Eat Globally at These Five Miami Fusion Restaurants

Long considered a gateway to the Caribbean and Latin America, Miami has diverse cultural roots that seep into the way locals eat and drink. In fact, it's easier to find a great pastelito than a slice of apple pie. That's a plus when you're hankering for something more enriching than a turkey club.

Here are five restaurants to try when you're looking to expand your culinary horizons.
5. Trigo Café Brings Cuban Food With a Twist to Hialeah
Cuban restaurants in Miami are a dime a docena. In Hialeah, there are even more. Everything is the same — the same pork sandwich, the same rice and beans with plantains. Rarely does a restaurant do a fresh take on the classics. But Trigo Café does just that. And, most important, lo hace bien.
4. Jamrock Cuisine Cooks Chinese-Jamaican Favorites in Kendall
In Chinese-Jamaican families, the best recipes are kept under lock and key. Everything from how to dry-roast chicken to cooking greens is held close. Nothing is promised to any family member, even one who hopes to become a chef.
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Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times. She has been featured on Cooking Channel's Eat Street and Food Network's Great Food Truck Race. She won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature about what it's like to wait tables.
Contact: Laine Doss