Come on, shake your taste buds, baby, at singer/music mogul Gloria Estefan’s South Beach eatery, serving up solid Cuban classics since 1992. Dishes such as mojo-marinated roast pork, shrimp in creole sauce, and fried sweet plantains by and large hit the right notes amid a recently renovated all-white decor; plus there are now menu items like a low-cal “Cuban wrap” and a “vegetarian platter.” But my favorite perk is the prime location in the middle of the Ocean Drive vida loca; the outdoor tables boast some of this sidewalk runway’s best ringside seating, while a roving bolero band (think Buena Vista Social Club) serve up swell menus of bésame mucho chestnuts Wednesday through Sunday.
Larios on the Beach
820 Ocean Dr (btw. 8th and 9th sts.), Miami, FL
Our Rating Neighborhood South Beach Hours Sun 11am–midnight; Mon–Thurs 11am–midnight; Fri–Sat 11am–2am. Reservations recommended. Phone 305/532-9577 Prices Main courses $17–$49; sandwiches $12–$14. Cuisine Type Cuban Web site Larios on the Beach