Puerto Sagua (700 Collins Ave., 305/673-1115, 7:30 a.m.–2 a.m. daily, main courses from $9) has been in this neighborhood since before South Beach  was used as an adjective. The old-school diner specializes in Spanish and Cuban cuisine, heavy on fish and chicken dishes. The paella is legendary, and the formally dressed waiters deliver friendly service.
Barbu (1935 West Ave., 305/972-3358, noon–midnight Tues.–Sat., tapas plates from $8) has recently made a splash on the South Beach dining scene as the city’s first organic tapas bar. While the concept got people’s attention, it’s the relaxing and comfortable vibe and the unique selection of Mediterranean and Caribbean small plates and entrées that has quickly made Barbu a hit in town.
The blindingly bright decor inside Tap Tap (819 5th St., 305/672-2898, 5–11 p.m. Mon.–Thurs., 5 p.m.–midnight Fri.–Sat., 5–10 p.m. Sun., main courses from $9) gives this Haitian diner a festive and friendly feel. Although it’s not really conveniently located, Tap Tap is a South Beach institution among Haitians and non-Haitians alike. The goat-based dishes are the fulcrum of the menu, but other fare like pumpkin soup and conch salads are available for those who just can’t bring themselves to dig into a plate of succulent goat flesh.