A local social media group, “305 Cafecito,” is celebrating March 5 as “305 Day” in Miami. In honor of 3/05, a coffee gathering will take place at the Versailles Restaurant at 3:05 p.m. Wednesday. The first 50 people who attend will receive a free @305Cafecito T-shirt along with other surprises.
Versailles, which is one of Miami’s most iconic restaurants, is celebrating 50 years in business and the release of a new cookbook by Ana Quincoces, so they’ll be serving some of their best bites. Again, it’s an event that really shows off Miami’s cultural and party sides.”
The crowd contented themselves with eating Elena Ruz sandwiches and chicken empanadas from Versailles Restaurant under the South Beach Wine & Food Festival tent that was transformed into what can only be described as “electric tiki.”
Those hungry for a late-night bite will be treated to classic Cuban dishes from famed local restaurant Versailles, courtesy of Ana Quincoces, author of the Versailles cookbook and former star of The Real Housewives of Miami.
Given its diverse residents, the cuisine in Miami has a lot of Caribbean and Cuban influences and options range from fine dining with hot celebrity chefs to food trucks. The place to go for Cuban food? Versailles.
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WELL-KNOWN THROUGHOUT MIAMI AND SOUTH FLORIDA FOR TASTY, AUTHENTIC CUBAN CUISINE, BOTH CAFÉ VERSAILLES AND LA CARRETA HAVE MULTIPLE BRANCHES IN MIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. BOTH BRANDS ALSO USE THE SAME COFFEE BLEND AND EACH YEAR A HALF-DOZEN ‘CAFÉ CORNERS’ SERVE UP OVER TWO MILLION CUPS OF CUBAN STYLE ESPRESSO COFFEE (CAFÉ CUBANO) – ESPRESSO BREWED WITH SUGAR. JUST FOLLOW A GAGGLE OF AIRPORT EMPLOYEES AT BREAK TIME – AND GET IN LINE.
So many different cultures have come to define Miami’s culinary scene that it is now one great big melting pot of everything good and delicious. Yes, this means that the Cuban sandwich at Versailles is iconic Miami. With that in mind, here’s a guide to 14 of Miami’s most iconic sandwiches from some of the most Miamian of restaurants, both old and new. From grilled cheese to smoked barbecue pork, here are the sandwiches that represent, at times strange and unlikely ways, our Magic City.
Though it’s hard to pick one, the versions I had at Versailles, on the famed Calle Ocho (Eighth Street), were notable for their bracing sweetness as well as the crowd they attracted. Local men in double-pocketed cotton shirts hang out near the legendary restaurant’s bakery all day, ordering coffee, talking politics and nibbling on pasteles, tiny flaky pastries filled with guava paste. It’s a scene as important to Cuban culture as what’s inside the cup.
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In addition to croquetas and cigars, Cubans know their way around coffee. Hence Miami’s longstanding rep of serving some of the best caffeinated concoctions in the free world, from cortaditos to coladas to the subject of this list — café con leche.
While America goes Starbucks, we go ventanilla and comedor. So here are the top ten cups of café con leche. Speaking Spanish at any of these joints helps, but you’ll survive without it. Repeat after us: “Café con leche, por favor.”
Whether you take a break to do it in your own home town or in a city that you’re visiting, it’s always a treat to take some time out to sit back and relax in a comfortable café with a great cup of coffee and watch the people stream by. Everyone has their own favorite cafes, of course, but we’ve rounded up suggestions for some cool spots to drink hot coffee in ten cities around the world.
Cuban food is the epitome of Miami, and there’s no better place to have an authentic Cuban meal than at Versailles on Calle Ocho. Even José Andrés likes to hang out at this establishment that’s been serving devoted patrons for over 40 years. No trip to Versailles is complete without a Cuban sandwich, mojito, ropa vieja, plantains, and Cuban coffee.
To close out 2012, Eater asked industry experts, seasoned diners, and friends of the site several questions about the year in food. The series kicked off yesterday with answers about the best meals of the year and continues today with a discussion of the best — and most overrated — dining cities around the world. Sydney, Tokyo, Chicago, and Seattle are among the metropolises that get high marks, while New York and Miami seem to have been put on notice.
Chefs, for the most part, like to drink. So, on the final day of Cocktail Week, eleven of them — some from the U.S., some not — share where they like to get their booze around the world. Among the selections are spots where the mixology shines, like Le Cabrera in Madrid and the hidden Jus de Pêche in Tokyo and Alembic in San Francisco. But there are also dives and unassuming watering holes that chefs like to hit after work for a few beers, maybe some pool — Pancha’s in Napa and The Randolph in NYC, for example.
Versailles Restaurant ranked highest at No. 15. The restaurant’s four locations, including a 24 hours spot on the second floor of the Central Terminal, make it convenient to grab a Cuban sandwich, Cuban coffee or a flaky pastelito.
Versailles, the long-running Cuban restaurant in Little Havana, is miles away both physically and spiritually from its namesake, the Château de Versailles in France. Yet both are iconic landmarks in their respective towns—a bolded item in every guidebook, a requisite stop for tourists, a place locals take out-of-town visitors.
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For politicians seeking public office, a stop at the iconic Cafe Versailles is a must.
This Little Havana institution has become a symbol of the strength of the Hispanic vote. Here, Cuban exiles have turned their conservative stance against the Castro regime into a political force to be reckoned with in U.S. politics.
“It forces politicians to learn Spanish,” said journalist Julio Cesar Camacho, “even if it’s a few words.”
Cuban food and cafecito may be the first things that come to mind about Versailles restaurant, located in the heart of Miami’s Cuban enclave, Little Havana. But to Miami’s Cuban community, the restaurant has been a symbol of culture, history, politics and identity. On July 12th, Versailles celebrated its 40th anniversary with a big party, complete with Cuban music, dancing, food, cocktails and complimentary cigars.
Miami’s Versailles, an iconic meeting place of Cuban exiles touted as “the most famous Cuban restaurant in the world,” this week celebrated 40 years of hearty meals and even heartier politics.
The Versailles Restaurant celebrated 40 years of serving Cuban food, coffee and a heaping side of political debate Tuesday. The family-owned landmark has become a must-stop for politicians seeking to reach the Cuban exile community.
A Miami landmark, Versailles Restaurant, is turning 40 years old on Tuesday. Locals say it’s not just the food that keeps them coming back but the family traditions. “When my dad was alive, we came here once a week,” Richard Vasquez said. “It was everything he lived for.” Vasquez was eating at Versailles Monday afternoon. Another diner, Roberto Perez has been going to Miami’s Versailles Restaurant for 23 years. He said it makes him feel at home. “The Cubans are here, and I like it,” Perez said.
The popular Versailles restaurant, nerve center of Miami’s Cuban exile community, is currently celebrating its 40 years as a bastion of the island’s succulent cuisine.
The Little Havana institution is now more than ever the go-to place for dishes that embody the robust personality of Cuban cooking in surroundings where anti-Castro gossip abounds.
Es mediodía en Miami, y el café, las croquetas y los pastelitos del Versailles pueden más que la insistente lluvia. La ventanilla exterior está tan animada como siempre, y el salón comienza a llenarse. Al final, en una mesa semiescondida, los dos Felipe Valls, padre e hijo, observan complacidos el resultado del trabajo de 40 años.
The 40th anniversary of Versailles, the Little Havana center of all things Cuban and Cuban American, turns 40 this month. Wow! Forty years means the place was established when South Beach was merely a deserted town and before the Dolphins ever won a Super Bowl (yes, naysayers, it happened twice, actually). Versailles has been around longer than this paper, longer than a good 97 percent of the Miami New Times staff has been on Earth and, interestingly enough, longer than many of our city’s Cuban residents have called America “home.” Yet Fidel Castro had already been comandante in Cuba for a dozen years when the place was founded.