Tables at La Rosa Restaurant are topped with white tablecloths. Waiters are decked out in black bow ties. There's a photo of Celia Cruz on the wall too. And there are also many, many tourists. So don't be surprised if you overhear patrons asking questions like "What's in the Cuban sandwich?" You're from Miami, so feel free to smirk. At La Rosa, the fare is solid, the ambiance is classy, and the complimentary mariquitas are always served fresh out of the fryer.
Exquisito serves a mean vaca frita. And if you're well-versed in the offerings of this Calle Ocho establishment, you know to order the dish alongside malanga con mojo -- boiled chunks of malanga doused in a thick garlic sauce. If you're really a pro, there will also be moro. Exquisito is conveniently located across the street from Azucar Ice Cream Company. So if your idea of a perfect afternoon involves tostones at Exquisito and then sweet plantain ice cream at Azucar, well, then, we can hang.