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I’m a giant fan of the Frita Cubana (pronounced free-tah), known to some as the Cuban Hamburger.

It’s a mix of ground beef (sometimes chorizo or pork is added), spices, julienne cut potatoes or potato sticks, diced raw onions and ketchup (rumored to be tomato paste not ketchup in Cuba) on a roll of some sort.

The Frita Cubana is a griddled burger, not a chargrilled one.

 

FRITA CUBANA HISTORY

The Frita Cubana dates back to 1920s Cuba where it was street food. Carts with propane-fueled stoves lined the street selling Fritas to customers.

At least one of the Rey De Las Fritas in Miami has a picture of a Frita cart in Cuba.

Dagoberto Estevil is believed to have brought the Frita to Miami in 1961 when he opened up in Little Havana (8th Street & 12th). He named his restaurant Fritas Domino.

The original location is no longer open. In the late 1980’s, one Estevil’s children opened a Fritas Domino on 8th Street and 67th Avenue in Miami.

Fritas can be found in most Cuban cafeterias in South Florida but the good ones are harder to find.

El Rey De Las Fritas is a mini-chain of Frita restaurants in South Florida. The original location in Little Havana burned down a few years but has since re-opened.

The restaurants known to have the “Best” Frita in Miami are El Mago De Las Fritas, El Rey De Las Fritas, Fritas Domino, La Palma & Morro Castle.

FRITA CUBANA CRAWL WITH GEORGE MOTZ

FRITA SHOWDOWN

On Wednesday, August 14th, 2013 Burger Beast’s Frita Showdown was held and El Rey de las Fritas was crowned the winner by a panel of judges.

The Frita Showdown was an annual event to celebrate the Frita Cubana from 2013-2017.

Below are the winners:

Frita Showdown 2013 Judge’s WinnerEl Rey de las Fritas
Frita Showdown 2014 Judge’s WinnerEl Mago de las Fritas
Frita Showdown 2015 Judge’s WinnerEl Rey de las Fritas
Frita Showdown 2016 People’s WinnerEl Rey de las Fritas
Frita Showdown 2017 People’s WinnerEl Rey de las Fritas

FRITA RECIPE

Hijo de la Gran Frita Cubana

Want to make a Frita Cubana? Go and check out Burger Beast’s Hijo de la Gran Frita Recipe!

GREAT STORIES ABOUT FRITAS

There is a much larger and thorough history of the Frita Cubana in my book All About the Burger.

Los Puestos de Fritamariaargeliavizcaino.com

Ni hamburguesa ni “sandwich”: frita cubana Terra

The Miami Frita An Amazing Burger Experience – Hamburger America

When it Comes to Fritas (Cuban Hamburgers), El Mago is BestMiami Beach 411

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