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El Palacio de los Jugos

5721 West Flagler Street, Miami, FL - (305) 262-0070
Posted By Chris Gould on 9/9/2012 12:09:00 PM
El Palacio de los Jugos, a combination produce stand and eatery is one of the most authentic Cuban institutions in Miami, inspiring copycat establishments all over south Florida and the likes of Mitt Romney to make a campaign stop and connect with Latinos. This location at the intersection of Flagler Street and 57th Avenue not far from Miami International Aiport is the original, as evidenced by its always busy parking lot.

As the name suggests, El Palacio de los Jugos offers a wide assortment of tropical juices squeezed on premises. Orange, mango, papaya, and pineapple are popular, although my favorite is watermelon, the bright refreshing essence of that fruit. If you want coconut water, an expert will deftly chop one open with a machete and insert a straw. He's fun to watch.

Various counters offer traditional Cuban specialties: seafood, meats, pastries, sandwiches, and Cuban coffee, strong and sweet. Whole roast pork is often seen along with good-tasting starches such as yucca, plantains, and fantastic rice. Sandwiches are huge and inexpensive as is all the food. They have one of the best Cuban sandwiches in Miami, pressed into perfect, slightly sweet Cuban bread that's hard to find anywhere else. I haven't been for breakfast, but they display signs touting a complete breakfast of eggs, ham, tostadas, and cafe con leche for under four bucks.

Of course, in as authentic a place as this, Spanish predominates. Credit card stickers are displayed at some of the cash registers and there's an ATM as well. Seating is at modern picnic tables in a covered outdoor area with fans and misters to help beat the heat. At peak times, parking can be a little dicey, but there's plenty of room in the parking lot to wait for a space to open up.

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Cuban sandwich (left), Miami sandwich (right)
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It was quite a show watching the young man open up the coconuts with two blows of the hatchet. Immediately after, a straw was inserted to reach the coconut juice.
"It was quite a show watching the young man open up the coconuts with two blows of the hatchet. Immediately after, a straw was inserted to reach the coconut juice."
Cliff Strutz


The deep-fried pork skin dish known as chicharrones is surprisingly meaty and explodes with luscious flavor.
"The deep-fried pork skin dish known as chicharrones is surprisingly meaty and explodes with luscious flavor."
Cliff Strutz


The amount of delicious hot foods available is impressive!
"The amount of delicious hot foods available is impressive!"
Cliff Strutz


During our visit to El Palacio, Roadfooder MiamiDon bought us some refreshing guarapos, a.k.a. sugar cane juices to try.
"During our visit to El Palacio, Roadfooder MiamiDon bought us some refreshing guarapos, a.k.a. sugar cane juices to try."
Cliff Strutz


Fresh tropical produce market
"Fresh tropical produce market"
Chris Gould


Seating area
"Seating area"
Chris Gould


View from 57th Avenue
"View from 57th Avenue"
Chris Gould



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