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These Restaurants Allow You to Travel the World Without Leaving Miami

You might not be able to dine in Sicily this summer, but you can have a Sicilian dining experience.
You might not be able to dine in Sicily this summer, but you can have a Sicilian dining experience. Photo courtesy of Pastifico Propaganda
With COVID vaccines now readily available, international travel may be in our futures. Still, it's likely that for the time being, most of us will be spending our vacation days closer to home.

Until we can travel carefree and as safely as possible again, there are a host of Miami restaurants willing and eager to transport you to another place. Here are five restaurants where you can sample the tastes and culture of another country without crossing the Miami-Dade County line.
click to enlarge A whole local red snapper and tacos on handmade blue-corn tortillas at  Bakan. - PHOTO COURTESY OF BAKAN
A whole local red snapper and tacos on handmade blue-corn tortillas at Bakan.
Photo courtesy of Bakan

Bakan

2801 NW Second Ave., Miami
786-542-9139
bakanwynwood.com

It’s easy to find Bakan — just look for the desert-garden oasis in the middle of Wynwood. Whether you dine indoors or out, his 7,000-square-foot space will transport you to Mexico, from the cacti-lined outdoor bar to the open kitchen where you can watch the tortillas being hand-pressed. Those who feel adventurous should try the gusanos de maguey (agave worms with guacamole served on blue-corn tortillas) and wash it down with one or more of the 500-plus mezcals and tequilas. When it comes to COVID precautions, Bakan is one of a handful of local establishments that recently received the Florida Restaurant Association's Seal of Commitment, the trade group's highest designation for safety and sanitation.
click to enlarge The dining room at Dukunoo Jamaican Kitchen. - PHOTO COURTESY OF DUKUNOO JAMAICAN KITCHEN
The dining room at Dukunoo Jamaican Kitchen.
Photo courtesy of Dukunoo Jamaican Kitchen

Dukunoo Jamaican Kitchen

316 NW 24th St., Miami
786-334-5150
dukunoojamaicankitchen.com

Dukunoo Jamaican Kitchen pays homage to its Jamaican roots with bright colors and authentic Caribbean art. The indoor/outdoor restaurant embodies a jerk-stand vibe, offering chicken and pork dishes served with classic sides like callaloo rice, rice and peas, and dumplings. To further spice up the feast, Dukunoo hosts a live DJ.
click to enlarge Hummus with a twist at Maroosh. - PHOTO COURTESY OF MAROOSH
Hummus with a twist at Maroosh.
Photo courtesy of Maroosh

Maroosh

223 Valencia Ave., Coral Gables
305-476-9800
maroosh.com

Located in the heart of Coral Gables, Maroosh is a two-story dining room that serves up Lebanese cuisines. Along with appetizers like hummus, kibbeh, dolmades, and falafel, the restaurant offers an extensive entrée menu that includes, stews, casseroles, kebabs, and seafood dishes. On weekends, Maroosh entertains guests with belly dancers. Prices range from $8 for appetizers to $21 and up for main courses.
click to enlarge A caprese salad at Pastifico Propaganda. - PHOTO COURTESY OF PASTIFICO PROPAGANDA
A caprese salad at Pastifico Propaganda.
Photo courtesy of Pastifico Propaganda

Pastifico Propaganda

97 NW 25th St., Miami
786-615-2555
pastificiopropaganda.com

Pastifico Propaganda takes its guests on a virtual visit to Sicily through its imported handcrafted tiles and custom furniture, both indoors and out. A full menu of Southern Italian favorites is offered all day, from antipasti to pizzas, pastas, and hearty main courses. Wines by the glass start at $11 and Pastifico offers an assortment of flights as well a vast selection of Sicilian wines by the bottle.
click to enlarge A sazerac at Salvaje. - PHOTO COURTESY OF SALVAJE MIAMI
A sazerac at Salvaje.
Photo courtesy of Salvaje Miami

Salvaje Miami

101 NE 34th St, Miami
786-622-9911
miami.salvaje.world

With locations in Spain, Panama, Colombia, and, now, Midtown Miami, Salvaje serves up Japanese cuisine inspired by flavors from around the world. The restaurant offers sushi, an omakase experience tinged with Latin flavors, and steaks, grilled fish, and salads. Cocktails from Salvaje are served in massive (faux) rhino tusks and golden horses ($17) — tailor-made for a "staycation" selfie.
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