Where To Dine In Hialeah

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By: Jennifer Agress

Visit these great restaurants in Hialeah.

In Hialeah when it comes to the food, one thing’s for sure: you know it’s going to be good. It’s not about fancy restaurants and mega chains—the magic comes when you eat local.

Influenced by Miami’s large Cuban population, head to Hialeah and get a taste of the real soul of Miami for a great price, whether it’s at a hole-in-the-wall French-Cuban cafe, a restaurant with the best Puerto Rican moro in the Magic City, $3 medianoches you’ll never forget, or vaca frita that’s 100 percent worth the drive.

BreadMan Miami Bakery

Marketing maven Andy Herrera always had a passion for baking, due in large part to watching his father work in commercial kitchens and catering. Fast forward decades later, and in June 2015, Andy and his wife opened BreadMan Miami Bakery right off the southbound Palmetto Expressway. The product of one couple’s passion for baking, today, this small, family-owned bakery has made a big impact. It has a notable menu of sandwiches like the “ Supermeng,” which stuffs a Cuban roll with shredded steak, chopped onions, American cheese and fried eggs. But this spot is most known for its creative pastelitos. As tasty as they are local, they’re stuffed with everything from ground beef and sweet plantains, to sweet cream or even Nutella. 5804 W 20th Avenue, Hialeah, FL 33016

El Rinconcito de Santa Barbara

Opened by husband-and-wife duo Rosa and Pedro Delgado in 1997, El Rinconcito de Santa Barbara is a popular Caribbean food spot right in the heart of Hialeah. What started as a small Cuban cafeteria later became a full-blown restaurant known for its mofongo, a Puerto Rican dish with mashed, deep-fried green plantains and meat or seafood. When you go, order the food spot’s most raved-about dish, the mofongo with fried pork mass, or opt for mofongo served with alcapurria and pastelon, arroz con gandules, or even chicharron. They’re all delicious. 2050 West 56 Street, Suite 33, Hialeah, FL 33016

Franky’s Deli Warehouse

Located in a nondescript location surrounded by warehouses, this delicious deli is a hidden Hialeah gem. Around for more than 20 years now, Franky’s Deli Warehouse is virtually unknown by the masses, but once you go, you won’t be able to forget it. Family owned and operated, this notable spot is most known for being where the Cuban and Italian sandwich meet. A favorite of celebrities like Flo Rida, its most popular sandwich (appropriately named the “ Number One” ) is an Italian sub with ham, capicola, salami and provolone that can be served hot or cold, and topped with vegetables, mayo, mustard, oil, vinegar, and salt and pepper. 2596 West 84th Street, Hialeah, FL 33016

La Fresa Francesa Petit Café

The Miami locale where Havana meets Paris, this “ French” haunt is one of Hialeah’s most popular cafés. Opened by Hialeah native Sandy Sanchez and her partner, Benoît Rablat, La Fresa Francesa Petit Café is most known for its sweet and savory crepes and one-of-a-kind sandwiches like “ Un Cubano in Paris,” which is essentially an amped up Cuban sandwich. It stuffs a fluffy roll with milk-soaked pork shoulder that’s been rubbed with garlic and paprika, braised in white wine, and topped with pickled red onions and Dijon mustard. 59 West 3rd Street, Hialeah, FL 33010

One-Two-Three BBQ

This neighborhood Hialeah secret is so good it shouldn’t be kept. Regarded as the best spot for Cuban takeout in South Florida, One-Two-Three BBQ is an authentic Cuban spot that combines good food and good service with even better prices. Just to be clear, it’s not actual BBQ... but it does have some of the best Vaca Frita (shredded beef) around, Chori-Pollo (chicken and sausage), Pan con Croquetas (croquette sandwiches), weekly Cantina menus, and Bistec de Puerco Relleno con Jamón y Queso (pork steak stuffed with ham and cheese). 7751 West 28 Avenue, Suite 1, Hialeah, FL 33016

Mesa's BBQ

This legendary BBQ spot is where you go for authentic Cuban-style ribs, chicken and pork legs. Open for breakfast, lunch or dinner, Mesa’s BBQ is good any time of day. For a real treat, head there when you’re ready for a food coma. The $9 “ completas” with grilled pork chunks, loin or rib, as well as your choice of moros, white rice, potato, yucca or sweet plantains, is a top seller, as is the slow-cooked smoked pork chop. 1125 West 29 Street, Hialeah, FL, 33012

See more great Hialeah restaurants and dining experiences and find amazing dining and restaurant offers during Miami Spice Month through August and September.

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