Eating at La Palma is a family tradition. I can recall many moments, joyous or otherwise where we ate their Churros (fried dough with sugar) and Hot Chocolate.
La Palma is also known for their Croquetas and Frita Cubana (Cuban-style Burgers). As far as the Croquetas go, they’re ok since the dough is overpowering the actual ham in it.
When I first ate a Frita as a kid at Morro Castle in Hialeah, I was a little apprehensive about it. I had never seen or heard of a Frita before. My father tells me that it’s “The Cuban Hamburger” but that certainly didn’t seem like any hamburger I’d seen before.
So, I’m served this thing and I open the lid to see what’s going on. I see these little tiny Potatoes (some places serve them with canned Potato Sticks, unfortunately), Onions (generally served raw), Ketchup (sometimes) and Cheese (if you request it but not necessary).
When I took a look at the patty itself I didn’t know what to think but dog food certainly came to mind. My dad said it was good and I felt like I would be letting him down if I didn’t at least try it. So I did, and that brings us back to speed and La Palma.
I like La Palma’s Frita although it is more of an actual patty and not some smashed meat on the griddle. They also make their own Julienne Potatoes, which is always a good thing. And the best thing about La Palma? Their walk-up window is open 24 hours.
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6091 SW 8th Street, Miami, Fl 33144