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Puerto Rican restaurant La Placita opens in Miami

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Puerto Rican restaurant La Placita opens in Miami

La Placita’s restaurant front is a ginormous mural of the Puerto Rican flag which sparked controversy in 2018 over a code-compliance issue.

La Placita’s restaurant front is a ginormous mural of the Puerto Rican flag which sparked controversy in 2018 over a code-compliance issue.

Miami.com

La Placita’s restaurant front is a ginormous mural of the Puerto Rican flag which sparked controversy in 2018 over a code-compliance issue.

Miami.com

Miami.com

La Placita’s restaurant front is a ginormous mural of the Puerto Rican flag which sparked controversy in 2018 over a code-compliance issue.

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Puerto Rican restaurant La Placita opened its doors to the public on Jan. 1. This Miami take on Puerto Rican cuisine is co-owned by Latin American TV star Julián Gil and notable Miami chef and restaurateur José Mendín. The hours of operation are Tues. to Sun. from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. and is located on 6789 Biscayne Blvd., Miami.

The restaurant is based on the iconic market plaza, Mercado Santurce or La Placita de Santurce, in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The nearly century-old marketplace transforms into a nighttime hotspot on Thursdays and Fridays with live salsa music, dancing and cheap food and drinks.

“There hasn’t historically been a large Puerto Rican community, but Hurricane Maria has changed that. People have moved to Miami, and they want food from their home,” Mendín said to the Miami New Times.

The island’s food is a blend of Spanish, African, Portuguese and American influences. Some featured dishes include classic appetizers such as Alacapurrias, a green plantain fritter ($12); Croquetas de Pollo, chicken croquettes ($6); Bacalaitos, cod fish fritters ($8); Empanadillas, fried pastries with different stuffings ($8); Sorullitos de Maiz, corn fritters ($8) and Chicharrones de Pollo, greaves of chicken ($8).

La Placita is open table, but you may call for a reservation at 305-400-9173.

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