Best Places to Eat in Hialeah

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By: Shayne Benowitz

Take your pick from these tempting restaurants in Hialeah.

Head to Hialeah to eat when you’re craving any number of Latin American cuisines. This area in northwest Miami is famous for its authentic Cuban, Argentinean, Spanish and Peruvian cuisine. From fine dining to casual diners, you’ll find all the flavors you’re craving. There’s even a creative French bistro founded by a Cuban-American Hialeah native that locals adore. What are you waiting for? These are the best places to eat in Hialeah.

Graziano's

Graziano’s is one of Miami’s finest Argentinean steakhouses, specializing in choice cuts of wood-fired meats. Originally established in 1962 in Buenos Aires by the Graziano family, their restaurants are still family operated three generations later. In Hialeah, the warm dining room is paneled in dark wood and lined with wine bottles for a cozy, yet sophisticated atmosphere. Open for lunch and dinner, you can’t go wrong with anything from their parilla grill. Think, hand cut ribeye, beef short ribs, rack of lamb, chicken breast and Atlantic corvina served with sides of truffle risotto, Brussels sprouts or polenta. Pair with a bottle of fine red wine and you’ve got a meal fit for a queen. 5993 W 16th Ave, Hialeah, FL 33012

La Fresa Francesca

La Fresa Francesa is the labor of love of Hialeah native Sandy Sanchez and Parisian-born Benoit Rablat. The couple met while working in the restaurant industry in LA, fell in love and returned to Miami to create one of the area’s most beloved French bistros—with a Cuban twist, of course. Expect classic items on the menu like croque madams, escargots and savory ham and cheese crepes, but there’s also creative hits that feature Miami’s Cuban flavor with items like the Cubano in Paris sandwich made with overnight marinated braised pulled pork, melted gruyere cheese, pickled and caramelized onions and a smear of Dijon mustard. For dessert? A guava crème crepe, bien sur! Dale! 59 W 3rd St, Hialeah, FL 33010

Lizarran

For authentic Spanish-style pintxos and tapas, Lizarran is a prime Hialeah destination. For the uninitiated, pintxos are bite-sized dishes and sandwiches that hail from the Basque country. At Lizarran, varieties include octopus and potato, pork and gorgonzola and Spanish tortilla made with potatoes, onions and Serrano ham. You can also enjoy Andalusian-style gazpacho soup, croquetas and “Spanish” fries topped with Serrano ham and manchego cheese, along with an extensive menu of wine and beer. It’s a fun and casual restaurant boasting a parade of tasty bites—and you’ll want to sample them all! 1675 W 49th St, Hialeah, FL 33012

Molina’s Ranch

Founded in 1982, Molina’s Ranch is one of Hialeah’s original, family-owned Cuban restaurants, serving a wide array of classic Cuban cuisine. It’s fed such celebrities and dignitaries such as Celia Cruz, Arnold Schwarzenegger and many Florida Governors. The sprawling dining room is warm and inviting, perfect for a meal with the whole family. Delight in dishes like ground beef picadillo with black beans, rice and sweet plantains, as well as the classic Cuban sandwich made with roasted pork, sweet ham, Swiss cheese, pickles and yellow mustard pressed between crusty Cuban bread. 4090 E 8th Ave, Hialeah, FL 33013

La Minutera Seafood

This casual, bustling seafood restaurant is grounded in the flavors of Cuban and Spanish cuisine, making it a favorite amongst Hialeah locals. You’ll find a wide variety of seafood paella rice dishes to choose from, as well as sumptuous entrees like camaranes al ajillo (shrimp sautéed in garlic sauce), stuffed fried shrimp and bacalao fritters made with cod fish. La Minutera is a classic Hialeah dining destination that you simply have to try. 2839 W 2nd Ave, Hialeah, FL 33010

Mesa’s BBQ

Founded in 1995, Mesa’s BBQ serves homemade guajiro-style Cuban dishes and barbecue in Hialeah. Come for specialties like grilled pork asada, potato stew, fried beef vaca frita and lamb in a Cuban creole sauce. There’s also a ventanita for orders on the go, making it the perfect spot to swing by for a cafecito and pastelito. 1125 W 29th St, Hialeah, FL 33012

Rinconcito Peruano

Hialeah is home to Rinconcito Peruano for authentic Peruvian fare. The casual dining room has South American flair with tile floors, wooden chairs and colorful drapery. Start with an array of appetizers like whipped potato causas, seafood tiraditos and ceviche to truly experience the bold flavors of Peru. Then order hearty entrees like chicken and rice, sautéed churrasco steak saltado and shrimp with fried rice chaufa. It’s a dining experience you won’t soon forget. 4646 Palm Ave, Hialeah, FL 33012

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