2. El Palacio de los Jugos.
|Chicharrón at West Flagler's El Palacio de los Jugos|
At West Flagler's El Palacio de los Jugos, you can pick up torrejas, agua de coco, and fresh peanut butter (manteca de maní). You can order from the readymade section of foods, which typically includes rice, boiled yucca, seafood, sandwiches, and pork, lots of pork. And this is where El Palacio de los Jugos excels. If there are objections to its high rankings on this list, then you have not consumed sufficient amounts of El Palacio's chicharrón. These are, quite simply, the best fried pork rinds in town. So, grab a styrofoam cup of fresh guarapo and a kraft paper baggie full of chicharrón. Then alternate sips of the sweet drink with nibbles of luscious pork. Then, and only then, let us know how you're really feeling about El Palacio.
1. Enriqueta's Sandwich Shop.
|Pan con bistec at Enriqueta's|
We know, we know. Enriqueta's name indicates it is nothing more than a sandwich shop. But loyal patrons of this dingy joint on 29th Street can attest to its delectable black beans, cheap breakfasts, and perfectly seasoned bistec de puerco. At Enriqueta's, flavors are fresh, service is kind, and the place just feels like home. Maybe it's because our favorite waitress calls us "mi amor" and splits sandwich orders in half for us. Or maybe it's because the place is just plain good. There is simply a lot of love in the food at Enriqueta's. (It doesn't hurt that the pan con bistec is the best in town.)
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