Billed as "the world's most famous Cuban Restaurant", Versailles has been serving locals and tourists for over 40 years. La Ventanita - the little window - is where most of the action is, as with many of the Cuban food places in Miami. It reminded me of the coffee bars in Italy. They seem to be the only place you'll find a group of men comfortable sipping from a delicate demitasse cup.
Their website states that after opening, it quickly became the gathering place for Miami's Cuban exiles. The restaurant has seen the likes of everyone from celebrities to Presidential candidates. And the media considers the place to be so important, that the major networks have already secured a spot to report from when Castro dies (if, as my friends pointed out, he isn't already secretly dead).
We each had a Cuban Sampler platter. Ed had The Classic - White rice, Black beans, "Picadillo" Ground Beef, Roast Pork, Sweet Plantains, Ham Croquette, Cuban Tamale, and Cassava with Cuban Mojo. I had The Criollo - Yellow Rice, Black Beans, "Ropa Vieja" Shredded Beef in Tomato Sauce, Fried Pork Chunks, Ham Croquette, Sweet Plantains, Cuban Tamale, and Cassava with Cuban Mojo. The food was okay, but not as good as Little Havana.
We completed our meal with cortadito which was deeeeeelicious (and very tiny), and brought home a few pastries from the bakery.
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