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Miami Dining Scene: The Best Goat Stew

Where: 819 Fifth St. [map], Miami, FL, United States, 33139
May 22, 2008 at 5:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

David LaHuta is scouting the Miami dining scene for us this week.

Miami's proven a worthy stop for even the pickiest of foodies: We've chowed the city's best Cuban sandwich, sampled affordable sushi in chic South Beach and dug into some gourmet hot dogs at Dogma Grill.

It's time for something a little Caribé. With one of the largest Haitian populations in the US, Miami has plenty of Caribbean-inspired options to choose from. But locals lineup up Tap Tap, a colorful Haitian restaurant with some of the best goat stew in town.

For those confused by the restaurant's name, tap taps are cheap public buses widely used across Haiti. Often old school buses or small pickup trucks, they're outfitted with long benches that hold ten to twenty passengers. If you want to get off, just tap the side of the vehicle--get it?

The name of this Haitian favorite isn't the only thing that's authentic: Open for more than 14 years, the restaurant serves classic dishes like conch creole, stewed chicken and whole snapper fried, grilled or poached then prepared in a scotch bonnet lime sauce. But you should try the stewed goat, by far the most popular dish on the menu.

Tender and savory, it's slow-cooked and served with your choice of rice and beans or cornmeal. You'll love the restaurant's colorful murals and brightly painted walls. Plus for a real treat stop by on a Thursday or Saturday night when local legend Manno Charlemagne and his Tap Tap band perform live Haitian folk music starting at 8:30 pm.

Not into the goat? Then grab a seat at the bar and try an order of fried plantains and one of Tap Tap's tropical cocktails like the Rhum Punch, made with Barbancourt rum, passion fruit, guava, soursop, mango and papaya juices. You'll be feeling the Caribbean vibe in no time.

Related Stories:
· Tap Tap [Official Site]
· Miami Dining Scene coverage [Jaunted]

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