By Madari Pendas
Southwest Miami, with its vast strip malls and chain restaurants, is often excluded from guidebooks and tourism websites – and hated on by the rest of the city. But hey, it’s where tons of us grew up, and this mostly unincorporated part of Miami-Dade County has some real gems.
We’re not totally sure what to call it. A lot of it is Kendall – but we know we’ll get crap if we call ALL of it Kendall. Some of it is South Miami and Westchester. Basically, we’re talking La Saguesera.
It’s often treated like a place to move out of as soon as you can get out of your parents’ home, but it’s an alternative to the congested and frenzied traffic of Miami Beach and the overcrowded streets of Wynwood – and provides residents and tourists with an authentic and unique experience of the Magic City.
As a native “saguesera,” these are some of my favorite places. What did we miss?