Chicharrón, like a dish with sauce, or chicharrones as finger-food snacks, is popular in Andalusia in Spain, Latin America and other places with Spanish influence including the Southwestern United States, especially in Cuba and subsequently in Miami.
It is part of the traditional cuisines of Cuba and other parts of the former colonies of Spain. Chicharrones are usually made from various cuts of pork but sometimes with mutton, chicken or other meats. In some places, they are made from pork ribs with skin attached and other meatier cuts rather than just rinds.
Though it sounds like a basic cuisine, the Miami variants have quite a different take on the matter. No doubt, you taste one of the best-tasting pork on your next trip to Miami.
Pork Rind or Chicken Skin
Places to Eat
El Palacio de los Jugos
This is one of the local's favorite Cuban restaurants and definitely, many’s favorite cafeterias. You can get any kind of Cuban style Chicharon here, and special drinks like the Cristal y Bucanero.
Many did not know that there were so many locations of El Palacio de Los Jugos in Miami so you don’t really need to look hard for it. This place is absolutely worth a stopover. The one in downtown is way bigger than the one near the airport but both still offer the same great taste and affordable price.
You might end up getting too much food & cookies, but it will be worth the calories. The food is categorically good and the servings are jumbo-sized, perfect for sharing if you happen to travel with a group of people.
The juice station always creates fresh juice and it's stored in the fridge in jugs. They have mango, passion fruit, tamarind, watermelon, papaya, and orange. The El Palacio de Los Jugos is a perfect store for your Chicharon cravings.
El Mago De Las Fritas
The Fritas in the El Mago De Las Fritas is among the greatest despite the trifling place inside. Like any old-style Cuban spot in Miami, there is a long counter with bar stools and about 10 tables for groups of four.
There is a very small parking lot but you could now park at the school nearby which is a great accommodation. Their frita meat is all natural and the technique has been in her kinfolk since the 1950s. They also make their particular skinny fries for the Fritas so expect that it’s all fresh and nothing from a can.
You get the sensation the proprietor put his life into the place and made into a landmark of sorts, which is a rarity in Miami. Try out their family-made fritas on your next trip to Miami.
La Esquina Del Lechon
This store is also known as Pig Corner, in English. The La Esquina Del Lechon is certainly a unique spot for chicharron. Many have dined here multiple times, sampling things varying from a humble breakfast, to coffee, to full-sized chicharrones and pork dishes.
The breakfast is particularly fine, with daily specials and simple egg/bacon type options as well. Pork is noticeably what makes this place famous and they don't disappoint. Majority of the pork dishes are exceptional and as fresh as could be. If you're lucky enough you'll hear the cowbell ring and get to witness the pig (entire cooked pig) get paraded through the dining room.
The shop is always hectic so be prepared for a wait. The wide array of homemade hot sauces on each table is another great perk to go along with the exceptional chicharron.