetables as accompaniments were also welcome. The steak tacos were under-stuffed with superb-tasting churrasco. The two, slim soft tacos are served with soupy refried beans, yellow rice, sour cream, guacamole, and diced tomatoes.

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John Zur
Steak tacos
As we watched the Michael Jackson show, while the reggae band was on a self-proclaimed marijuana break, we indulged in a quite sweet Mango's hot fudge brownie sundae ($8.95), with warm brownie, vanilla ice cream, homemade caramel fudge, whipped cream, and chopped walnuts.

Our suggestion: To best enjoy Mango's, sip on some drinks while chowing down on some of the best wings South Beach has to offer.

Mango's Tropical Cafe
900 Ocean Drive, South Beach


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Mango's Tropical Cafe

900 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant


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Don
Don

I love Mango's food! best quesadillas and wings!

Pickyeater
Pickyeater

Mangos is lame period. If you are dining here even on vacation your concierge should find a new career path.

Don't Steal Mangoes...
Don't Steal Mangoes...

$34.00 for a pitcher of sangria...?! 8 wings for $11.00...? Those churrasco tacos look like they're half full, for $19.00...? No wonder nobody local goes there to eat, they are a ripoff...!!They get the tourists who don't quite get the money exchange rate... No shame, no shame...

Don't Steal Mangoes...
Don't Steal Mangoes...

How much did they pay you to say that, oops, I apologize, I didn't realize you work there. Never mind...

Denise
Denise

Mango's is the bomb! best club in South Beach! And the food is great...we ate there last month3 times on our vacation. Best Churassco's on the Beach!

Don't Steal the Mangoes...
Don't Steal the Mangoes...

Where are you from, if you don't mind my asking...? Anybody(local) from Miami or the Beach does not go to Mangos, LOL...! Compared to other places on Ocean Drive, Mangos is down at the very bottom, it's "tourist fare" from waay back...!

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