From Mexico and the Caribbean, embark on a cultural exploration at these two new eateries.
Mojito from La Cañita PHOTO BY: MICHAEL PISARRI
If you’re craving tacos in the Design District, head over to this NYC import occupying an enviable corner spot on Northeast Second Avenue. Floor-to-ceiling windows encase a throwback taqueria outfitted in white tiles and yellow-topped card tables, while an open kitchen frames the made-from-scratch taco action. The menu is pure Mexican street food with corn tortillas made in-house, topped with everything from al pastor pork to marinated free-range chicken. Quesadillas and burritos round out the menu, and beer and margaritas are available, along with the refreshing Rubio created with fresh watermelon juice and tequila. 3930 NE Second Ave., Ste. 100, Miami, tacombi.com
James Beard Foundation Award-winning chef Michelle Bernstein, known for her command of pan-Latin cuisines, and husband-partner David Martinez teamed up to open La Cañita, whose name translates from Spanish to “little sugarcane.” Celebrating the food and flavor of tropical, sun-drenched destinations like Cuba, Jamaica, Haiti, Trinidad and Tobago, and Puerto Rico, as well as influences from Central and South America, the restaurant offers spectacular waterfront views of Miami and live music nightly. The menu runs the gamut from conch fritters topped with spicy powdered sugar to Jamaican jerk-kissed chicken wings to chef Bernstein’s famous empanadas enveloped in a flaky crust. Bayside Marketplace, 401 Biscayne Blvd., 2nd Floor, Miami, lacanitamiami.com