La Fresa Francesa

59 W. Third St.
Hialeah, FL 33010
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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 excellence beyond the sea of croquetas and fritas. So you could almost hear the collective gasp when La Fresa Francesa opened 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. The aptly named Un Cubano in Paris is a good place to start. A pork shoulder is soaked in milk and rubbed with garlic and paprika before a four-hour braise in white wine. Creamy, silky shreds of it are piled onto fluffy rolls from Sullivan Street 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 owners of La Fresa Francesa — adoring couple Sandy Sanchez and Benoit Rablat — say the opportunity to set up shop in Hialeah was too good to pass up. Insider tip: The best night to stop by for dinner is Wednesday, when the restaurant offers live music. The list of nightly specials includes braised rabbit leg, cassoulet, and oxtail, all of which sell out quickly. Saturdays and Sunday, La Fresa offers brunch with delicacies such as bananas flambé French toast on medianoche bread and soft-baked eggs with truffle butter and cheese.

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