Ten Best Plantain Dishes in Miami

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Carina Ost
The real banana boat.
It sounds crazy, but in the rest of the country, people don't go bananas for plantains. They occasionally eat a banana from their fruit basket or pop one for potassium, but that's it. They have no clue about the banana's more angular, greener, thick-skinned, less sweet, and consumed-when-cooked cousin: the plantain.

Miamians understand the complexity of this glorious fruit. Unripe green plantains are savory, like potatoes. They can be turned into chips or pounded flat and twice fried for tostones. Mashed and mixed with garlic and pork, they make mofongo. Riper, sweeter ones can be caramelized for plátanos maduros.

We also like them in concoctions far more creative than those dishes. Miamians enjoy the Kama Sutra of plantains: stuffed in sushi, arepas, and hot dogs or as vessels for burgers, sandwiches, and shrimp. Here are the top ten plantain dishes to peel into.

See also: Ten Best Comfort Food Dishes in Miami

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Emily Codik
Relax, it's vegan.
10. Black Bean and Sweet Plantain Arepa at La Latina
If you are looking for an indulgence that doesn't involve meat or dairy, head to La Latina in midtown. The sweet, greasy plantains are sliced and stuffed in a crisp corn cake with black beans that have been simmered with onions, red peppers, and cilantro. This vegan arepa ($5.95) is a real winner, but you can also try a vegetarian version with cheese and no beans.

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Carina Ost
Tostones with some edge.
9. Tostones at Edge Steak & Bar
Plain old tostones can take a hint from Edge. This edgy version ($8) features avocado mixed with chimichurri atop crisp plantains. What makes it even better? Queso fresco sprinkled on top.


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31 comments
Michelly Hernandez
Michelly Hernandez

It's not rotten...its ripe. Its fried, split in half- filled with beans, cream (hispanic version of sour cream) & queso seco (hispanic version of dry cheese like parmesan). Some people add ground beef in it... its really good. Carlos Spicy-Weiner

Lauren Gandarilla
Lauren Gandarilla

Yayyy!!! I can't wait Antoinette Stracke :) Maybe next month?

Antoinette Stracke
Antoinette Stracke

Lauren, next time you come to visit we are trying out one or more of these dishes. They sound and look so good!!!

Alex Muriel
Alex Muriel

you guys forgot mofongo at Benny's seafood.

Kerrie Montgomery
Kerrie Montgomery

Drooling! Makes me want to visit my friends and familyl down there even sooner!

Miami New Times
Miami New Times

Roger, first warning. Use offensive language like that again and consider yourself banned.

Ismael Antonio Sanabria
Ismael Antonio Sanabria

negative. Washington heights nyc Dominican land. platano capital of the United States. period

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