Sample unique Florida flavors at Time Out Market Miami

Miami’s melting pot of Latin cultures makes it a hotbed for innovative fusion. What’s the local cuisine? It’s a mouthwatering blend of flavors that pulls from the Caribbean, South America and even right here in Florida. Below is a taste of the signature Florida plates offered Time Out Market Miami.

1 – Cubano at the Local Cuban

In Miami, the Cuban sandwich is all over the place. Sadly, though, most of them phone it in, using cheap, quick ingredients and hoping you won’t know the difference. But the Local Cuban’s Cubano slows things down and proves that, when done fresh and with care, nothing beats a classic Cuban.

2 – Shrimp ceviche @ K’West by Norma Van Aken

Norman Van Aken’s Key West pink shrimp ceviche is a rare standout in a ceviche-saturated city. Van Aken’s super fresh shrimp are cured in lemon, lime and orange juice before taking a bath in a salsa made from roasted jalapeño, tomato, red pepper and Spanish onion. After a sprinkle of crunchy popcorn topping, you’re ready to eat.

3 – Flan ice cream at Azucar

The Cuban ice cream geniuses at Azucar have their magnum opus in the flan ice cream. In each scoop, two unlikely yet essential Cuban staples join forces: rum and flan. The result is a fragrant, smooth blend of ice cream that should really be Miami’s official dessert.

4 – Gator bites at Kush

Tastes like chicken? Maybe if you’ve had some lackluster gator. At Kush, this Florida-centric protein isn’t treated like a novelty, but rather as the delicacy it is. Perfectly fried into poppable chunks, Kush’s gator is a tender treat that gives the chicken nugget a run for its money. Yeah, we said it.

5 – Pastelitos at Leña by Ariete

They don’t call Giovanni Fesser the “Pastelito Papi” for nothing. And the brain behind Leña’s mind-blowing pastelitos earned his hilarious moniker thanks to truly ingenious concoctions, such as the Cuban sandwich pastelito (exactly what it sounds like), and continues to reinvent the classic Cuban pastry while surprising Miami with each bite.

6 – Bacon-wrapped plantains at Miami Smokers

What makes a perfect bite? Miami Smokers seem to have the answer with its bacon-wrapped plantains. Simple yet satisfying, the salty pork balances so phenomenally with the sweet plantain. They served these puppies at the 2019 South Beach Wine and Food Festival and enjoyed one of the week’s longest lines.