Miami’s Little Haiti has been an enclave since a large number of people started immigrating to the US from Haiti in the 1980s. Yet the area and the culture didn’t receive the same recognition as other immigrant communities in Miami. While tourists come in droves to Little Havana to try cubanos and puff on cigars, hardly anyone sought out Little Haiti. It wasn’t even officially designated “Little Haiti” until 2016.
Today, the neighborhood is finally starting to get the attention it deserves, and that’s mainly due to its vibrant food scene. Haitian cuisine, specifically griot (a marinated pork dish), is one that Miami chefs list as one of the cuisines that the Magic City does best. And Little Haiti isn’t just for Haitian food. Chefs drawn to the area are cooking food inspired by France, Vietnam, Argentina, and more in addition to the cuisine of the neighborhood’s namesake Caribbean island.
These are the tried-and-true restaurants that merit a meal on your next visit.