In the pie chart of foods that define Miami, Haitian and Carribean both deserve a massive slice. And Little Haiti - as you might have guessed - is the epicenter of those foods. The oxtail and jerk chicken here are resources to be cherished like precious stones or perfectly-fitting pants. But this huge neighborhood is hiding a lot more delicious things worth your time, like a BYOB rotisserie chicken spot and a cheesy empanada we’d like to nominate for president of empanadas. You can find that and more in these 16 Little Haiti restaurants.
Technically you could just hop into this West Indian bodega for Pringles and a soda, but you’d be missing out on some of the best food in the area if you didn’t also stop by the tiny kitchen in the back of this place. That’s where a single chef is churning out some truly outstanding Carribean dishes like jerk chicken, ackee and saltfish, curry oxtail, and soft, warm rotis we’d very much like to tie together into a sleeping bag. Though we’d definitely eat the whole thing in our sleep and wake up shivering.
It doesn’t take a detective to figure out that Fiorito is an Argentinian spot. Their logo incorporates Diego Maradona’s jersey number and the very good menu includes quite a lot of beef. But you don’t have to just eat red meat here. They also have some tasty octopus, butternut squash soup, and quite possibly our favorite empanada in town. It’s called the empanada de choclo, and it’s a circular little disk filled with a stretchy center of cheese and sweet corn. Order it.
The food at Naomi’s is great. The jerk chicken, oxtail, and fried snapper are all just about as good as you’ll find in Little Haiti, but the food isn’t even our favorite thing about this place. We love Naomi’s little garden seating area, which you could easily miss from the street. It’s a lush, comfortable courtyard where you can befriend a rooster, lay in a hammock, and really feel like you’re eating on an island in the Carribean.
Chef Creole is to Miami Haitian food what Pitbull is to Miami music. It’s probably the first name that comes to mind, and for good reason. Chef Creole not only has a location in the Miami airport, but it’s a classic Little Haiti spot - serving solid versions of dishes like griot, oxtail, and fried fish. It’s also got a lovely outdoor dining area that’s a great place to have a beer and really concentrate on getting every molecule of meat out of your oxtail.
This very spacious outdoor restaurant specializes in rotisserie chicken, and they’re very good at it too. Our favorite way to eat it is in their “farmer special,” which is a juicy quarter chicken and a side of french fries or roasted potatoes (go with french fries). Our second favorite way to eat it is in the Sixty10 sandwich, which comes on a kaiser roll and includes chunks of that juicy chicken, caramelized onions, and chicken jus drippings. This place is also BYOB (with no corking fee) and it’s big enough to bring a party of 50, in case you have that many friends and a whole lot of wine.
Clive’s is a simple sit-down spot you should go to anytime you’re in the mood for Jamaican food. There’s nothing too special to look at inside. But the jerk chicken, curry goat, and fried conch are all so good that even if there was a diamond mural of DJ Khaled wrestling an alligator on the wall, you’d probably be too focused on trying to get the perfect amount of rice, plantain, and meat onto your fork to notice.
Despite being roughly the size of a barbecue smoker, Bon Gout churns out an impressive selection of slow-cooked meats. They do the barbecue classics here - ribs, chicken, brisket - but we find it very hard not to order the griot “zakos” every time we come. It’s essentially griot (a Haitian dish of fried pork cubes) in taco form. But the tortillas they use are somewhere between softshell and hardshell, and these things will absolutely fill you up thanks to the toppings of sour cream, queso fresco, cilantro, and pikliz.
Boia De isn’t technically in Little Haiti - it falls approximately one football field south of the neighborhood’s official border of NE 54th Street. But even a Dolphins quarterback could stand at the restaurant’s front door and toss a football into Little Haiti, so we’re going to include it in this guide. Plus, we love this place and think you should know about it. Everything about Boia De feels original and thoughtful, from the beautiful restaurant design to the menu, which features outstanding small plates like hamachi with a yuzu salsa verde and a rich beef tartare covered in tonnato sauce.
There’s really no need to look at the menu when you walk into Pack Supermarket - you’re here for the fried chicken. The juicy drumsticks are fried just enough to produce a crispy skin, but aren’t so heavily breaded that you get full before you even reach the meat. This chicken is juicy, well-seasoned, and an exceptional deal, because you can get three drumsticks - plus a side of rice and beans and pikliz - for just over $5.
La Piazzetta is actually in the same complex as Boia De, so the same geographic technicality applies here. But you can’t find very much pizza in Little Haiti, so it’s good to have this place in your pocket, especially because they make a very good Neapolitan pie. There are almost an overwhelming amount of pizzas to choose from at this Italian restaurant. Just pick one that’s not too overloaded with toppings (like the piazza del popolo with spicy nduja) and you should be fine.
The incredibly generic name - and equally lackluster interior - don’t do this place justice. The food here is actually very tasty, and they serve one of the better burgers you’ll find within a five-mile radius. It looks and tastes like the version of a backyard barbecue burger every dad wishes they could make. Their super-crispy brussels sprouts are also really good, and they have a decent breakfast selection too with smoothies, pancakes, and an acai bowl. The food is truly the only reason to come here, but it’s still a pretty good reason.
Piman Bouk is an essential stop for anyone looking to get into Haitian food. It’s located right in the heart of Little Haiti, with a simple setup inside of wooden tables, low ceilings, and an air-conditioning unit that could use an update. But you can cool down with a soursop juice while you look over the menu, which reads like a greatest hits of Haitian food. The fried goat, oxtail, stewed pork - it’s all good - so maybe come with a couple friends who are down to split things. Just a head’s up: it’s cash only.
The name of this cash only Haitian bakery explains what you should be eating here: ice cream. It’s rich and creamy, almost closer in consistency to sorbet. Their tropical flavors come in a handful of varieties like pineapple, passionfruit, strawberry and more refreshing scoops that are incredibly appropriate on a hot summer day. But they also serve a handful of very tasty meat patties here, which resemble pastelitos in the texture and flakiness of the dough. They’re stuffed with chicken, beef, and herring, and are the perfect size for a snack before dinner if you happen to have a late reservation at Boia De down the street.
The vendors regularly change at this food hall, but you’re likely to find some combination of decent-to-good pizza, tacos, barbecue, burgers, and more - which makes this a good spot to come with a big group who can’t agree on what to eat. This place has more personality and feels less like a food court than most food halls around town. They also have a rooftop bar that’s a good call for sunset drinks on a nice day. Also, at the time of this writing, they’re home to the only Taquiza outpost on mainland Miami. The more places we can buy their totopos, the better.
Chez Le Bebe is another spot in Little Haiti that focuses on a handful of Haitian dishes - specifically griot, which they do very well. Here the fried chunks of pork are super fatty and come with big piles of rice and beans, a salad, and a pork jus for dipping. It’s a portion you can easily split with a friend at one of the plastic-lined tables inside this little restaurant, which is cash only, by the way.
This casual restaurant is mostly about empanadas and sandwiches, which makes it an ideal stop for lunch whether you want to eat in or grab it to-go. We like both their empanadas and sandwiches almost equally as much, but the chopped beef empanada just ever so slightly wins over the prosciutto and arugula sandwich. You should still try both though.