In recent years, the beautiful city of Miami has been filled with Venezuelan restaurants and that is great news for those of us who live here. Venezuelan food is a unique cocktail of flavors that extends far beyond the well-known arepa. Corn or plantain based dishes, meats with an incredible seasoning, the tastiest fish you can imagine, soups out of this world and not to mention the desserts… it really is a gastronomic culture that gets you hooked.
And since we are already hooked, today we want to share with you a list of our favorite places in the city and its surroundings. Fasten your seatbelt because this is going to be a delicious trip!
Our Top7: Best Venezuelan Food Restaurants Near Miami
Let’s start this tour that will take you through the whole Venezuelan geography with flavors. We hope you can visit them all because it’s worth it!
1.- Punto Criollo
There is something about this restaurant that makes it the favorite of Venezuelan celebrities. All the stars of the Caribbean country, when they visit Miami, do not fail to visit this place. Among its specialties are the delicious mandocas, arepas with any filling you can imagine, lomo negro, rib soup, mondongo, bollitos pelones and more.
You have two locations in South Florida: Coral Gables and Pembroke. The service is warm and attentive and the dishes are truly delicious. We are talking about a must stop to discover the culinary culture of Venezuela.
2.- La Crema Food & Grill
Here you can choose from such a variety of dishes that you won’t know where to start. Their specialty is meat and grilled Venezuelan style, with chorizo and blood sausage. Another thing they do very well in this restaurant is coffee. I don’t know if you know it but Venezuelans have dozens of ways of ordering coffee according to its concentration and the amount of milk and/or sugar they add. In this place they know them all.
They also serve cachapas, main dishes such as pabellon criollo and others.
TripAdvisors users give it 4.5 stars. It is located on NW 25th St, Doral.
3.- El Sitio Coffe Bar
Tequeños, chicharrón, caraotas… if you are Venezuelan these words will surely make you shudder. If you are not, come to this restaurant and try them now! Everything here is delicious. Other specialties are the empanadas and the creole breakfast. Not for nothing does the place have 5 stars on Tripadvisors and many reviews so you know first hand what to expect.
It is located on 2nd Avenue in Miami.
4.- Doggi’s Arepa Bar
Arepa bars are one of the best things to happen to Miami in recent years, and this is one of the places that best lives up to the name. There are arepas of whatever you want! But not only that, check out the menu because all of their dishes are worth it.
You have two locations: Biscayne Boulevard and Coral Way. People on Tripadvisors give it 5 stars. A clear green flag to decide for this place.
5.- La Latina
This is one of those little family places where you eat as if you were a guest of the family. The Venezuelan food here has the “homemade” seal. We recommend the pabellón margariteño (a version of the pabellón criollo but with fish), the tequeños, the patacones and the pernil (pork leg). There is a variety of fillings for the arepas, which are also made with care and authenticity.
And if we talk about desserts, there are pure classics: golfeados with handmade cheese, churros and torta cuatro leches. Impossible to choose just one.
It is located on NE 2nd Avenue.
6.- Budare Bistro
In Venezuela they call “budare” to the griddle where the arepas are cooked. Every house has one and sometimes they are passed from generation to generation. It is a cooking tool that keeps many secrets. In this restaurant they use that term as inspiration to cook dishes with a distinctive seal.
They make breakfast, lunch, dinner and brunch. One of their specialties is patacón, as well as chicha (a rice, milk and cinnamon drink that every Venezuelan knows). In short, it is part of our list of favorites for a reason.
By the way, it shares the space with a mini-market of Venezuelan products. Be sure to take a look!
This restaurant is located in Brickell.
7.- Bocas Grill
This is Venezuelan food with a gourmet twist. The specialty is meat and grill, but really everything is fantastic. They offer Venezuelan specialties such as Pizca Andina (a particular egg soup that is served for breakfast in the Venezuelan Andes), hallaquitas de maiz, and fosphorera (the most powerful seafood soup you can imagine).
It is located in Kendall. TripAdvisor users give it 4.5 stars.
Fan of Latin flavors? Get to know the best kept secret of Peruvian gastronomy at Chifa Du Kang
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If you are a true Latin foodie, you are in Miami and you are looking for new flavors, it’s about time you get to know Chifa food, and the best place for that is Chifa Du Kang.
Chifa culture is the wonderful fusion between Chinese and Peruvian gastronomy. In Peru we don’t joke when we talk about food, we are a 5 star gastronomic destination! So believe us when we tell you that if you haven’t tried these dishes yet, you are missing out on something great.
In Miami we are on Kendall Drive and Bird Road. Come and try our seven presentations of arroz chaufa, our lomo saltado, tipakay chicken, wantan soup, spring rolls, and much more. You can top off your selection with a delicious Peruvian dessert.