Where To Eat In Little Haiti

Chef Creole

Chef Creole

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By: Ashlee Thomas

The rich tapestry of the Caribbean is evident with one visit to Little Haiti. Bright colorful buildings and delicious food will fancy any cultural explorer. Looking to dine with the locals? Here are seven hearty places to eat in the heart of Little Haiti.

1. Chef Creole Seasoned Kitchen

Let’s start with the ubër popular restaurant Chef Creole Seasoned Kitchen. It is colorful and vibrant with outdoor seating. Celebrity Chef Wilkinson “Ken” Sejour has embraced his roots in every dish on the menu he developed. Born in the Bahamas to Haitian parents, it is no wonder that Chef Creole Seasoned Kitchen is a culmination of explosive flavors. Known locally as “Chef Creole,” the restaurant is known for crossing all cultural barriers with Haitian, Creole and Bahamian dishes.

Their most popular dish is griot (fried pork), served with rice,beans and Chef Creole’s famous signature pikliz (spicy cabbage slaw). Other delicious dishes on the menu: queue boeuf (oxtail), legume (vegetable stew), lambi (conch), Creole crab, diri ak djon djon (Haitian black rice), brown stewed chicken and bunnen (fried banana). All the food is cooked fresh so bring a friend for good conversation while waiting for the decadence known as Chef Creole. Looking for Haitian cuisine and fresh seafood? Then head to Chef Creole. 200 NW 54th St., Miami, FL 33127

2. Naomi’s Garden Restaurant & Lounge

What started off as a natural health food supplier in the 80s has blossomed into the Caribbean eatery in Little Haiti known as Naomi’s Garden Restaurant & Lounge.

A beautiful venue with colorful murals, gardens and patio seating, Naomi’s is not only about cuisine but about cultural connection. Enjoy curried goat, chicken and fried snapper. Want to load up on delicious veggies? Naomi’s delivers the flavor in plantains, collard greens and pumpkin soup. The chickpea stew, legume and tofu stroganoff are yummy options for the vegan palate. During the day, stop at the lunch window and grab a plate. When the sun sets, enjoy late night comfort food and live music at Naomi’s Garden Restaurant & Lounge. 650 NW 71st St., Miami, FL 33150

3. Chez Le Bebe

Chez Le Bebe claims “The Best Griot in Town” and for over 34 years this restaurant has been a staple in Little Haiti. With a grandmother’s touch in all of its cuisine, expect a full belly and smiling faces. Authenticity reigns at Chez Le Bebe. Traditional dishes like griot (fried pork), foie (liver), ragout (pig feet), taso (fried goat), cabrit (goat), passon (fish) are on the menu and cooked to order.

On busy days, be prepared for a little wait but it will be well worth it. Also keep in mind that this is a cash-only establishment. 114 NE 54th St., Miami, FL 33137

4. Piman Bouk

Adorned with red and white awnings, Piman Bouk is quaintly nestled on 59th Street and quite unassuming. Expect to be transported to Haiti once through the doors of Piman Bouk. Piman Bouk is a hot pepper used generously in Haitian cuisines. The stewed goat and the whole serving of fish are must-tries when dining in. Vegetarians can customize their meal with sespo noir (black beans), diri (rice), salad and bunnen.

This cash-only restaurant is dine in or take out. Think comfort food done right. 5921 NE 2nd Ave., Miami, FL 33137

5. La Fourchette Restaurant

The take-out only restaurant, La Fourchette is laced in a beautiful tapestry of colorful art and loaded with plenty of Kreyol food. This is akin to Haitian fast food as the food is ready for guests to select their food and hurry off to the next adventure. Some items, like fish, are cooked to order. The price and spice is right at La Fourchette. Get those taste buds ready for some griot, steamed fish, fried turkey, legume, lambi (conch) and ragout (stew). Be sure to stop in for the $5 lunch specials. 8267 N Miami Ave., Miami, FL 33127

6. Bon Gout BBQ

Now with its second location, Bon Gout BBQ serves us some of the most delicious barbeque in Little Haiti. The menu is a fusion of Haitian and American soul-food cuisine. Griot (fried pork) and bunnen (plantain) are staples with offerings of corn bread, mac and cheese, collard greens, Lakay Baked Beans, as well as rice and peas. Order a famous BBQ sandwich, fish, zakos (taco fusion) or a full platter of deliciousness. Dine-in or order to enjoy the heartiness of Bon Gout BBQ. 99 NW 54th St., Miami 33161

7. Roots Miami Kava & Vegan Eatery

This cool herbal bar and vegan eatery is definitely a gem-to-be found in Little Haiti. Roots Miami Kava boasts relaxing herbal drinks of kava, kratom and vegan comfort food. Think sliders, loaded fries, vegan chikin’ fingers and delicious chocolate chip cookies. Great during the day and afterhours, Roots is the spot for some downtime and conversations. Its kitchen stays open till 11 p.m. but you enjoy kava until 3 a.m. What is kava? Kava, also known as Piper methysticum, sakau, and kava kava, is a plant native to the Pacific Islands. The root is made into a psychoactive drink that has been used socially and ceremonially for hundreds of years in Hawaii and Tonga. Guests can also check out the weekly activities like karaoke, Open Mic, salsa nights, gamers night and more. 4400 NW 2nd Ave., Miami, Florida 33127

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