Jama Benn Jama en Hialeah Gardens, Florida

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Before they were Jama Benn Jama (10000 NW 138th St, Hialeah Gardens), they were Benni Jama when I first heard about them in late Summer 2019. My main takeaway from them initially was BBQ with a Miami street food vibe.

The closest comparison I could come to is El Palacio de los Jugos which was once, a very only in Miami kinda spot. However, once El Palacio expanded, it became a slightly watered-down version of what made them unique on the corner of Flagler & 57th Avenue.

Getting back to Jama Benn Jama, it’s the laidback setting with eclectic surroundings featuring Cuban art that will first grab you when you arrive.

Benni Jama in Hialeah Gardens, Florida
When they were Benni Jama, courtesy of Sarah P.
Jama Benn Jama in Hialeah Gardens, Florida
The current Jama Benn Jama
Celia Cruz at Jama Benn Jama in Hialeah Gardens, Florida
Celia Cruz
Shoe Shine Stand at Jama Benn Jama in Hialeah Gardens, Florida
Shoe Shine Stand
Smoker at Jama Benn Jama in Hialeah Gardens, Florida
Smoker
The Original Menu from Jama Benn Jama in Hialeah Gardens, Florida
The Original Menu

The original menu was extensive but has since been scaled down to a Cuban comfort food greatest hits with ‘que thrown in for good measure. Jama Benn Jama’s selection makes sense to fans of the legendary Koky’s Barbecue Ranch.

Front of Jama Benn Jama Menu in Hialeah Gardens, Florida
Front of Current Jama Benn Jama Menu
Back of Jama Benn Jama Menu in Hialeah Gardens, Florida
Back of Jama Benn Jama Menu

Marcela and I sat by the smoker for lunch on a perfect Miami afternoon. The following day, I returned with my parents, who thoroughly enjoyed everything about Jama Benn Jama.

Jama Benn Appetizers

The chicharrones are a great starter if you’d like to have something to pick at throughout your entire meal; I know I did. But, the housemade ham croquetas are the true stars, so damn tasty.

The El Cubiche and La Yuma appetizer platters are perfect for sharing; if that’s your thing. Both are very rustic, which excited me immensely.

El Cubiche Appetizer from Jama Benn Jama in Hialeah Gardens, Florida
El Cubiche Appetizer: sausage, yuca, and chicharrones
La Yuma Appetizer from Jama Benn Jama in Hialeah Gardens, Florida
La Yuma Appetizer: Fresh-cut fries, fried boniato, and sausage slivers

A Mean Pan con Lechon

My family are sandwich people. They always gravitate to a Pan con Bistec or a well-made Pan con Lechon at Cuban spots.

Both my folks ate the Pan con Lechon and were raving about it the entire time. After one bite of my dad’s sando, three of us were on Team Pan con Lechon.

Jama Benn Jama does not skimp out en los ingredientes (with the ingredients), as my pops would say.

Palomilla Steak was 🔥

The day before, Marcela had a similar experience with her Palomilla (steak). The marinated steak was super tender.

It came with a hefty portion of white rice, black beans, and tostones. The steak just needed more of those grilled onions to make it perfect.

Palomilla Steak from Jama Benn Jama in Hialeah Gardens, Florida
Palomilla Steak
Me in my best Miami Spanish, talking about the steak

I ate the falda (beef brisket) with moros and tostones. While not as tender as I imagined it’d be, all the flavor packed into this fella made up for it.

Brisket from Jama Benn Jama in Hialeah Gardens, Florida
Brisket

Jama Benn Jama’s name came up when trying to figure out where to cater a recent meal for the family. Of course, I remembered those delicious moros and the pork from the Pan con Lechon sandwich.

One of the days, I realized there were housemade garlic mashed potatoes. So this baby rounded out our catering order for the fam.

Housemade Mashed Potatoes from Jama Benn Jama in Hialeah Gardens, Florida
Housemade Garlic Mashed Potatoes, aka Pure de Papa

We could have easily left happy, but there’s flan on the menu, the one dessert I can’t resist. I’m not a Flan de Coco but damn if that isn’t the best Flan de Coco I’ve ever eaten.

Flan from Jama Benn Jama in Hialeah Gardens, Florida
Flan
Flan de Coco from Jama Benn Jama in Hialeah Gardens, Florida
Flan de Coco

Here’s a very short video of the flans, in case you couldn’t get enough of the two pictures.

3 Flans at Jama Benn Hama

La Traila Barbecue
8030 NW 154th Street
Miami Lakes, Florida
(305) 200-5685

Website – https://www.latrailabbq.com
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/latrailabarbecue

Monday CLOSED
Tuesday 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Wednesday 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Thursday 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Friday 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Saturday 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Sunday 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm


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