It's no secret Miami has a special love affair with croquetas, but on October 1, things get downright official.
Miami-Dade County has proclaimed October 1 Croqueta Day. The origins of this auspicious (and most Miami) day go as far back as, well, 2018, when Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez proclaimed the first day of October official "croqueta day" in honor of local Cuban restaurant chain Sergio's serving more than 20 million croquetas.
To celebrate, many of Miami's favorite restaurants are offering deals on croquetas — and some of them are giving Miami's favorite snack food away. Most specials and promotions run today, but some are offered through the weekend, so be sure to check the times and dates. Here's where to nab some of your own.
Burger Beast Burger Joint at Mojo Donuts and Fried Chicken8870 Bird Rd., Miami
Though Burger Beast's eatery hasn't officially opened, owner Sef Gonzalez has been offering his burgers on select Saturdays to get Miami ready for his creations. This Saturday, October 5, check out a special croqueta burger — a marriage of Gonzalez's own meat patty and Sergio's croquetas (price TBD).
Cafe La Trova971 SW Eighth St., Miami
Café La Trova will serve free croquetas with the purchase of a cocktail during happy hour on Tuesday, October 1, from 4 to 7 p.m.
Lucia's8755 SW 72nd St., Miami
Lucia's is offering a special croqueta sandwich ($9.99) today through Saturday. The Lucia is made with Sergio's ham croquetas, smoked mozzarella, soppressata, and pickled mustard onions. It's served with polenta fries ($15). The sandwich is available today through October 5.
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La Placita6789 Biscayne Blvd., Miami
Jose Mendin's celebration of Puerto Rico will serve a special sandwich for the occasion. The Mallorca Croqueta Monsieur ($15) is available Saturday, October 5.
In honor of this most Miami of days, Sergio's is offering one hour of complimentary croquetas at its Doral location only (1640 NW 87th Ave.) from noon to 1 p.m. At all other Sergio's locations, receive a free croqueta with any purchase from noon to 2 p.m.
In addition, Sergio's will offer a special croqueta dish at American Airlines Arena during the Miami Heat home opener on October 23. The dish, created by the arena's executive chef Jarod Higgins, will be available at the Sergio's outpost on the 300 level of the arena.
Vicky BakeryVarious locations
On Croqueta Day, all 15 Vicky Bakery locations will offer a free "Vicky croqueta" while supplies last. The offer is good for one free croqueta per person.