Jorge Castillo: There is one Little Havana eating establishment that isn't even located in Little Havana.
Glenn Lindgren: The Little Havana Restaurant has two locations the original in North Miami and a second restaurant by the same name in Deerfield Beach.
Raúl Musibay: We frequently hear from visitors to Miami who are staying in the Northern sections of Miami Beach, like Surfside and Bal Harbor. Like everyone, they are looking for some great Cuban food without traveling too far from the beach.
Raúl Musibay: They have a large and ambitious menu here. In addition to the standard menu items, they usually offer a dozen lunch and dinner specials.
Glenn Lindgren: The restaurant is located on Biscayne Boulevard in North Miami in an area that was once dominated by American style restaurants.
Jorge Castillo: Owner Jorge Alvarez opened the restaurant in 1991 and it has become a popular spot.
Glenn Lindgren: The chicharrones de pollo served here as an appetizer are not the boneless breaded chicken chunks served at most Miami restaurants. What you get here is Cuban style-fried chicken: whole chicken pieces with the skin removed, marinated in mojo and then expertly fried to perfection.
Raúl Musibay: The tamales are also very good with a taste of fresh corn and tender pieces of pork.
Jorge Castillo: The Sabor Habanero is a nice sampler plate that includes Croquettes, Pork, Chicken, Tamal, Fried Yuca, and Plantain Chips
Glenn Lindgren: We've roasted a lot of pigs over the years. However, if you can't roast an entire pig, the next best thing to roast is not the pernil or the ham (as most people believe), but the pork shoulder. The Little Havana Restaurant slow roasts pork shoulder to create a very tender and juicy pork that is used in dishes like masas de puerco.
Jorge Castillo: I love breaded steaks, such as the Bistec Empanizado served in most Cuban places. Here they also have a dish called Bistec Artesano, a breaded steak covered with thinly sliced ham and smothered in cheese.
Glenn Lindgren: Among my favorites at the Little Havana Restaurant are the tortillas, hearty Spanish omelets that feature potatoes, chorizo, ham, or shrimp.
Raúl Musibay: The fish dishes are very good here. They serve a delicious Filete de Pescado Relleno a white fish filet stuffed with shrimp and topped with a white Creole sauce. The enchilada de camarones is also an excellent choice if you like shrimp.
Glenn Lindgren: They have a very nice selection of desserts here, but for something unique, don't leave without trying the Macarena.
Jorge Castillo: It's a rich natilla swimming in caramel syrup and topped with strips of guava.
Raúl Musibay: What a combination!
Glenn Lindgren: If you're not feeling comfortable with your Spanish, the giant menu encompasses two sides one in English and one in Spanish so you don't have to suffer through the ordering process.
PRICES: Dinner entrees from $9.00 to $16.00
HOURS: Open daily for lunch and dinner.
CREDIT CARDS: Major Credit Cards Accepted
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