Juices are not the palace's sole stock in trade. This bustling open-air cafeteria and market has two prepared-food counters, one devoted to seafood; separate stations for sandwiches and for arepas, each assembled to order; a counter for the purchase of housemade dulce de leche, majarete, and barras de mani; and shaded picnic-table seating where one can enjoy them all on the spot. At this point in my afternoon's rambles, however, jugo de mamey (Who-go day mah-May, $2) hit the spot.
Many whole ripe mameys were also on offer. Compared with the typical specimen found up north, these tended to be considerably larger, about the size of a canteloupe, and less regular in shape. Though my juice was poured from a jug, one of many stored in a fridge, I expect it had been pressed from the least attractive of the fresh fruits not too long before.
El Palacio de los Jugos
West Flagler St. at 57th Ave., Miami
(One of several locations)
(From an autumn 2012 visit)