In 1977, restaurants in Miami were poor and the Beach could most politely be described as ‘blighted’. Even so, the Gonzalez family opened shop on South Beach as a runway-wide Cuban cafe and take-out window. The place struck a chord with the Caribbean locals, word of mouth brought it to the attention of everyone else, and the family-run David’s Café is still here, successful enough to expand into proper premises several years ago. The servers tread back and forth on black and grey mosaic tiles, and place your bistec palomilla and tostones on tables inlaid with artefacts from the motherland in the form of bills, stamps and postcards. What you see is what you get at David’s; a tasty, (almost) home-cooked meal quickly and without artifice. Best of all, potential customers who are too hungover to function or can’t leave the cabana are rewarded for calling David’s with free delivery anywhere on SoBe.