Do you how hard it is to choose the Best Croquetas in town?

If you’re not from Miami, then you may know these Cuban protein bars as Croquettes.

In the 305, there is a full-blown obsession going on about these meat sticks. Well, they’re not always made of meat, but the most popular ones are made with ham.

I have eaten enough of these beauties in my lifetime to fill a Cruise ship.

Unlike some of these self-righteous Croquetas eaters that have recently popped up around town, I even love the kind you find in the frozen food aisle at your local supermarket.

They all have their place in the Croquetaverse.

To show my undying love to them, I created the Croquetapalooza festival!

So, what are your Best Croquetas list and don’t say the ones made by your Mom or Abuelita.

I’d love to hear them in the comments below.


BREADMAN BAKERY

Breadman Bakery Croquetas

The minute I step foot into Breadman Bakery, my eyes are drawn to the croquetas in the warming case. I can almost hear them singing to me.

The housemade ham Croquetas are crispy on the outside and creamy on the inside. You really can’t ask for much more.

Breadman Bakery Miami
5804 W 20th Avenue
Hialeah, Florida
305-273-2362

CHICO’S

Croquetas from Chico’s

Chico’s was an old favorite of mine when I worked at the Best Buy store in Hialeah.

One day I was invited back to the kitchen by the owners to watch the process of making their ham Croquetas. I can confirm to you with 100% that these fellas are packed with Jamon.

Chico’s
4070 W 12th Avenue
Hialeah, Florida
305-556-8907

DOS CROQUETAS

Dos Croquetas Buffalo Crack Chicken Croquetas

My hometown Westchester has always been a hotbed for Croqueta activity, which might explain my obsession with them.

Dos Croquetas began its life as a delivery popup out of the Doral area. In May 2019, their Croqueta Bar opened up in your guessed it, Westchester.

There’s a wide variety of Croquetas at Dos Croquetas, but my personal favorite is their take on buffalo wings called the Buffalo Crack Chicken.

Dos Croquetas
10505 SW 40th Street
Miami, Florida
305-912-3672

ISLAS CANARIAS

Islas Canarias’ Croquetas

Many folks (myself included) believe that Islas Canarias make the best croquetas in Miami. They are the gold standard for croquetas and are untouchable when it comes to being Miami’s favorite snack food numero uno.

Of all the Croquetas in my list, this one is located farthest from me. I love opening up the box & looking at all these misshapen meat tubes.

One bite of these super creamy fellas will have you driving to the ends of the earth for them. What’s worse (or best, depends on how you look at it) is that there’s a drive-thru making it easier to keep your addiction going forever.

Islas Canarias Restaurant
13695 SW 26th Street
Miami, Florida
305-559-6666

ODALY’S DELIGHT CAFE

Odaly’s Delight Cafe

The only bad thing I’ve got to say about Odaly’s Delight Cafe is that they’re not open for dinner or the weekends at all.

Now, on to the good things. All of their Croquetas are made in-house and served with a perfect mayo-based dipping sauce.

Odaly’s Delight Cafe
9754 SW 24th Street
Miami, Florida
305-229-2266



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LA PALMA

La Palma’s Croquetas

Not all Croquetas are created equal; in this case, they do have siblings.

La Palma, La Carreta & Versailles all have the same housemade ham Croqueta. Why? The Valls family owns all of these restaurants. 

The advantages of getting this tasty treat from La Palma? It’s open 24 hours a day.

La Palma
6091 SW 8th Street
Miami, Florida
305-261-1113

LUIS GALINDO LATIN AMERICAN

Ham Croquetas from Luis Galindo Latin American

Luis Galindo Latin American makes a serious Croqueta, do I sound like I’m smiling? I begin every meal at Galindo’s with a few of these guys to get my engine started.

Once it’s purring, I sporadically keep eating them for fuel.

They’re so good, and when you try the Croqueta Preparada, you’ll wonder why you hadn’t been eating them like this in the first place.

Luis Galindo Latin American
898 SW 57th Avenue
West Miami, Florida
305-267-9995

MOLINA’S RANCH

Molina’s Ranch Croquetas

Hialeah, la ciudad que progresa, makes another appearance in the Top 10 Croqueta list with a Croqueta from a Cuban classic, Molina’s Ranch.

Croquetas might not be the first thing to come to mind at Molina’s, but after trying one (alright, it was three), it should be.

I drove to Molina’s Ranch just for Croquetas, but you know, that’s how I do.

Molina’s Ranch
4090 E 8th Avenue
Hialeah, Florida
305-693-4440

PINECREST BAKERY

Pinecrest Bakery Croquetas

I’ve been a fan of these ham croquetas since they were initially sold at Pastelmania in Little Havana. 

Joel, the original owner of Pastelmania and the current owner of Pinecrest Bakery, is the mastermind behind these beauties. They’re probably one of the most massive and hammiest Croquetas in town.

Pinecrest Bakery
12101 S Dixie Highway
Pinecrest, Florida
786-732-2269

SAKAYA KITCHEN

Sakaya Kitchen “Dae Ji” Spicy Pork Croquetas

Eh, como se coló este? Google it if you don’t understand.

Anyway, yeah Sakaya Kitchen has “Dae Ji” Spicy Pork Croquetas that are not traditional in any sense of the word, but they’re freakin’ excellent.

Sakaya Kitchen
3401 N Miami Ave #125
Miami, Florida
305-576-8096

SERGIO’S

Sergio’s Croquetas

I’ve eaten 10 Sergio’s Croquetas in one sitting. I’m not boasting, just trying to show you the addictive nature of these particular ham Croquetas.

Every meal at Sergio’s starts with eating at least 3 Croquetas when you’re with me.

Don’t skip out on the Chorizo Croquetas, which also deserve a few moments or bites of your time.

Sergio’s
9330 SW 40th Street
Miami, Florida
305-552-9626


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