The Best Fritas List in Miami

La Frita Cubana, or just Frita, holds an exceptional place in my heart. If you’ve never eaten one and are a fan of burgers, you should probably get with the program.

The Frita is a regional South Florida specialty. Large Cuban communities like Miami and Tampa, Florida, and parts of California and New Jersey are the best areas to find Fritas. On some menus across the U.S., the sandwich goes by Cuban Burger or Hamburger.

If you want to explore La Frita Cubana‘s history further, my book All About the Burger has it.

This Best Frita Lst was not just thrown together throughout one night. I retried all the Fritas here on the list and many others who didn’t make it. I take this Top Frita list very seriously because I know that folks do indeed use them as guides.

One side note: if the restaurant did not make its julienne potatoes, they were never even considered for best. No canned potato sticks were allowed.

A Lo Cubano Kitchen

Frita Cubana a Caballo from A Lo Cubano Kitchen
Frita Cubana a Caballo from A Lo Cubano Kitchen

Of all the Fritas on this list, A Lo Cubano Kitchen’s version is the only one with some heat. I asked co-owner and chef Yojan Gonzalez about it, and he acknowledged that it comes from the imported Spanish paprika he uses.

They also serve it a caballo, which is topped with a fried egg.

A Lo Cubano Kitchen Food Truck
Orlando, FL
(321) 236-1131

Amelia’s 1931

Amelia's 1931 Frita Cubana
Korean BBQ Frita Cubana from Amelia’s 1931

Eileen Andrade is a giant fan of fusing flavors; in this case, it’s Korean and Cuban. Her other restaurant, FINKA, is all about that, with some Peruvian flavors thrown in.

The Amelia 1931 Frita is no different and comes topped with sweet plantains (maduros), white cheddar, housemade shoestring fries, and Huacatay mayo with a side of truffled potato wedges. The Korean BBQ Frita is the most unique frita to make my list.

Amelia’s 1931
13601 SW 26th Street
Miami, FL
(305) 554-4949

CAO Bakery

Frita Cubana from CAO Bakery in Miami, Florida
Frita Cubana from CAO Bakery

The Frita from CAO Bakery: Blend of beef, pork, and chorizo patty topped with crispy shoestring potato sticks, Swiss cheese, and aioli sauce on a brioche bun.

Just a heads up, not every CAO Bakery location sells the Frita, so check out their website to make sure they have it before you head out.

CAO Bakery
9753 SW 72nd Street
Miami, FL
(786) 953-7243

Chug’s Diner

Chug’s Diner does have regular Fritas on the menu, but this Frita Patty Melt blows my mind. I’m a giant Patty Melt and the merging of the Frita and Patty Melt worlds is genius.

While I’m not a big fan of thousand island dressing on burgers of any sort, on this fella with Swiss cheese, papitas, caramelized onions on Rye bread, it kills. If a delicious Patty Melt is not your thing, order Pop’s Frita with blue cheese salsa, caramelized onions, and mojo ketchup; another winner…big time!

Chug’s Diner
3444 Main Highway Suite 21
Coconut Grove, FL
(786) 353-2940

Cuban Guys

Cuban Guys Restaurants Frita Original
Frita Original from Cuban Guys

Cuban Guys
10801 Sunset Drive
Miami, FL
(786) 882-9420

El Mago de las Fritas

Frita Cubana from El Mago De Las Fritas in West Miami, Florida
Frita Cubana from El Mago de las Fritas

El Mago de las Fritas
5828 SW 8th Street
Miami, FL
(305) 266-8486

El Rey de las Fritas

La Frita Original from El Rey de las Fritas in Miami, Florida
Original Frita Cubana from El Rey de las Fritas

El Rey de las Fritas
1821 SW 8th Street
Little Havana, FL
(305) 644-6054

Morro Castle

Frita Cubana from Morro Castle in Hialeah, Florida
Frita Cubana from Morro Castle

Morro Castle
1201 W 44th Place
Hialeah, FL
(305) 556-4252

Polo Norte

Frita Cubana from Polo Norte Restaurant in Miami, Florida
Frita Cubana from Polo Norte

Polo Norte
 7360 SW 24th Street
Miami, FL
(786) 582-3434

Sergio’s

Sergio's Frita Cubana
Frita Cubana from Sergio’s

Sergio’s
1640 NW 87th Avenue
Miami, FL
(305) 639-8960

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