The Spotted Gallo on Flagler and 87th in Miami

I’m all about Nicaraguan Fritangas (quick service), but I’m not opposed to a full-service restaurant like The Spotted Gallo. They’re located right off 87th Avenue and Flagler in Miami.

My standard order at a Fritanga is carne asada (usually marinated skirt steak) or churrasco (charbroiled beef tenderloin steak) with gallo pinto (mixed red beans & white rice), tajadas (fried green plantain strips), and a couple of slabs of queso frito (fried salty white cheese).

Churrasco, Gallo Pinto & Tajadas from Spotted Gallo in Miami, Florida
Churrasco, Gallo Pinto & Tajadas
Queso Frito, Gallo Pinto & Tajadas from Spotted Gallo in Miami, Florida
Queso Frito, Gallo Pinto & Tajadas

The advantages of a restaurant are starters like spotted tostones, smashed green plantains topped with refried beans, fried cheese, sour cream, and chimichurri with chicken or steak.

Spotted Tostones from Spotted Gallo in Miami, Florida
Spotted Tostones

Or maybe the tacos tapacopos are more your speed: hand-rolled deep, fried tacos topped with coleslaw and sour cream.

Tacos Tapacopos from Spotted Gallo in Miami, Florida
Tacos Tapacopos

Puntas en Salsa Jalapeña

Puntas en salsa jalapeña is my dish of choice at the Spotted Gallo. These beef tenderloin tips come covered in a creamy and spicy jalapeño sauce.

I don’t feel there’s not much heat to the jalapeño sauce, but for some folks, it might be too much. Also, I love seeing the steak smothered in onions; it makes my mouth water.

Puntas en Salsa Jalapeña from Spotted Gallo in Miami, Florida
Puntas en Salsa Jalapeña

Tres Leches

There are a couple of desserts, but I feel that if you’re in a Nicaraguan establishment, there is only one choice for dessert: Tres Leches. Tres Leches translates to three milks.

This delicious sponge cake is made up of condensed milk, evaporated milk, and whole milk. If that wasn’t enough, it’s topped with sweet whipped cream.

Tres Leches from Spotted Gallo in Miami, Florida
Tres Leches

If you love sweet desserts, you need some Tres Leches in your life.

The Spotted Gallo is an excellent addition to the neighborhood with their take on Nicaraguan comfort food. Check them out when you can; you won’t be disappointed.

The Spotted Gallo
8758 W Flagler Street
Miami, FL
(305) 364-5032

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Tuesday CLOSED
Wednesday 12:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Thursday 12:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Friday 12:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Saturday 12:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Sunday 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm

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