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7 hours to kill at Miami International Airport Looking for good Pork!

cdnflag Nov 19, 2013 09:40 AM

I have a Miami International Airport layover on a Wednesday from 2pm till 9 pm. Can anyone please recommend a good cheap and cheerful Cuban restaurant for either Cuban Sandwiches and or Fried Pork Chunks -- Masitas de Puerco Fritas? Ideally the place will be close to the Metrorail system.

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    tpigeon RE: cdnflag Nov 19, 2013 11:42 AM


    I would also look into Papo Llega y Pon for a pork sandwich

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      dharma RE: cdnflag Nov 20, 2013 03:15 PM

      There is a great Peruvian restaurant very close to the Airport called Salmon Salmon. Excellent. You won't regret it. Try the whole fish, or any of the other dishes.

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        LargeLife RE: cdnflag Nov 21, 2013 08:09 AM

        With 7 hours to kill....I'm heading to Versailles for Masitas de Puerco Fritas.......Black Beans n Rice....Interesting place.....busy.....Catch the Cuban vibe of Miami there.....Very good service.....Pretty quick cab ride....

        Ft. Pierce, FL....via Homestead

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          keithtang RE: cdnflag Nov 21, 2013 03:49 PM

          Go and stuff yourself at Versailles. Get a cuban coffee or la colada across the street at La Carreta, not because it has better coffee than Versailles, it is just better to drink and share a Colada right at parking lot and make friends with the locals.

          Drive 5 min east to Maximo Gomez Park to walk off the cuban food and watch people playing Domino, take picture of this most famous park in Miami. Than walk across the street to Little Havana Cigar Factory to sit down, relax and puff a Cigar. chill for an hour before head back west to Jugo de Palacio, and spend $10 to pick up a to go order of Rice, Bean, Plantain, Yuca, Lechon, Roast Pork, yellow rice, filled to the brim, lunch for the rest of the week!!

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            cdnflag RE: keithtang Nov 22, 2013 08:12 AM

            Thank you for the tips. Is Versailles hard to get to by the metro? If you had to choose between Versailles and Jugo de Palacio which place would win? .

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              keithtang RE: cdnflag Nov 22, 2013 08:49 AM

              Forget metro, can't get anywhere with it. you'll have to take a Taxi. it isn't too far, maybe 15 min drive.

              Versailles has better food. Jugo de Palacio has better latin vibe and the market feel. Food isn't bad, but if I have to pick one. I'd go Versailles. Pack some Enpanadas and pastelitos home than.

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                tpigeon RE: keithtang Nov 22, 2013 10:35 AM

                Versailles does not have better Fried Pork Chunks than Palacio.

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              dcbbq RE: keithtang Dec 3, 2013 06:10 AM

              I recently tried lechon assorted at both Versailles and La Carreta. La Carreta won hands down.

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