Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Miami: La Camaronera

Destination : La Camaronera , Miami, FL
1952 W Flagler St
Miami, FL 33135

Must Tries: Fried Lobster, Minuta Sandwich!
Healthy Options: Not a healthy everything is fried!
Price: Minuta Sandwich 3.25, Lobster is market price.
What to Expect: I first learned of this place on Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive-In’s and Dives. This place is a definite “hole in the wall.” There are no tables or seats! You can eat on counters which over see the fryers.

My Experience: Having lunch at La Camaronera was my goal when leaving Houston for a trip to Miami. With my camera phone and appetite in hand I made my way to Flagler street. The restaurant is in a small shopping center and parking is tight.

The menu is takes some thinking but if you speak Spanish the servers will be more than willing to help you out.

The fried shrimp was hot and crispy. The food comes straight to you seconds after being prepared.

I have enjoyed shrimp, chicken and even beef with rice, but when I saw Arroz con Pescado on the menu, I had to try it out. The rice was more of a Caribbean rice, very soft with not much flavor.

The fried lobster was definitely a highlight! You get to choose your lobster from the market and they will chop it up and prepare it for you. The fried lobster is actually marinated in a tomato based (cocktail sauce like) marinade and then battered and fried. The lobster was crunchy on the outside and moist and juicy on the inside with a hint of cocktail sauce flavor. This lobster had great flavor which went well with the homemade hot sauce. 

This was the dish I came here for, the legendary “Pan con Minuta.” This simple and inexpensive sandwich consists of a yellow fin snapper battered in an egg and flour mix and deep fried (with the tail on) and topped with diced onions and ketchup. 

The sandwich was served hot and on fresh Cuban bun. The fish was crispy but moist and tender through the bite.

When in Miami La Camaronera is a must try.

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