Miami-Dade County West Miami

La Palma – West Miami, Florida

La Palma - West Miami, Florida

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 Parking Sign (no longer there)
La Palma Parking Sign (no longer there)

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.

La Palma's Frita
La Palma’s Frita

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.

Subsequent Visits:

Cafe con Leche
Cafe con Leche
Frita Cubana
Frita Cubana

If You’re Hungry At All Times:

La Palma
6091 SW 8th Street, Miami, Fl 33144

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  • I've got to hit up La Palma, haven't been there for more than a shot of coffee in close to 20 years. I've never had a frita there. The croq's were outstanding about 20 years ago. Another special item are the Frituritas de Bacalao. It was the first place I ever tried one and I haven't found a better one since.

    Morro Castle is still around but I go to the NW 7th Street location (an area you might know as "La Pequena Havana"). I had a frita there about a year ago and it wasn't as memorable as it was in my youth. The Pan Con Lechon is good (Papo LLega y Pon's are better) and the papitas are excellent. The feature item on the menu at Morro Castle has and will always be el Pan con Bistec.,-80.419922&sspn=27.989285,40.737305&ie=UTF8&ll=25.822762,-80.265255&spn=0.110018,0.15913&z=13

  • La Palma has slipped on so many levels that I cannot even recommend that place anymore.

    The churros are an abomination – they are no longer freshly made, rather come frozen out of a box. The place is so half-assed now that they don’t even bother to hide the boxes now. It’s like a total slap in the face. To make things worse they leave the friggin’ wheel there taunting you and reminding you of the days when La Palma was the spot to get churros in Miami. Sadly, it seems the place is resting on its laurels and slipping.. big time.

    Mediocre fritas, horrible, bland and overpriced churros (4/$1.25!! are you kidding me? I remember the days of 10 for a $1.00) and even worse service.

    2.4 GPA

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