Coming from a Sicilian heritage, I was raised in the kitchen with all types of comfort food. I decided to do some research before the trip south and found that my Frita experience would include fresh baked cuban rolls, ground beef patties with chorizo and smoked paprika, onions and topped with crispy matchstick fries (some out of the can). Sometimes Cheese (although there is much debate our there about this!).
Burger Beast handpicked five of his favorite classic frita spots for the event: El Mago de las Fritas, El Rey de las Fritas, Cuban Guys, Luis Galindo’s Latin American and Sergio’s. The Fritass were judged after a blind tasting by chefs Alberto Cabrera (Bread +Butter Counter) and Giorgio Rapicavoli (Eating House), TV cooking personality Ingrid Hoffman, and food events expert Randy Fisher.
El Rey de las Fritas won the coveted spatula trophy (a really cool award). But in my adventure, Luis Galindo’s Latin American Bakery & Cafe was the bomb, and yes… the cheese did it for me. Fresh baked bread, perfectly seasoned meat that was packed with flavor, crispy salted match stick potatoes, caramelized onions and melted cheese. All the flavors stood out, and their version of the Cuban Hamburger was increíblemente fantástica.
Knowing Burger Beast, the desserts would be amazing. Don’t you just want to eat these photos? Again, Luis Galindo’s Latin American Bakery & Cade created my favorite, a duo of Crème brûlée and a dos leches cookie. The desserts alone warrant another trip down south to check out their cafe and bakery.