Jan 13, 2023 - News

Cold weather means churro time in Miami

A batch of churros from Churros Manolos sits behind display glass.

Trays of Churros at Churros Manolo in North Beach. Photo: Jeffrey Greenberg/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

It's going to get chilly this weekend, with temperatures dropping to the 40s.

Why it matters: Apart from falling iguanas, cold weather in Miami means freshly fried churros and hot chocolate dip.

  • Masses of people — bundled in fuzzy jackets, boots and sometimes pajamas — will line up in the cold for the sugar-coated treats and thick Spanish-style chocolate dip.

How it works: For the dozens of Miami restaurants that serve up hot churros, winter is their busiest season, the New York Times reports.

  • At La Palma in West Miami, perhaps the most popular churro spot, the Miami Herald reported in 2018 that restaurant supervisor Pablo Fajardo watched the weather forecast like the stock market.
  • On a summer's day, the restaurant might sell 50 orders of churros. But in a cold front, that number could spike to 1,000 orders (4,000 churros) in a regular shift.
  • "When the temperature drops below 65 degrees, that's when the locura starts," Fajardo told the Herald. "The numbers are just crazy."

What we're watching: Workers at La Palma are already preparing for a rush this weekend.

  • "There's going to be a lot of people," an employee who answered the phone yesterday tells Axios.

Where to go:

  • La Palma, 6091 SW Eighth St. in West Miami
  • Morro Castle, 1201 W 44th Place in Hialeah
  • Churros Manolo, 7300 Collins Ave., Miami Beach

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