186 NE 29th St
Miami, FL 33137
Enriquetas is a small Cuban cafeteria that is, honestly, in the middle of nowhere. The place itself is surrounded by nothing, but it stands alone as one of the top mentioned places for the best Cuban sandwich in all of Miami. From the Miami Times to Eater and Thrillist, this little cafeteria has gained quite the reputation, so I obviously needed to go.
The place is tiny but can actually seat quite the crowd, especially on weekends. We went on a Saturday and they, oddly enough, had a mariachi band come in to perform. The place was packed with a combination of both locals and tourists (random people who had giant cameras and what not). The menu offers all your Cuban favorites but I was really only here for one thing.
I got the Cubano Regular ($7), which if you don’t know by now, is a combination of sweet ham, roast pork, swiss cheese, pickles, and mustard sandwiched between buttery slices of cuban bread. The bread here is very light and crisp, with all the density coming from the lard and butter that is used. Flattened almost to nothing, it still held all the sweet ham in place. There wasn’t much roast pork, which was a bit disappointing, but still lots of meat. The cheese oozes and the steam comes out with every bite. It was definitely the hottest Cuban I’ve eaten.
We also ordered some ham croquettes (croqueta de jamon) on the side. Little morsels of smashed ham deep fried with bread crumbs. Their croquetas were merely OK. They are served with crackers so you can make a mini sandwich if you want.
How I never heard of this place despite growing up here is beyond me. They make a killer Cubano and the place is pretty sweet too. The service is stellar, but be sure to brush up on your Spanish beforehand. They are located close to the Wynwood and Midtown area so despite lots of surrounding places to eat, they still keep busy. They close early and are only available for lunch. Parking can be found along the street as well.
Ambience: B+ | Service: B+ | Price: A- | Food: A-