Miami's Top Ten Fritas Cubanas

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Emily Codik
At El Rey de las Fritas, Cuban hamburgers are stuffed with fried plantains.
An original frita cubana couples Cuban bread with a spiced beef patty, seasoned with cumin, paprika, and pepper. Some add chorizo to the mix. Others cap meat with an American-style hamburger bun. Despite minor variations, one thing remains consistent: Papas fritas, deep-fried and grease-slicked julienned potatoes, crown beef like a handful of sprinkles atop ice cream.

The frita has recently come into its own. President Obama visited El Mago de las Fritas. Burger Land did an episode on the dish. And our buddy Sef Gonzalez is planning a pop-up May 6.

See also:
- Read this week's review on Miami's Fritas: El Mago and Beyond.
- Burger Beast Announces Frita Feast Pop-Up Dinner

The frita debuted in Miami via Havana's friteros over a half-century ago. Now, the frita fray shows no sign of slowing. Its realm spills from Calle Ocho to Hialeah and beyond. Its popularity surges.

Here's where to find the best fritas cubanas in town.

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The Cuban frita (with a side of French fries, of course) at Fritas Domino.
10. Fritas Domino
Fritas Domino is Miami's original frita shop. The restaurant, which was first located on Calle Ocho, introduced the Magic City to the Cuban hamburger in 1962. Now, the latest location serves its French fry-filled goodness on 67th Street. At Fritas Domino, patties are zesty. Frites are pale, oleaginous, and linear. Fritas Domino makes this list because its first spot is credited with bringing a taste of Havana's friteros to Miami.

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Frita sliders at Sergio's.
9. Sergio's
There are five Sergio's locations in Miami. Head to Coral Way, West Kendall, Kendall, or even Hialeah Gardens. Once there, snag a taste of their original frita ($3.90). But also take a bite of their mini Cuban frita sliders ($3.50). The little bites, offered as part of their seasonal tapas menu, pack copious frites with mucho ketchup and a fresh, delicately piquant patty. As the slider craze expands, so does the itty-bitty frita fad.

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Location Info

Sergio's

3252 Coral Way, Coral Gables, FL

Category: Restaurant

PB Steak

1787 Purdy Ave., Miami Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

Cuban Guys

3174 W. 76th St., Hialeah, FL

Category: Restaurant

La Palma Restaurant

6091 SW 8th St., Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant

Islas Canarias

285 NW 27th Ave., Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant

Bread + Butter

2330 Salzedo St., Coral Gables, FL

Category: Restaurant

El Rey De Las Fritas

1821 SW 8th St., Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant

Morro Castle

1201 W. 44th Place, Hialeah, FL

Category: Restaurant

El Mago De Las Fritas

5828 SW 8th St., Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant


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13 comments
Vince Witty
Vince Witty

Hotdog fest and you're talking about fritas? Wow, real smooth

Frank Castle
Frank Castle

ive been here 12 yrs and i never eaten one of these

Alex Porro
Alex Porro

Morro Castle is in Hialeah? I thought it was on NW 7th and 25th??

Gene Ore
Gene Ore

Great...now I want a Frita!!!

Lynne Dear
Lynne Dear

Teale, seen any of these in Nashville?

Georgina De Armas
Georgina De Armas

now that i remember, we would just walk on over. i think i was 13 and he was 11. not the best neighborhood at all but it was sooo worth it hahaha.

Georgina De Armas
Georgina De Armas

when my brother and i were little, we would take money from our mom's purse for these! Morro Castle ofcourse!

Cary Gonzalez
Cary Gonzalez

Morro Castle wins every time. Just had one on Saturday while visiting 305!

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