Greater Miami is home to the largest population of Nicaraguans in the United States due to the great migration during the 1980s of thousands of citizens due to the Sandinista Revolution. They were forced to leave their homeland but they carried it in their hearts and they also brought their delicious culinary traditions to Miami.
El Amor Fritanguero has traveled to our shores with the stars: beef, gallo pinto, fried cheese, sweet and crispy plantains. From fritangas to more formal restaurants to a Nicaraguan bakery, here is a list of the best dishes Nicaraguan cuisine has to offer Miami diners:
Madroño is a family restaurant that stands out from other fritangas for its attention to detail.
Martha Mejia came to the United States in the late 1980s. After working in several restaurants, she decided to open her own restaurant using her mother’s recipes.
Today, Madroño is the favorite because of the delicious grilled pork tenderloin, tipitapa-style snapper and traditional indio viejo. Whether with a vigorón, a salpicón or any other typical dish you choose, you are sure to have a tasty experience.
10780 W Flagler St., Miami; 305-485-3332 or https://madronorestaurant.com; Open: Monday: 12 p.m.-8:30 p.m. ; Tuesday closed; Wednesday to Saturday: 12pm-8.30pm; Sunday: noon – 4:30 p.m.
The spotted rooster
Start the feast with speckled Tostones topped with refried beans, fried cheese, sour cream and chimichurri. You can add chicken or steak if you want to take it to the next level. If you’re looking for something light and refreshing, try their delicious Nicaraguan-style ceviche.
For the main course, they offer a variety of juicy meats such as steak with tomato or onion sauce, beef tongue with tomato sauce and their famous dish “Finca y Playa”, which contains a grilled beef fillet accompanied prawns bathed in tomato sauce. Your choice.
You can accompany them with a gallo pinto (a mixture of red beans and white rice), sweet plantains, green slices, cooked plantain, boiled yucca, among others. For drinks, enjoy a refreshing glass of Nicaraguan-style barley.
8758 W Flagler St., Miami; 305-364-5032 or https://www.thespottedgallo.com. Open: Monday and Tuesday: closed; Wednesday to Saturday: 12 p.m. – 9 p.m.; Sunday: 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Quesillos are a typical Nicaraguan dish consisting of corn tortillas stuffed with melted cheese, pickled onions and a touch of sour cream. Guillist quesillos serve them in a plastic bag so you can squeeze the filling without the tortilla unrolling.
For years, this restaurant has brought the authentic flavor of these sandwiches to South Florida. They also serve a variety of chicken, tripe, cheese or chicken soups, among others. You can accompany their famous pork with yucca, sweet plantains, tortillas or tostones. Also try their jícaro and cacao bean drinks.
11323 W Flagler St., Miami; 305-225-8877. Open: Tuesday to Sunday: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Fritanga Marlon’s Cafe
If the authentic name of this restaurant does not convince you, wait until you taste its delicious beef. The cozy place offers a variety of typical Nicaraguan homemade dishes that will have your fingers licking your fingers.
Try their baho, a mix of meat, green plantain and yucca traditionally served on a banana leaf. If you’re looking for a dish to share, choose the house Nica platter, which includes repochetas, chorizo, rice with beans, chicken wings, among other delicacies. They also have several refreshing natural juices.
For dessert, you can choose between their rice pudding, their donuts, their coconut cajetas, their milk cream, the traditional pio quinto or their sweet atolillo.
11398 W Flagler St., Miami; 305-226-5111 or https://fritangamarlonscafe.com. Open: Monday to Saturday: 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Sunday: 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The Nica Bakery
This bakery specializes in the sweetest Nicaraguan specialties you can find in Miami.
Try their daily fresh bread as well as the soft tortillas and without forgetting their delicious snacks to accompany your coffee or your pinolillo. Try their nacatamales, one of the oldest dishes in the Central American country.
If you are planning to celebrate an activity or a birthday party, you can order a Nicaraguan cake or the cake of your choice.
1075 E 25th St., Hialeah; 786-318-0200 or https://www.facebook.com/elnicabakery. Open: Monday to Saturday: 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Sunday: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.