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Where to Find Miami’s Best Croquetas

Where to find the iconic dish

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A favorite of many Miamians, croquetas — the typically breaded and fried béchamel dish — are a staple in the Magic City. With so many options from traditional to the not-so-traditional available, here’s a list of some of the best options organized in geographical order from north to south.

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1. Masa Craft Kitchen

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10400 NW 33rd St #150
Doral, FL 33172
(305) 975-0831
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They say beers are the perfect pairing for burgers, but what about croquetas? Give Masa Craft Kitchen, located inside MIA Beer Co. in Doral, a try and prepare to be impressed. While the flavors change frequently, one can normally order the ham, bacon, and gouda, or the mushroom veggie, but there are always new recipes being incorporated.

2. Enriqueta's Sandwich Shop

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186 NE 29th St
Miami, FL 33137
(305) 573-4681
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Feel at home at this Cuban restaurant because that’s exactly what it is — a house. The business is on the first floor and features ham, chicken, sausage, bacon, codfish, and ham and cheese croquetas. For a heartier appetite, indulge with the Cuban sandwich preparado made with ham, pork, Swiss cheese, pickles, mustard, mayo, and two croquetas on pressed Cuban bread. 

3. Leku

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1100 NW 23rd St
Miami, FL 33127
(786) 464-0615
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Adjacent to the Rubell Museum, Leku offers diners some of the creamiest croquettes in town made with 5 Jotas ham, chorizo, or cod.

4. Doce Provisions

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541 SW 12th Ave
Miami, FL 33130
(786) 452-0161
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This Little Havana spot boasts Wynwood vibes is just north of Calle Ocho. Get the chorizo croquetas, which are served over a mustard sauce and topped with queso fresco. Enjoy them on the outside patio or opt for the cooler indoors.

5. Cafe La Trova

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971 SW 8th St
Miami, FL 33130
(786) 615-4379
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Chef Michelle Bernstein’s Calle Ocho restaurant has several innovative plays on croquetas. There’s the popular traditional take on the croqueta with jamon Serrano and melted cheese and fig jam, or the opt for the vegetarian-friendly mushroom risotto croqueta or the version filled with spinach and feta. For those who really want to get decadent, then order the Maine lobster croquetas served with saffron aioli.

6. Sanguich De Miami

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2057 SW 8th St
Miami, FL 33135
(305) 539-0969
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Stop by and grab a croqueta made with dehydrated pork skin and mixed in escabeche spice mix and an old fashioned batido. Another option is the fuller croqueta preparada sandwich made with two croquetas, Spiced City ham, pork, Swiss cheese, pickles and mustard on pressed Cuban bread. Either choice is a win. 

7. Versailles Restaurant Cuban Cuisine

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3555 SW 8th St
Miami, FL 33135
(305) 444-0240
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Make a quick stop at Versailles’ ventanita for a croqueta and a cafecito. The varieties available are ham, chicken, and cheese. Munch on any of them while enjoying the political — and sometimes gossipy — chitchat amongst the patrons.

8. La Carreta

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3632 SW 8th St
Miami, FL 33135
(305) 444-7501
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Abuela style food is what La Carreta is known for. Since its start in Miami on Calle Ocho in 1976, this Cuban owned establishment has been serving croquetas to patrons for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Favorites include the traditional flavors of ham, chicken, and codfish, as well as the yuca croqueta stuffed with picadillo.

9. Sergio's Restaurant

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3252 SW 22nd St
Miami, FL 33145
(305) 529-0047
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Many say seven is a lucky number and for croqueta lovers it certainly is because that’s how many locations Sergio’s has throughout South Florida. Feast on ham, chorizo, chicken, and codfish varieties with saltine crackers and a lime wedge — or even Tabasco for a little kick. 

10. Bulla Gastrobar

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2500 Ponce de Leon Blvd
Coral Gables, FL 33134
(305) 441-0107
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The Spanish tapas style restaurant serves up round sized Serrano ham croquetas which are complimented with a fig jelly for dipping. The combination is available at both locations in Coral Gables and Doral.

11. Gilbert's Bakery on Bird

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5777 Bird Rd
Miami, FL 33155
(305) 668-0366
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The family owned and operated bakery has been a Miami staple for decades. Many can enjoy croquetas at Gilbert’s including vegetarians and vegans. The assortment of flavors include ham, chicken, cheese, chorizo, codfish, asparagus, spinach, romesco, jalapeño, piquillo, creme brûlée, and the vegan friendly carne.

12. Party Cake Bakery

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10809 SW 40th St
Miami, FL 33165
(305) 223-4466

What began as a modest 1,300-square-foot bakery on Miller Drive in 1993 has multiplied with nine locations throughout South Florida. Croqueta lovers can enjoy the classic flavors of ham, chicken, and cheese plus the house favorite, croquetas de la casa. 

13. Dos Croquetas

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10505 SW 40th St
Miami, FL 33165
(786) 464-0299
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While the traditional ham croqueta is available, Dos Croquetas specializes in not-so-traditional flavors like spicy buffalo, street corn, cheddar burger, and the sweeter Fruity Pebbles and Oreo. Also available at its croqueta bar on Bird Road are fuller meals such as the croqueta bowl with fried egg plus black beans and white rice, sandwiches, and croqueta flights with local beers.

14. Delicias de España II

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7384 Bird Rd
Miami, FL 33155
(305) 266-5529
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While every country has a take on croquetas, the Spanish ones are among the top. Taste the flavors of Spain with Delicias de España’s mix of ham and chorizo or codfish aka bacalao.

15. Islas Canarias Cafe Restaurant & Bakery

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3804 SW 137th Ave
Miami, FL 33175
(305) 559-0111
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The debate over who serves the best croquetas in town always includes this classic Cuban restaurant. Enjoy ham, chicken, fish, and the vegetarian favorite, cheese croquetas. Islas Canarias’ croquetas are also available at nearby Finka Table & Tap and Amelia’s 1931, owned by the family’s granddaughter, Eileen Andrade.

16. Smoke and Dough

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4013 SW 152nd Ave
Miami, FL 33185
(786) 362-5698
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Fans of Empanada Harry’s will rejoice in Harry’s Smoke and Dough and particularly with its most ordered tapas: the smoked ham and gouda croquetas. Give it a try as a before digging into some of the restaurant’s many barbecue dishes.

17. Chef Adrianne's Vineyard Restaurant and Bar

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11715 Sherri Lane
Miami, FL 33183
(305) 408-8386
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Fancy a bougie appetizer? Croquetas get the upscale treatment at the vineyard influenced Chef Adrianne’s in West Kendall. The crispy panko crusted, goat cheese balls are served on a bed of prosciutto with fig jam and swirls of balsamic.

18. Cakeland Bakeries

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16279 SW 88th St
Miami, FL 33196
(305) 388-8233
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This West Kendall gem for pastelitos and croquetas serves up a mean croqueta de la casa with a slightly sweet twist that pairs well with a squeeze of lime juice and a soda cracker. Try it with a cortadito or Materva for the perfect Cuban merienda (afternoon snack).

19. El Rinconcito Latino Cafe

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9979 SW 142nd Ave
Miami, FL 33186
(305) 382-9008
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Hidden in West Kendall is a local favorite with croquetas that rivals most in the city. The flavors available are ham, chicken, and bacalao (cod fish) and served indoors or through its ventanita outside for a quick protein fix.

20. Pinecrest Bakery (Multiple Locations)

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12101 S Dixie Hwy
Pinecrest, FL 33156
(786) 732-2269
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With thirteen locations throughout South Florida, croqueta lovers can get that fix from North Miami to Homestead. Stop by any location and enjoy ham, chicken, codfish, cheese, and spinach for breakfast, lunch, or a quick snack. 

1. Masa Craft Kitchen

10400 NW 33rd St #150, Doral, FL 33172

They say beers are the perfect pairing for burgers, but what about croquetas? Give Masa Craft Kitchen, located inside MIA Beer Co. in Doral, a try and prepare to be impressed. While the flavors change frequently, one can normally order the ham, bacon, and gouda, or the mushroom veggie, but there are always new recipes being incorporated.

10400 NW 33rd St #150
Doral, FL 33172

2. Enriqueta's Sandwich Shop

186 NE 29th St, Miami, FL 33137

Feel at home at this Cuban restaurant because that’s exactly what it is — a house. The business is on the first floor and features ham, chicken, sausage, bacon, codfish, and ham and cheese croquetas. For a heartier appetite, indulge with the Cuban sandwich preparado made with ham, pork, Swiss cheese, pickles, mustard, mayo, and two croquetas on pressed Cuban bread. 

186 NE 29th St
Miami, FL 33137

3. Leku

1100 NW 23rd St, Miami, FL 33127

Adjacent to the Rubell Museum, Leku offers diners some of the creamiest croquettes in town made with 5 Jotas ham, chorizo, or cod.

1100 NW 23rd St
Miami, FL 33127

4. Doce Provisions

541 SW 12th Ave, Miami, FL 33130

This Little Havana spot boasts Wynwood vibes is just north of Calle Ocho. Get the chorizo croquetas, which are served over a mustard sauce and topped with queso fresco. Enjoy them on the outside patio or opt for the cooler indoors.

541 SW 12th Ave
Miami, FL 33130

5. Cafe La Trova

971 SW 8th St, Miami, FL 33130

Chef Michelle Bernstein’s Calle Ocho restaurant has several innovative plays on croquetas. There’s the popular traditional take on the croqueta with jamon Serrano and melted cheese and fig jam, or the opt for the vegetarian-friendly mushroom risotto croqueta or the version filled with spinach and feta. For those who really want to get decadent, then order the Maine lobster croquetas served with saffron aioli.

971 SW 8th St
Miami, FL 33130

6. Sanguich De Miami

2057 SW 8th St, Miami, FL 33135

Stop by and grab a croqueta made with dehydrated pork skin and mixed in escabeche spice mix and an old fashioned batido. Another option is the fuller croqueta preparada sandwich made with two croquetas, Spiced City ham, pork, Swiss cheese, pickles and mustard on pressed Cuban bread. Either choice is a win. 

2057 SW 8th St
Miami, FL 33135

7. Versailles Restaurant Cuban Cuisine

3555 SW 8th St, Miami, FL 33135

Make a quick stop at Versailles’ ventanita for a croqueta and a cafecito. The varieties available are ham, chicken, and cheese. Munch on any of them while enjoying the political — and sometimes gossipy — chitchat amongst the patrons.

3555 SW 8th St
Miami, FL 33135

8. La Carreta

3632 SW 8th St, Miami, FL 33135

Abuela style food is what La Carreta is known for. Since its start in Miami on Calle Ocho in 1976, this Cuban owned establishment has been serving croquetas to patrons for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Favorites include the traditional flavors of ham, chicken, and codfish, as well as the yuca croqueta stuffed with picadillo.

3632 SW 8th St
Miami, FL 33135

9. Sergio's Restaurant

3252 SW 22nd St, Miami, FL 33145

Many say seven is a lucky number and for croqueta lovers it certainly is because that’s how many locations Sergio’s has throughout South Florida. Feast on ham, chorizo, chicken, and codfish varieties with saltine crackers and a lime wedge — or even Tabasco for a little kick. 

3252 SW 22nd St
Miami, FL 33145

10. Bulla Gastrobar

2500 Ponce de Leon Blvd, Coral Gables, FL 33134

The Spanish tapas style restaurant serves up round sized Serrano ham croquetas which are complimented with a fig jelly for dipping. The combination is available at both locations in Coral Gables and Doral.

2500 Ponce de Leon Blvd
Coral Gables, FL 33134

11. Gilbert's Bakery on Bird

5777 Bird Rd, Miami, FL 33155

The family owned and operated bakery has been a Miami staple for decades. Many can enjoy croquetas at Gilbert’s including vegetarians and vegans. The assortment of flavors include ham, chicken, cheese, chorizo, codfish, asparagus, spinach, romesco, jalapeño, piquillo, creme brûlée, and the vegan friendly carne.

5777 Bird Rd
Miami, FL 33155

12. Party Cake Bakery

10809 SW 40th St, Miami, FL 33165

What began as a modest 1,300-square-foot bakery on Miller Drive in 1993 has multiplied with nine locations throughout South Florida. Croqueta lovers can enjoy the classic flavors of ham, chicken, and cheese plus the house favorite, croquetas de la casa. 

10809 SW 40th St
Miami, FL 33165

13. Dos Croquetas

10505 SW 40th St, Miami, FL 33165

While the traditional ham croqueta is available, Dos Croquetas specializes in not-so-traditional flavors like spicy buffalo, street corn, cheddar burger, and the sweeter Fruity Pebbles and Oreo. Also available at its croqueta bar on Bird Road are fuller meals such as the croqueta bowl with fried egg plus black beans and white rice, sandwiches, and croqueta flights with local beers.

10505 SW 40th St
Miami, FL 33165

14. Delicias de España II

7384 Bird Rd, Miami, FL 33155

While every country has a take on croquetas, the Spanish ones are among the top. Taste the flavors of Spain with Delicias de España’s mix of ham and chorizo or codfish aka bacalao.

7384 Bird Rd
Miami, FL 33155

15. Islas Canarias Cafe Restaurant & Bakery

3804 SW 137th Ave, Miami, FL 33175

The debate over who serves the best croquetas in town always includes this classic Cuban restaurant. Enjoy ham, chicken, fish, and the vegetarian favorite, cheese croquetas. Islas Canarias’ croquetas are also available at nearby Finka Table & Tap and Amelia’s 1931, owned by the family’s granddaughter, Eileen Andrade.

3804 SW 137th Ave
Miami, FL 33175

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16. Smoke and Dough

4013 SW 152nd Ave, Miami, FL 33185

Fans of Empanada Harry’s will rejoice in Harry’s Smoke and Dough and particularly with its most ordered tapas: the smoked ham and gouda croquetas. Give it a try as a before digging into some of the restaurant’s many barbecue dishes.

4013 SW 152nd Ave
Miami, FL 33185

17. Chef Adrianne's Vineyard Restaurant and Bar

11715 Sherri Lane, Miami, FL 33183

Fancy a bougie appetizer? Croquetas get the upscale treatment at the vineyard influenced Chef Adrianne’s in West Kendall. The crispy panko crusted, goat cheese balls are served on a bed of prosciutto with fig jam and swirls of balsamic.

11715 Sherri Lane
Miami, FL 33183

18. Cakeland Bakeries

16279 SW 88th St, Miami, FL 33196

This West Kendall gem for pastelitos and croquetas serves up a mean croqueta de la casa with a slightly sweet twist that pairs well with a squeeze of lime juice and a soda cracker. Try it with a cortadito or Materva for the perfect Cuban merienda (afternoon snack).

16279 SW 88th St
Miami, FL 33196

19. El Rinconcito Latino Cafe

9979 SW 142nd Ave, Miami, FL 33186

Hidden in West Kendall is a local favorite with croquetas that rivals most in the city. The flavors available are ham, chicken, and bacalao (cod fish) and served indoors or through its ventanita outside for a quick protein fix.

9979 SW 142nd Ave
Miami, FL 33186

20. Pinecrest Bakery (Multiple Locations)

12101 S Dixie Hwy, Pinecrest, FL 33156

With thirteen locations throughout South Florida, croqueta lovers can get that fix from North Miami to Homestead. Stop by any location and enjoy ham, chicken, codfish, cheese, and spinach for breakfast, lunch, or a quick snack. 

12101 S Dixie Hwy
Pinecrest, FL 33156

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