Little Havana’s La Camaronera In Miami, Florida

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La Camaronera - Little Havana, Florida

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.

Original Standing Only Side of La Camaronera
Original Standing Only Side of La Camaronera
BUT, there's an ATM
BUT, there’s an ATM

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!.

Bollitos de Carita
Bollitos de Carita/Black Eyed Pea Fritters

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).

Camarones Fritos/Fried Shrimp
Camarones Fritos/Fried Shrimp

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).

Pan con Minuta
Pan con Minuta
Open Face Pan con Minuta
Open Face Pan con Minuta

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.

Salsa Picante de la Casa/Housemade Hot Sauce
Salsa Picante de la Casa/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.

Camaronera Sandwich/Fried Shrimp Sandwich
Camaronera Sandwich/Fried Shrimp Sandwich
Two Bite In
Two Bite In On Camaronera Sandwich

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.

Fireman Derek's Key Lime Pie
Fireman Derek’s Key Lime Pie

The Pie was creamy and tart (it caught me off guard in a good way). I loved it because it was 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.

Fresh Fish Case
Fresh Fish Case

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.

Revamped Counter Area
Revamped Counter Area
Specials Board
Specials Board
Table Menu
Table Menu
Shrimp Empanada
Shrimp Empanada
Tostones/Fried Plantains
Tostones/Fried Plantains
French Fries
French Fries
Cole Slaw
Cole Slaw
Fried Shrimp Platter w/Tostones & Yellow Rice
Fried Shrimp Platter w/Tostones & Yellow Rice
Flan
Flan

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.

Eat Fresh:

La Camaronera Restaurant and Seafood Market
1952 West Flagler Street, Miami, FL
305-642-3322

  • Jimmy

    I have no problem driving from Davie to Little Havana for a Camaronera sandwich. This place is phenomenal.