As we count down to New Times' Best of Miami 2011 in June, Short Order will serve up 100 of our favorite dishes in the 305 in random order. If you have any nominations of your own, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org. After the jump, find our other choices.
79. Croquetas at El Floridita
Daniel and Barbara Mejia have been serving some of the city's best croquetas at their friendly family-run El Floridita Seafood Restaurant on Bird Road for over ten years (and doing likewise at their 5-year old Kendall location). One type of croqueta is plumped with deliciously smoky ham (4 for $5.95), another is culled from end pieces of the day's daily catch (6 for $6.95). A light bechamel sauce binds both. These captivating cylinders are not fried in the morning and placed under a heat lamp all day, but get cooked by-the-order. And while you're in the cozy confines of El Floridita, might as well stick around for the three-course-and-coffee lunch deal for $9.95.
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