Chalan on the Beach

There are many, many Hispanic eateries around Miami, most of them either hearkening to the region’s strong Cuban cultural heritage, or the Caribbean destinations nearby. But on Miami Beach, a more global experience can be found. And so, Chalan on the Beach, on the main Washington Avenue stretch, focuses on Peruvian cuisine, a distinct and different kind of food that emphasizes creative uses for rice, a variety of seafood and ingredients many other nations in South America don’t use as often. It’s a unique tint, and it plays really well here. 

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Hiro’s Sushi Express

Miami Beach draws visitors from around the world, so it’s no surprise to the streets of this resort area filled with cuisine from all over, and at different levels of quality. If you’ve got a hankering for sushi but don’t want to blow your budget, this spot is one worth consideration. It serves up sushi and other Japanese street foods and in a pretty inexpensive manner, as well. As food goes, this stuff is cheap, approachable and, really, pretty fresh. A safe choice if you’re looking for some easy sushi.

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Blocks Pizza Deli

There are a hundred places to grab a bite of pizza along Miami Beach, but a taste of that’s at Blocks Pizza Deli along Washington Street. Pizza is served up in these enormous thick-crust blocks. One’s a meal, and two or three? Well, they’re a party.

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Spris Pizza

When you’re on Miami Beach, one of the better restaurant hubs for people watching has to be the Lincoln Road Mall. A hub for shopping, dining and all things luxury, you’ll find more than a few good happy hour deals around here if you know where to look. One of the better choices? Spris, little more than a giant pizza oven with a patio, offers inexpensive Italian-style thin crust pizzas and a very memorable people-watching charm. 

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Gelateria 4D

While it’s actually an Italian chain of Gelato shops, 4D Gelateria has expanded around the world thanks in big part to franchising, and now it’s most active in Latin America with dozens of locations and a few more that have popped up in the southern United State, Middle East, and Europe as well. It totes a quality of ingredients that set it above local competitors, no artificial colorings or additives and an “obsession over quality.” You’ll typically find these shops in high-traffic mall areas where you can take the gelato and walk with it to see the many sights.

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Cassano’s Pizza

Dayton Ohio has a variety of local pizza places, and several of the biggest chains have a lot of local exposure. Cassano’s, toting itself as the Pizza King, is definitely one of those.  The recipes, inspired by Vic Cassano and his family, here you will find thin crust pizza, subs, bar food and lots of love from the locals. In each of the smattering of locations around the Miami Valley, you’ll find a spot where the food comes pretty quickly and there’s a small dining room to enjoy it, but much of the business is done to-go. I like the things that I try here, this makes for a pretty good experience of inexpensive, comfort food that screams Dayton.

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King’s Table Bar & Grill

It’s a popular local watering hole for Beavercreek, east of Dayton, Ohio, and you would be hard-pressed to find a spot quite like it elsewhere in this city. Kings Table is known for two chief draws: an extensive menu of craft beers and an equally extensive game room for pool, darts and other activities. You may not know it but the spot also has a kitchen where it serves up the kind of pub grub so popular all over Dayton, but during the day you will find this spot much less busy than it is in the evenings. The food isn’t bad.

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What da Pho

Friendly puns and food jokes decorate the walls of this new Vietnamese restaurant which is set up shop in Beavercreek along the well-traveled road near the Mall at Fairfield Commons. Cute What da Pho  offers a sleek, modern Vietnamese concept as this kind of food sees greater acceptance in Dayton amid a small number of popular dives.  But these recipes offer a pretty tasty experience whether you are a tried-and-true fan or are getting your first taste.

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Avocados Mexican Restaurant

As a little neighborhood shop catering to Cheviot on Cincinnati’s West Side, Avocados is a hotspot for margaritas at night and during the day is a pretty well regarded local Mexican shop. It offers a mix on its menu, some of which feel distinctly more like real Mexican food, while other things are more geared to American tastes. It’s a real credit to the place that the menu is so well rounded, without it being overly long or broad. All told it’s a really friendly experience.

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Heini’s Cheese Chalet

A favored tourist attraction in Amish country, Heini’s Cheese Chalet, a barn on the edge of the town of Berlin, is the sort of place you will want to really know what you’re getting. Specifically, this place, where cheese is produced in massive quantities, where you can watch each of them made before your eyes and then you get to sample any one of dozens of varieties. This cheese chalet is a genuinely unique experience for the cheese lover in you to try a lot of different varieties. Make a point to stop in for the biggest variety you’ll ever see.

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