Miami is a city famous for Cuban culture, and its delicious fritas cubanas, which is a hamburger consisting of Cuban bread coupled with a cumin-paprika spiced-beef patty. Some variations may also include chorizo, while others enclose the meat in an American-style bun. Despite the modifications, one thing will never change, and that is the deep-fried julienne shoestring potatoes, also known as papas fritas. Here are the 10 best restaurants in Miami serving an excellent fritas cubanas.
Offering three locations throughout Miami-Dade County, Cuban Guys is an authentic yet local chain bringing Latin specialty sandwiches to South Florida. The star of their menu is the traditional frita cubana, marinated in a flavourful garlic, cumin and oregano base. One thing that sets this sandwich apart from the rest is the branded bun displaying the letters C and G that add flare to this standout sandwich. The menu at Cuban Guys also boasts other comida Cubano staples like the media noche, yucca fritas and plantains, almost all of which are served on a daily deals menu. Visit the restaurant on a Tuesday when they offer the fritas cubanas for two bucks.
Winner of Miami’s Fritas Showdown, the fritas cubana from El Rey de las Fritas comes highly recommended by Miami locals and out-of-town foodies alike; it may be the crème de la crème of the locations serving this specialty sandwich. El Rey de las Fritas offers a variety of fritas food, with some burgers cooked in different sauces while others are topped with different items, like the frita a caballo, which plops an egg on top the julienne shoestring potatoes, or the frita dulce that is topped by a fried plátano. With three Miami locations to choose from, the downtown location is centrally located and easily accessible by the gratis sky tram, which is called the ‘people-mover’ by the locals.
El Rey de las Fritas, 10142 West Flagler Street, Miami, FL, USA, +1 305- 644-6054