I recently read about La Camaronera on food for thought‘s Best Cuban Sandwiches in Miami post. He mentioned that the Best Fried Fish Sandwich in town was at La Camaronera. As luck would have it, one of the food trucks happened to park near here a few weeks back. I decided to walk in and take a gander at what was going on. The place was packed and there were no seats, only standing counter space.
I decided right then that I would return with my Dad in tow to check this place out aka stuff my face. After some investigating (not too much) I found La Camaronera’s appearance on both Guy Fieri’s Diner’s Drive-Ins and Dives and on Michelle Bernstein’s Check, Please!.
We had the Bollitos de Carita (Black-eyed Pea Fritters) to start with. I really couldn’t explain much to you about them other than the fact that they’re very addictive and have a distinct flavor all their own. The fritters are ground beans after all. While I ordered the Camarones Fritos (Fried Shrimp), my father ordered the Pan con Minuta (Fried Snapper Sandwich).
The Breaded Shrimp were very crispy and delicious. The Shrimp are tossed in a Ketchup based sauce, breaded and then fried. I had never heard of a Ketchup based breading technique but it works. The Pan con Minuta (Minuta means that they butterfly cut the fish) still has its tail attached but it adds to the authenticity of the sandwich. I’m gonna go out on a limb here and say that some people eat the tail (actually I know they do).
The sandwich is topped with chopped Onions, Ketchup and their homemade Tartar Sauce on a fresh Cuban bread roll. Great combination and great flavors that can only be topped if you use their homemade Hot Sauce.
I liked the Shrimp so much I figured I should order it in sandwich form, the Camaronera Sandwich. It also has the chopped Onions, Ketchup and homemade Tartar Sauce on a Cuban bread roll.
While the breaded Shrimp alone was great, the sandwich took it to another level. You’d think I was done but I wasn’t. It was Key Lime pie time.
The Pie was creamy and tart (it caught me off guard in a good way). I loved it because it was a great way to end the meal. A few other pieces of info you should know are that they only take Cash and it also functions as a Seafood Market.
As a matter of fact, you can pick a Fish out of the refrigerated case and have them fry it for you right there.
UPDATE: Since I originally wrote this post, La Camaronera has opened up an addition next door with tables and waiter service for those of you who hated to stand at the counter. I’ve also eaten there a bunch of times hence the pictures below.
If you’re from out of town and want to take in a unique Miami experience with great food then this is the place for you. If you’re from Miami and have never been here, then it’s about time you did.
La Camaronera Restaurant and Seafood Market
1952 West Flagler Street, Miami, FL