Before we get into the thick of things aka food talk, here’s the history of El Rey de las Fritas to get your motors running.

El Rey de las Fritas History

The El Rey de las Frita location in Little Havana

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.

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

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

The King must Expand

Benito’s frita palace 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.

El Rey de las Frita Little Havana

Little Havana
The entrance

El Rey de las Fritas Hialeah

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

El Rey de las Fritas Food Pictures

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

El Rey de las Fritas Video on MITÚ

Visit The King:

421 W 29th Street
Hialeah, Florida

Little Havana/Calle Ocho
1821 SW 8th Street
Little Havana, Florida

10142 W Flagler Street
Miami, Florida

Westchester/Bird Road
9343 SW 40th Street
Miami, Florida

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