Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Deco Features: Spot Check
Hand-rolled cigars, fruiterias, meat markets, cafecito for 25 cents. Calle Ocho is the epicenter of Cuban culture in Miami. Now 8th Street is going through a renissance the street is turning into a true nightlife destination with new hip restaurants and art galleries. Deco hit the streets for tonight's Spot Check.
Now the street is coming alive with new restaurants, art galleries and specialty shops.
HERNAN STUTZER: "I think Little Havana is one of the areas thats up and coming now, and we see that from all the new buildings that are coming up art galleries."
Catharsis mixes caribbean and South American food with an Italian influence.
"It's an Argeninian style empanada with pico de gallo. This is a 3 hour short rib cooked with red wine, served over a creamy polenta."
"We like to believe that were one of the few that have paved the way to have something diff in the area."
Hungry for art? Step across the street to the Futurama Building. The space features dozens of artists studios and galleries.
BILL FULLER: "Everyone is looking for that cuban experience they're looking to save that passport trip the embargo issue. We see a lot more cigar shops, art galleries that a centric on hispanic and cuban the art movement."
A few blocks away the Azucar Ice Cream Company serves up local favorites with a twist.
PAT DELAROSA: "This is a Cuban ice cream store on calle ocho and it's cuban because cubans make it. We have staples that are very Cuban like mamay ice cream, also mantecado which is cuban vanilla."
PAT DELAROSA: "I love it i think it's great that there's a mix of the fruits that are here in the neigh but I like it."
You can catch a film at the historic tower theater then grab a mojito and a cigar at the Cuba Ocho Lounge.
CORINNA MOEBIUS: "We want to maintain the culture the a the sense of history, there's a big movement for historic preservation here."
So if you want to spice up your nightlife, grab your dancing shoes and a date and take another look at Calle Ocho.