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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Ten Best Cuban Coffee Places in Miami

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In this city, we tend to take a lot for granted. The beach, the lack of blizzards, and Cuban coffee are examples. You think it's easy to find a cup of Cuban rocket fuel in Chicago?

A colada is like the Big Gulp of Cuban coffee. Instead of a single shot of espresso served in a tiny plastic cup, a colada contains several shots and is usually served in a small styrofoam cup. A cortadito, similar to Italy's macchiato, is like a colada with a splash of milk -- although you'll see some creative versions on this list.

Cuban coffee may be ubiquitous in the Magic City, but all Cuban coffee drinks are not created equal. In our quest to highlight the best in town, we spoke with two Cuban coffee experts, Alberto De La Cruz and JennyLee Molina.

Molina, the public relations maven behind the #305cafécito campaign, actually got Mayor Tomás Regalado to issue a proclamation declaring 3:05 p.m. as "Miami's Official Cafécito Break Time" and brought national attention to our potent potion on NPR.

See also: 305 Cafecito Time at Enriqueta's

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Ten Best Comfort Food Dishes in Miami

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Carina Ost
Crabby melt.
Have you ever experienced real culinary comfort? The kind of food that gives you a hug and reminds you of home and family, speaking to your heart as well as your taste buds?

Comfort foods vary, but the ones with cheese, carbs, grease, meat, fat, salt and/or sugar reign supreme. They touch that soft spot and send you to the comfort zone. Here are the ten best in Miami.

See also: Miami's Ten Best Late-Night Eats

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Miami's Ten Best Late-Night Eats

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A late-night city like Miami needs some good late-night bites.
Though New York is known as the city that never sleeps, Miami gives the Big Apple a run for its money. Sure, we take siestas -- but when we rest, it's usually on the beach doing double duty as a tanning session. At night we play. And that means serious bouts with the munchies sometime after midnight. Sure, there's Denny's and Taco Bell, but there's also some damn fine grub to be had in Miami in those wee hours before the sun comes up. Chow down here.

See also: Miami's Ten Best Spots for Free Food

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Miami's Ten Most Unusual French Fries

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Carina Ost
Fries gone wild.
The term "French fries" may refer to elongated pieces of fried potatoes, but it can mean so much more. You can have them straight, curly, fat, thin, sweet, garlicky or crinkle cut. Although the options don't end there.

This is Miami, we like our papas accessorized, blinged out. We have them fried in duck fat, served extra spicy, replaced with veggies and even topped with hunks of meat.

Grab some ketchup as we attempt to make every day fry day with our list of fries gone wild.

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Miami's Five Most Over-the-Top Desserts

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Nutella pizza.
Dessert is always a luxury. However, there is a line, when that cherry on top of the dessert becomes just plain over-the-top.

Miami, a town known for extravagance, is so indulgent in sweets that we are actually leaving out the Guinness World Record-holding $1,000 Golden Opulence Sundae at Serendipity 3.

Now for the list we might be able to afford to sink our sweet tooth into.

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Miami's Five Most Outrageous Burgers

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Carina Ost
Plantain buns.
When it comes to meat stuffed between buns, Miami has it all.

In the past, we've shared our picks for the city's top ten burgers. We even found the most expensive one -- it's $65. But now, it's time to think beyond the bun.

Grab some napkins: What follows are the five most outrageous burgers in Miami.

See also: Blackbrick in Midtown Serves the Chinese Food You've Been Waiting For

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Miami's Five Best Kosher Restaurants

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Lenny's Pizza serves slices larger than your head.
Head to 41st Street (Arthur Godfrey Road) in Miami Beach and you'll experience a "no longer in Miami" feeling. Baseball hats are replaced by yarmulkes; booty shorts are eschewed for conservative skirts. Tons of stores display the "KM," or Kosher Miami sticker, and while many people sling the word around, at Short Order, we wanted to know: What exactly does "kosher" mean?

According to a leading kosher certification organization, kashrus means "suitable and/or pure, thus ensuring fitness for consumption." Under this designation, pure foods include most poultry, fish, and meats -- minus pork. Animals must be killed humanely, quickly, and under the watch of a kosher supervisor. Dairy is cool, but it's got to come from kosher meat.

With that in mind, we sought the five best kosher restaurants in Miami. Check out what we turned up.

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Ten Best Restaurant Chains Missing in Miami

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Miami needs you, In-N-Out Burger
Miami is not missing much. About 363 days of beach weather? Check. European tourists in Speedos plucking up overpriced designer items? Check. Damn near every taste, flavor, and kind of restaurant you can think of? Check.

There are, however, a few things we lack. Domestic restaurant chains that litter either the West Coast, Eastern Seaboard or the deep South often stop somewhere near Tampa or Orlando. They rarely make it to the Magic City. And when international chains hit the United States, they usually start off in New York or Los Angeles. In most cases, Miami is last on the map.

Wonder what we're missing out on? Here is a list of the top ten restaurants chains you'll have to catch a plane to catch a bite of.

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Miami's Best Baguettes: Le Royal, Buena Vista Deli, and More

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La Provence
Mmm, baguette.
In France, stopping at the boulangerie for a baguette is like hitting up your neighborhood Cuban café for a colada. It's a daily event.

The word baguette comes from the Latin word baculum, or "stick," and relates to the bread's long, narrow shape. Simple yet complex in taste, this traditional bread is not easy to make.

Though Miami is far from the streets of Paris, the Magic City actually has some tasty offerings. We've put together a list of the five best baguettes in town.

See also: Les Dames D'Escoffier Miami to Host Gourmet Garage Sale

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