Top 10 Croquetas in Miami

Top 10 Croquetas

I have eaten enough Croquetas in my lifetime to fill a Cruise ship. I’d say I love a good 99% of them, even the kind you find in Frozen Food Aisle at your local Supermarket. Picking 10 was difficult so I threw in an extra Croqueta that I recently have become enamored with. What’s your Top 10 Croqueta List? I’d love to hear them.

Top 10 Croquetas in South Florida:

11) Tasca de España (Westchester): Yes I know. This is supposed to be a Top 10 list but I couldn’t help myself, I needed to throw in an extra one. These Chorizo Croquetas from Tasca de España are just so creamy that I couldn’t resist.

Tasca De España Croquetas

Tasca De España Croquetas

10) La Carreta (Westchester): Not all Croquetas from La Carreta are created equal, in this case, it’s a fact. La Carreta located at the Pots & Pan mecca of Westchester serves different Croquetas than at other locations, why? Beats me, all I know is the Croqueta at this particular location is way better than the one in Little Havana or elsewhere.

La Carreta Croquetas

La Carreta Croquetas

9) Sarussi Cafe (NO LONGER SERVED): Most folks go to Sarussi for the sandwiches but not me. The two Sarussi locations in Westchester both have homemade Croquetas which were surprisingly good. So good, that I take some home every time to fry up at home. Yup, you can buy a boxful at a wholesale price.

Sarussi Croquetas

Sarussi Croquetas

8) Sakaya Kitchen (Midtown): Eh, como se coló este? Google it. Anyway, yeah Sakaya Kitchen has some really great Croquetas and they’re not traditional in any sense of the word but they would make for a great Croqueta Preparada. Let’s write Owner/Chef Richard Hales about it & maybe he can make our dreams a reality.

Sakaya Kitchen Croquetas

Sakaya Kitchen Croquetas

7) Munchies Cafe (Westchester): Westchester is a hotbed for Croqueta activity & since I grew up there, explains my obsession with them. Munchies Cafe is situated in the left corner shop of the massive Home Depot, which means it probably gets overlooked by a bunch of folks. I sat down to a nice lunch of a Palomilla Steak & these delectable meat sticks. I loved them so much I took ten to go, to spread the love.

Munchies Croquetas

Munchies Croquetas

6) Molina’s Ranch (Hialeah): La Ciudad que progresa makes an appearance in the Top 10 Croqueta list with a Croqueta from a Cuban classic, Molina’s Ranch. Croquetas might not be the first thing to come to mind at Molina’s but after trying one (alright, it was really three) it should be. I drove to Molina’s Ranch just for Croquetas but you know, that’s how I do.

Molina Ranch Croquetas

Molina Ranch Croquetas

5) Bread + Butter Counter (NO LONGER OPEN): Round Croquetas…I know I know, take it easy. Bread + Butter Counter’s Medianoche Croquetas are a thing of beauty. Yes, they do have the same flavor profile as a Medianoche. You can even taste the pickles. Let us imagine a Croqueta Preparada made with Medianoche Croquetas…..go ahead close your eyes…..would it be a Medianoche Croqueta Preparada? Whoa! Chef Alberto Cabrera’s Croqueta just blew my mind.

Bread + Butter Counter Croquetas

Bread + Butter Counter Croquetas

4) El Caribe Cafeteria (Flagami, Hialeah & Kendall): El Caribe Cafe Restaurant which is now a mini-chain opened their first location near the Miami Airport (39th & NW 7th St) years & years ago. My Dad would bring me here for lunch during the summers when I worked with him. Since then, I’ve always stopped in for a Medianoche, a couple of Croquetas & a Cafe con Leche. If you’re in the area, they deliver which is always great news.

Caribe Croquetas

Caribe Cafeteria Croquetas

3) Luis Galindo Latin American (West Miami & Westchester): Luis Galindo Latin American makes a serious Croqueta, do I sound like I’m smiling? I begin every meal at Galindo’s with a few of these guys to get my engine started. Once it’s purring, I sporadically keep eating them for fuel. They’re so good and when you try the Croqueta Preparada, you’ll wonder why you hadn’t been eating them like this in the first place.

Luis Galindo Latin American Croquetas

Luis Galindo Latin American Croquetas

2) Sergio’s (Coral Gables area, Doral, Hialeah, Kendall & Westchester): I’ve eaten 10 Sergio’s Croquetas in one sitting. I’m not boasting, just trying to show you the addictive nature of these particular Croquetas. My meal at Sergio’s starts with eating at least 3 Croquetas & then taking some home for later. They’ve recently added a Chorizo Croqueta which also deserves a few moments or bites of your time.

Sergio's Croquetas

Sergio’s Croquetas

1) Islas Canarias (Kendall & Kendall) There can only be one. While the topic of Best Croqueta in Miami is a highly debated topic (at least in my circles) you can not dispute the popularity of the Croquetas from Islas Canarias. Of all the Croquetas in my Top 10, this one is located farthest from me. I love opening up the box & looking at all the misshapen meat tubes. One bite of these utterly creamy fellas will have you driving to the ends of the earth for them. What’s worse (or best, depends how you look at it) is that there’s a drive-thru making it easier to keep your addiction going forever.

Islas Canarias Croquetas

Islas Canarias Croquetas

Comments (40):

  1. Sofia

    February 4, 2014 at 11:11 AM

    the fact that Versailles isn’t even mentioned invalidates this entire article

    • Vicky Fisher

      February 5, 2014 at 3:55 PM

      Versailles croquetas have been awful for years now, unless you like a lot of breading and hardly any meat.

    • bengaltiger

      March 9, 2014 at 8:43 PM

      Versailles is not in the top ten of any list. The food is mediocre at best. The only reason to go is to order a cafecito at the window in a ceramic cup.

    • Amme Zepol

      July 18, 2015 at 8:40 AM

      Versailles is only a name, it’s not that great! Sorry!

  2. natasha

    February 4, 2014 at 11:42 AM

    How come casavana didn’t make it? They are good!

  3. Saucy 'Stache

    February 4, 2014 at 11:50 AM

    That’s it. Get in your car and meet me at El Floridita across from Tamiami airport in 20.

      • Nnnatalie

        February 4, 2014 at 1:57 PM

        I work right over El Floridita and their Croqueta are pretty good (including The new lobster ones. But Islas Canarias is the best forever!!

  4. tammy

    February 4, 2014 at 12:30 PM

    Yeahhh…the best croqueta in town..islas canarias.

  5. Susana Hevia Enriquez

    February 4, 2014 at 2:17 PM

    you forgot Publix. Their ham croquetas are great.

    • Gilda Almeyda Sanchez

      February 6, 2014 at 11:14 AM

      their ham croquetas are frozen

      • Gilda Almeyda Sanchez

        February 6, 2014 at 11:15 AM

        I have to say La Palma s are not the worst in town they are good and once upon a time they were the best. just sayin

  6. Suzy

    February 4, 2014 at 11:16 PM

    Enriqueta’s Sandwich Shop in midtown. Best in Miami. And they have 2 different kinds

  7. Connie Rivero Arrese

    February 5, 2014 at 1:09 PM

    Hello…El Floridita en West Kendall by Tamiami Airport!

  8. Patty Rodriguez

    February 5, 2014 at 1:32 PM

    I agree with Sofia, Versailles croquetas must be on a Miami croqueta list! They actually source out their croquetas to many venders in the city, including La Carreta of course since Felipe Valls is the owner of the latter & Versailles. I’d also mention Bulla’s triangular fritters of hammy goodness, as well as Barceloneta’s which are also creamy and delish. This post is making me hungry.

  9. Jess Duffo

    February 5, 2014 at 10:56 PM

    Carlito’s Cafe in Kendall has some AMAZING ones too!!

  10. Croquetero

    February 5, 2014 at 11:12 PM

    Isla Canarias should have won 11 through 1……
    fuck the rest.

  11. Jorge Valdes

    February 6, 2014 at 3:20 PM

    First and foremost the best I have ever had was at Botin’s in Madrid, Spain (one of Hemmingway’s favorite). There was once a Botin’s in Miami briefly and theirs’ were equally tasteful as in Spain. So I must say that those were the best in town. I miss that place. Nevertheless now I consider the following just as good as those on this list. Latin America (Cafeteria) in Sweetwater and on Sunset, Casavana, 5 J’s, and Delicias de Espana. Bear in mind the croquet originated in Spain therefore Spanish restaurants would serve the best.

    • Burger Beast

      February 7, 2014 at 5:34 AM

      Where is the Latin America in Sweetwater and on Sunset?

      By the way Croquettes did not originate in Spain and even if they did, it’s no reason to believe that they “would serve the best” just because of that reason.

  12. Eric Castellanos

    February 8, 2014 at 1:00 AM

    Latín café 2000 Should Also be on this list. They are amazing

  13. Juan Bereijo

    February 9, 2014 at 4:29 PM

    La Jugeria Tropical by St. Timothy has the best. And if they don’t run out of Chicken Croquetas, youre in for a treat. Amazing Croquetas.

  14. Juan Bereijo

    February 9, 2014 at 4:31 PM

    La Jugeria Tropical by St. Timothy has the best. Bar none! If you can get a hold of one of their Chicken Croquetas before they run out! You are in luck!

  15. Tere

    October 8, 2014 at 9:52 AM

    Late to the party, but agree on Islas Canarias being #1 – not familiar with the Kendall location, but the croquetas at the original location on NW 27 Ave. are heavenly.

  16. Action Movie Freak

    November 18, 2014 at 6:58 PM

    No Los Bobos?!

  17. edsicalz

    April 24, 2015 at 10:43 PM

    El Brazo Fuerte? Check it out.

  18. Maria E Rivero

    February 5, 2016 at 9:29 PM

    I my self am a croqueta freak, you have to go to El Prado Bakery and Restaurant on NW 7th Street next door to Winn-Dixie across from the Magic City Casino..they make their own homemade croquetas they are awesome!! Better than Caribe 100%! Go and check it out you won’t regret it!