Where to Eat In Little Haiti

Chef Creole

Chef Creole

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By: Jessica Modkins

Colorful art, distinct rich culture and authentic Haitian culinary dishes embody the Miami neighborhood of Little Haiti. At roughly 10,000 square feet, Little Haiti is the mecca for Haitian cuisine which is influenced by a blend of West African, Creole and French cooking styles. There are plenty of restaurants to try and I’ve highlighted the most sought out eateries conveniently for you to visit.

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) which is served with rice and beans accompanied by signature pikliz (spicy cabbage slaw). A close second would be the fried shrimp entrée. This spiced up seafood dish is a fan favorite. Also on the menu is queue boeuf (oxtail), legume (vegetable stew), lambi (conch), creole crab, Diri ak Djon Djon (Haitian black rice), and so many more moderately priced items. Looking for Haitian cuisine and fresh seafood then head to Chef Creole. You will not be disappointed. 200 NW 54th St, Miami, FL 33127

Naomi’s Garden Restaurant & Lounge

What started off as a natural health food supplier in the 80s has blossomed into a full Haitian and Caribbean eatery. For many years, this wholesale health food company was a supplier to retailers like Wild Oats, Whole Foods, Natural Food Market and many more. Then one day owners Yaron & Shula decided to answer the need of the community by providing fresh cooked food at a small window cooked by their all Haitian staff. Naomi’s Garden Restaurant & Lounge was birthed.

This eatery is elaborately decorated in colorful murals adjacent to a full garden for patio seating. This menu runs the gambit of goat, chicken or turkey stew to fried snapper, turkey or goat. Of course, you can get any main dish with your choice of staples like plantains, collard greens, or pumpkin soup. You can still find the health influence in the menu with offerings for vegans like tofu stroganoff, chick pea stew or legume. There is simply a menu full of tasty options. Enjoy late night comfort food and live music at Naomi’s Garden Restaurant & Lounge. 650 NW 71st St, Miami, FL 33150

Chez Le Bebe

Would you like a more down-home, intimate family feel while dining? Then head over to Chez Le Bebe for griot (fried pork), foie (liver), ragout (pig feet), taso (fried goat) or cabrit (goat). Chez Le Bebe has been a staple in Little Haiti for over 34 years and has served generations of families with hearty food for decades.

As you approach Chez Le Bebe you will notice prominently painted on both window panes, “The Best Griot in Town.” I liken this establishment with having a Haitian grandmother in the kitchen cooking Sunday dinner. On busy days, be prepared for a little wait but it will be well worth it. Make sure you try the steamed fish and take cash. 114 NE 54th St, Miami, FL 33137

Piman Bouk

Adorned with red and white awnings, you can’t miss this place. It is quaint and nestled away with very simplistic décor. Piman Bouk is translated as a Haitian hot pepper sauce and can be found used generously on many of the authentic Haitian cuisines found at Piman Bouk.

This cash only restaurant is dine in or take out. Piman Bouk is known for their griot, rice and beans with plantains, fish platter, and meat stew. Think comfort food done right. 5921 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33137

La Fourchette Restaurant

This tiny take-out only restaurant will suit any Haitian cuisine fancy. La Fourchette is laced in a beautiful tapestry of colorful art on its tiny façade but loaded with plenty of food. Everything on their menu looks so tasty, from the black rice to the oxtails. At La Fourchette Restaurant patrons love the fact that the spice is right on point. Set your taste buds for some griot, steamed fish, fried turkey, legume, lambi, and ragout. Plus you can find $5 lunch specials. 8267 N Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33127

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