Florida Foodie Guide: 4 Miami Restaurants You Can't Miss

Miami Cuisine

Due to its location in the southeastern corner of the United States, close to Latin America, Miami brings together cuisines from Cuba, Spain, Mexico, Peru, and other countries. This article compiles and shares the 4 Miami culinary restaurants we visited on our trip.

El Chalan Restaurant

  • Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  • Cuisine: Peruvian

El Chalan restaurant specializes in Peruvian cuisine, offering not only delicious food but also generous portions. We ordered the restaurant's most famous main dishes, Lomo Saltado and Jalea Mixta. Lomo Saltado is a traditional Peruvian dish, which actually tastes somewhat like Chinese-style iron plate beef. It's cooked with tomatoes and onions, served with fries and rice. Jalea Mixta is essentially a fried seafood mix, including fish, shrimp, and squid, and it's very tasty. During our time in Miami, we encountered many excellent seafood restaurants, and I think the Jalea Mixta here was quite impressive. Additionally, Ceviche is another signature dish of this restaurant.

Joe's stone crab

  • Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  • Cuisine: Seafood

Joe’s Stone Crab probably needs no introduction, as it is one of Miami's most famous seafood restaurants, having been in business for over 100 years. The restaurant is located on Ocean Drive in the bustling South Beach area, so it's very crowded. Waiting for a table on-site for two to three hours is not unusual. We chose to take out our order and eat back at our hotel. Although the takeaway menu is somewhat limited, it still includes all the essentials. We ordered their signature Stone Crab, Crab Cake, and Key Lime Pie. The Stone Crab was exceptionally tasty. Additionally, it's worth noting that the restaurant has a basic dress code for dine-in customers: athletic wear is not permitted.

Havana 1957

  • Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  • Cuisine: Cuban

Havana 1957 is a popular Cuban restaurant with several branches in the city. One of them is located at the intersection of Espanola Way, which is always crowded. We visited another branch we came across while shopping. When dining here, everyone usually orders two Mojitos. We chose the Mojito Classical and Mango Mojito. For main dishes, we had the House Special Chicken and Shredded Beef. The outdoor seating offers a great atmosphere. If you haven't tried Cuban cuisine before, I recommend giving it a try.


  • Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  • Cuisine: Peruvian

This restaurant is located in Downtown, close to Bayfront Park. It's less touristy compared to South Beach, but the ceviche here is worth making a special trip for; it's unforgettable. Ceviche is a dish of seafood marinated in lemon juice. It's usually made with raw fish but can also include other ingredients like shrimp and squid. The marinade varies, creating different flavors. Eating a cold, refreshing ceviche in the hot Miami weather is a real treat. This time, we indulged and ordered four different types of Ceviche, each delicious in its own right. Additionally, we added a main course of Linguine and Churrasco.

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