By Melanie Garcia
Wynwood/Midtown has become the foodie mecca of Miami with chic restaurant popping up every month. But sometimes, the best things are the ones that have been there all along.
That’s the story behind Enriqueta’s Sandwich Shop, a small family-owned Cuban sandwich shop that has been at the corner of N.E. 29 Street since 1964. It’s where locals flock to, the type of place that has withstood the test of time by providing quality, local cuisine at affordable prices.
We just couldn’t pass up a hearty breakfast at this neighborhood staple, where we dove right in with the Bistec al Caballo “Steak Horse-style” ($8.75). The all enticing and extravagant dish brings two eggs cooked your way, sweet baked ham, french fries, and a perfectly-cooked steak with sautéed with onions. We strongly believe that a good steak in a Cuban restaurant sets the tone for all other dishes, and this one was so good it’s clear why Enriqueta’s has had such a long-standing success.
To top off this meal, we ordered the Mattered Cheese Tostada ($2.85), which is a twist on the classic Cuban toast, and brings imported melted cheese deliciously topped with creamy butter.
We also tried the Desayuno Especial “Breakfast Special” ($5 before 11 a.m. and $6.50 after), which is a sampler of all the best breakfast treats. You get two fried or scrambled eggs with ham, bacon or sausage. We had a generous portion of scrambled eggs, which were very tasty. The Special also comes with a classic Cuban tostada (Cuban bread with butter), and freshly-squeezed orange juice.
No Latin breakfast is complete without traditional Cafe con Leche (coffee with milk, $1.45), a serving of full-bodied, unmistakable Cuban coffee with frothy milk for the perfect morning pick-me-up.
Enriqueta’s also offers a wide variety of fresh fruit shakes ($3.25). The menu includes local favorites like trigo (wheat), papaya, mamey, mango, strawberry, and more.
The lunch menu includes a variety of Cuban sandwiches ($3.50 – $7) and classics like Bistec Empanizado “Breaded Steak” ($6.75) and Vaca Frita “Shredded Beef” ($8.25).
If you’re looking for a quick pit stop for your next breakfast, Enriqueta’s has an order window outside the restaurant.
Enriqueta’s Sandwich Shop
186 N.E. 29 St, Miami, Fl. 33137
Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Saturday, 6 a.m. – 2 p.m.