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La Fresa Francesa Petit Café

59 W. Third St.
Hialeah, FL 33010
786-717-6886
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  • Tuesday through Friday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Wheelchair accessible, Beer and wine, Kid Friendly
  • Lunch
  • Beer/Wine
  • Free Parking, Parking Lot Available
  • Reservations Accepted
Hialeah isn't lauded for culinary excitement beyond the sea of croquetas and fritas. So you could almost hear the collective gasp when La Fresa Francesa Petit Café opened in May 2015 near a canal that slices diagonally along the city's southern edge. Inside, washed-out farm chairs seem to dance around doily-lined bistro tables to the intoxicating French crooning often reserved for tourists at Montmartre. A gossamer curtain separates co-owner Sandy Sanchez, a 39-year-old Hialeah native, and the 30-seat dining room from her beau, 38-year-old Benoît Rablat, who mans the kitchen. He's also the inspiration for the place's name — "The French Strawberry" — which stems from a baby picture. He turns out precise French café fare while keeping in mind the neighborhood bustling outside. The aptly named "Un Cubano in Paris" is a case in point. A pork shoulder is soaked in milk and rubbed with garlic and paprika before a four-hour braise in white wine. Creamy, silken shreds of it are layered onto fluffy rolls from Los Angeles' La Brea Bakery. Pickled red onions strike the eye with a brilliant magenta before hitting the palate with Dijon mustard's piquant snap. It's risky in this part of town to serve shredded pork with anything other than chopped onion, crisp skin, and mojo, but the pair at La Fresa Francesa says the opportunity to set up shop in Hialeah was too good to pass up.

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