Do you know how hard it is to choose the Best Croquetas in Miami? If you’re not from Miami, then you may know these Cuban protein bars as croquettes.
In the 305, there is a full-blown obsession going on about these meat sticks. But, for the record, The most popular croquetas are made with ham, not meat.
I have eaten enough of these beauties in my lifetime to fill a cruise ship. But, unlike some of these self-righteous croqueta eaters that have recently popped up around town, I even love the kind you find in the frozen food aisle at your local supermarket.
They all have their place in the world of croquetas. So, to show my undying love to them, I created the Croqueta Palooza festival!
And don’t forget, every October 1st, every self-respecting Miamian celebrates Croqueta Day in Miami. Of course, you don’t have to be in Miami to celebrate this holiday, so let’s consider it National Croqueta Day!
Best Croquetas in Miami
So, which ones made your Best Croquetas in Miami list? And don’t say the ones made by your Mom or Abuelita. I’d love to hear them in the comments below.
My eyes are drawn to the croquetas in the warming case the minute I step foot into Breadman Bakery. I can almost hear them singing to me.
The housemade ham croquetas are crispy on the outside and creamy on the inside. You really can’t ask for much more.
Breadman Bakery Miami
5804 W 20th Avenue
Cafe Chantilly Bakery
There were rumblings on the interwebs about a delicious croqueta from a delicious bakery. Were they thinking of Breadman Bakery or La Sin Rival? Nope.
Cafe Chantilly has been quietly bubbling under the croqueta radar for some time, but I could no longer ignore the recommendations. Folks, the people who wrote to praise Cafe Chantilly were right; it’s a phenomenal bakery with a delicious croqueta.
12618 SW 8th Street
I’ve enjoyed Chef Justin Sherrer’s croquetas since he ran the kitchen at Cinebistro in Dolphin Mall. When he and his partner Lisetty Llampalla opened up Doce Provisions, I knew that the housemade croquetas would not disappoint.
I was right! Some of my dreams involve these chorizo croquetas.
Think I’m joking? I mean, Doce Provisions is the only two-time *Judge’s Choice Award Croqueta Palooza winner.
541 SW 12th Avenue
My hometown Westchester has always been a hotbed for croqueta activity, which might explain my obsession with them. Dos Croquetas began as a delivery pop up out of the Doral area.
In May 2019, their Croqueta Bar opened up in; you guessed it, Westchester. There’s a wide variety of croquetas at Dos Croquetas, but my personal favorite is their take on buffalo wings called the Buffalo Crack Chicken.
*Winners at Croqueta Palooza 2019 for People’s Choice Award
10505 SW 40th Street
Many folks (myself included) believe that Islas Canarias make the best croquetas in Miami. They are the gold standard for croquetas and are untouchable when it comes to Miami’s favorite snack food, numero uno.
This one is located farthest from me of all the croquetas on my list. But I love opening up the box & looking at all these misshapen meat tubes.
One bite of these super creamy fellas will have you driving to the ends of the earth for them. What’s worse (or better, depending on how you look at it) is that there’s a drive-thru making it easier to keep your addiction going forever.
Islas Canarias Restaurant
13695 SW 26th Street
It’s not a shocker to say that if you start with great ingredients, you end up with a great dish. Serrano ham and manchego cheese are match-made in comfort food heaven, hence these tasty cylindrical delights.
Las Peores Croquetas de Serrano y Manchego (as they’re known on the menu) from La Bodeguita are easily one of the top three in the city, aka a must-try if you’re a croqueta-holic.
La Bodeguita Restaurant
2005 W 4th Avenue
I’ve been eating croquetas from La Carreta in Westchester since I was ten years old; that’s why I always order ten in one shot. Just kidding, but there’s nothing wrong with that story if it were true.
8650 Bird Road
La Sin Rival
I’ve driven past the strip mall on 97th and SW 8th Street thousands of times, but I somehow missed La Sin Rival Bakery. I knew nothing of their existence until A&G Burger Joint (RIP) added a croqueta atop their burger.
These longish ham croquetas are heavy-duty with the right amount of ham, aka no skimping. I smash these fellas into a Cuban roll along with a slice of Swiss cheese, and I’m in heaven.
La Sin Rival Bakery
9772 SW 8th Street
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. The Luis Galindo croquetas are 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
898 SW 57th Avenue
West Miami, FL
Masa Craft is known for excellent bar food. I mean, that’s why they’re located at MIA Beer Company. But amongst the little gems they sell are these creamy fried ham orbs inspired by the croqueta motherland of Spain.
If their version of the croqueta preparada is on the menu, grab one of those with an ice-cold brew.
*Winners at Croqueta Palooza 2019 for Judge’s Choice Award
The only bad thing I’ve got to say about Odaly’s Delight Cafe is that they’re not open for dinner or the weekends at all.
Now, on to the good things. Their creamy croquetas are made in-house and served with a perfect mayo-based dipping sauce.
Odaly’s Delight Cafe
9754 SW 24th Street
Mike, the owner of Pikadiyo, was also a Miami food truck owner (Muscle Truck) back in the scene’s heyday. He’s always made a killer picadillo, a Cuban comfort specialty with seasoned ground beef.
It’s no surprise that a croqueta would eventually be in the works. So I was ecstatic to find out that Pikadiyo and Islas Canarias collaborated on this fantastic meat stick creation.
400 S Dixie Highway
Coral Gables, FL
I’ve been a fan of these ham croquetas since they were sold at Pastelmania Bakery in Little Havana.
Joel, the original owner of Pastelmania and the current owner of Pinecrest Bakery, is the mastermind behind these beauties. They’re probably one of the most massive and hammiest croquetas in town.
12101 S Dixie Highway
I’ve eaten 10 Sergio’s croquetas in one sitting. Of course, I’m not boasting; just trying to show you the addictive nature of these particular ham croquetas.
Every meal at Sergio’s starts with eating at least three croquetas when you’re with me. Don’t skip out on the chorizo croquetas, which also deserve a few moments or bites of your time.
9330 SW 40th Street
Empanada Harry’s is one of my favorite restaurants in Miami. Owners Harry and Michelle recently unleashed their new creation Smoke & Dough Smokehouse, in West Kendall.
While croquetas might not be the first thing you’d like to order on a BBQ menu, you’d be wrong.
It’s mind-blowingly great. Do yourself a favor, and don’t dip the croqueta in anything; it’s perfect the way it is.
Smoke & Dough
4013 SW 152nd Avenue