Miami International Airport–Cuban Foods

by Sandra Foyt on October 11, 2011

in Food Adventures

I’m not a big fan of airport layovers or delays, but the Cuban food at Miami International Airport is almost worth the lost time.

If you do find yourself stuck in the Miami Airport, be sure to pick up a café con leche at Cafe Versailles (near Gate D 45) and a little something to go with it.


You have to try the empanadas. Dave raved over the chicken filled turnovers, but the kids and I preferred the beef empanadas. They’re made just like my Argentine grandmother makes them, with seasoned beef, eggs, and green olives. Savory deliciousness!

Not flying through Miami in the near future? No problem. You can make your own with these Top 9 Empanada Recipes.


For a more substantial snack, try the Cuban Sandwich. Served warm and filled with baked ham, roast pork, Swiss cheese and condiments; half a sandwich makes a filling meal.


Personally, I think café con leche is best accompanied by a sweet treat. We picked up a Linzer Cookie filled with Dulce de Leche from the food stand at Gate C5.


Looking for a non-soda drink for the kids? They might like tropical fruit juices; mango juice was a favorite with mine.


And if the adults are getting cranky over long delays, buy a little attitude-adjustment from a super-sized Mojito at one of the two Bacardi Mojito Bars (one is in Terminal D.)

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| Sandra Foyt is a storyteller, photographer, and road trip junkie. A veteran of six cross-country road trips, she drove Route 66, the Lincoln Highway, the fossil freeway, the extraterrestrial highway, and even “the loneliest road in America.” Find her on, an award-winning destination guide to extraordinary travel in and from Northeast USA, on her portfolio site at, and in freelance gigs on Family Travel 411, Minitime, Huffington Post, and Matador Network. Email:, Twitter @SandraFoyt.

Marina K. Villatoro October 11, 2011 at 12:51 pm

Yum!!!! We’re actually off to Cuba next week for the real taste test! I’ve been reading all about their food and can’t wait to sink my teeth into a Cuban sandwich!
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Sandra Foyt October 11, 2011 at 1:21 pm

Oh, can’t wait to hear about the Real Thing!

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