El Rey De Las Fritas in Miami

El Rey de las Fritas is the first place Miamians think of when a Frita Cubana is mentioned.


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

He was initially the chef at Palacio de las Frita before founding El Rey de las Fritas in 1979. The original 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 then moved from New Jersey with his family 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 and how to run a restaurant.

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.

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 Calle Ocho location while Mercy and her husband Gino are 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

The entrance


Check out that old neon in the top left

An original sign

Dominos by Silvio Rodriguez


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


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

Comments (1):

  1. Austin Ewachiw


    The best!


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