The west Dade community often referred to as Doral-zuela is home to the best Venezuelan cuisine in Florida. Bakeries are in some ways the heart of the South American nation’s diet serving everything from tres leches to flan to golfeados, (Venezuelan sticky sweet bread), There is also pan dulce (sweet bread), tequeños (Venezuelan cheese stick), pan de jamon (bread with ham and cheese), and more. Prepare to indulge your sweet tooth at these top three Venezuelan bakeries that many locals and tourists love.
7520 NW 104th Ave. #106,
+58 Gourmet is a Venezuelan bakery owned and operated by 27-year-old Carlos Pulido Ross, who is from Caracas. From selling pan dulce in a truck outside Sedano’s at Doral, he moved to sell his pastries at mall kiosks in local shopping centers. Originally, Pulido began selling pan dulce, which is still his best dish. Some popular menu items are puff pastries, which are filled with chicken, cheese, meat, and spinach. Before opening the restaurant in October 2019, the team made a list of their favorite dishes to include on the menu. The list had a variety of pastries such as croissants, paninis, sweets, and puff pastries. There are sweet, savory, and salty options. Pulido’s favorite dish is the Blueberry Panini. The bakery offers indoor seating and online delivery. Prices range from $1.99 and to $10. They are open seven days from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Many of the customers are Venezuelan, Colombian, and Brazilian. In 2020, Carlos found a Venezuelan PR company called Zamora Group that helped spread the word about his business by getting local influencers and celebrities to promote his place. The famous singer Karol G posted about the pastries in +58 Gourmet and within three hours, the business Instagram gained over 4,000 followers. He started a social media account to share motivation and advice with young immigrants who are interested in entrepreneurship. A piece of advice Carlos Pulido Ross wants to share with the world is a famous quote by Winston Churchill that says: “Success is the ability to go from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm.”
7884 NW 52nd St,
The owner of Caracas Bakery is Jesus Brazon, who is from the Venezuelan capital. With the help of YouTube and reading books, It took Brazon over four years to learn how to make sourdough bread. He first started selling his products at The Bookstore in the Grove in 2018. The baker wanted to create a bakery like the ones in his home country of Venezuela. He thought that by baking Venezuelan pastries, his customers would be reminded of the country and its beautiful scenery. The bakery launched in 2020; it was a difficult experience, so we came up with a straightforward menu that was focused on bread, like the croissant. The bakery now offers items like pan frances (French bread), croissants, cachitos (similar to a croissant, Venezuelan style filled with ham and cheese), canilla (Venezuelan bread), campesino (artisan bread), sourdough, pan de queso (bread with cheese), pastelitos (sweet puff pastries), and almond/chocolate croissant. The bakery is open from Tuesdays through Sundays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Doral. They make all of their baked goods the day before, ensuring freshness the next day. The flavors that the bakery has are sweet and savory. The cachito de jamón y queso is the menu item that is most frequently ordered. Due to the lengthy fermenting process, which is “tricky but tasty,” sourdough bread is Brazon’s favorite food. The bakery in Doral is a grab-and-go bakery. Prices range from $1 to $10.Brazon advertises his bakery by having customers come in and try out new dishes on Saturdays, and if they are well-received, he may then decide to put them on the menu. Brazon advises young immigrant business owners that starting a company is difficult and time-consuming. When someone loves what he creates and others enjoy it, that is the best feeling in the world. To start a bakery, some hard work and determination are required.
3887 NW 107th Ave,
In 2000, Mauricio and Beatriz Meneses, a family from Caracas, opened a Latin bakery on Collins Avenue in Miami Beach, Florida, offering authentic Latin American cuisine. This is a Venezuelan company that is 23 years old. Most of their customers are Venezuelan families, but due to the nearby hotel, there are also American visitors and locals. Latin cuisine is characterized by sweet and salty flavors. Plantains and corn are used in many of their products. They wanted to create a fast-casual restaurant that would have a large menu so everyone could find something they liked. Meals can be customized upon request. Their cachito (ham and cheese roll) andtequeño (Venezuelan cheese stick) are the most popular items on the menu. One of the sweet items that customers eat here is a form of Venezuelan sweet sticky bread, named Golfeados. Cheese empanadas are a favorite baked good among customers. Prices can range from $1 to $6. Due to the restaurant’s emphasis on families, it is a sit-down establishment. Antonio Quijado, general manager of Panna Doral, expresses his appreciation for hospitality by saying that he enjoys engaging with people, visitors, and those who are visiting a place for the first time, as well as forging new relationships.