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The Best Restaurants in Little Haiti – Miami – The Infatuation

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These are our 16 favorite places to eat in Little Haiti.
Written byRyan Pfeffer
In the pie chart of foods that define Miami, Haitian and Carribean both deserve a massive slice. And Little Haiti – as you might have guessed – is the epicenter of those foods. The oxtail and jerk chicken here are resources to be cherished like precious stones or perfectly-fitting pants. But this huge neighborhood is hiding a lot more delicious things worth your time, like a cheesy empanada we’d like to nominate for president of empanadas. You can find that and more in these 16 Little Haiti restaurants.

Caribbean
Little River
Technically you could just hop into this West Indian bodega for Pringles and a soda, but you’d be missing out on some of the best food in the area if you didn’t also stop by the tiny kitchen in the back of this place. That’s where a single chef is churning out some truly outstanding Carribean dishes like jerk chicken, ackee and saltfish, curry oxtail, and soft, warm rotis we’d very much like to tie together into a sleeping bag. Though we’d definitely eat the whole thing in our sleep and wake up shivering.

Argentinian
Little Haiti
It doesn’t take a detective to figure out that Fiorito is an Argentinian spot. Their logo incorporates Diego Maradona’s jersey number and the very good menu includes quite a lot of beef. But you don’t have to just eat red meat here. They also have some tasty octopus, butternut squash soup, and quite possibly our favorite empanada in town. It’s called the empanada de choclo, and it’s a circular little disk filled with a stretchy center of cheese and sweet corn. Order it.

Bakery/Cafe
Little Haiti
Piman Bouk is a classic Haitian bakery in the heart of Little Haiti. The main event here are Haitian patties, which are flaky and more similar to a croissant than a Jamaican patty. They come filled with either cod or beef. Piman Bouk keeps them warm and ready to eat all day – which is probably why they almost always have a line out the door. Other good things here include coconut bread and tablet pistache, a crunchy Haitian peanut brittle. And just know that it’s cash only, so hit up an ATM on the way.

Caribbean
Little Haiti
The food at Naomi’s is great. The jerk chicken, oxtail, and fried snapper are all just about as good as you’ll find in Little Haiti, but the food isn’t even our favorite thing about this place. We love Naomi’s little garden seating area, which you could easily miss from the street. It’s a lush, comfortable courtyard where you can befriend a rooster, lay in a hammock, and really feel like you’re eating on an island in the Carribean.

Honduran
Little Haiti
Adelita’s is a great Honduran restaurant that works for takeout, breakfast, or a casual dinner. We loved everything we tried here, which includes the pupusa de chicharron y quesillo and chicken tacos, which came crispy and rolled up into little cigar shapes. But, whatever you order, don’t skip the baleadas. The baleada con pollo comes with chicken, refried beans, and sour cream folded inside a thick and fluffy flour tortilla.

Latin
Little Haiti
Chef Creole is to Miami Haitian food what Pitbull is to Miami music. It’s probably the first name that comes to mind, and for good reason. Chef Creole not only has a location in the Miami airport, but it’s a classic Little Haiti spot – serving solid versions of dishes like griot, oxtail, and fried fish. It’s also got a lovely outdoor dining area that’s a great place to have a beer and really concentrate on getting every molecule of meat out of your oxtail.

Jamaican
Little Haiti
Clive’s is a simple sit-down spot you should go to anytime you’re in the mood for Jamaican food. There’s nothing too special to look at inside. But the jerk chicken, curry goat, and fried conch are all so good that even if there was a diamond mural of DJ Khaled wrestling an alligator on the wall, you’d probably be too focused on trying to get the perfect amount of rice, plantain, and meat onto your fork to notice.

BBQ
Little Haiti
Despite being roughly the size of a barbecue smoker, Bon Gout churns out an impressive selection of slow-cooked meats. They do the barbecue classics here – ribs, chicken, brisket – but we find it very hard not to order the griot “zakos” every time we come. It’s essentially griot (a Haitian dish of fried pork cubes) in taco form. But the tortillas they use are somewhere between softshell and hardshell, and these things will absolutely fill you up thanks to the toppings of sour cream, queso fresco, cilantro, and pikliz.

Italian
Buena Vista
Boia De isn’t technically in Little Haiti – it falls approximately one football field south of the neighborhood’s official border of NE 54th Street. But even a Dolphins quarterback could stand at the restaurant’s front door and toss a football into Little Haiti, so we’re going to include it in this guide. Plus, we love this place and think you should know about it. Everything about Boia De feels original and thoughtful, from the beautiful restaurant design to the menu, which features outstanding small plates like hamachi with a yuzu salsa verde and a rich beef tartare covered in tonnato sauce.

Haitian
Little Haiti
There’s really no need to look at the menu when you walk into Pack Supermarket – you’re here for the fried chicken. The juicy drumsticks are fried just enough to produce a crispy skin, but aren’t so heavily breaded that you get full before you even reach the meat. This chicken is juicy, well-seasoned, and an exceptional deal, because you can get three drumsticks – plus a side of rice and beans and pikliz – for just over $5.

Vegan
Little Haiti
The Vegan Marie is a vegan restaurant and shop where the food options change just about daily. It's one of those places where you find out what's on the menu by having a conversation with the chef, who'll happily tell you what they have that day. It could be a spicy seaweed wrap, or a filling platter of legumes, chickpeas, veggie balls, and perfectly ripe avocados. But it'll probably be very tasty. The space is sort of a cross between restaurant, botánica, and market. They also sell a housemade cocktail called Chiré Pantalèt (translation: you don't want to know). It's a dangerously good mixture of sugarcane moonshine, passionfruit, and ginger that you most definitely want in your fridge.

Pizza
Little Haiti
La Piazzetta is actually in the same complex as Boia De, so the same geographic technicality applies here. But you can’t find very much pizza in Little Haiti, so it’s good to have this place in your pocket, especially because they make a very good Neapolitan pie. There are almost an overwhelming amount of pizzas to choose from at this Italian restaurant. Just pick one that’s not too overloaded with toppings (like the piazza del popolo with spicy nduja) and you should be fine.

Haitian
Little Haiti
Piman Bouk is an essential stop for anyone looking to get into Haitian food. It’s located right in the heart of Little Haiti, with a simple setup inside of wooden tables, low ceilings, and an air-conditioning unit that could use an update. But you can cool down with a soursop juice while you look over the menu, which reads like a greatest hits of Haitian food. The fried goat, oxtail, stewed pork – it’s all good – so maybe come with a couple friends who are down to split things. Just a head’s up: it’s cash only.

Ice Cream
Little Haiti
The name of this cash only Haitian bakery explains what you should be eating here: ice cream. It’s rich and creamy, almost closer in consistency to sorbet. Their tropical flavors come in a handful of varieties like pineapple, passionfruit, strawberry and more refreshing scoops that are incredibly appropriate on a hot summer day. But they also serve a handful of very tasty meat patties here, which resemble pastelitos in the texture and flakiness of the dough. They’re stuffed with chicken, beef, and herring, and are the perfect size for a snack before dinner if you happen to have a late reservation at Boia De down the street.

Haitian
Little Haiti
Chez Le Bebe is another spot in Little Haiti that focuses on a handful of Haitian dishes – specifically griot, which they do very well. Here the fried chunks of pork are super fatty and come with big piles of rice and beans, a salad, and a pork jus for dipping. It’s a portion you can easily split with a friend at one of the plastic-lined tables inside this little restaurant, which is cash only, by the way.

Sandwiches
Little Haiti
This casual restaurant is mostly about empanadas and sandwiches, which makes it an ideal stop for lunch whether you want to eat in or grab it to-go. We like both their empanadas and sandwiches almost equally as much, but the chopped beef empanada just ever so slightly wins over the prosciutto and arugula sandwich. You should still try both though.

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