Ten Best Plantain Dishes in Miami

The real banana boat.
The real banana boat.
Carina Ost

It sounds crazy, but in the rest of the country, people don't go bananas for plantains. They occasionally eat a banana from their fruit basket or pop one for potassium, but that's it. They have no clue about the banana's more angular, greener, thick-skinned, less sweet, and consumed-when-cooked cousin: the plantain.

Miamians understand the complexity of this glorious fruit. Unripe green plantains are savory, like potatoes. They can be turned into chips or pounded flat and twice fried for tostones. Mashed and mixed with garlic and pork, they make mofongo. Riper, sweeter ones can be caramelized for plátanos maduros.

We also like them in concoctions far more creative than those dishes. Miamians enjoy the Kama Sutra of plantains: stuffed in sushi, arepas, and hot dogs or as vessels for burgers, sandwiches, and shrimp. Here are the top ten plantain dishes to peel into.

See also: Ten Best Comfort Food Dishes in Miami

Relax, it's vegan.
Relax, it's vegan.
Emily Codik

10. Black Bean and Sweet Plantain Arepa at La Latina

If you are looking for an indulgence that doesn't involve meat or dairy, head to La Latina in midtown. The sweet, greasy plantains are sliced and stuffed in a crisp corn cake with black beans that have been simmered with onions, red peppers, and cilantro. This vegan arepa ($5.95) is a real winner, but you can also try a vegetarian version with cheese and no beans.

Tostones with some edge.
Tostones with some edge.
Carina Ost

9. Tostones at Edge Steak & Bar

Plain old tostones can take a hint from Edge. This edgy version ($8) features avocado mixed with chimichurri atop crisp plantains. What makes it even better? Queso fresco sprinkled on top.



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