Those of you who live in North Hialeah, Hialeah Gardens, or Miami Lakes may know of Boss Burger & Brew. If you’re not, its founder and chief food maestro Frankie opened up The Cafe 72 (7201 NW 36th Street, Miami). He’s no longer at Boss Burger, but he brought his palate full of Miami flavors with him to The Cafe 72.
Cafe 72 is located on the west corner of a gas station. The ventanita (ordering window), actually ventanitas since there are two of ’em, is where you’ll place your order. Seating at Cafe 72 includes a few stools available at the order counter. If regular tables are more your speed, walk around to the left of the building where most of the action happens anyway.
They’re open later on the weekends, and that’s when you’ll find a bunch of folks hanging out. It kinda reminds me of the food truck scene back when it started over ten years ago.
The first time I ate here, I worked my way through the sandwich portion of the menu. They’re all large and in charge kinda like Marge from Peewee’s Big Adventure. By the way, I’ve waited more than ten years to name drop that movie on my blog, so please acknowledge how witty I am. 🙂
OK, let’s get back to business. Last summer, housemade croquetas showed up on the menu. This “Completa Croqueta” was stuffed with white rice, pulled pork, black beans, maduros, & cheese with a cilantro aioli drizzle. How great does that sound? Your Abuela’s (aka grandmother) croquetas these ain’t!
Everything has a housemade sauce drizzle. Don’t fight it. I’d generally be inclined to scale back on the sauce-fest, but Mr. Majestic knows what he’s doing.
Oh, and those Samurai Tenders won my Luv Me Tenders chicken tender competition last year are ridiculously tasty.
Make sure to leave room for The Creamy Creations’ Flans. I’m partial to El Original Flan, but it seems like the Timba (Guava & Cheese) and Cafecito (Coffee) are equally popular.
One last thing, order the Cafe 72-style Colada (Cuban Coffee). Why? They whip an egg yolk into it. Huh? Exactly.