Miami's Top Ten Fritas Cubanas
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.
Emily Codik At El Rey de las Fritas, Cuban hamburgers are stuffed with fried plantains.
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.
10. Fritas Domino
Burger Beast via Facebook The Cuban frita (with a side of French fries, of course) at 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.
Burger Beast via Instagram Frita sliders at 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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