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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.