Because of the dense presence of immigrants from Cuba and the Caribbean Islands plus South America, the people and food of Asia have not ventured south to this place. While it is so easy to get a nice cup of Cuban Coffee or a Picadillo, as there are virtually hundreds of Cuban restaurants in the city. If you want a Rogan Josh or Chicken Karahi, you are out of luck; as is your disappointment with a tasty Bun Ga Xao or a nice pot of Pho. Chinese food has fallen out of favor in the USA as it has in the continental Europe, and the reigning darlings are Thai (usually serving Sushi as well?). European cuisine, you are at the mercy of the restaurateurs: along the broad walk in Hollywood Beach, a restaurant proudly announces itself as La Brocheterie, French American Cuisine and the only thing FRENCH in the menu was FRENCH FRIES! While Tex Mex cuisine has caught on like fire in the rest of America, in Miami, you may as well be in Sonora Desert as the Mexican Restaurants are very few!
How to overcome this handicap, if you are a frequent visitor to this lovely city by the bay?
I have a sister who lives here, who is such an Excellent cook, specializing in Lebanese food, that no Hummus I have ever tasted has come up to her standard..So there are always my favorites at her table: pita with zatar, lane, hummus, taboule, and many other dishes that she makes from the scratch. In the absence of such a sister or a relative, you can always go to Marroush, the excellent Lebanese Restaurant in Coral Gables and its friendly owner, director Samir!
The other ethnic food that is easily obtainable is the food of Jamaica, an Island I used to be in love with, but fallen out with its people but NEVER with its food..
I was treated on this trip to
Jamaican Patties, Green Bananas, Salmon cooked in onion with Scotch Bonnet, among others.
The lovely hole in the wall resto The Jamaican Kitchen is conveniently nearby.