We have found the top 10 croquetas in Miami. The restaurants mentioned below have been hand-selected by The Hungry Post and are presented by:
Our official “croqueta duties” started on September 6, 2022. We had one month to find the best of the best croqueticas in Miami. We ventured off to those spots that have been on our radar and those recommended by you.
We tried over 130 croquetas from 28 different restaurants throughout the tour. To help us with the selection process, we enlisted the help of three judges. From The Hungry Post team, we had co-founder Andrea Becerra, contributing writer Diana Rodriguez, and the talented Chef Renata Ferraro of Flour and Weirdoughs.
Based on the recommendations received below via Instagram, the judges mapped out the must-try locations. However, if you know Miami, then you know the traffic is real. So thanks to our friends at DoorDash, we were able to cover more restaurants and croqueticas from the comfort of our casita.
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Before you come at us, here are some things you should know about our top 10 croquetas in Miami.
Our croqueta tour lasted 32 days. The mission was to try as many Cuban-style croquetas (or as we like to call them “Miami-inspired” croquetas) in the span of a month. We’ve had all types of croquetas that included jamon, bacalo, pollo, spinach, manchego, bacon, shrimp, bacon & Gouda. When picking our favorites, we took into consideration: filling (combination of flavors), texture (inside and outside), size/shape, creativity, presentation, grease level, condiments, and/or salsitas. The decision of our top 10 was completely up to us. Nobody influenced our decision.
Our honorable mentions:
Neighborhood: Coral Gables
Address: 320 San Lorenzo Ave #1315
Ecléctico wasn’t on our radar but we’re graciously thankful to our Hungries for recommending this spot. Located on the sidelines of Merrick Park, this spot has an amazing vegan croqueta that plant-based eaters will love but can also be enjoyed by those that are open to a non-traditional take on croquetas. Apparently, Ecléctico also has a great happy hour so we’d pair our croqueticas with a cocktail. These croquetas are spinach based with a sofrito mix and are made with almond milk. They also come with a coconut-based citrus sauce on the bottom of the plate.
Masa Craft Kitchen at MIA Beer
Address: 10400 NW 33rd St #150
Head to Doral for a very different croqueta experience recommended by one of our followers on Instagram. This one included a cold beer which was a nice change from the usual ventanita. Masa Craft is the kitchen that operates MIA Beer. They have several croqueta flavors that are all homemade. The day we went they had run out of the Spanish Chorizo Cantimpalo with smoked bacon, Swiss cheese, and a side of house-made roasted garlic sauce so we’ll be back. We did try the ham croquetas with bacon & Gouda with a spicy guava sauce. And although we’re usually not into guava sauce, these two paired perfectly together. We also really loved the bacalao, with bechamel and a Housemade tangy WOO! Sauce. These were overall fun & had delicious flavor combinations!
Our Top 10 Croquetas in Miami:
10. Doce Provisions
Neighborhood: Little Havana
Address: 541 SW 12th Ave
Doce Provisions is a cute chef-driven restaurant located in Little Havana heavily influenced by Miami Latin flavors. The menu created by Chef Owners Justin Sherrer and Lisetty Llampalla, includes dishes like Vaca Frita Tostones and Abuelas Ropa Vieja. Get the Chorizo Croquetas with mustard & queso fresco. Make sure to eat them with the pickled veggies for an amazing flavor combination. If you’re a vegetarian get the Goat Cheese Croquettes with a guava marmalade.
9. Vicky Bakery
Address:445 E 49th St
We went to Hialeah where the air smells different. It smells like croqueticas. Just kidding but not really if you’re standing outside of the original Vicky Bakery. It smells like “fritura”, and that’s great news if you’re looking for crispy fried croqueticas. We feel like we are in the 80s when stepping into this iconic bakery. Since 1972, this family business has been baking pastelitos and more Cuban pastries with recipes that have been passed down from generation to generation. Order the ham croquetas, they’re seasoned well, and crispy; and we love how you can taste the white pepper.
8. Dos Croquetas
Address: 10505 SW 40th St
If your abuelita is hip and with the times, she’s going to love Dos Croquetas. A croqueta bar created for millennials and generation Z ready to pull out their phones and document the whole experience on IG and TikTok.
The menu includes the original ham croqueta as well as wild flavors like Bacon & Goat Cheese and Mexican Street Corn. Looking for a sandwich, arepa, or wrap that comes with croquetas? They have a whole section of these and the newest addition is the 305 Daddy made with toasted Media Noche bread stuffed with the 305 croquetas, bacon, queso frito, guava sauce, sweet dalé slaw & papitas.
If you want to try their different flavors we recommend getting a Croqueta Flight™ of 6 or 12. Our favorites include the Flamin’ Hot Cheetos Chicken and the Media Noche croqueta. We promise that if you close your eyes, and take a bite, you’ll think you’re eating an actual Media Noche sandwich.
7. El Floridita
Address: 8399 SW 40th St
Cuisine: Cuban Seafood
Our croqueta journey is mainly about the jamoncito however, we stopped by El Floridita, a seafood restaurant with Cuban and Spanish influence. You can have a full sit-down meal that includes a minuta sandwich, seafood paella, and fried whole fish. But for this time, we poked our heads into the outdoor ventanita for their homemade fish croquetas. And let’s just say these our 100% worth mentioning and delicious.
6. All Day
Address: 1035 N Miami Ave
All Day is one of Downtown’s neighborhood coffee shops with a modern-day ventanita. Their elevated menu reminds us of what we’d find at breakfast spots in Williamsburg. Think scrambled whipped eggs that are so beautiful, you can’t help but take a photo, avocado tartine, and a salmon platter. All Day could easily not be in Miami until you spot those homemade croqueticas in the minimalistic display. They have more in the back usually, so make sure to ask for them even if you don’t see them. These are one of our favorite croquetas in Miami. You can taste the high-quality ingredients and at the same time, they’re totally approachable and caseritas.
5. Enriqueta’s Sandwich Shop
Address: 186 NE 29th St
Enriqueta’s Sandwich Shop located on the corner of 29th Street and 2nd Ave is a full-fledged restaurant serving breakfast, Cuban sandwiches, and daily specials. You can take a seat inside or order at the ventanita. It usually has a small, manageable line and your wait time will be dependent on your order. They’re known mainly for their Pan con Bistec but this time we stopped by to try their croquetas. Our favorites were the chorizo croquetas. They were fried to perfection and had great sazon.
4. Sanguich de Miami
Neighborhood: Little Havana
Address: 2057 SW 8th St
Sanguich de Miami is a contemporary Cuban sandwich shop and ventanita with a playful take on Cuban dishes. You can’t come here and not get a Cuban sandwich. However, we’re here for the croquetas, and damn these are really good. Each order comes with two golden, crispy, and elongated croqueticas that should not be skipped. Our favorite part is that they are served with the most delicious mojo verde dipping sauce.
3. Cafe La Trova
Neighborhood: Little Havana
Address: 971 SW 8th St
Stop by Cafe La Trova, when you want to pair your croqueticas with the best Cuban-inspired cocktails and some live Latin music. Don’t skip the mushroom risotto croquetas with pecorino and truffle aioli as well as the jamon Serrano croquetas with cheese and a fig jam.
2. Islas Canarias
Neighborhood: West Kendall
Address: 3804 SW 137th Ave
It’s no surprise that Islas Canarias has made our croqueta list. We’ve always been a fan of this Miami institution located in West Kendall.
On average they make about 10K croquetas a day. The family recipe has always been kept secret and has been handed down for three generations.
Our favorite part of Islas’ croqueta, is the herb-forward filling. They use fresh ingredients and a lengthy process to create these beauties. If you’re craving croquetas from Islas Canarias, Pikadyio sells them via DoorDash. A necessary life hack when your craving is real but you won’t be moving from the couch.
1. Tinta y Cafe
Neighborhood: Coral Gables
Address: 1315 Ponce de Leon
Cuisine: CubanTinta y Cafe is a modern coffee house with a location in Coral Gables and Miami Shores. If you care about Michelin accolades, this year they received a Bib Gourmand!
We tried the bacalo, spinach, and ham croquetas. Holy sh*t! We’re obsessed with these croquetas. Our favorite was the ham but damn the spinach was really good too and tastes like creamed spinach with an outer crispy layer. Their croquetas are homemade and the recipe is top secret!
You can tell the ingredients are top-notch. Our chef judge Renata Ferraro guessed that they use some sort of Serrano ham where the filling of the croquetas is not grounded, but shredded. An educated guess— of course! Have you tried these?! Better get to it.