La Cameronera

Cuban | Seafood
One of the best
Michael Stern | June 10, 2019

Opened as a seafood market in 1966 by a family of fishermen who escaped communist Cuba, La Cameronera became a fish-fry in 1976. It’s still a good place to buy fresh seafood, but what draws crowds to the little shopping-center storefront is lunch.

#1 dish: fried shrimp. Firm pink crescents come enveloped in fragile, crunchy crust seasoned only enough to halo the sweetness of the meat inside. A good fried shrimp meal includes 7 or 8 of the hefty 2-3 bite fellas, a timbale of yellow rice, and a sheaf of tostones (fried green plantains).

Beyond shrimp, entrees include fish fillets, fish tacos, seafood chili, fried grouper cheeks, snapper sandwiches, and — when available — lobster sandwiches and stone crab claws. Conch fritters are a good shareable appetizer. They’re little crisp-surfaced balls with creamy insides that are dotted with chewy bits of conch and occasional pops of pepper.

Key lime pie is the right dessert. It is vividly tart, heavily creamy, and just-right sweet atop its tender Graham cracker crust.

When La Cameronera started cooking meals, it was a stand-up-only fish fry. It remains a consummately casual place, but now there are tables. Spirits run high in the dining room, which hums with the good cheer of customers who are thrilled to be here and happy to have found a seat. Expect to wait for a table at peak lunchtime, and do note that business is cash-only.

Weekdays, La Cameronera closes at 5:30pm, but it is open until 9pm Friday & Saturday.

What to Eat
La Cameronera, Fried Shrimp
Fried Shrimp
Each shrimp is a good double-mouthful.
La Cameronera, Key Lime Pie
Key Lime Pie
Vividly tart, very creamy Key lime pie with just a halo of sweetness
La Cameronera, Conch Fritters
Conch Fritters
Conch fritters are crisp-edged but creamy with dots of conch & pops of pepper.
La Cameronera, Fried Plantains
Fried Plantains
Crisp-fried plantains (tostones) are a good side-dish munch.
Directions and Hours
open now
Sunday10:30am - 4pm
Monday10:30am - 5:30pm
Tuesday10:30am - 5:30pm
Wednesday10:30am - 5:30pm
Thursday10:30am - 5:30pm
Friday10:30am - 9pm
Saturday10:30am - 9pm
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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