BEST CARIBBEAN RESTAURANT Caribbean Delight 236 NE First Avenue

Miami

305-381-9254 Hey mon, we not goin' ta make believe we from ta island -- because nationality is irrelevant when it comes to savoring the home-cooked fare at Caribbean Delight. Sure, those who hail from the Caribbean will view the curry goat, jerk pork, oxtail, and steamed fish with okra through a more nostalgic lens, but what people in the world don't prefer their foods fresh, fully seasoned, and fantastically flavorful? Well, okay, maybe the British, but even they would be attracted to this downtown breakfast, lunch, and dinner spot if only for the affable staff and inarguable affordability. Most everything is under eight dollars, and the Monday-through-Thursday five-dollar lunch special brings a choice of beef stew or chicken curried, jerked, or stewed; pay the extra buck for a side of rice and chicken gravy. Vegetarians can opt for vegetable lasagna or curried tofu, and anyone can quench their thirst with homemade lemonade, fruit punch, ginger beer, soursop juice, or a cold bottle of Red Stripe. The room isn't much to look at (unless you find frayed airline travel posters intriguing), but with the money you save dining here, you can afford to walk over to the Miami Art Museum and pay the entrance fee. Great art, like Caribbean Delight, speaks a global language.

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BEST RESTAURANT TO TAKE OUT-OF-TOWNERS Chispa 225 Altara Avenue

Coral Gables

305-648-2600 With its bright red and yellow colors, Bahamian shutters, and oversize star lamps hanging from the ceiling, Chispa's highly stylized décor screams, "You're not in Kansas anymore!" Those lights aren't the only stars here. Chef/proprietor Robbin Haas is one of our top culinary stars and a founding member of the "mango gang" that more than a decade ago placed South Florida on the national restaurant radar. Haas's dynamic, contemporary, Latin-inspired cuisine is even louder than the interior design: distinctive dishes such as guajillo and soy-glazed short ribs, cazueliata of wood-smoked shrimp, roasted pork belly, and conch chicharones likely to make your guests feel as though they're not even in America anymore. That's the whole point, as Chispa's food reverberates with tropical heat, Latin fervor, and bright, sunny flavors. It's a microcosm of what makes Miami great. Visitors will also get to revel in the sort of sizzling bar scene they may not get at home.

BEST RESTAURANT TO TAKE OUT-OF-TOWNERS

BEST RESTAURANT TO TAKE OUT-OF-TOWNERS Chispa 225 Altara Avenue

Coral Gables

305-648-2600 With its bright red and yellow colors, Bahamian shutters, and oversize star lamps hanging from the ceiling, Chispa's highly stylized décor screams, "You're not in Kansas anymore!" Those lights aren't the only stars here. Chef/proprietor Robbin Haas is one of our top culinary stars and a founding member of the "mango gang" that more than a decade ago placed South Florida on the national restaurant radar. Haas's dynamic, contemporary, Latin-inspired cuisine is even louder than the interior design: distinctive dishes such as guajillo and soy-glazed short ribs, cazueliata of wood-smoked shrimp, roasted pork belly, and conch chicharones likely to make your guests feel as though they're not even in America anymore. That's the whole point, as Chispa's food reverberates with tropical heat, Latin fervor, and bright, sunny flavors. It's a microcosm of what makes Miami great. Visitors will also get to revel in the sort of sizzling bar scene they may not get at home.

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