It may not be the best Cuban food in Miami, or even the most popular, but nowhere is Cuban food in Miami quite like Versailles. It’s part restaurant, part gathering place for senior members of the Cuban diaspora, who while away their days sipping cafecitos and talking politics at the bakery. It was ground zero for the Elian Gonzales protests of 2000, and it’s hard to imagine taking a visitor anywhere else who wants a taste of the Miami Cuban experience. The interior is the perfect mix of white-coated waiters and placemats made of paper, both elegant and funky in a way only an old-school Cuban restaurant can be.
How to book: Stop in for first-come, first-served seating.
If you want a quintessential Miami experience that doesn’t involve renting a Ferrari or posting up on someone else’s yacht, hitting up this Little Havana landmark and chomping on pressed Cuban bread—filled with all the Cuban sandwich regulars—while sitting outside with a Cafecito and listening to all the regulars talk about the latest chisme is your ticket to ride.
How to book: Stop by for first-come, first served seating or order take-out via Toast.