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Miami Street Food; empanadas. Similar to a turnover, this mostly Latin finger food is usually made from a filling of meat enveloped in a tender and flaky dough. Depending on the culture, it is either baked or fried and customarily served with a side sauce.
The Cuban versions are filled with seasoned meats, usually picadillo (ground beef), and folded into dough and deep-fried. These empanadas may be a bit too seasoned for breakfast, so we recommend that you have these as a midday snack.
Where to try them in Miami: Versailles Bakery 3501 SW 8 St, Miami, FL 33135
Colombian empanadas are usually fried and filled with various ingredients, the standard being shredded beef and potato. The main difference between Colombian empanadas and the rest are that Colombian empanadas have dough made from crispy yellow cornmeal, yielding a crunchier and more flavorful exterior. Eat Colombian empanadas with aji, as this sauce made from onions, cilantro, vinegar, and lemon juice cuts the greasiness from the preparation.
Where to try them in Miami: Pueblito Viejo No. 2 8285 Bird Rd, Miami, FL 33155
Venezuelan empanadas use corn flour-based dough and are fried in oil or lard. Fillings can range in anything from cheese to shredded beef, to chicken. Although all are delicious, we recommend the Pabellon, an empanada filled with beef, beans, cheese, and plantains. The plantains provide a sweetness that makes the Pabellon a unique experience when it comes to empanadas.
Where to try them in Miami: Charlotte Bakery 1499 Washington Ave Miami Beach, FL 33139
Argentine empanadas are usually made from a wheat flour mixed with beef drippings, making for a rich and flavorful dough. The interior ranges from province to province, but they all have in common that empanadas are more commonly eaten as take-away food.
Where to try them in Miami: Grazianos Restaurant 9227 Bird Rd, Miami, FL 33165