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Cuban Guys Restaurants in South Florida

I remember when the Cuban Guys restaurant concept was going to be a food truck instead. I loved the idea of Cuban fast-food that doesn’t cut corners on quality. For a while, it seemed like they might never open, but then next thing I knew they were opening a restaurant in Hialeah Gardens on Wednesday, January 11th, 2012.

Cuban Guys has expanded to five locations in South Florida. There is the original in Hialeah Gardens plus Kendall, Miramar, North Miami Beach, and Westland Mall.

The menu has changed very little since opening day but there have been some additions and removals. If you follow them on social media you can keep abreast of whatever new dishes they’re testing.

It’s Awesome

FOOD TALK

You never forget your first time or in this case, fist visit to Cuban Guys.

I was standing there checking out the menu and trying to figure out what to get. Who was am I kidding? I was always going straight for the Frita. My wife Marcela is with me, and she opts for one of their Cuban Bowls. I choose Yuca Fries for the side while she went to the Plantain Chip route.

The Yuca Fries were crispy, and the dipping sauce (some mayo/ketchup mix) was perfect for it. I was hesitant to try it since I prefer Yuca Fries sans anything else but glad I did.

Marcela’s bowl had all the essential components of a Cuban meal. Let’s see there was black beans & rice, nicely diced up platanos maduros (fried sweet plantains), real julienne potatoes (not the potato stix canned version), diced white onions and a frita patty. You can, of course, choose chicken, steak or pork but when in Rome.

If you’re hungry and probably starving, this is the route you want to go. The bowl was delicious and filling. The plantain chips had a great crunch and were salted just as I like them. They were served with a dipping sauce that I overlooked since they were so perfect as is.

The menu includes all the Cuban classics like Sandwich Cubano (Cuban Sandwich), Media Noche (Midnight Sandwich, same ingredients as Cuban Sandwich on a sweet roll), and Pan con Bistec (Steak Sandwich) and at the top of the list, the Frita (Cuban Hamburger).

FRITA TALK

There are two things I look at before eating a frita. First is that they are making their tiny shoestring julienne fries. Second that it’s served on a proper Cuban roll.

From there, I move onto an examination of what’s under the top bun. Are they trying to pass off some ground beef or an over seasoned regular burger patty as a frita?

It’s also pretty nice if they toast the roll—lastly, a taste test of the goods.

Make no bones about it, Cuban Guys’ frita is the real deal; it’s legit. I asked about going A Caballo (with a fried egg), and Jorge Llapur, the owner said it’s possible but not on the actual menu.

If I hadn’t ordered a flan, I might have gone for a Pan con Tortilla (omelet sandwich) also. The cool thing is they serve breakfast all day. As someone who has eggs for dinner occasionally, I love that.

If you’re not in the know, flan is the classic Cuban dessert. Everyone has a mom, grandmother, or aunt that makes the best flan in Miami and beyond.

If for some reason, they’re not in Flan making mode, the flan at Cuban Guys is an excellent replacement.

THE FOOD

Cuban Guys Menu
Mariquitas de Platano aka Plantain Chips
Yuca Fries
Frituras de Malanga aka Malanga Fritters
Tamal with Pork Chunks
Mini Papa Rellena aka Mini Stuffed Potato Balls
Cuban Bowl with Vaca Frita
Croqueta Preparada
Frita Toston Sandwich
Pan con Bistec
Frita Original
Frita Original with an Egg
Tres Leches
Flan

CUBAN GUYS LOCATIONS

Hialeah Gardens 3174 W 76th StreetHialeah
Kendall 10801 Sunset DriveMiami
Miramar 3496 Red RoadMiramar
North Miami
Beach
1678 NE Miami Gardens Drive North Miami 
Beach
Westland Mall 1675 West 49th StreetHialeah

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9 Comments

  1. Mutant Supermodel says:

    I’m a frita fanatic. These posts get me all excited. 🙂

  2. Cesar Moreira says:

    I agree 100% with the Burger Beast. I was there earlier and had the Frita also and it was excellent. My wife had the steak sandwich and she said it was the best one she has had. I know Cuban Guys Restaurant will do well. I can not wait until they open their othe projected sites in Kendall and Westchester.

  3. Yami Vazquez says:

    I’m very excited for them… Great Food and Excellent Frita’s. I am a Cuban Gal 100%

  4. Joel Benes says:

    Had lunch there today and it definitely lived up to the hype the owner Jorge has been pressing since he developed the concept.

  5. ruben suarez says:

    awesome frita and pan con bistec sandwich! nice, clean, family friendly environment, especially economically friendly. quick and friendly service.

  6. Ilicia Stotzer says:

    I am visitng from Switzerland, missing the Cuban taste and flavors, Cuban Guys has the best Cuban food in Miami, great taste, wonderful place, and excellent service. Don’t miss it. Great prices too!

  7. Belquis Rabi says:

    Awesome!!!
    Service is excellent, anything you pick from the menu is AWESOME ! You gotta visit this place. If you have any cuban blood you will deffenatly feel at home..

  8. AMELIA SANCHEZ says:

    YO ME COMI UNA FRITA Y ESTAN DE RECHUPETE!!!!!

  9. I THINK THE FRITAS ARE THE BEST IN MIAMI . I WILL LET YOU KNOW ABOUT THE REST OF THE MENU ONCE I TRY MORE ITEMS .
    I GIVE THEM THUMBS UP AND WISHING THEM THE BEST OF THE BEST …

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