Andrew Zimmern: Best Ethnic Food in the U.S.
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Miami’s population has seen a radical shift in recent years. Today, nearly 70 percent of the city’s residents are Latin American and nearly half are from Cuba. When you walk the streets of Little Havana, it can feel like you’re in a different country. For an authentic experience, put El Palacio de los Jugos on your list. The no-frills spot is known for fresh-squeezed sugarcane, fruit shakes, cheap Cuban food, and my favorite, the deep-fried, perfectly salty chicharrónes cut to order—they’re divine. Part fish-fry, part fresh seafood market, La Camaronera is a small, family-owned joint that’s been around for more than 40 years. It’s worth fighting the crowds for the minuta sandwich, butterflied snapper fillet with lemon, garlic and cumin on a Cuban-style bun. For Nicaraguan chow, I always head to Fritanga Montelimar. The nacatamales, sweet-and-sour tongue, roast chicken and pork ribs are spectacular. There is no bad dish in this restaurant; look inside the kitchen, all you see are grandmothers!