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Best Cuban Choices?

crewsweeper Sep 17, 2009 07:51 AM

Will be in Miami, FIU main Campus area next week. Staying nearby. Looking at various Cuban options for one night dinner. Molina's Ranch over on East 8th Ave, or Isla Canarias on NW 27th, or Casa larios on W Flagler. Any local Chowhounds been to anyof these recently?

Also want to try the fritas...so is traveling over to El Mago De Las Fritas on SW 8th St.El Rey worth the time versus De Las Fritas across the street from FIU?

Thanks for your opinions.


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  1. Mild Bill RE: crewsweeper Sep 17, 2009 09:19 PM

    El Palacio De Los Jugos

    14300 SW 8th St
    Miami, FL 33184-3102
    (305) 221-1616

    This place is a MECCA!
    I'm stuck here in Tampa and it's killing me!

    It's set up like a food market in a Cuban village, with different areas doing different things...
    A big covered area outside with lots of tables to eat your food and drink your Cafe con leche...

    You will freak out!

    If I lived in the area I swear to God I'd go every day!

    The food is delicious, and the selection in all the different areas is incomparable...

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    1. re: Mild Bill
      crewsweeper RE: Mild Bill Sep 19, 2009 05:36 PM

      Mild Bill,

      Yep this sounds like a winner.


      Versailles is a BTDT2MT. Looking for something else. but thanks for mentioning it.

      BTW dives are great when you're dining alone.

      I'll eat something for you...what's your favorite thing?

    2. BurgerBeast RE: crewsweeper Sep 18, 2009 11:24 PM

      Yes, definitely drive to El Mago, it's worth it. Islas Canarias on NW 27th is a drive, the one on Coral Way and SW 137th would be closer. Plus it has amazing croquetas.


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      1. re: BurgerBeast
        taiga RE: BurgerBeast Sep 19, 2009 05:25 PM

        I'd go to the well -- Versailles -- even though the other suggestions are interesting. El Palacio de Los Jugos is perfect if you enjoy dives.

        1. re: BurgerBeast
          crewsweeper RE: BurgerBeast Sep 19, 2009 05:33 PM

          Thanks, BB....your review is what prompted the ?


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