It's that time of year when we count down to New Times' Best of Miami 2012 issue in June. Until then, Short Order will serve up 100 of our favorite dishes in the 305. If you have any nominations of your own, please send them to email@example.com.
43. Ackee Empanadas at Vegetarian Restaurant by Hakin
Hakin Hill, the laid-back and dreadlocked owner of this all-vegan restaurant in Sunny Isles, calls these yummy vegan empanadas ($3.99) "pasties." We jaded Miamians usually think of adhesive nipple coverings when we hear that word, but let's not get distracted by semantic squabbles -- the name is secondary to the deliciousness.
These savory pies are filled with ackee (the national fruit of Jamaica, which has a scrambled-egg-like appearance and taste) and a thick, creamy blend of carrots, peas, and corn that culminates in a potpie-like flavor when paired with the buttery whole-wheat crust (of course it's not made with real butter, but we think most people would be fooled). They're surprisingly dense and filling -- one will definitely do the trick as an appetizer or a snack on the go. Other flavor choices include spinach ($2.50), original soya chunk, and curried seitan ($3), but the restaurant's offerings change daily, so check about the fillings du jour, and bon appétit, mon.
100 Favorite Dishes
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