La Camaronera – Little Havana, Florida

La Camaronera is a not only a restaurant but also a fresh fish market. If you're into seafood, it doesn't get any fresher than La Camaronera.

My first time at La Camaronera in Little Havana happened when one of the first food trucks in Miami parked in a lot near them. I walked over to take a gander at what was going on inside. The place was packed, and there were no seats. It only had a standing counter space.

I decided right then that I would return with my Dad in tow to check this place out, aka eat the good stuff. He had been to La Camaronera before so I was the rookie this time around.

We ordered the Bollitos de Carita (Black-eyed Pea Fritters) to start with. I really couldn’t explain much to you about them other than the fact that they’re very addictive. The fritters are ground beans, after all. While I ordered the Camarones Fritos (Fried Shrimp),  my pops had the Original Pan con Minuta (Fried Snapper Sandwich).

The breaded shrimp were very crispy and delicious. The shrimp are tossed in a ketchup-based sauce, breaded and then fried. I had never heard of a ketchup-based breading technique, but hey, it works. The Original Pan con Minuta (minuta means that they butterfly cut the fish) still has its tail attached. I’m gonna go out on a limb here and say that some people eat the tail (actually I know they do).

The sandwich is topped with chopped onions, ketchup, and tartar sauce on a fresh and squishy Cuban bread roll. Great combination of flavors that can only be beaten if you add a tab of their housemade hot sauce.

I liked the fried shrimp so much ordered it in sandwich form, the Camaronera Sandwich as it is known. It also has the chopped onions, ketchup, and tartar sauce on a Cuban bread roll. While the breaded shrimp again was great, the sandwich took it to another level. You’d think I was done, but I wasn’t. It was Key Lime pie time.

The Pie was creamy and tart. I loved it because it was a great way to end the meal.

One other piece of important information, La Camaronera also functions as a fresh seafood market. Plus, you can pick a fish out of the refrigerated case and have them fry it for you right there.

A few years after my initial visit La Camaronera opened up an addition next door with tables and table service, It was originally a stand at the counter kinda to eat kinda deal since the restaurant opened its doors in 1976. 

If you’re from out of town and want to take in a unique Miami experience with great food, then this is the place for you. La Camaronera is a landmark in Miami, so for those of you from South Florida who have never been here, for shame.

La Camaronera Order Counter

Fresh Seafood Case

La Camaronera Menu

Bollitos de Carita aka Black-Eyed Pea Fritters

Empanada de Camaron aka Shrimp Empanada

Conch Fritters aka Frituras de Cobo

Cole Slaw

Fried Green Plantains aka Tostones

French Fries aka Papitas Fritas

The Original Pan con Minuta aka Snapper Sandwich

Inside the Original Pan con Minuta

Fried Shrimp Combo aka Camarones Fritos Combo

Breaded Shrimp Sandwich aka Camaronera Sandwich

Key Lime Pie

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La Camaronera
Instagram: @LaCamaronera
Facebook: La Camaronera Seafood Joint and Fish Market
1952 West Flagler Street
Miami, Florida

Comments (1):

  1. Jimmy


    I have no problem driving from Davie to Little Havana for a Camaronera sandwich. This place is phenomenal.


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