Fritanga Caña Brava in Little Havana, Florida

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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 importance to my thoughts about Fritangas (Nicaraguan quick service-style restaurant) by her family. So, of course, when I spotted Fritanga Caña Brava and mentioned it to Marcela, I was shot down.

Fritanga Caña Brava in Little Havana, Florida
Fritanga Caña Brava in Little Havana, Florida

It was funny not once but multiple times over a few months. Then, one afternoon, Marcela called to ask if I’d like anything from this NEW Fritanga that her sister-in-law Milagros had discovered.

This NEW Fritanga is, of course, Fritanga Caña Brava. This is Burger Beast Groundhog’s Day situation that I’m doomed to repeat forever.

Visit to Fritanga Caña Brava Rules

Fritanga Caña Brava Carne Asada, Queso Frito & Gallo Pinto in Miami, Florida
Carne Asada, Queso Frito & Gallo Pinto
Coca Cola & Rojita in Glass Bottle
Coca-Cola from Central America & Rojita in Glass Bottle

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). I eat this on my first and every visit after that.

I’m addicted to this combo.

The carne asada always comes medium-well to well done unless you request otherwise (which I don’t suggest). The latter will prolong your order and possibly cause a revolt with the folks waiting behind you in line.

The Carne Asada at Caña Brava was soft, juicy, well-seasoned, and, most importantly, delicious. If that wasn’t good enough, the gallo pinto (rice & beans) is some of the best, if not the best, in town.

Luckily, they don’t over-fry the queso frito (fried cheese), which sometimes can leave it very stiff.

Fritanga Hot Food Case

PLEASE NOTE: This is a cafeteria-style set-up where everything is in steamer trays. There is a large selection of hearty Nicaraguan comfort food, but there’s pressure to know what to order when it’s your turn.

Fritanga Caña Brava Food Cabinet in Miami, Florida

Fritanga Caña Brava Food Cabinet in Miami, Florida

Fritanga Caña Brava Food Cabinet in Miami, Florida

Food Cabinet

Food Cabinet

Food Cabinet

Best of all, Fritanga Caña Brava is only a mile and a half from my house. So, I’m always happy to have another go-to restaurant spot close to me.

Fritanga Caña Brava
2795 NW 7th Street
Miami, FL
(305) 643-0054

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Monday 6:00 am – 9:00 pm
Tuesday 6:00 am – 9:00 pm
Wednesday 6:00 am – 9:00 pm
Thursday 6:00 am – 9:00 pm
Friday 6:00 am – 9:00 pm
Saturday 6:00 am – 9:00 pm
Sunday 6:00 am – 9:00 pm

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