A hot dog from Arbetter’s
Arbetter’s is a family-owned joint that’s been on Bird Rd for 50+ years, which you’ll know immediately because it looks like it’s been sitting on Bird Rd for 50+ years. Its hot dogs are as no-fuss as the shack they’re sold in, and you can get them with ketchup, mustard, relish, onions, chili, or cheese.
Guava queso pastelito
This version of the piping hot Cuban pastry is stuffed with melted cheese and guava. Miami babies come out of the womb craving this item, which you can find on Hialeah and Calle Ocho street corners, and at Publix, La Carreta, and any Cuban baby shower, reunion, or wedding. You cannot get more Miami than this.
No, this is not just a rum and Coke. A real Cuba Libre requires a strategic mix of dark rum, Coke, fresh lime juice, and the skill of a “viejo” who wears a fedora and probably rolls his own Cuban cigars.