Top Ten Foods All True Miamians Must Try

Categories: Best of Miami

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Pincho Factory via Facebook
Buns are overrated.
You're a true Miamian if you drive like shit, bang on pots and pans when the Miami Heat wins, and prefer your guarapo with a side of chicharrón.

You're from Miami if you follow tío Pepe on Twitter, know the best cafecitos in every zip code, and eat churros con chocolate when the temperature drops below 75 degrees.

But maybe you're new to town and you hate being so sunburned and you really miss the esno back home. Fret no longer! What follows are the top ten foods all true Miamians -- native or not -- must try.

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Carina Ost
This. This is a sandwich.
10. The Yoyo at Maracuya
You know who really loves fried plantains? Miamians. So when a restaurant slices, batters, deep-fries, and stuffs its sweet plantains with braised meat, cheese, and lettuce, you must eat it. At Maracuya in North Beach, you can sample this ode to all things fried for just $6.25. Choose from chicken, beef, or pork as a filling. Scratch that. Pick the pork. Repeat, do not be a doofus. Real Miamians never pick anything over pork.

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Codik
Must be washed down with some guarapo.
9. Chicharrón at El Palacio de los Jugos
Sure, there's loads of variety at El Palacio de los Jugos -- West Flagler's Taj Majal for coco frío, lechón asado, and arroz con gris. But anyone who knows anything about fried pork knows El Palacio has the best chicharrón in town. So keep telling co-workers you drive there every day for some mamey juice. That oil-stained brown bag in your back seat knows the truth!

Location Info

Maracuya

7315 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

El Palacio De Los Jugos

5721 W. Flagler St., Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant

Viva Mexico

542 SW 12th Ave., Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant

La Perrada De Edgar

6976 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

Azucar Ice Cream Company

1503 SW 8th St., Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant

Pinolandia

119 NW 12th Ave., Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant

La Camaronera Fish Market

1952 W. Flagler St., Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant

Chef Creole

200 NW 54th St., Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant

Pincho Factory

9860 Bird Rd., Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant

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29 comments
anonyyy
anonyyy

Soooo the first two paragraphs pretty much states that if you don't act like a typical Hialeah or Kendall person then you are NOT a true Miamian. & here I thought living in Miami for my entire life made me a Miamian. whoops!

Ana M. Bibas
Ana M. Bibas

I love you short order. Do you accept recommendations about places or matkets??

John Rojas
John Rojas

Sounds like a reason to spend a weekend down there.

Jonathan Arnold
Jonathan Arnold

I think a sweetened croissant stuffed with guava would make for a better bun than pastelito pastry.

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

if you don't like the weather - wait twenty minutes

if you don't like this food - wait a season or so and it will be GONE

the one thing real MIAMIANs can indeed count on is temporary establishments - they are ALL here today and G O N E tomorrow

even the successful ones eventually get run by some greedy clowns who drive it into the ground or else that coke habit the main chef has come down to soFLA to clean up from has returned and POP there G O E S the chef or else the fickle visitor tried it once while it was THE FAD and now since the valet parking is up to $40 goes somewhere the NEW FAD is playing out or most likely real RENT kicks in and the gratis period of occupancy has elapsed and well there goes the FOR SALE sign on the front door

i can name barely a dozen GOOD places still here after twenty years

Carlos Cnotez Rodriguez
Carlos Cnotez Rodriguez

key words you fucking morons... "must-TRY"...TR... not fucking eat all teh time.. but TRYYYYYYYYYYY

Carlos Cnotez Rodriguez
Carlos Cnotez Rodriguez

holy fuck what a bunch of pussy ass comments im reading.. wow... yall are a bunch of hoes

Lourdes Diaz
Lourdes Diaz

As a Real Miamian, I suggest this writer get out a lot more.

Kimberly Lazala
Kimberly Lazala

Lmao at the pretentious tards throwing a shit fit over a food article. Seriously stfu & remove the stick up yo' ass. ::eyeroll::

Frank Castle
Frank Castle

the pastel burger is just stupid, nobody would eat that

Bill Cooke
Bill Cooke

Does the writer know that there are all different kinds of restaurants in Miami? There are even one or two left that serve American cuisine. Embarrassing piece.

Peter Alexander Linares
Peter Alexander Linares

I've had everything minus that hot dog with fruit on it and the donut. It takes a Miamian stomach.

Javi Rivero
Javi Rivero

I'm a true Miamian, but no way i ate some of this crap... Guava pastry with cheese burger? wtf...lol

bn00
bn00

Miami Food? I've lived here my whole life and wouldn't take an out of town visitors to 9 out of 10 of those places to eat.... Really... a donut?  How does that represent Miami? What's next....my favorite Miami McDonalds that all Miamians must try?

ccampria
ccampria

Tried the Taco Campechano today and they are absolutely delish!  3 tacos for $5--you can't go wrong.  Thanks for the tip! 

jorge
jorge

That is not a pic of carne asada and gallo pinto. And is that steamed vegetables on a supposed Nicaraguan dish?!?!?!?! My grandparents would roll over in their graves!!!

miriellelovesu
miriellelovesu

WHY is everyone such  a hater? Take a day off your diet and go try some motha-fu*cken greasy food. Get off your GMO-Monsanto rant for a day and get a life.....geeze.

Carlos Cnotez Rodriguez
Carlos Cnotez Rodriguez

wow.. a whole lot of pussy commenting above i see.. lay off all that estrogen no ones gonna die if your "try" a fucking plate of food u fucking bozos

Foodsnob
Foodsnob

No offense but am I the only true Miamian that doesn't want grease and plantains on every plate? Oh, and Mojo donuts isn't in Miami. Why the hell would a true Miamian drive to Broward County for a meal?

Lilah De Hellion
Lilah De Hellion

NASTY. Nine out of ten of those are a ticket to an early grave. TEN out of ten if the ice cream is made with corn syrup. How can educated people eat this crap...oh wait, that's right. :p

rjflamingo
rjflamingo

Seriously? Except for #7 & #5, I wouldn't touch any of these with a stick!

ccampria
ccampria

@Lilah De Hellion what's the point of commenting if only to be so negative?  News flash...most of our food supply is tainted with GMOs, even the organics, because the farmers who don't use the tainted seeds and/or fertilizers are in the vicinity of those farmers who do and guess what...cross polination at it's best.  Best to live your life and most importantly let others live theirs. 

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