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 (2361 Northwest 7th Street, Miami) and mentioned it to Marcela, I was shot down.
It was funny not once but multiple times over a few months. Then one afternoon, Marcela called to ask me 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. It’s a Burger Beast Groundhog’s Day situation that I’m doomed to repeat forever.
First Visits to Fritanga Caña Brava 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). I eat this on my first and every visit after that.
I’m addicted to this combo.
The Carne Asada always comes hard 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.
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.