One morning in February began with a sizzling vat of lard and a few cafecitos. Tasting Table had asked Michael to curate a list of local eats, including a trip to Little Havana to explore “everything but the Cuban sandwich” so the only answer was hell yes! We made a bee line for SW 8th Street, the main east-west thoroughfare to flavor town in two crucial stops, El Mago de las Fritas (est. 1984) and Versailles (est. 1971). Not only have these two institutions stood the test of time, they’ve done it in small and big ways while still maintaining the original identity they were built on and that made them great to begin with. There is a palpable sense of place that embraces you the moment you set foot in the door. It’s the passion and dedication of the staff and ownership, combined with the spirit and love that guests have for their restaurants that produces a powerful feeling of belonging and purpose. A winning combination if you ask us.
Visit Tasting Table’s Celebrating Local Eats feature sponsored by Pepcid to check out not only Michael’s recommendations for Miami, including amazing photos shot by our new friend Libby Volgyes, but tips from savvy experts from food to photography in cities including Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., San Francisco, New York City, Chicago, and Houston. Live like a local and really learn a city. That’s how we like to travel!