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Sure, Miami is known for its exotic beaches, hot nightlife, and sizzling art scene, led by art show Art Basal, but it also has a thriving ethnic culinary scene. The city’s population is comprised of a rich tapestry of Jamaican, Haitian, and Cuban cultures. As a result, the city’s dining experiences are reflective of its heritage. NewsOne has developed a list of places to dine for those traveling to Miami for the holidays and offers something for all tastes and budgets. Bon appétit!

1. Dave Jamaican Bakery & Restaurant


Open Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve

Diners will find reasonably priced, delicious, and authentic Jamaican food at Dave Jamaican Bakery & Restaurant. The menu boasts freshly prepared, island style cooking, including beef patties, hard dough bread and cow foot, and sweet potato pudding.

2. Sheri Restaurant

Miami Gardens

Open Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve

Sheri Restaurant specializes in Southern Nigerian cuisine, with a combination of traditional and colonial foods. Dishes are cooked from scratch with fresh and natural ingredients and spiced according to our customers’ preferences from mild to super spicy. Dishes include Isi ewu pepper soup, vegetables and fresh fish, and jollof rice.

3. Tap Tap

Miami Beach

Open New Year’s Day

Tap Tap is a longtime beach favorite, featuring live music and traditional island food in a colorful and funky atmosphere. Favorite dishes include pumpkin soup and any of the fritay (fried fritters). Other recommendations are the avocado stuffed with smoked herring salad and served on cassava crackers and conch salad, stew crabs with eggplant, and fried fish.

4. Versailles


Open Christmas and New Year’s

Described as an institution, Versailles celebrated its 40th anniversary last year. Nestled in Little Havana, Versailles dishes out authentic Cuban cuisine at affordable prices in a kitschy atmosphere. Menu selections include assorted croquettes (served with a tasty aioli), ropa vieja (a stewed dish of shredded beef in a tomato and pepper broth), and vaca frita (crispy shredded beef with onions).

5. Bombay Darbar

Coconut Grove

(Please check the establishment for holiday hours.)

Bombay Darbar is an establishment known for serving up delicious traditional Indian fare, including chicken tikka masala and naan bread and crab or vegetable samosas. The chicken tandoori — marinated in yogurt, rubbed dry with spices, and then cooked in a clay oven — is also popular.

Warning: After dining at some of these hot spots, visitors may not want return home for the holidays.

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