El Mago De Las Fritas is located on 8th street in Miami. It’s not the only frita place on 8th street though. Approximately 10 years ago on my way home from my parent’s house I came across El Mago De Las Fritas . The first few times I attempted to stop here, there were no parking spaces available (there are only 3 spots). One day I was finally able to find a parking space and taste their Frita. I regret not having made the effort to find parking sooner elsewhere.
Do not park in one of the 3 reserved spots unless of course you are eating there. If you do, you might witness El Mago (yes, the owner is really referred to as this, it means “Magician”) going outside and screaming at them to move their cars with spatula in hand. He’s too awesome. You must of course order the Frita.
A Frita or Cuban Hamburger is usually a combination of ground Beef, Chorizo and spices topped with Onions, homemade Julienne Potatoes, and Ketchup (not always) on a Cuban Bread Roll. El Mago claims there is no Chorizo in his frita but I don’t believe him. The Frita has a very distinct flavor and will cause a flavor explosion in your mouth. There is no burger that tastes anything like this. And don’t get your Frita with cheese, unless you want to look like a tourist.
I’d be lying if I didn’t tell you the Frita with cheese is good but nothing beats the original. You can also order a Frita Doble (double meat) or Frita a Caballo (with a fried egg).
They’re all delicious. You must also make sure to order the fries at El Mago de las Fritas, there’s something very high school about them.
Fritas aren’t the only thing on the menu here. El Mago makes a mean Pan con Bistec (Steak Sandwich) with the julienne Potatoes & Onions. The Pan con Tortilla (Omelet Sandwich) with Ham, julienne Potatoes and Onions is another winner.
On Saturdays he makes Chicharrones (fried Pork Rinds). His homemade Flan is also great but don’t get ahead of yourself. Start with a Frita because this is the best Frita in town hands down!
All Hail El Mago: