One of the frequently boisterous cafes in Miami, Baru Urbano in Mary Brickell Village has the too-studied look of a perfectly cultivated Hard Rock for Caribbean Street Life. However, the business folk and professional shopper customers pay no heed to this, engrossed as they are in their Pan-Latin platters of picada and fried yellowtail and their South Miami salads (olives, artichokes, palm hearts and gorgonzola). The menu has been well constructed, and offers possibilities for both committed meat-eaters and vegetarians. Lunch specials during the week are a wallet-friendly $10. Ladies are treated to drink specials and much chatting up on Wednesday nights, and Baru Urbano’s happy hours (the best time to sample tacos and arepitas) are also well-attended. On Fridays, the tiny, jammed bar overflows with couples and quads who spill over into the back patio, festooned with colourful street-signs.