I don't know about you but growing up in Miami croquetas were a part of their own food group. You have your veggies, your fruit, your meat and, of course, your croquetas. With that being said I pretty much try croquetas everywhere I go. If they are on the menu I am trying them.
Here is a short list – I could go on for days – of some of the croquetas you have to try one rainy Saturday afternoon.
1. Bread + Butter: For several reasons this place has become my favorite Coral Gables hangout. They have all of my favorite foods – homemade pastelitos, their version of a frita and, of course, their croquetas. All I am going to mention about these beauties are that there are made to taste exactly like you are biting into a media noche. Enough said.
2. Islas Canarias: These have got to be top on my list. I have been having these bad boys for so many years I don't even remember when I had my first one. If you haven’t tried one of these you must. Eat one in between soda crackers and another one with a dollop of ketchup. ¡Que delicia!
3. Dolores but you can call me Lolita: These croquetas literally melt in your mouth. I would recommend that you don't share if you are a croqueta connoisseur like me because the batch comes with about 5 or 6 and they are pretty bite sized. These Serrano ham croquetas are definitely something you can write home about.
4. Sergio’s: When you go to Sergio’s you could literally make a meal from just croquetas. And, no, don't judge. You can most definitely do this and I guarantee you no one at Sergio's will look at you funny. These are absolutely amazing. Like their tagline says, “Get your hands of my croquetas.”
5. Versailles: This place is the headquarters of everything Cuban culture. If you haven’t tried one of their croquetas then you haven't lived the full experience. I would pair it with a cortadito con leche condensada. Like I always like to say –if you are going to do it then do it big.