Best of Miami

Miami's Ten Best Cuban Restaurants

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6. Morro Castle

Since 1966, family-owned Cuban cafeteria Morro Castle has been Hialeah's source for good, affordable bistec de palomilla, tostones, and moro. This Morro, which is not to be confused with the other Morro on Seventh Street, fries its shoestring potatoes to-order for its version of a frita Cubana. That's because owner Leo Villalba prides himself in making everything from scratch. And in case you have any doubts about the quality of his ingredients, there's a big sign that says in Spanish: "In this house, we work with the highest-quality products, premium Kraft shortening (cholesterol-free), and pure olive oil." Because everyone knows shortening is just so good for you.

5. Puerto Sagua

For many, many years, Puerto Sagua has been offering locals a late-night refuge -- the kind that's very different from the ritzy, overpriced establishments that populate South Beach. We know the food might get too greasy, and the crowd tends to become quite unruly (particularly if you visit past midnight). But where else on Collins Avenue can you stop by for a sandwich Cubano or hearty picadillo while overlooking an, um, astonishingly beautiful, three-dimensional mural of La Habana Vieja by the Scull sisters? Nope. There just isn't another place quite like it.

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Emily Codik