A Little Havana stalwart since 1987, this restaurant, named for the ironwood tree, showcases the tasty specialties of the single-largest nationality of Little Havana’s now majority Central American population in the kind of cozy, woody setting I recall from small towns in Nicaragua. I recommend one of the sampler platters with goodies such as fried cheese, cheese-stuffed soft corn tortillas, and my favorite: exquisitely spiced sausages and fried, marinated pork chunks (an artery-clogging cholesterol bomb, for sure, but oh, so delicioso for an occasional treat). Wash it down with the rice-pineapple drink arroz con piña, and cap it off with tres leches (“three milks”), a cream-drenched white cake so tasty it’s been adopted by various other Latin cuisines.
1933 SW 8th St (btw. SW 19th and 20th Aves.), Little Havana, Miami, FL
Our Rating Neighborhood Little Havana Hours Sun–Thurs 11am–10pm; Fri–Sat 11am–11pm Phone 305/649-2015 Prices Main dishes $10–$19 Cuisine Type Nicaraguan Web site Guayacán