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Cafe Charlotte

1497 Washington Ave. Miami Beach, FL 33139 | South Beach | 305-535-1522

Location Description:

Under the same ownership as the venerable Charlotte Bakery next door, which turns out baked goods and sandwiches from a variety of Latin American nations, this newer café features Venezuelan specialties. A great intro to that nation's cuisine is a sampler including guayanes cheese (similar to mozzarella but looser), tequeños (dough-wrapped sticks of firm white cheese), a fried cornmeal tamale, deep-fried beef mini-empanadas, and house-made guasacaca sauce, a thinner and delectably tangier version of guacamole. And Mojo Shrimp -- fresh Florida shellfish precisely sautéed with a mix of orange, lemon, and cilantro, then finished with a sauce of white wine and butter -- is a surprisingly ambitious starter for such a humble setting. There's a small selection of budget-price wines too. In fact, what looks to be just another empanada joint outside is cute enough inside to be suitable for a romantic bargain date -- except on days when there's a soccer game on TV, and the café turns into a zoo.

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  • Cuisine(s): South American
  • Hours: Daily 12pm-11pm
  • Price: $$
  • Serving: Dinner, Lunch
  • Alcohol: Beer/Wine
  • Reservations: Not Necessary
  • Parking: Street
  • Payment Types: MasterCard, Visa, American Express
  • Attire: Casual
  • Features: Kid Friendly, Takeout

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  • Dining: Reviewed
    From the front the Charlotte Bakery doesn't look much more encouraging than any of the many other sources, on this still relatively ungentrified stretch of Washington Avenue, for empanadas....