Five best Honduran restaurants in Little Havana

Little Havana is home to some of the most traditional Honduran dishes in Miami. From Baleadas — traditional handmade tortillas with a smear of refried beans, a dollop of crema, and queso duro — to pupusas — traditional corn cakes similar to arepas — they can all be found here.

Los catrachos — a term for Hondurans — are well known for their soccer, beaches and rainforests. But they are perhaps best known for their exquisite food and particularly their abundant and delicious fish, all of which can be found in the restaurants in Little Havana. 

Below are five of the best places to find comida Hondureña — Honduran food!

Plátano Relleno: stuffed sweet plátano frito from Paseo Catracho. (Courtesy of Eduardo Guilamo)

Paseo Catracho 
824 SW St., Miami, FL 33130 
(305) 854 2705

The value packed inside this restaurant is just as abundant as the aromas that fill the entire building. Many from Little Havana frequent Paseo Catracho for the delicious Honduran specialties, including the neighborhood favorite of platano relleno, or stuffed plantain. This dish is a whole sweet fried plantain stuffed with beef and topped with queso and traditional crema for only $4.99. The sweet and savory plate complements the creamy flavors and will keep you coming back for more. If you’re really hungry, order Una Baleada Sencilla, which is a large tortilla prepared crispy with queso, crema, black beans, and eggs also for $4.99.

Baleadas from Los Catrachos Restaurant. (Courtesy of Ari 182)

Los Catrachos Restaurant 
755 W. Flagler St., Miami, FL 33130 
(305) 324 7708 

Don’t be fooled by the old style interior of this restaurant. The food truly shines. Los Catrachos is famous for its Baleadas. Nothing in the area is more economical than these Baleadas, which go for just $2 a piece; they are paired with complimentary salsas made in house each day. Sopa Marinera, Chuleta Ceibeña and stuffed sweet plantain are some of the neighborhood favorites. Stop by to chat with the catrachos and pick up un batido del dia, or milkshake of the day, to go or dine in and grab a cafecito while gossiping with the barista about the neighborhood’s daily happenings.

Baleadas from El Nuevo Orgullo Catracho. (Courtesy of Carlos Henriquez)

El Nuevo Orgullo Catracho 
2300 SW Eighth St., Miami, Fl 33135
(305) 643-3226

The service at this restaurant is as convenient as the free parking located behind the building. The employees are more than friendly and offer you a seat at the bar upon entrance. Their famous sausage Baleadas are crispy like no other and made to order; they cost just $3.75 each. These pair well with their house-made Café Con Leche. If you are in the mood for something with a little more juice, the ceviche made with fish and shrimp is sure to brighten your afternoon. The food is surely the star of the show as everything tastes homemade, but if you are looking for something to do at night, they offer karaoke.

Fried fish with fried plantain chips from Las Casa de Las Baleadas. (Courtesy of Las Casa de Las Baleadas)

Las Casa de las Baleadas 
100 SW 17th Ave., Miami, FL 33135
(305) 640-8581

This is a perfect, spacious area to watch a fútbol game or catch dinner. Do not let the name fool you. Las Casa de las Baleadas offers so much more than just Baleadas. The house favorites are seafood dishes such as the whole fried fish and Sopa Marinera. The Nacatamales are a house specialty. The whole fried fish with fried plantain rings in at just $31.25 and is enough to feed two to three people.

Fried pork skins from 1550 Chicken and Grill (Courtesy of Miami Catrachos)

1550 Chicken and Grill 
1500 SW 1st St, Miami, FL 33125
(305) 646-1108

If you are looking for quality and quantity, look no further than 1550 Chicken and Grill; the portions are more than generous and the staff is consistently friendly. The fried chicken and fried pork skins are the most popular grab-and-go specialties on the menu. In addition, their Sweet T Roll is a house favorite that consists of chopped boneless chicken breast — fresh, never frozen — with lettuce, tomatoes, guacamole, sour cream, chopped plantain and cheese on a bed of rice or with pita for just $9.28. 

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