You've been so focused on the menu for the big day that you didn't even think about the cravings your guests may have before the wedding even begins. Out-of-towners heading to Miami are sure to ask for recs on where to score the city's best Cuban cuisine. Beat them to it arranging a lunch date — or dinner party cabaret — at one of these five restaurants that blend modern and traditional touches for a taste of Cuban cuisine that's as authentic as you can get without being on the island itself.
Little Havana earned its name for a reason, but one of the most famous—and packed—eateries in this Miami neighborhood is Versailles. Serving up loads of Cuban classics like moros rice and palomilla steak, this hotspot has called Miami home since 1971 and now even has a smaller outpost at the airport. Take a seat and indulge in a full-on feast (you can't leave without trying the shredded beef "ropa vieja") or grab a Cuban cafecito, or coffee, to-go from the outside counter to take along with you while showing your guests the rest the city has to offer.
While many bars and shops along Collins have opened and closed their doors throughout the years, this café has been a South Beach staple since 1977. Set in a former Jewish deli, the Cuban husband and wife duo behind David's started with a menu of signature dishes derived from their own recipes. The super causal spot still has that family feel with comfort-style Cuban plates like chuletas de Puerco (grilled pork chops) and picadillo a la Cubana (ground sirloin done up in Cuban fashion). Take a breather here between shopping and trips to the beach and order a few plates so you can try a bit of everything.
Islas Canarias Café
Sit back and catch up with old friends over a low-key lunch at the café version of this family-run favorite. The concept here blends the best of Spanish and Cuban cuisine adding a home-cooked spin. Ignore any notion of wedding diets as you make your way through classics like Cuban sandwiches and manchego-filled croquettes. Lunch here wouldn't be complete without a sweet finish, so take your pick of freshly-baked pastries and wash it down with a café con leche.
Enriqueta's Sandwich Shop
Wynwood may seem like it's filled with trendy beer gardens and bars, but the arts district is also home to one of Miami's best-kept sandwich secrets. This classic Cuban cafeteria is no frills, but boasts one of the city's best Cuban sandwiches. If you happen to need a hangover meal post-bachelorette party, the breakfast here will do the trick. Try the omelet sandwich or go simple with a plate of good ol' bacon and eggs.
Cuba's not far from Miami's coastline, but all you have to do to ease into the Latin lifestyle is head to Brickell and take a seat at the new cabaret, El Tucán—Miami's version of Moulin Rouge. Weave this nighttime activity into your weekend plan, starting with a Caribbean-inspired dinner and show before the dancing ensues. Sip a mojito while the club's resident 11-piece Latin orchestra plays for an experience that's throwback 1950s Havana.