La Camaronera: Miami's Cuban fish fry and marketplace
For an authentic Miami experience, make a stop at La Camaronera, Miami’s original Cuban fish-fry and marketplace. This eatery was started by two Cuban brothers, who migrated to Florida in 1964. Today, the restaurant and fish market is still run by the same family, just two generations junior.
The low-key, Caribbean vibe at La Camaronera makes you feel like you’ve gone back in time to Miami’s grass root beginnings.
This hole in the wall eatery is standing and cash only. It’s generally packed daily during lunch hours, so you’ll make friends as you wiggle your way up to the u-shaped counter. Gringos, after placing your order, practice your Spanish with the local fish mongers and fry cooks behind the counter as they perform culinary magic.
The culinary magic here is generally created through frying, as most things on the menu are fried to perfection in 100 percent soy oil. The staple here is the La Camaronera sandwich, with breaded shrimp or fish and a spicy, tangy sauce. The more adventurous can try the fried fish roe. Other popular entrées are the fried Hog Snapper, fried and topped with fresh squeezed lime and the Grouper soup.
La Camaronera is known for serving up ample portions of simple, delicious seafood. This fish marketplace gets its steady stream of fresh yellowtail and grouper from local fisherman, so you’ll be supporting local business through your patronage.
HelloMiami Tip: Tired of your typical morning coffee routine? Instead, try kicking off your day by shooting raw oysters at La Camaronera; a tradition among several local Miami regulars.
Posted on October 24, 2010 by Ginny Nadolny