Iconic Miami dishes explained
Ah, the Cuban sandwich. It is the Meryl Streep of Miami food: timeless, prolific and the perfect amount of salty. There’s some debate as to which city created the Cuban sandwich we know it today but there’s no doubt in our mind you’ll find the best ones in Miami. Need proof? Try the Local Cuban’s classic Cubano ($12) at Time Out Market. Expect all the requirements with some delicious flourishes: house ham, pork rillettes, pickles, Swiss cheese and mustard seed caviar all served on classic Cuban bread.
No Cuban breakfast is complete without pastelitos, the flaky Cuban pastry that can be stuffed with any number of things. Of course, in Miami, we don’t really care about the time of day. We’ll eat these things at any meal. And at Time Out Market Miami’s Leña, you’ll find the traditional pastelitos taken to a new level, stuffed with mind blowing flavors like apple pie, peanut butter and jelly, media noche and frita. Ariete sous-chef Giovanni Fesser has earned his nickname: the Pastelito Papi.
There’s nothing “iconic” about the Norman Van Aken pizzas you’ll find inside Time Out Market Miami. We’re not saying they’re not first-fight-over-the-last-slice-good (they are). It’s just that you’ve probably never seen many pizzas that look like this. But the toppings, sourced from local Redland farms, those should be familiar to savvy Miami eaters who value farm-to-table food. And Van Aken’s Redland CSA pizza—along with ricotta and balsamico—is heaped full of them.
Nothing is more Florida than alligators. They’ve been here longer than we have, are smart enough to avoid I-95 at rush hour and there’s probably one in your swimming pool right now. And you’ll be able to find them at Kush in Time Out Market Miami—fried and seasoned with Old Bay. The gators are sourced from Starke, Florida and come with creamy garlic and spicy mayo. It’s like chicken, but Florida-er.
If Miami were an ice cream flavor, this would be it. Azucar’s Abuela Maria ice cream flavor uses a bunch of very Miami ingredients and the result is pure 305 deliciousness. Guava paste, chunks of cream cheese and crumbled Maria Cookies all combine in beautiful harmony. The only thing that could make it more Miami is a couple swigs of rum—which Azucar actually has been known to use in other flavors.