Miami's 10 Best Croquetas

How do you take your croqueta?!

The hottest topic in South Florida

Meal Type
Breakfast, Munchies

Cuisine
Cuban

Pricing

By: Diana Rodriguez
Everyone and their mothers (in Miami) have an opinion about croquetas. Unleash the hate DMs, release the trolls. We’re ready.

Whether you believe your abuelita made them best, or you know just the place in Miami to enjoy one, there is no denying that croquetas are a classic. Hispanics alike take croqueta preparation very seriously. We even have marketing campaigns around how we eat them. Between two saltine crackers? A splash of lime? Yay or nay to ketchup? Squashed between two pieces of Cuban bread? Pick your poison as we have rounded up our favorite places across South Florida to bite into these Spanish favorites.

1. Islas Canarias Cafe Restaurant & Bakery


Neighborhood: West Kendall

 

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From the girl who went to high school a few blocks away from here, this is just the place to get that homemade taste. Islas Canarias sets the bar, and raises it multiple times. Their ham croquetas are so good that people line up at their ventanita and order a dozen at a time. Enjoy yours with a Batido de Mamey.

2. Oasis Cafe


Neighborhood: Key Biscayne

If you’re going or leaving Key Biscayne, you know where your first and final stop should be: Oasis Cafe. It’s been around for 20 plus years and we swear by their daily specials, Cubano, house juices, cortaditos and well, of course, their croquetas de jamon. These babies are not pretentious and yes we’re adding a splash of lime to these pre-beach snacks.

3. Bulla Gastrobar


Neighborhood: Coral Gables

 

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Can you work in the Gables and not come here? This place attracts a nice crowd–and one that knows its croqueta. Bulla offers Serrano ham croquettes with fig jelly on the side. Ay que fancy, right? We love it and know you will, too, especially with a glass of their white sangria.

4. Cafe la Trova


Neighborhood: Little Havana

 

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This little darling in Little Havana is classy af. If you are passing through or staying for a round of dominoes across the street, you can’t leave without ordering the Paella Croquetas. Four generous-sized croquetas are served on a plate with a shot of seafood caldo and saffron aioli.

5. Glass and Vine


Neighborhood: Coconut grove

 

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The Miami heat won’t bother you here. At least as long as they keep those giant fans turned on by the outdoor dining space. Here you can snack on Jamon Serrano Croquetas all night long. Oh, and did we forget to mention the guava dipping sauce?

6. Sugarcane


Neighborhood: Midtown

 

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This place has got style, and their dishes know it. Turn up and get their Goat Cheese Croquettes for the table. They come rolled up into little balls (or spheres if you fancy) and served with a side of guava jam. Best part is they’re open late to satisfy your croqueta cravings.

7. All Day


Neighborhood: Downtown

 

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We fell in love with their lavender latte, and soon after got feels for their croquetas. With some recent additions to their menu, we were happy to see their smoked ham and gruyere cheese croquetas stayed for the ride. Also noteworthy is their list of ingredient sourcing on the menu. Spend an afternoon here with tall ceilings, a great cup of coffee, and all the good vibes.

8. Sanguich De Miami


Neighborhood: Little Havana

 

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You may be tempted to say they have one of the best Cuban sandwiches in Miami, but we are here to talk about their croquetas. Playing homage to Cuba with all the decorative trimmings, they don’t play with these bites, flash-fried to order. Made with dehydrated pork skin and then tossed in a spice mix (it’s a secret), get ‘em hot from their Ventanita.

9. Beaker and Gray


Neighborhood: Wynwood

 

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Put down the crafter cocktail you ordered from the bar and get your hands on their Cheeseburger Croquetas. Find these on the menu between the hours of 4ish and 6 pm, as well as during dinner. These round bites are prepared with wagyu, bacon, and aji amarillo. Probably not the ingredients my abuela had laying around in her kitchen. But, lucky for you and me there’s Beaker and Gray for that.

10. Enriqueta’s Sandwich Shop


Neighborhood: Midtown

 

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Croquetas are meant to be simple and you can’t mess with them here. How we like it, though, is stuffed between Cuban bread and layers of sliced ham. That’s what we know as Croqueta Preparada, or at Enriqueta’s as the Cubano con Croquetas. At this simple eatery, make sure you order a chilled can of Jupiña–basically 40g of sugar in fizzy water, but it’s the best way to feel like you grew up in a Cuban home.