Everything you need to know about visiting Versailles in Little Havana (3501 SW 8th St, Miami FL 33135).
Almost as famous locally as its palatial namesake is in France, Versailles is a kitschy Cuban diner with wall-to-wall mirrors, a constant buzz and an unabridged menu featuring every dish ever cataloged as Cuban. The Little Havana institution is also the unofficial meeting place for the city’s Cuban community during times of political unrest.
What to order
Cuban food is, in a word, delicious. It’s usually hearty and filling and—more often than not—has something to do with pork or chicken. The Ropa Vieja is a classic dish of shredded beef cooked in garlic, onions, bell peppers, wine and tomato sauce. It, like many of the entrees, comes with a side of white rice, beans and sweet plantains. Cuba has a rich tradition of fishing as well, so the seafood portion of the menu takes up some decent real estate. If you’re feeling luxurious, go for the paella, a seafood and rice medley that requires a two person minimum and 45 minutes to order.
The famous Cubano sandwich
We’ll say it loud and proud: no one does sandwiches better than Cubans. They have perfected the toasty ratio of bread, meat and cheese. And the most iconic sandwich on the menu is easily the Cuban. In fact, the Cubano might be the most popular thing on the entire menu. The original (there’s a special version that’s slightly larger) meets all the basic requirements: toasted, filled with the right ingredients and cut perfectly in half.
Don’t forget dessert
Please don’t walk past the pastry counter without sampling some of Cuba’s best sweets. Anything stuffed or topped with guava—a sweet tropical fruit common in Cuba—is a safe bet. The flan is a must as well. Every Cuban American will swear it's not as good as their abuela’s—but they’re lying.
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|Venue name:||Versailles | Miami, FL||Contact:|
3555 Calle Ocho (SW 8th St)
|Cross street:||at SW 35th Ave|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Thu 8am–1am; Fri–Sat 8am–2.30am; Sun 9am–1am|
|Transport:||Bus 8, 37, 42|