|Photo courtesy of versaillesrestaurant.com|
Established in 1971 and billing itself as the world's most famous Cuban restaurant, Versailles may not be overstating things. Originally a gathering spot for Cuban exiles, this restaurant has become a "must stop" location for politicians trying to garner support from the Latino community and is a constant backdrop for news agencies who are seeking to gauge the pulse of the Cuban population.
The folks who frequent the restaurant come for the food and coffee, though. The menu is a virtual encyclopedia of Cuban cuisine and is nearly as large as the restaurant, which features floor to ceiling mirrored walls and crystal chandeliers throughout. You can't go wrong with any of the guava Cuban pastries but definitely give the roast pork a try. Fork tender, it is unlike any pork you've ever had! For the more adventurous, the beef tongue is also fantastic - super flavorful and very tender.
Zaira says that the flaky guava pastelitos are not to be missed and go great with any of the coffees (she says the café Cubano is the perfect blend of sugar and coffee and will definitely give you an energy boost). The café con leche, also known as cortadito, may be the best you've ever had!
|Café con leche, also known as "cortadito".|
Of course you can get empanadas, Cuban sandwiches, croquetas and pretty much any Cuban dish you can think of and all are very tasty and reasonably priced. The portions are quite large so be careful; you'll definitely want to save room for dessert. Their Cuban flan is fantastic as is the crème brûlée with pound cake - you can't go wrong with either of them!
Aside from the excellent coffee, Versailles Cuban Restaurant also has a limited beer menu and sangria, of course, in addition to margaritas, daiquiris, mojitos and piña coladas. Although the restaurant is quite large, it is so popular with the locals that you may have to wait a little bit before being seated.That should tell you all you need to know!
The flagship restaurant on SW 8th street in the heart of the Cuban community has spawned several offshoots in South Florida. If you don't get a chance to hit the main Versailles restaurant, pop in for a quick meal and cup of java at the Cafe Versailles inside the Miami International Airport. The food and prices are great there, too!