I have been in love with all kinds of Latin American cuisine for as long as I can remember. I especially love Cuban food. My love for authentic Cuban cuisine started about 17 or 18 years ago in Miami.
My husband wanted to visit old friends who lived in Florida, so we jumped on a plane with no real plans other than to visit these people and eventually wound up in Little Havana.
According to Google: Little Havana is Miami’s vibrant Cuban heart, with Latin American art galleries and busy restaurants. Cafes with walk-up windows sell Cuban coffee to cigar-smoking patrons. On Calle Ocho (SW 8th Street), locals discuss politics over dominoes at Maximo Gomez Park, dubbed Domino Park by locals. The historic Tower Theater screens independent and revival films, while the area’s clubs host live Latin music
What we found was an incredible food heaven I never imagined existed.
In the 9 or 10 days we spent in Miami and the surrounding areas, we found the most amazing Cuban food, drinks, and sweet treats.
We ate at so many different places, each one better than the one before.
We visited restaurants, food stands, sandwich shops, bakeries, bars, galleries, cigar shops, and spent time in Maximo Gomez Park sipping our Cuban coffee, and enjoying the culture and the wonderful people.
I am very interested in learning more about all kinds of Latin American cuisine so I can shine the spotlight on some great restaurants here in the Garden state.
I went to the foodie folks on several food pages to ask them where they go to eat all types of multi-cultural dishes. I want to include as many sub regions and cultural influences as possible. Cuban, Colombian, Puerto Rican, Mexican, Argentinian, Dominican, Portuguese, Peruvian, Salvadoran…etc.
I received hundreds of suggestions from people all over New Jersey. It took me a long time to sift through these amazing suggestions, it was actually fun to do the research.
I appreciate everyone going out of their way to turn me on to places too numerous to mention in one article. This may have to be a 3 or 4 part series.
If you want to contribute your suggestion to Part 2 of this journey, please feel free to email me at: Rocker@wrat.com
Let’s take a look at some of New Jersey’s favorite Latin American restaurants, delis, and other eateries.