When a layover on my way to South America landed me in Miami around dinnertime, there was only one place I wanted to eat. Miami International Airport has an outpost of La Caretta, the well-known South Florida Cuban restaurant. This is one of my favorite, if not #1, airport restaurants in the country. Yes, I know there are some fabulous, upscale airport restaurants like Brasserie La Vie in JFK and One Flew South in Atlanta, but this outpost of the famous Little Havana establishment is quick service airport food at its best.
Don’t be put off by the high school cafeteria-style service. A quick shuffle down the line puts you in view of homemade Cuban specialities like ropa vieja, picadillo and tostones, along with classic Caribbean sandwiches like medianoches. Items can be added a la carte, or dishes can be ordered from the overhead menu. After paying, you can take a seat in their large seating area and enjoy your meal. Be warned, this place is not as cheap as some other airport options. Two dinners set us back about $25. And if you’re in need of caffeine, head over to their adjacent stand for Cuban coffee options like cafe con leche and cortaditos.
This “Cuban kitchen” is located in terminal D. Luckily for me I usually fly American, so this location is always conveniently located. Judging from various online reviews, this place is as authentic as it gets away from Little Havana. If you find yourself at MIA with a hankering for Cuban food, give La Carreta a try.