Ok, so it’s greasy and might come frozen (eek!) But it was cooked and seasoned to perfection, and the best way I’ve had a croquette. The finger food I’m pointing to is the yuca rellena at a little counter on the corner of N.E. 1st St. and 3rd Ave. downtown. They’re open 24 hours. I didn’t have time to do a whole lot of digging around and asking questions (which I usually like to do,) but you know this place. The kind where there are always a couple of old guys hanging around, charlando (chatting) about this and that in the neighborhood. If you’re passing by, give this fried morsel of mashed yuca surrounding ground meat a shot — kinda like a Twinkie that’s a little rough around the edges. And way more tasty. But be sure to brush up your meal-ordering Spanish! Here’s a cheat sheet for those who are a little rusty:
Quería (I would like) una yuca rellena (a stuffed yuca croquette) por favor.
Cuanto cuesta (how much is it)?
Manolo & Rene
281 NE 1st St
Miami, FL 33132