El Palacio De Los Jugos – Flagami, Florida

Either you instantly get El Palacio De Los Jugos or you immediately add to your “do not return list”. Make sure to bring a Spanish speaker with you as its almost like being in a foreign country and that’s part of its charm. El Palacio is the Miami I wish most folks would see when on vacation and the total opposite normally portrayed on TV. I’m lucky enough to live just a few blocks away from this Miami institution and while I could walk, it’s freakin’ hot out there most of the time.

El Palacio De Los Jugos

Seating for El Palacio is under a giant green tent and to get the full experience you really should eat here and forgo taking the goods home. The food is available in different open-air stations featuring things like sandwiches, or the juices/chicharrones area. Since this is El Palacio De Los Jugos (Palace of the Juices or Juice Palace), you can choose a single serving cup (larger sizes available) of your favorite juice with choices like  Watermelon, Papaya or even Coconut Water made fresh by a machete-wielding fellow nearby.

Over the course of many years, I’ve tried many of the dishes served here and very few are misses. The Frita is, unfortunately, one of those tragic victims. Luckily, at that same food station, I love to order a Pan con Tortilla (Omelette Sandwich) with Ham, Swiss Cheese and served on warm Cuban bread.

Pan Con Tortilla

My wife is Nicaraguan so whenever I walk by the fried food station a couple Queso Fritos are always ordered. Queso Frito is slabs a slightly salty white cheese pan-fried to a semi-brown deliciousness.

Queso Frito

The real reason to come to El Palacio De Los Jugos is Pork. It’s served in a bunch of different forms including Pan con Lechon (Pork Sandwich) BUT…the Chicharrones are where it’s at. If you’ve never had Pork Rinds in this form then you’re missing out but the reality of the situation is if you have these Chicharrones you will always crave these and only these. There’s such a variety of foods available with something new to try each time which is why I’m glad to have El Palacio right in my backyard.

Have some Juice:

El Palacio de Los Jugos
5721 W Flagler St, Miami, FL 33144