We’ve been blessed with lovely, temperate days late into our “cool season.” Cool weather is prime time for churros, starting with the holidays when out-of- town guests crave the doughy fried treats after holiday gatherings. Really, any cool night is perfect. Churros are also an ideal, all-absorbent snack to cap a long night of overindulgence; take note all of you WMC’ers.
I love the churros at La Palma on 8th Street (6091 SW 8th Street, Miami). For a buck-fifty, you get a hot bag of four churros along with an absurd amount of sugar. Add a cup of hot chocolate and you are in midnight snack heaven. La Palma has the standard features you find at a Cuban counter–croquetas, coladas, and plenty of animated conversation.
I recently tried the churros at Sra. Martinez, Michelle Bernstein’s new place, and those were amazing too. Of course, the price point is different, but you get a heaping plate of freshly fried goodness, in significant contrast to the more restrained portions of the tapas. Bernstein knows where to be a little exagerada. The hot chocolate for dipping has a slight spice kick for a more gourmet churro experience.
Times are hard, but it’s important to savor a little bit of the good life with friends and family. On a cool night, treat yourself, whether it’s to the upscale version at Sra. Martinez, or the man-on-the-street snack in Southwest Miami.