Mi Rinconcito Mexicano serves up homestyle cooking to Miami's Mexicans yearning for traditional flavors from their homeland.
Mi Rinconcito Mexicano is a fascinating dining experience like none other in Little Havana! While it’s one of Miami’s most humble, family owned and operated restaurants, it’s also an emblematic culinary venue that truly represents Little Havana’s Central American community most authentically! There are no tour buses pulling up, spilling out global visitors at any given moment. Yet, you’ll find this modest restaurant bustling with locals on any given day. Their menu offers one of the largest assortments of items to choose from, and their bakery also caters to people of all walks, in addition to other eateries in the neighborhood! Mi Rinconcito Mexicano prides itself in being a community venue meant for all to enjoy, which is why it’s considered one of Miami’s best Mexican restaurants too. It’s unpretentious, always fresh, with outstanding and affordable options for everyone! The secret to their success is their home style flavors, aside from their authentic neighborhood experience.
Maria Dolores Chavez and her sister, Maria Guillermina Gutierrez, from Tulancigo, Hidalgo, Mexico have been serving up delicious and plentiful portions in Little Havana since 2005. Known for the freshest flour tortillas, chips and their excellent “Gorditas”, white corn meal tortillas filled with their marinated chicken, beef or pork, their variety platter is very popular! The sister’s favorite dishes are the Chilaquiles, and among the many desserts from their bakery, literally a whole in the wall, they proudly recommend their “arroz con leche”, Mexican style rice pudding! It’s really difficult to choose one with so many! You’ll find Pastry Chefs, Jocelyn Mendoza and Jaime Reynoso, a husband and wife team, equally passionate about their baked goods as their heritage, running the Panadería Mexicana, or Mexican Bakery, found in a small corner of Mi Rinconcito Mexicano, working together with love for a little over a decade now! Over a thousand Mexican bread loaves, cakes and various other deserts fly out the door in the hand’s patrons, including other neighborhood chefs, who know best, weekly! Unlike other business owners, they think about their responsibility to provide Miami’s Mexican immigrants with a slice of their homeland, in addition to offering other folks the opportunity to learn more about their traditions.
Colorful piñatas, altars, incense, candles, picturesque Mexican hats and native artwork simply adorn this place with vibrant colors and the distinctive smell of their brilliant recipes. From young families to workers in outdoor labor attire or corporate suits, and Seniors dining solo, everyone feels at home in this incredible and casual Little Havana place! The owners love their patrons dearly, and their regulars visit them religiously too. Aside from their unbelievable food, they also celebrate their religious roots, honoring the Patron Saint of Mexico, La Virgen de Guadalupe, whom they honor for the bounty exchanged with patrons, friends and family on holidays with energetic celebrations, including traditional Mexican folk music, followed with singing and dancing by everybody! Mi Rinconcito Mexicano is simply so typically Mexican, it’s atypical for Miami, and there is no other dining experience like it! Rest assured once you eat here, you’ll have a hard time forgetting your time here, with so many flavorful dishes to satisfy even the pickiest palette, GUARANTEED.
Located at 1961 SW 8th Street, the restaurant opens daily from 10am to 10pm, including take out and delivery. Don’t expect to be greeted by the Founders, because they do all the cooking themselves too! Lastly, unlike others, these restaurant owners don’t fear being displaced by rising rents, because they’re such a big part of this “little” neighborhood, as well.