Miami is usually so busy promoting the culture and cuisines of Latin America and the Caribbean that Mexico is largely left out of the picture but if you’re curious as to what an expert hand can do with authentic Mexican food then try dining out at Talavera in Miami. Mexico City native and Johnson & Wales graduate Oscar del Rivero is an accomplished chef who toiled at Miami Beach’s Blue Door, the respected-but-now-closed Talula and the Palm Hotel. Regardless of the level of spiciness, intense flavours abound. The creamy guacamole, prepared to order, is a must, and the moles, fish (with clams in salsa verde) and beef Don Guillermo (under a blanket of huitlacoche, cheese and poblano cream sauce) are first-rate. There are a couple dozen wines on the list, but when in Rome… order a margarita (choose from original, creative, ambitious or old-fashioned). The restaurant has a grand adobe brick-hued dining space accented with clean blue and white tile patterns, and an inviting bar if additional margaritas feature on your ‘to do’ list for the day. Lunch specials are a steal at $12 during the week.