Asian fare, which is a category apart from straight Japanese or strictly Chinese food, is an entirely different type of fusion experience in Miami than it is in other cities. The Magic City's ethnic influences are Latin American, and many of the Asian influences emigrated to South America and the Caribbean before they came this way. So Miami sees interesting combos like the Japanese-Peruvian dishes served at Miami Beach's infamous Nobu.
There's lots and lots of Thai and sushi places, and like Baskin Robbins and Dunkin Donuts, they always seem to be paired together. That's okay, because there's more than enough happy customers to frequent them; after all, it's almost impossible to dislike dishes that utilize the fresh product that comes from these shores.
This category also brings you a few top-notch Vietnamese joints, plus Bali Cafe, an Indonesian-fusion eatery that's quite popular with the Downtown suit crowd.
You might notice that South Florida doesn't have much in the way of Cambodian, Tibetan, Bhutanese or other exotic cuisines; that's because the populations that bring the restaurateurs haven't arrived. Yet.
But what Miami has, Miamians celebrate. Whether it's Asian fusion at Dadeland's Lan Pan Asian or the locally beloved Tropical Chinese, the citizens of and travelers to the Magic City stand with fork, chopsticks and soup spoons at the ready.
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