A recentish addition to the artsy Wynwood neighborhood north of downtown, this offshoot of a tiny South Beach original is hip, airy, usually fairly buzzy, and serves some of the tastiest grub I’ve ever enjoyed in an eatery this affordable. Veteran chef Jimmy Carey may be as gringo as it gets, but passion for the Latin and Caribbean flavors shines in menu items like his version of Cuba’s classic sandwich cubano (roast pork, black forest ham, Swiss cheese, pickles, and yellow mustard on pressed Cuban bread), jerk chicken breast salad, guava or mango cheesecake, and above all his absolutely to-die-for mofongo (popular in Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, and Cuba, it’s fried mashed plantains bathed in a tomatoey broth with shrimp, pork, steak, chicken, or fish). Pretty cool international beer list, too. And by the way, if you’d like to pop into the tiny original, you’ll find it at 1542 Alton Rd. ([tel] 305/534-8216), and there’s now a third location out west near Dadeland mall (9050 South Dixie Hwy., [tel] 305/670-1503).
- David Paul Appell