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The Five Best Restaurants in Miami to Take Out-of-Towners

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3. Enriqueta's Sandwich Shop 
Chances are your guests will want to explore Wynwood when they're in town, and we don't blame them. However, between taking selfies at the Wynwood Walls and standing in line for bread at Zak the Baker, you should pop into Enriqueta's on the corner of NE 29th Street and Second Avenue. This inexpensive counter/cafeteria has been serving Cuban fare to locals long before Wynwood was an arts mecca, and Enriqueta's pan con bistec ($6.75) is arguably the best in town. The hearty sandwich is crammed with thin slivers of steak, tomato, onion, cheese, and potato sticks, and trust when we say it's worth the wait in line. You also can't go wrong with a medianoche ($6.75). A close relative of the Cuban sandwich, it consists of roast pork, ham, mustard, Swiss cheese, and dill pickles. To finish, order your visitors some café con leche ($1.75 to $3.75), and they'll call it the best day ever and you the best host ever. 
2. Mandolin Aegean Bistro
Take your visitors to Mandolin Aegean Bistro in the Design District, and you can be certain they'll exclaim, "This is soooo pretty!" They'd be absolutely right. This Greek and Turkish restaurant seats patrons in the most picturesque garden, complete with orchids, trees, and twinkle lights. What's more, the unpretentious food is incredible, especially the chicken kebab with orzo pilaf ($23) and the marinated grilled octopus ($18). Guests will be pleased to enjoy light and healthful fare while taking in Miami's lovely climate. Plus, under the direction of newly appointed head chef Roel Alcudia, the eatery has added more local seafood items to its menu. 
1. Azucar Ice Cream Company
C'mon, who doesn't love ice cream? But Azucar is so much more than just an ice-cream and sorbet parlor — it's a cultural experience. This Little Havana gem makes use of local ingredients to create ice cream that tastes just like abuela used to make. We're talking flavors like local mamey and avocados to Cuban coffee and plantains. What's more, flecks of Miami Smokers’ bacon can be found hiding in some frozen scoops. This colorful place is guaranteed to impress your guests, who, let's face it, probably haven't ventured outside of cookies 'n' cream territory for a while. 

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Valeria Nekhim was born in the Ukraine and raised in Montreal. She has lived in Manhattan and Miami. Her favorite part of food writing is learning the stories of chefs and restaurateurs.