Enriqueta's: Try the Cuban Sandwich Stuffed with Croquetas

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E. Codik
Surprise!
You've probably already tried the pan con bistec ($6.25) at Enriqueta's, the jam-packed Cuban lunch counter/cafeteria that caters to families, workers, and hipsters on the corner of NE 29th Street and Second Avenue.

It's a hearty sandwich, crammed with thin slivers of steak, tomato, onion, cheese, and potato sticks. Some say it's the best pan con bistec in Miami, which might be true. But you'd be missing out if you didn't try the Cuban sandwich stuffed with croquetas ($7.50).

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Traditionally, the Cuban sandwich employs roast pork, ham, Swiss cheese, pickles, and mustard on its eponymous white bread. (Tampa adds salami, but Tampa is obviously confused.) At Enriqueta's, it benefits from a more welcome addition: a few slightly smooshed, golden croquetas.

Croquetas are a cylinder-shaped snack food which begin with a béchamel that's breaded and deep-fried. On their own, they sound like an excessive yet miraculous treat. But know this: They taste even better sandwiched with pork and pickles between two slices of bread.

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Location Info

Enriqueta's Sandwich Shop

186 NE 29th St., Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant


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4REALZ
4REALZ

Oh my God... again? If you're not familiar with certain types of cuisine, don't write about them! You have just announced that man landed on the moon -- in other words, this isn't news, sweetheart. It's not a "Cuban sandwich stuffed with croquetas." It's called a croqueta prepareda and it's been around as long as the Cuban sandwich. How can you guys call this news? Are you also going to announce that Thomas Jefferson beat out Charles C. Pinckney? Or that Loretta Young won the Oscar for Best Actress for her role in The Farmer's Daughter? Maybe the invention of the wheel?


Seriously, please, if you're not familiar with a cuisine, don't write about it. You make yourself and your paper look inept. At least do your research. You could have asked any self-respecting Cuban-American (and there are plenty in town, in case you haven't noticed) and they would have gently explained that your discovery wasn't that at all. Do your bloody research! 

L2M
L2M

This is as embarrassing as Christopher Columbus thinking he discovered a new land. He had the benefit of ignorance and lack of easily accessible information. What's the excuse here, my Google was broken?

Claudia Heidelberger
Claudia Heidelberger

This headline annoyed the shit out of me. How do you live in Miami, write for a Miami rag and not know what a croqueta preparada is.

Dennis Ondeyko
Dennis Ondeyko

yeah.........put more dough in the bread.......they taste like old sneakers if you don't load it up with meat, mayo, lettuce and pickles.

Lety Valdes
Lety Valdes

That not a cuban sandwich. The Name is Croqueta Preparada

Denise De La Vega
Denise De La Vega

They didn't exactly reinvent the wheel. I'm fairly certain it has been available pretty much my entire life by it's more common name of "croqueta preparada."

Luis Ariel Balderramos
Luis Ariel Balderramos

This is worth an article? Someone threw a couple croquetas inside of a Cuban sandwich! C'mon stop it.

pepematerva
pepematerva

love it with the chili willy hot sauce.....

Frank Castle
Frank Castle

Please no more cuban articles...all they eat is pork anyway

Victor Bermudez
Victor Bermudez

Que rico. Never tried that but I ate plenty of pan con croquetas in my life.

Alex Porro
Alex Porro

That's been around since I was a kid..

Liz Trotter
Liz Trotter

John Fernandez. I immediately think of you.

Jeffrey Knight
Jeffrey Knight

I worked about five minutes away from there. Lunch there was a great treat.

Cary Gonzalez
Cary Gonzalez

Nothing new there....croqueta preparada has been around forever.

Vince Witty
Vince Witty

Cuban sandwiches on Christmas day....Florida is the best!!!

Carlos Miller
Carlos Miller

Yes, that's a croqueta preparada. Nothing new there.

Sam Wright
Sam Wright

You can improve it with salami, lol!

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