Goodbye to La Palma & Hello to Las Viñas BBQ

It pains me to be the one to break the news to you, but the iconic La Palma restaurant has closed permanently. Las Viñas BBQ (3935 E 4th Avenue, Hialeah) will open in the landmark building that once housed the second Burger King in Miami.

*Read my post about La Palma, which includes more history, if that’s your thing.

Las Viñas BBQ is replacing La Palma in West Miami, Florida
Las Viñas BBQ is replacing the La Palma cafeteria in West Miami, Florida

The Valls (Versailles/La Carreta) family sold it in March 2023. The pandemic affected La Palma‘s business severely & when they enclosed the little open-air area, they sealed their doom for most folks. Las Palma had lost its Miami charm.

This will be the second location for Las Viñas BBQ. And you can expect stick-to-your-gut Cuban comfort food (they even have real deal chicharrones) and BBQ dishes like roast chicken, roast pork, pork belly, churrasco, and ribs. Las Viñas BBQ will fill the Cuban BBQ void in the neighborhood nicely.

No word yet on when they’re opening, but it shouldn’t be too long. La Palma was in operation until a few weeks ago. The kitchen adjustments may hold them up since permits can be transferred relatively quickly during a sale.

One last thought…La Palma will forever be associated with those rare cold nights in Miami when everyone would line up outside for their churros and hot chocolate. The real question is, with the original Morro Castle (Little Havana) and La Palma gone, who will become the go-to churro & hot chocolate spot for Miamians?

While it has not been announced, Las Viñas BBQ will have churros and hot chocolate on the menu.

Las Viñas BBQ NOW OPEN in West Miami

Las Viñas BBQ opened on July 14th, 2023 at 8 AM. Guess who the first customer through the doors was? Yup, me.

I ate breakfast on my first visit and asked about the croquetas and churros. Unfortunately, the croquetas are not housemade as I’d hoped, but the churros…well, those were great!

Croquetas from Las Viñas BBQ in West Miami, Florida
Churros from Las Viñas BBQ in West Miami, Florida

The following week, I returned with my pops.

Las Viñas BBQ Menu

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On my second visit, I came for lunch a little later in the afternoon. This time, I was accompanied by my father, who was dying to eat here.

We shared an order of their beef empanadas. They were crispy, and the beef was appropriately seasoned but were nothing out of this world.

Empanadas from Las Viñas BBQ in West Miami, Florida

Now, the pan con lechon would place on my Best Pan con Lechon list if I had one. The chicharron pieces added a great flavor and crunch to the sandwich.

Pan con Lechon from Las Viñas BBQ in West Miami, Florida
Pan con Lechon

We closed the meal with a couple of cafecitos made by someone who knows the deal, espumita.

Cafecito from Las Viñas BBQ in West Miami, Florida

And just like that, West Miami has a solid spot for Cuban comfort food, but I’ll have to return to try their Cuban-style BBQ dishes like roasted chicken, pork ribs, and churrasco.

La Viñas BBQ
6091 SW 8th Street
West Miami, FL 
(305) 694-2040

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Monday 7:00 am – 10:00 pm
Tuesday 7:00 am – 10:00 pm
Wednesday 7:00 am – 10:00 pm
Thursday 7:00 am – 10:00 pm
Friday 7:00 am – 10:00 pm
Saturday 7:00 am – 10:00 pm
Sunday 7:00 am – 10:00 pm

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