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Best Croquetas Miami 2010 - Versailles

Versailles

Versailles

3555 SW 8th St.

Miami, FL 33135

305-444-0240

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Cuban or not, if you live in Miami, you have tasted croquetas — those delicious, deep-fried nuggets of meat and béchamel. You know, the ones neatly piled next to the pastelitos de guava at every bakery, gas station, and birthday party. The real quest is to find the diamonds in the Cuban-pastry rough. So it seems only logical for the standout croqueta de jamón to be found at the mecca of Miami's Cuban community: Versailles. The treats are offered inside and at the adjacent bakery, but hit up the outside restaurant window for the authentic experience. Lean in, ask for dos croquetas de jamón con limón, pay the $1.70, and crack some jokes — chistes — with the window's regulars. Open since 1971, Versailles has done much more than serve as the Cuban-American epicenter for protests and celebrations; the Calle Ocho staple has pumped out hundreds of Miami's finest 85-cent fried-meat cylinders daily. Chicken and codfish options are also available. Versailles is open 8 a.m. to midnight Monday through Saturday and 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. For the full effect, take one croqueta, squirt with desired amount of lime, place between two crackers, and squish. Stay awhile — salsa music seems to help the croqueta digestive process.
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6 comments
Carlos
Carlos

Islas all the way, everyday.

Andrew
Andrew

No way. ANYONE knows the best croquetas are from Islas Canarias on SW 137th Ave and Coral Way. Versailles is iconic and all, but if you're looking for REAL, better than your abuela, taste-the-bechamel, order them by the dozen croquetas? Islas all day.

Christy
Christy

I passed by Versailles the other day because I was in the area and I picked up some cafecito and a croqueta and I had to throw out the croqueta because it was so gross! IT HAD NO HAM IN IT! Islas Canarias croquetas NEVER dissapoint. Who's voting on these things?

Erika
Erika

ARE YOU KIDDING? Islas Canarias croquetas all the way!

Aperez
Aperez

Islas Canarias croquetas are dry and aren't made with real meat.

Sam
Sam

I know the owners and have actually sat to watch them being made and everything they use is natural. Get your facts straight.

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