I was torn as to which appetizer to start with so I did the only sensible thing, I ordered the Munchie’s Platter (Masas de Cerdo, Chicharron de Pollo, Yuca Frita, Tamal en Hoja, Croquetas & Mariquitas). I’m not sure exactly how I thought it was possible that my cousin Fred and I could polish that off and eat the Munchie’s Palomilla and Chicken Milanesa with two sides also. I need to mention that the platter had fresh cut Yuca Fries and not the bagged symmetrical fries everyone has around town. Under the crispy Mariquitas (Fried Plantains strips) were two really great Croquetas, hidden just like One-Eyed Willie’s treasure in Goonies.
I was not mentally prepared when the Munchie’s Palomilla Steak arrived. As you can see (or more like can’t), the Steak is hidden under a mound of fresh cut Fries. This is very reminiscent of the steak made famous by Lila’s and still available by Rio Cristal just a few miles down the road. The owners mentioned that their cook was originally from Lila’s in Westchester and he asked to add it to the menu as a tribute. There is a very well marinated Steak under those Fries with near perfect flavor.
How do you eat it? I was brought a plate to move some of the Fries over but I didn’t. I must have been a Conqueror in a previous life since I forged ahead, forked and cut through potato & steak till I hit the plate. The Palomilla did defeat me at about the halfway point but I needed to think about having a Flan and Cafecito too, priorities people!
Chunktrnoics’ Chicken Milanesa will easily find a spot in my Top 10 Milanesas list when I update it. If you’re not familiar with the Miami Milanesa phenomenon, imagine if you will a Chicken Breast pounded thin, breaded, fried then topped with Ham & Cheese which is melted. It’s also available in an equally addictive Steak version but I always go Chicken first time around.
In the world of Flans I lean towards the sweeter side but this one while not very sweet still had the creamy texture and excellent taste I always hope for. I capped off the meal with an espumita topped Cafecito (Espresso). It was so beautiful on the outside that I didn’t want to disturb it but sometimes ya gotta do what ya gotta do.
Very Very Good:
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12761 SW 42nd St Miami, FL 33175