El Rey De Las Fritas Burger Chain in Miami, Florida


El Rey de las Fritas is an iconic restaurant that makes its home in Miami, Florida. Their signature sandwich is the Frita Cubana known to some folks as a Cuban Burger.

The Frita was a street food in Cuba sold out of a “puesto,” similar to our hot dog pushcarts. The small sandwiches would migrate to Miami in the early 1960s where specialty shops would continue spreading the good word of the spiced burger patty.

Before we get into all the food pictures, here’s the history of El Rey de las Fritas to get your meaty 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 popularize Fritas outside the Cuban community. At El Rey, Ortelio added cheese to the Frita 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. But unfortunately, he would pass away in 2005, creating a legacy that many Miamians hold close to their hearts. The business was left in his family’s (wife Angelina, son Yamil and daughter Mercy) more than capable hands.

Angelina runs the original Calle Ocho location. Mercy and her husband Gino fluctuate between 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.

Rey de las Fritas Locations

Little Havana

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

Little Havana
The Entrance to Frita Cubana Heaven
La Original Frita Cubana
Bacon Swiss Frita Cubana
Homemade Flan
Cafecito

Hialeah

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

Check out that old neon in the top left
An original Rey de las Fritas sign
Dominos by Silvio Rodriguez
Fried Yuca, Malanga Fritters & Fried Plantains
Pan con Bistec with Queso Frito
Croqueta Preparada

Sweetwater

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

Mercy Gonzalez of El Rey de las Fritas
Mercy Gonzalez of El Rey de las Fritas
Frita Cubana a Caballo
Breakfast Sandwich
Corn Nuggets

Westchester

9343 SW 40th Street
Miami, Florida
305-223-9944

El Rey de las Fritas on Bird Road in Westchester, Florida
El Rey de las Fritas on Bird Road
French Fries from El Rey de las Fritas on Bird Road
French Fries
Pan con Bistec from El Rey de las Fritas on Bird Road in Westchester, Florida
Pan con Bistec

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