Small place with food that that packs a punch! I started with a mango batido which was very good. I also had the malt batido which was very good as well. I got the traditional frita and it was great! Very flavorful and it was a good size. It wasn't over-seasoned either -- I could still taste the beef. The server was very friendly too, and the food came out quickly. My family and I usually go to El Ray de las Fritas (we have been going there for years). We love that place, but I think I like El Mago better. The malt batido at El Mago is more malty and it's also sweeter. The frita is comparable to El Ray's frita, but I like El Mago's frita just a little more.
I've come around. These fritas are really damn good. I grew up on Morro Castle(the one in east Hialeah) and thus I'm partial to their style but Mago puts together a delicious frita and the service is incredible. On our most recent visit we also got an order of Ajiaco (awesome) and an order of Chicharones (really good). I get the feeling that the more I come here the better it will get and that's pretty exciting. Pro tip - get your frita "a caballo"
Found off yelp when searching for good Cuban food. This place was amazing. The fritas (Cuban burgers) were amazing and the prices were a great deal. Awesome service. 5 stars, highly recommend.
One of the best late night spots in Miami open 24/7. The ham croquetas are one of the best. The ham and cheese empanadas are funk. And if you can get them before they sell out the guava pastelito are awesome. Great late munchies spot..
If all the late night Cuban spots are closed (La Carreta, Sergio's, etc.) this place is a sure bet to get your fix. They are most famous for their churros and hot chocolate, especially on those two or three days where it gets below 70 in Miami. If you go on one of those days, prepare to either wait in line, or be ignored by a server unless you get really aggressive. On those non-cold days, you could get decent service from the outdoor cafe servers, but getting waited on a table and such is total overkill. Especially on late nights during the weekend. Out of the four times I've been in the past few months and decided to actually sit down, three of those times the waitress disappeared for a good while between visits to our table. Get ready to flag them down with a look and a wave, because it gets so packed on Friday and Saturday nights, that they have only about two or three waitresses running the entire inside of the restaurant. So the service is a mess, you might have to get in their faces about it. The food on the other hand, is not that bad. The pan con bistec (steak sandwich) has never let me down, the meat is always nice and the bread crunchy. Their churros are pretty good, but make sure they put them in a brown bag, instead of the cheap plastic tray with sugar dumped on top. You need to have that good old brown bag, full of grease spots, with the sugar dancing around inside. Shake it up! I have friends who swear by the coffee at this place, and one buddy of mine loves their Cuban sandwich with a twist (that he came up with). Strawberry jelly on the side. Some say that's an Elena Ruth. He begs to differ.
Please take note, this review is for La Palma's churros & chocolate only. I have yet to actually go inside this La Palma and actually order some real food. That being said, allow me to tell you about Miami's best 'drinking' chocolate. Yes, I call what they serve at La Palma drinking chocolate as their elixir of life transcends that of hot chocolate status and is indeed drinking chocolate. What is drinking chocolate you ask? Simple, imagine you have a chocolate bar. Now imagine someone melted said bar into a cup. Now drink that. Now you know what drinking chocolate is and La Palma is where to find it. However, proceed with caution. La Palma's drinking chocolate is not for the weak of heart. You must not only like chocolate, you must love it and if you do, then YOU WILL LOVE THIS DRINK. La Palma serves their drink in 3 sizes, however the small is plenty....trust me. Make sure get an order of churros with your drink so that you can consume their churros y chocolate in 4 easy steps: 1. Dip churro 2. Eat churro 3. Drink chocolate 4. Repeat Though, to be perfectly honest, their churros aren't tops. One night when my date and I went there we were quite dismayed to find that their churros were frozen and are not handmade. They also serve their churros with WAY too much sugar. Yes, I said it, too much sugar. My date and I both agree that next time we come here, we will ask for the churros without sugar, I mean, hell, you're going to dip them into the drinking chocolate anyways, right? And that's plenty sweet. I feel like the churros they used to sell on the streets were better than La Palma's. Regardless, their churro and chocolate combo is perfect for those rare chilly nights in Miami or when you must simply have a chocolate fix.
Went here in that jet-lagged desperation of "Give me something to eat!" at 3AM. It definitely did the job, seeing as we were desperate, but I had asked for a soda and the waitress completely forgot because someone tried to run off without paying and she got caught up in the drama. That's understandable... I'd get caught up in that drama, too. The one thing I think is mandatory for any pizza place - garlic powder - was missing. I understand that cheap, 24 hour places will skimp on the spices, on the decor, etc. But garlic powder you cannot and should not live without.
I have to agree completely with Fred G. & Tania R. Having a late night junk food craving, this is the place to go... You get your food fast, and its yum yum good.
good thing there's joints like this that are open 24 hours. it's 1:00 a.m. on a saturday morning and fred g. and i were craving something bad...real bad...pizza! this Cuban pizza surely beats montes de oca's pizza. and their garlic rolls were surprisingly good.