For most of my visit to Miami, breakfasts are going to be at the tradeshow. Fortunately I am at a P90X phase where high amounts of fruit and whole wheat bread are acceptable, so I’ll be able to survive. But, on one day, I had a free morning with breakfast on my own. I have a couple of places that I want to go, but I am going to have to wait a few more weeks before I can justify it (croissants and guava pastries are probably not P90X friendly…). So instead, after a little bit of searching and quite a bit of walking, I arrived at Las Palmas Cafeteria.
I found a table near the front, looking out on the street. There was a simple diner bar to my right where some of the regulars were hanging out. The menu was pretty simple, featuring a few Cuban breakfast specialities, and was written in Spanish first, with the English below it. My waitress stopped by to greet me, and I’m pretty sure the whole greeting was in Spanish. I started by ordering a coffee and orange juice. I had to make sure I clarified that I wanted “cafe sin leche” as I don’t take milk. For breakfast I finally settled on the tortillas con papas y jamon. It was basically an omelette with potatoes and ham, and yes I ordered it in Spanish (I’m still in the US right?)…my high school level Spanish that was good enough to survive Peru.
Once she left, I heard the coffee maker kick on and the juicer start going. After about 5 minutes of whirring and steaming and a few other sounds, a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice and a small cup of very strong and sweet espresso (Cuban coffee) were placed in front of me. There really isn’t much like fresh squeezed orange juice from delicious and fresh oranges. The tortilla followed shortly behind. It was a nicely cooked omelette with tender potatoes and ham in it. Nothing super unique or special, but just good. I also received a small basket of Cuban bread which was delicious. The inside was very light and fluffy though denser than say a French bread, and the crust offered a very nice crunch.