This small neighborhood bakery and café is named after one of the partners’ mother, Yelitza, or “Yelly” — pronounced Jelly. Order at the front counter where glass cases hold baked goods from individual fruit tarts to guava and cheese pastelitos.
The owners are all Venezuelan so you can also get favorite roadside snacks from that country along with fresh squeezed juices, teas and coffee drinks. Co-owner Brian Vento was born in Queens, New York, and grew up in Maracay, near Caracas. He started working as a baker at 15 and two years later came to Miami and worked at a Don Pan. His business partner, Julio Garcia, is a childhood friend, and they opened three months ago after building the kitchen themselves.
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Start With These Dishes
Breakfast is all day. You can start with a pancake slider, two buttermilk pancakes sandwiched with scrambled eggs and bacon with syrup on the side.
Order the Perico and you’ll get eggs scrambled with tomatoes, onions and green peppers with Cuban toast and fries. Or get an English muffin with melted brie, fried egg, bacon and baby spinach. There’s also buttery French toast dusted in powdered sugar and waffles with berries and whipped cream. Or get a mango bowl of frozen pulp pureed with almond milk and topped with berries, a drizzle of honey and coconut shreds. There’s also spinach, chicken and beef empanadas and arepas stuffed with cheese, ham or shredded beef.
Try These Others
The burgers and sandwiches are the way to go. Choose from the Jelly Hamburger which is made from all-Angus beef, topped with Swiss cheese, bacon, an egg, avocado, tomato and lettuce (no jelly). There’s also the Choriburger with chorizo sausage, onions and American cheese. The Chickchopan has grilled chicken, tomato, lettuce and potato sticks.
Sandwiches include a Cuban with Serrano ham, roasted pork, pickles and Swiss, steak with tomato, lettuce and potato sticks. The Lechón brings marinated and roasted pulled pork with onions. The Jelly sandwich is a Cuban on sweet egg bread with additions of ham croquettes and potato sticks.
Cachapas are Venezuelan pancakes made from freshly ground corn cooked on a griddle and folded over a thick slab of queso de mano or handmade mozzarella-like cheese. It is then sprinkled with grated hard cheese and a generous amount of slightly tangy crema. It is hefty enough to share but so delicious it may be hard to part with half. A version with ham and cheese is also available.
Save Room for Dessert
Get the bombolone, an Italian-style large donut stuffed with apple jam or dulce de leche. There’s also caramel cheesecake, flan, rice pudding and mini key lime pies.
Contact Linda Bladholm at email@example.com. Hidden Gems highlights out-of-the-way restaurants in Miami-Dade County. It is not intended to be an anonymous, critical review.
Address: 17010 West Dixie Highway, North Miami Beach
Contact: 305-760-2149, 305-627-3725
Hours: Monday-Saturday 6 a.m.-9 p.m., Sunday 7 a.m.-5 p.m.