For the past 35 years, loyal denizens have gathered every March to party in the street and support the Kiwanis Club of Little Havana. The popularity of the massive Carnaval Miami has afforded the Kiwanis Club the ability to help improve the lives of underserved kids. Though the attractions range from an arts village to stages featuring some of the biggest names in music, there is one thing nearly every attendee partakes in -- the food.
Short Order traveled the entire length of the massive 19-block festival, stopping to chronicle the tastiest treats we could find. Right off the bat, the highlight of our day came at "Cuzn Tim's" food truck with his unbelievable fried lobster tail (below). Doused in garlic and cooked until just the right amount of tender, the tail is to be eaten slowly so as to savor the delectable flavor. Tim's, which can be found at all the popular food truck rallies in South Florida, also featured delicious wings, fish, crabs and shrimp. Tim and crew cater special events and can be reached at 954-485-0637.
- Photos: The Food of Calle Ocho 2013
Ceviche was surprisingly scarce despite its explosion in popularity and prevalence all over Miami.
For fried pork skin, chicharrones sure look appetizing.
Spreads like this at Cuban Grill were common up and down the strip.
Flavors of Brazil, with two locations in Broward County, featured the popular Brazilian rodizio with six different kinds of prime cut meat.
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Fresh fruit is a staple of the Latin American diet, especially in tropical climates.
Heidi's Catering of Pembroke Pines had perhaps the most varied spread, including potato balls and avocado salad.
This booth lives up to its moniker (Super Paella). Before (behind) and after (front) with shrimp, sausage, fish, clams and scallops.