If your ideal breakfast involves scrambled eggs, bacon, and Wonder Bread, perhaps it would be best if you did not venture into Buena Vista Deli. But if your perfect first meal of the day involves homemade jelly, fresh breads, madeleines (85 cents), chocolate croissants ($2.50), and chocolate eclairs ($3.95), this neighborhood spot delivers a remarkable French breakfast. In the later hours of the day, Buena Vista Deli also serves casual dinner and lunch -- all under $9. Buena Vista has great sandwiches, salads, and sweets. Flavors are fresh, pastries are flaky, and salads are complex. It's a favorite spot for a tasty lunch or an even better French-style breakfast.
There are many taquerias across Miami, but few are as unique and authentic as Andres Tovar's Con Sabor a México Carnitas Estilo Michoacán. This cash-only teeny Little Havana shop offers $1.75 carnitas tacos and $2 beef tripe tacos. And if you think carnitas mean slow-cooked pork, you are wrong. At Con Sabor a México, Tovar layers a heavy pot with pork shoulder, tongue, stomach, ears, ribs, and rind. The parts are immersed in lard and cooked for two hours. This cooking process, known as carnitas, delivers a variety of swine parts that have been flavored with lard and time. Tovar's tacos campechanos are filled with luscious pork shoulder and sprinkled with crisp chicharrón ($1.75). His tacos surtidos combine all the pig offal on the menu. Toppings include chopped onion, cilantro, and housemade salsas. Just don't ask for guacamole. (True carnitas need only salsa.) Order a Sidral Mundet and arroz con leche instead.
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