Marcela is Nicaraguan, which means two things. First, I’ve eaten at more Fritangas than your average Miamian or Cuban for that matter. Secondly, there’s little credence placed on my thoughts about Fritangas (Nicaraguan quick service-style restaurant). So, of course, when I spotted Fritanga Caña Brava (2361 Northwest 7th Street) and mentioned it to Marcela, I was shot down. The funny thing is it was not once but multiple times over the course of a few months.
Then one afternoon, Marcela calls to ask me if I’d like anything from this NEW Fritanga that her sister-in-law had discovered. This NEW Fritanga is, of course, Fritanga Caña Brava. This is my Groundhog’s Day situation that I’m doomed to repeat forever.
First Visit to Fritanga Rules
On the first visit to a new Fritanga, I always order a pretty standard Carne Asada (marinated steak), Gallo Pinto (rice & beans), Queso Frito (fried cheese) & Tajadas (thinly sliced longwise & fried green plantains). Actually, I eat this on my first and every visit after that. I’m addicted to this combo.
The Carne Asada is always a hard medium-well to well done. You can either accept this fate as I have, or you can order to your liking, which will definitely prolong your order and possibly cause a revolt with the folks waiting behind you in line. The Carne Asada was great, nice, soft, and well seasoned.
The Gallo Pinto is some of the best, if not the best, I’ve had in town. They also didn’t over-fry the Queso Frito, which sometimes can leave it very stiff.
Best of all, Fritanga Caña Brava is only a mile and a half from my house. I’m always happy to have another go-to restaurant spot close to me.
PLEASE NOTE: This is a cafeteria type of set-up where everything is in steamer trays.