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Las Viñas Barbeque
Cubans love pork. As such, Cuban barbecue is centered around the pig. There are many Cuban barbecue joints in Hialeah, but Las Viñas Barbeque is a consistent favorite. The building has a precarious parking situation - so careful backing out - but it’s completely worth any traffic-induced stress. Las Viñas specializes in all varieties of Cuban barbecue pork, and also offers some great sides. Let’s start with the lechon. They have the whole hog and you can ask for any cut you want - if they’re not sold out. It’s cooked with a house mojo and perfectly tender. Whatever you get, add an order of barrigada, which is basically roasted pork belly cut into bites of pure bliss. And while chicharron is not technically barbecue, you should get them here. These big chunks of pork skin are fried to a crisp and chopped up to order. Add some plantain chips too, which are fried daily and come in big bags you can devour on the way home as a reward for not hitting anyone in the parking lot.
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