Why La Suiza Bakery

Source: Miami New Times

La Suiza Bakery

"Una croquetica, por favor. And while you're at it, mami, get me four of those cream-cheese-stuffed pastelitos de queso, some meaty chicharrones, five of those killer beef empanadas, a freshly squeezed orange juice, and three café con leches. No, it's all right, I'll wait. I know you're busy. I'll just stand here next to abuelo and contemplate why your bakery is usually standing room only while the Starbucks in the same shopping center is practically empty. Hell, no matter how long the wait, people come in all day long to order Cuban delicacies.

Maybe, just maybe, the delectable recipes and undeniable authenticity put one over on corporate America and the gentrification that seems to be taking over every other bakery in the 305. Or maybe I'll just stand here and rejoice in the fact that I can take my grandparents and tía out to breakfast on this resplendent Sunday morning and spend only 15 bucks.

La Suiza Bakery

Our favorite place to have breakfast or brunch, La Suiza maintains a steady stream of customers all day long. From the best croquetas to a thick and hearty ajiaco (a three-meat stew with tubers), you can probably try everything on the menu and still make your rent. A group of four can easily get their flavorful fill for about twenty bucks.

The Golden Gem

In the innocence of youth, we could be duped into believing that a pastelito is a pastelito, is a pastelito. But once our taste buds evolved past Little Debbie Snacks and 7-Eleven nachos, we could no longer be satisfied with mediocre gastronomic experiments.

Then one day while strolling down the rows of shelves at the West Dade Regional Library, we took a pastelito de queso from a food cart. It came from La Suiza Bakery.

Wow. We devoured quite a few of the croquetas, empanadas, and of course, one more pastelito de queso. Then we headed over to the actual bakery.

La Suiza is old school. There are neighborhood viejitos perched on counter stools and seated at the three small tables in the corner. There are also the employees from the surrounding businesses who come in for breakfast, lunch, and afternoon pick-me-ups. The Starbucks in the same shopping center is empty by comparison, and with reason.

Aside from creating perfect pastelitos and savory soups, La Suiza's prices are dirt cheap. And we mean dirt. Although it offers well-made sandwiches ($2.10 to $5) and decent breakfast platters ($2.90 to $5.75), it would be completely insane to visit La Suiza for such mundane and ubiquitous grub. The pastelitos ($0.60 to $1.65) are where it's at. There is a second runner-up though, which is the thick and hearty ajiaco ($2.50), a stew made with about three different kinds of meat, starchy tropical vegetables, and corn. Although the ajiaco is really, really good, we recommend you order pastries and take the soup to go. For $20, a group of four can order enough pastries to stuff their faces and still have a bocadito or two left over. And this has become our Sunday morning ritual. And it is good.

It's open Monday through Saturday from 6:30 a.m. until 7 p.m. and Sundays from 6:30 a.m. until 3 p.m.

La Suiza Bakery
8566 SW Eighth Street, Miami

*We must warn you, La Suiza is very difficult to find. We suggest you GPS it if you can. If not, look for the empty Starbucks on 85th Avenue and SW Eighth Street, turn into the Festival Plaza, and make your way the to the furthest southwest corner of the shopping center.

El Bajareque

This family-owned, Puerto Rican restaurant in the middle of Wynwood, not only provides excellent service, but serves huge portions of delicious food made by grandma--literally, grandma helms the kitchen. You can get the immensely popular grilled chicken breast with rice, beans, and plantains for less than the price of a movie ticket. Plus, there are always a couple of daily specials, homemade desserts, and a friendly vibe to round out your experience.

If one of your resolutions for 2011 is to spend your money wisely, you can't go wrong with any of these choices. Happy New Year!

La Gran via y la Suiza- Synonymous of delicious sweets and cakes..

Legitimate pride for the Cuban industry.

(Posted by D.Jácome)

La Gran Vía

I imagine that many Cubans have not forgotten the most famous candy store on the island, it was called "La Gran Vía".

"La Gran Vía" was synonymous of great candy and cakes, as we Cubans say to tarts or pastries, depending on where we are from. The boxes of their products were identified with the logo that we placed in this page. They also had it in full color, although that image I was not able to get ... It is possible that the name was inspired by the street of Madrid, but in its design we can see a cake, in the middle of a railroad track and in the background, Cuban palms.

It was founded by three Spanish brothers from Toledo: Valentín, José and Pedro García. They arrived in Cuba at the beginning of the 20th century without any capital. They settled in Güines, a town on the outskirts of the capital. They decided to make a living by making sweets, an job they might have learned in their native Toledo. Their first customers were the merchants and peasants of the area.

They began making sweets for the stores of the area peasant and farmers with great acceptance. And as good sweets are liked by all, those homemade sweets and artesian cakes became famous in a very short time, its fame went beyond the limits of the region.

Its popularity expands on the island, so in the 1940s they decided to make the leap into Havana. They settle in the street Santos Suárez. The business marched very well, so they bought the lot in front of the store, and later the entire block where they built a store with its own parking space, which opened in 1952. By this time they had grown to 120 workers.

Of all the sweets, the preferred, the unique and unmatchable was the cake of cream with a characteristic of its own, which no other candy stores had. The cake de bombón, the panetelas borrachas, the ecclairs, the tartaletas, the coffee cake, the señoritas, the panqué, the pasteles, the torticas, the Gloria bread, the cake of ice cream (not the same ice cream cake), the capitolio, which were also delicious and unique and even the masarreal and other sweets made the district of Santos Suárez the preferred by candy lovers.

It was a large modern bakery, where 5 elegant employees served and collected endless telephone orders. They had a fleet of delivery vans, with uniformed drivers, for home delivery.

More than three dozen workers and assistants worked in the kitchen, they all wore long aprons and white hats. I imagine it must have been a sight worth seeing. To make the cream cake, they brought fresh milk daily in pitchers. The whole Havana would be shopping there!

The main headquarters of "La Gran Vía" was in the street Santos Suárez. By 1952, they had five establishments in the capital, one of them named "La Suiza".

In California, New York, New Jersey, Miami and Mexico DF, among other cities, several bakeries and cafeterias the owners have put "La Gran Vía", but they really have nothing to do with the original.

This candy store was "legitimate pride for the Cuban industry," according to the "Book of Cuba," a gigantic illustrated encyclopedia of Republican life published in 1953.

(Posted by D.Jácome)

Top Five Cheap Eats 2010

Masas de puerco and yucca are doubly delicious at El Palacio de los Jugos.
??This year we discovered myriad places where one can dine while "temporarily out of cash." We picked up that cute euphemism for being broke from our little sister's professor at FIU, and we have adopted it as our own. Being a broke foodie can be difficult, especially when it seems like you have to donate a vital organ to get some good grub. That's why we have compiled our Top Five Cheap Eats of 2010.

Rincon Antioqueño

This little Colombian hole in the wall delivers the goods without breaking the bank. Get yourself and your date a full dinner--bandeja paisa, pan de bono, empanada, and dulce de nata, for about $25. Rincon's bandeja paisa has some of the tastiest, most savory carne asada we have tried at any Columbian restaurant. And its empanadas are to die for.

Morro Castle

For over fifty years, Morro Castle has been serving up fritas (Cuban hamburgers) and fresh churros, plus a dozen freshly made fruit juices and Cuban milkshakes--mamey, frutabomba, and so on. Great place to go when the weather is cold--sit outside and feed four for twenty bucks.

El Palacio de los Jugos

Gargantuan plates of food are served daily at El Palacio by the hundreds. Get the taste of homemade Latin food, sandwiches, and juices, and get them cheap. Two people can share one of the ginormous dishes for under ten bucks.

"Cuban Bakery specializing in all kinds of pastries and cakes"

8566 Sw 8th St,

Miami, Fl. 33144


(305) 262-7376