El Rey De Las Fritas in Miami

El REY DE LAS FRITA STORY

Victoriano “Benito” Gonzalez sold the Frita Cubana in Placetas, Cuba until 1968.

Before founding El Rey de las Fritas in 1979, Benito was the chef at Palacio de las Fritas. The original El Rey location was right off of Coral Way.

In 1982, the former Fritas Domino restaurant location (1177 SW 8th Street) in Little Havana would fall into the hands of Benito.

His brother-in-law Ortelio Cardenas moved from New Jersey to help him run this new spot. Ortelio, who had never worked in the food business, decided to make a career change.

Benito taught Ortelio everything he knew about the food industry.

The El Rey de las Frita location in Little Havana

El Rey de las Fritas in Little Havana would end up popularizing Fritas to those outside the Cuban community.

During his time at El Rey, Ortelio added cheese to the Frita in an attempt to Americanize it.

Just an FYI: Fritas with cheese are frowned upon by hardcore and old school Frita fans.

Shortly after closing the original spot, Ortelio would leave the establishment to open his El Mago de las Fritas in West Miami.

EXPANSION

Benito’s El Rey de las Fritas would flourish and open another location in Hialeah.

He would pass away in 2005, leaving behind a lasting legacy that many Miamians hold close to their heart.

The business was left in the more than capable hands of his wife Angelina, son Yamil and daughter Mercy.

Angelina runs the original Calle Ocho location. Mercy and her husband Gino can be found at the locations in Hialeah and Sweetwater.

Yamil’s restaurant is on a busy strip mall corner in the Westchester part of Miami, where I grew up.


LITTLE HAVANA

Little Havana
The entrance

HIALEAH

Check out that old neon in the top left
An original sign
Dominos by Silvio Rodriguez

THE FOOD

Fried Yuca, Malanga Fritters & Fried Plantains
Corn Nuggets
Breakfast Sandwich
Croqueta Preparada
Pan con Bistec with Queso Frito
La Original Frita Cubana
Frita Cubana a Caballo
Bacon Swiss Frita Cubana
Homemade Flan
Cafecito

Visit The King:

Hialeah
421 W 29th Street
Hialeah, Florida
305-863-0880

Little Havana/Calle Ocho
1821 SW 8th Street
Little Havana, Florida
305-858-4223

Sweetwater/Flagler
10142 W Flagler Street
Miami, Florida
305-223-7260

Westchester/Bird Road
9343 SW 40th Street
Miami, Florida
305-223-9944

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