The Salty
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Amanda Pizarro and Andy Rodriguez love doughnuts so much that they set out to open their own craft shop, the Salty Donut. In less than six months, their small artisanal doughnut and coffee bar had taken over Miami, generating a buzz the city had never experienced. They've tapped into the hearts and stomachs of young and old sweets-lovers through handcrafted varieties such as traditional glazed buttermilk. There are savory choices like maple bacon, gluten-free versions, and even alcohol-infused treats like mimosa-style or spiked doughnut holes (prices vary). Along with Pizarro and Rodriguez, executive pastry chef Max Santiago is behind the Salty Donut's production. Each treat is made in-house from scratch, with no ingredient ever frozen. Batches are made throughout the day, ensuring freshness. There's even a good chance your sweetness will still be warm by the time you get your hands (and mouth) on it.

Gringa Flan
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Most flan recipes are deeply rooted in Latin America, but at Gringa Flan, the dessert is crafted by an all-American home cook with no culinary training, simply a love of Miami's Latin flair. The result is a refreshing twist on a traditional dessert that converts even the most adamant of flan haters. Owner Jessica Welsh moved to Miami from the D.C. area more than 25 years ago and had never tried flan. She quickly fell in love with the local culture and cuisine and began baking her own version of the custard confection before opening for business. Gringa Flan incorporates coconut milk into the base for a dish that's less "eggy" and sweet, and creamier and richer than its traditional counterpart. The signature flan is topped with a golden caramel sauce and crunchy coconut flakes, but flavors continue to evolve. Options include chocolate, coffee, mango, and pumpkin. Welsh still works as a project analyst for a human resources company, but flan is her hobby and passion. She sells her treats at local markets and festivals, as well as in a shared location with Wendy's Chocolates. The flan is available either whole ($24) or by the slice ($3) — just give her a call ahead of time because each one is made to order.

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