My friends from Hialeah originally introduced me to Gilberts and I am hooked. I am addicted to the ham pastelitos which balance the sweet and savory very well. The fruit pastelitos are a real treat and I always pack up a box to take back to Tampa.
The pastries are traditional with lots a layers tot he dough and large sugar crystals, but not overly sweet. At mere $.50 each, they are a bargain. If you need a large assortment of pastries, plan to get there early in the morning. By 10 am, there is not much left. There are all sorts of other treats and bakery offerings, but the pastelitos are the real deal and make the effort worthwhile.
If you are a tourist and have never had a pastelito, go to Gilberts and see what the fuss is all about.
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