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This colorful Nicaraguan joint is one of those places you visit to feel like you’re on vacation even if you’re already on vacation. Yambo is as much about the atmosphere as it is about food. On the terrace, folk-art knickknacks — miniature guitars, hats, porcelain pots, even a mounted boar’s head — hang from and cover every possible surface. A larger-than-life statue of a knight guards the tiled dining room. And you’ll hear only Latin music coming out of the jukebox. Little English is spoken here, but monolingual Anglos needn’t worry: Simply walk along the cafeteria-style counter and point to what you want. Vegetarians and meat eaters alike will find plenty to gorge on — crackly fried tacos de pollo, and pescazones (fried, knishlike potato balls brimming with chayote and cheese). Your order is piled high on a Styrofoam plate alongside a generous portion of shredded cabbage and the requisite sides of rice, red beans, plantains, or yuca. Best of all, Yambo is open 24 hours — a perfect “go to” afterparty addition to your Uber favorites.
1643 SW First St., Miami, 33135