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The Ten Best Croquetas in Miami

The competition for Miami’s favorite fried food is nothing short of fierce. Seemingly endless variations and regional styles of the quintessential croqueta are sold from street carts, high-end restaurants, and beyond. They’re inescapable. Yet who would want to escape them?

Whether served for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or snack time, croquetas have long been an iconic fixture at mealtime. Forget having just one. After biting into the crisp golden-brown cylinder, stuffed with the perfect balance of protein and béchamel, you can't help but reach for another.

The 305 offers many celebrated croquetas that come in various flavors, shapes, sizes, textures, and methods of preparation, and all are worthy of recognition. But let's direct you to the very best. Hint: They're not all from Vicky Bakery.

Islas Canarias' croquetas are generously stuffed with ham and béchamel.EXPAND
Islas Canarias' croquetas are generously stuffed with ham and béchamel.
Courtesy of Islas Canarias Restaurant

Islas Canarias


13695 SW 26th St., Miami
305-559-6666
islascanariasrestaurant.com


No other croqueta joint is worth standing in line for than the place that started it all in the '70s. Bringing the croqueta revolution to Miami, Islas Canarias is the expert at croqueta creation, and the pinnacle is the classic ham croqueta ($1.06), a creamy mix of béchamel and smoky specks of pink ham covered in golden breadcrumbs. Other croqueta options are chicken ($1.06), fish ($1.15), and beef ($.79).

Enriqueta's fish, ham and cheese, Spanish sausage, and bacon croquetas.
Enriqueta's fish, ham and cheese, Spanish sausage, and bacon croquetas.
Photo by Crystal Lee

Enriqueta’s Sandwich Shop


186 NE 29th St., Miami
305-573-4681


The working crowds of Wynwood and midtown tend to pile into this cafeteria for a warm cup of café con leche and Miami’s best Cuban-style sandwiches. The famed sandwich cubano preparado con croquetas ($7) is one of them, which stuffs ham croquetas into a Cuban sandwich, made with ham, roast pork, melted Swiss cheese, pickles, and mustard. However, Enriqueta’s deep-fried-to-order cylinders of goodness (80 cents each) can stand on their own. Go for the bacon variety, because bacon.

Chorizo croquetas containing Miami Smokers' chorizo and mostaza.EXPAND
Chorizo croquetas containing Miami Smokers' chorizo and mostaza.
Courtesy of Doce Provisions

Doce Provisions


541 SW 12th Ave., Miami
786-452-0161
doceprovisions.com


Justin Sherrer’s Doce Provisions offers a tasty, locally sourced menu of Latin-style sandwiches and other gastropub fare. The shrimp po'boy tacos ($8) and lechón asado buns ($8) are indeed tempting, but you’re here for the chorizo croquetas ($6), packed until plump with Miami Smokers’ chorizo, mostaza, and queso fresco.

Buffalo chicken and ropa vieja croquetas from Palomilla Grill.EXPAND
Buffalo chicken and ropa vieja croquetas from Palomilla Grill.
Alexandra Martinez

Palomilla Grill


6890 W. Flagler St., Miami
305-261-3424
palomillagrill.net


Elevating this humble food is no easy feat. So leave it to the long-standing Palomilla Grill to show everyone how it's done. Crunch into mouthwatering ropa vieja ($6.95), goat cheese ($6.95), chorizo ($6.25), and ham ($4.95) croquetas for a taste of both tradition and evolution.

Giant ham croquetas, anyone?
Giant ham croquetas, anyone?
Courtesy of Sergio's

Sergio's


3252 SW 22nd St., Miami
305-529-0047
sergios.com


Since 1975, Sergio’s has developed a group of croqueta fanatics spread across Miami-Dade and even Broward, with locations in Hialeah, Coral Gables, Doral, Kendall, Westchester, and Pembroke Pines. Their specialty is the ham croqueta (99 cents), deep-fried in extra-virgin olive oil. The result is a beautifully coated brown roll with the richest, creamiest, most flavorful filling.

Dos Croquetas is Miami's first croqueta delivery business.
Dos Croquetas is Miami's first croqueta delivery business.
Photo courtesy of Dos Croquetas

Dos Croquetas


305-912-3672
doscroquetas.com


The beauty of Dos Croquetas is you don’t have to put forth much effort into procuring them. Let Miami’s first croqueta delivery company bring its handcrafted creations directly to your doorstep. The hard part comes in deciding which unconventional flavor you want: the 305, filled with Angus-style Cuban picadillo, plantains, and cheese; Mexican street corn; mac 'n' cheese and bacon; Buffalo crack chicken; Angus cheddar burger; or ham. If you can’t choose just one, Dame Mas ($13.49) lets you sample six flavors of the classic snack.

Goat cheese croquette with membrillo marmalade
Goat cheese croquette with membrillo marmalade
Courtesy of Sugarcane

Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill


3250 NE First Ave., Miami
786-369-0353
sugarcanerawbargrill.com


Everything you could ever want in a restaurant is at Sugarcane: a welcoming vibe, hand-crafted cocktails, and enough globally inspired dishes to satisfy even the pickiest eater. Unlike any other version, Sugarcane’s goat cheese croquetas ($9) are a marvelous treat. Dunk these bite-size morsels, packed with melted goat cheese, into a rich membrillo marmalade for a harmonious blend of sweet and salty.

Ham croquetas with fig jelly.
Ham croquetas with fig jelly.
Courtesy of Bulla Gastrobar

Bulla Gastrobar


2500 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Coral Gables
305-441-0107
bullagastrobar.com


Perfumed with the scent of Spanish potato omelets and veal and pork meatballs cooking in the kitchen, this buzzy Spanish Mediterranean-inspired eatery is also home to must-try ham croquetas ($7), served with fig jelly. They go best with booze — enjoy bottomless mimosas or sangrias for $18. The Bulla experience lets you indulge in the authenticity and flavors of Spain without having to leave Miami-Dade.

Bolinhos de bacalhau
Bolinhos de bacalhau
Courtesy of Old Lisbon

Old Lisbon


1698 Coral Way, Miami
305-854-0039
oldlisbon.com


In a neighborhood full of croqueta choices, Old Lisbon will always be among the top — mainly for its take on the traditional. Made with Portugal’s famed salt codfish and potatoes, Old Lisbon’s bolinhos de bacalhau ($10.99) are balanced by their slightly sweet batter and offer a different kind of crunch, one you’d find in a conch fritter.

Sakaya's spicy pork croquetas
Sakaya's spicy pork croquetas
Courtesy of Burger Beast

Sakaya Kitchen


3401 N. Miami Ave., Miami
305-576-8096
sakayakitchen.com


Traditionalists, beware. As with every dish at Sakaya Kitchen, innovation is key. Enter dishes such as the spicy cheesy kalbi beef tater tots, a hot dog with kimchee, and the house-made dae ji spicy pork croquetas ($6). The Latin meal get an Asian twist, complete with a ginger-soy dipping sauce for optimal flavor.

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