Miami is a huge city with lots of restaurants coming and going. Tastes can change drastically, and that also applies to the taste of a restaurant’s food. There are three main restaurants that I will always go to no matter what, because they are consistent, reliable, and show no signs of slowing. Here are my personal thoughts on each one of them.
If there’s one thing that Miami is known for, it’s Cuban food. As such, I will be reviewing my favorite Cuban restaurant first. Rincon Criollo restaurant isn’t just the best Cuban food in Miami, it’s the best anywhere. They even have a location in Queens, if you live in New York. This restaurant is located in northwest Miami, nearby the Allapattah area.
There’s a Greyhound bus station nearby, so you don’t even have to have a driver’s license to go here! Which means there are no excuses why you can’t eat here. In fact, you’ll probably spend more on the transportation t
o get here than you will on the meal itself. Rincon Criollo offers a wide array of Cuban food, both fried and not, and for affordable prices.
I appreciate that some businesses out there are still genuinely looking out for their customers, as not everyone can afford to eat out every night. Even if I couldn’t afford it, I’m pretty sure I would still come crawling back to this Miami restaurant. A lot of Miami restaurants lend themselves to the tourist trap category because they think that they can overcharge since the restaurant is located in a popular town.
If I’m being honest, Cuban food wasn’t at the top of my list before visiting Rincon Criollo. None of the food sounded that appetizing, and I’m sure my inability to read other languages contributed to that. It’s safe to say that multiple good experiences here have changed my perspective. My favorite dish to order here is the tortilla perico.
Personally, I have enjoyed a lot of dishes at Rincon Criollo. But this entree definitely takes the cake. Another thing that this Miami restaurant does great is the sanitation. It takes little to no effort to wipe off a table before someone else can be seated, and I appreciate that the staff made sure my table was clean before they seated me.
The little things like that always improve a restaurant experience. One thing that the management should keep in mind with their sanitation is the kitchen. Because a lot of Cuban dishes are fried, the chefs will have to keep a constant watch over the kitchen’s grease trap.
Exhaust hoods catch all the grease that is almost impossible to see with the naked eye, but grease is extremely flammable and needs to be cautiously maintained. Fortunately, I know the number of a great restaurant hood cleaner in Miami. They also offer other additional services like restaurant cleaning services. That way you can get the rest of your business cleaned at the same time, effectively killing two birds with one stone.
I don’t really know that much about hood cleaning, so I’m glad that Miami Hood Cleaning Pros have an about page on their website to help explain it to me. All of these thoughts are only coming from one person, so it’s probably hard not to take them with a grain of salt.
Fortunately for all of you restaurant-goers, Rincon Criollo has a multitude of positive online reviews that also enjoyed the food. I’m not the first person, and I certainly will not be the last one.
Next, I have to talk about Jimmy’z Kitchen Wynwood. This time around you’ll be eating, unsurprisingly, in Miami’s Wynwood neighborhood. There are plenty of other great restaurants in Wynwood, so don’t hesitate to eat at Jimmy’z for lunch. Then you can eat dinner at another great Miami restaurant.
Maybe my next review will just be solely restaurants located in Wynwood? Jimmy’z Kitchen Wynwood serves Latin food, which a lot of people just mistake for Mexican food. That isn’t true at all. Puerto Rican cuisine isn’t common in a lot of Miami restaurants, so it’s a nice change of pace from the typical Latin food you would find elsewhere. Here, my favorite thing to order is the mofongo.
Plantains are great, and I have no idea how to cook them so I’m restricted to plantain dishes at Miami restaurants. The thing that sets Jimmy’z Kitchen Wynwood apart from the competition is the service. Rincon Criollo’s staff may be very sanitary, but Jimmy’z Kitchen Wynwood has staff that knows everything about the restaurant they work at.
When you ask your waiter for suggestions on the menu and they can provide both personal favorites and customer favorites, then you really start to grasp how attentive they are. If a restaurant’s staff loves the food just as much as the customers, it has to be great. Don’t just take my word for it though, check out one of the many great reviews on yelp and google.
Last but not least, there’s The River Seafood & Oyster Bar. You’ll be eating in downtown Miami this time around, surrounded by beautiful ocean scenery. That’s my favorite part of eating in Miami. Eating by the coast. This last review won’t be as long as the others, but that’s not a bad thing.
Each one of the restaurants is equally as good, and nobody wants to hear the same thing repeated three times in a row. The River Seafood & Oyster Bar serves great seafood, as suggested by the title. I think my favorite dish here is the Maine lobster roll, but I could also just be biased.
Lobster is my favorite seafood dish, after all. The chefs at The River Seafood & Oyster Bar just do something with the lobster to make it taste amazing, and if there was room in my stomach I would order it twice in a row. A lot of the great online reviews talked about it as well, so I thought I would bring it up.