Most folks think of Polo Norte for 2 things, Ice Cream & Cuban Style Pizza. I’ve never had dessert much less ice cream any of the times I’ve eaten here. Fans of Cuban Style Pizza come here to fulfill their fantasies.
The Croquetas here are divine. They are a bit on the large side and have a certain something that reminds of my favorite Croqueta of my youth, Latin American on Coral Way & 97th Avenue in Westchester (the place is long gone). These are a must order item and a hidden gem amongst Croqueta aficionados.
Now onto the Frita or Frita Cubana or Cuban Hamburger or whatever you call it at home. It pains me to see a Frita served on a regular burger bun especially one that’s got everything going for it like this one does. The crispy homemade julienne potatoes, the raw onions and a deformed patty almost made this a home-run for me. The patty had the chorizo/paprika combo that makes a Frita what it is to most palates. I’m hoping they make the change to a Cuban roll to really bring this guy into his own.
If you’ve never had it, probably the biggest distinction in taste is the dough which almost has a raw unfinished flavor to it. I played it a little safe and had the Chorizo Pizza with you guessed it, Chorizo. I was also leaning towards eating the Picadillo Pizza (seasoned Ground Beef) but I really regret not having the Platano Maduros Pizza (Sweet Plantains). It would have definitely introduced an interesting combo to me, cheese & plantains.
The Chorizo Pizza was just as it should be. It had the melted cheese with the sweetish tomato sauce and chorizo pieces hidden under the covers. I crave Cuban Pizza every once in a while but I’m not obsessed with it like some friends of mine. Try it for yourself and see if you like it because it really is one of those hate or like it kinda things. There are 4 locations in Miami so go for the Pizza and stay for the Croquetas.
Eat at the North Pole:
13901 Southwest 42nd Street Miami, FL 33175