When it comes to Latin cafeterias, Miami takes a back seat to no American city. Heck, we probably have more of them than New York has McDonald's restaurants. And we should be thankful for this, especially for the gems of the genre such as El Nuevo Siglo Supermarket in Little Havana. The brightly illuminated, family-owned grocery store contains all the staples for Hispanic cooking, as well as a meat counter and a little Old World-style bakery that kicks out mean made-on-premises chorizo and an authentic Argentine empanada de carne
(that's where the mom-and-pop owners come from). The cafeteria counter in back is lengthy. And the menu encompasses vaca frita
, arroz con calamari
, a peerless ropa vieja
, and a huge churrasco steak, with sides. The beef for these dishes, and for a wondrous pan con bistec
, is cut and trimmed by the in-house butcher. Sorry, pero no se habla ingles aqui.