Versailles is often associated with over-the-top decadence that spawned a revolution. But if you live in Miami or just really like to eat, the word Versailles conjures a different kind of decadence. The roasted pork kind. Because Versailles serves Miami’s—and therefore the country’s—most famous Cuban sandwich. And now, that lauded Cubano is available for nationwide delivery.
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There’s a sign towering over Calle Ocho boasting “the world’s most famous Cuban restaurant.” That sign is probably right. By now, it’s tradition for politicians to have a cafecito in 90-degree weather while vying for the Cuban American vote. You’ve seen it as the backdrop of protests of Cuban relations policy, the parties after Miami Heat championships.
It’s love at first bite as Michael makes Miami’s most iconic sandwich open-faced for a limited time only featuring Versailles house roasted pork and glazed ham, bread and butter pickles, mustard sauce, fontina and gruyère cheeses, and finished with a Versailles croqueta! From Monday, January 14 until Valentine’s Thursday, February 14.
Because you must have good Cuban food as much as possible while in Miami, Versailles is the go-to spot (and it’s been operating for almost 50 years!).
You’re not stopping at Miami’s most famous Cuban restaurant for the loosely (very, very loosely) Versailles-inspired design. You’re there for the food. Like the restaurant itself, some of the staffers are neighborhood institutions, so make sure to ask them for advice if you’re a Cuban food newcomer.
There’s nothing like a shot or ten of Cuban coffee at Versailles after a long haul, or heck, before a long haul if so inclined. Cuban sandwiches and lots of clamor en español reminds patrons that they aren’t in Kansas anymore, if but for a few hours. And, if the line is too long at this one [after checkpoint, Gate D21], there are two others [Gates D5 and D44].
Make a quick stop at Versailles’ ventanita for a croqueta and a cafecito. The varieties available are ham, chicken, and cheese. Munch on any of them while enjoying the political — and sometimes gossipy — chitchat amongst the patrons.
It’s generally agreed among both food critics and locals that Versailles offers some of the most authentic Cuban cuisine, including classics such as croquettes, Cuban sandwiches, and cafecito.
Consult any travel guide, online list or hungry local about where to grab some Cuban food down in Little Havana and one name will always pop up: Versailles. It’s not hype. The food at Versailles is done with tradition in mind, and the result is classics such as croquetas, Cuban sandwiches and cafecito.
Miamians live a fabulous life. We pop bottles in South Beach, dine at incredible restaurants and go to the beach any time we want. We also do things like steal fruit from our neighbors, lie to our bosses to avoid traffic and, when given the choice, would rather drink $1 coffee from a tiny window than get it from a snobby barista.
This iconic restaurant speaks for itself. Plus, let’s not forget it’s responsible for the best Cubanos (and cafés con leche) in town. Sweet ham, roast pork and Swiss cheese smeared with mustard on toasted Cuban bread. Need we say more?
A list of Little Havana restaurants isn’t complete without Versailles. The Miami institution has been the unofficial town hall for El Exilio since 1971. However, this Calle Ocho icon serves more than just cafecito. Its Cuban sandwich, with classic fixings such as sweet ham and Swiss cheese, is a winner with the fast-casual crowd, and a traditional roast pork Cuban-style is a hearty meal served with rice and beans.
Nobody has mastered classic Cuban in Miami like this landmark. Even if I’m in a hurry I make time to grab a café Cubano at the take-out window and talk to the locals. It feels so authentic. It’s seem to be the third generation running it now. They are all so in tune with their generation, yet are really respectful of the tradition of that place.
It’s hard to put a label on Miami’s most iconic dish, but if there had to be one, the Cuban Sandwich might just fit the bill. A true collaboration between Cuban migrant workers and Floridians in the late 1800s and the early 20th century, this spin on the old ham and cheese is most often found simply with fresh Cuban bread, yellow mustard, roasted pork, baked ham, Swiss cheese, and sliced dill pickles.
The famous Cuban restaurant on Calle Ocho is giving away free cafecito at its outdoor ventanita (the walk-up window east of its main entrance). The reason: Versailles’ Facebook page reached 20,000 likes today. What better way to celebrate the social media milestone than by doling out free espresso shots?
The Little Havana restaurant is inviting folks to La Ventanita or their walk-up coffee window, for some hot brewed coladas and cafecitos in celebration of the restaurant reaching a social media milestone.
Miami’s iconic restaurant Versailles is helping Cuban espresso lovers get over hump day with free cafecito! The Little Havana hangout is inviting folks to La Ventanita or the walk-up coffee window Wednesday for the pick-me-up to celebrate its social media milestone.
The iconic café invites all of its fans to celebrate its social media milestone with a free cafecito — those adorably tiny, sugar-sweetened, Cuban-style espresso drinks — at La Ventanita, the 46-year-old restaurant’s walk-up coffee window, on SW Eighth Street.
The famous Cuban restaurant is handing out free coffee to celebrate 20,000 likes on its Facebook page. The free cafecito is part of a campaign to increase Versailles’ social media following even more.
Just about all Miami Cuban sandwiches contain the same ingredients — ham, roast pork, Swiss, pickles, and mustard on Cuban bread, pressed until melty (salami also works its way into it in Tampa) — but quality can vary from place to place. The definitive version can be found at Versailles, located in Miami’s Little Havana.
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Versailles has long been a hot spot for social debate and the essence of cafecito culture in Miami. Often seen as the unofficial town square for Cuban exiles, the restaurant opened in 1971 and has become one of Miami’s most famous eateries and a must for every visitor and loca. La ventanita at Versailles is the ground zero for coffee culture in Miami, and the vasito will surely wake you up with its strong yet sweet taste.
Versailles has often been the source of Cuban exiles’ input in media coverage. Mainly attracting political and social concerns, it has in the past seen a fair number of hopefuls. The list of presidential candidates includes John McCain, Newt Gingrich and Michele Bachmann.
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Apparently today has been named 305 Day and Versailles Restaurant is celebrating that with a dose of the most Miami thing, Cuban treats. The first 50 people to get there at 3:05p.m. receive a free shirt and other surprises. Everyone gets free pastelitos de guayaba.
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The Cuban restaurant that is a staple on Calle Ocho in Miami expanded with eateries at Gates D4, D21, D44 and E30 and outside security in Concourse F. The airport cafes are reminiscent of the windows where you can get a cafe con leche, pastelito and good conversation at Cuban cafes throughout the city.