Fritas Domino La Original has been around since 1961, but not at this particular Miami location. It was originally on 8th Street in Little Havana. When it closed in the early 1980s the same location became the legendary El Rey de las Fritas.
The decor and seating have a very 1970s skating rink feel to it. The oddest thing was that after I placed my order and went to fill my cup with Coke, there was a group of older people who were seated having a very Que Pasa USA? ( a Miami TV show which was in Spanglish) conversation.
This one guy was speaking in perfect English while the little old lady was responding in cliche-ridden Spanish. The other fellow was just silent. They were discussing Cuba. I know……what a shock! Anyway, so I order a Frita Cubana (the “Cuban Hamburger” is normally a mixture of some ground Beef and/or Pork/Chorizo seasoned with smoked Paprika), a Perro Enrollado (Hot Dog wrapped in Bacon), an order of Fries and the previously mentioned horrible fountain Coke which I dumped in its entirety.
The fries were bad and tasted like oil. The Perro Enrollado while a great idea was flawed in execution. The Hot Dog was some cheapy dog split in half with American cheese stuffed in the middle and then wrapped in Bacon. It was served on Cuban bread with some Ketchup layering the bottom and topped with housemade Julienne Potatoes. The center was cold yet somehow the cheese was melted.
The Frita (with Julienne Potatoes, Ketchup, and diced Onions) was pretty good. I was disappointed that a regular Hamburger roll was used instead of a Cuban bread roll which I prefer.
It did have a Chorizo flavor with a slight sweetness to it.
If you check out Fritas Domino, I’d stick to a Frita with a glass bottle of Coke & you should be good.
Miami’s Original Frita Spot:
Fritas Domino La Original
936 SW 67th Avenue Miami, Fl 33144