Americans have potatoes. Cubans have yuca. So in Miami, you can find the root vegetable pretty much everywhere arroz y frijoles are sold. The starch can be boiled or fried but must be drenched in mojo (a sauce prepared with heavy amounts of garlic, olive oil and citrus juices) to be legitimate.
Pros: The vegetable retains its texture and taste as the yuca ($5) is delicately fried. The mojo is balanced and contains a noticeable kick of lime that compliments the dish.
Cons: The portion is ridiculous with over 15 pieces. Not even the most experienced Cuban should intake so many carbohydrates in one sitting.
Pros: The portion of crunchy yuca ($5) is just enough. The added mojo is of a thicker consistency and is sweet.
Cons: The pieces are slightly over-fried. And the taste of the vegetable gets lost in the grease.
Verdict: While Casa Larios does boast a livelier décor and better tunes (it is owned by Gloria Estefan), Havana Harry's wins the yuca frita battle with their lighter take on the Cuban carb staple.
4612 S Le Jeune Rd., Coral Gables
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