Located on 27th Avenue in Little Havana, Islas Canarias has been serving authentic Cuban food to Miami’s families for 30 years. Dishes like vaca frita, crema de malanga, and ensalada de aguacate are executed with faithfulness to Cuban culinary tradition. The ambiance is casual, to say the least, almost reminiscent of a fast food joint replete with neon signs and bright yellows and reds, but the unassuming atmosphere is belied by watermark Cuban fare. Prices are very reasonable, with especiales del dia ("daily specials") that cost as little as $7.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.