El Mago's rendition is what inspired Alberto Cabrera, owner of the Cuban gastropub Bread + Butter, to deviate from the classic. "I love El Mago's fritas. I grew up eating his fritas," Cabrera says. "I wanted to do a different version of it."

Cabrera makes a frita china — a chorizo-based patty stuffed into a potato roll and piled high with napa-cabbage kimchee, cilantro, and sriracha ketchup. He sources pork from Palmetto Creek, a Florida farm, and uses fresh herbs in his meat mix. The chef already has big plans for his fritas. He recently invested in a second property in Coral Gables and plans to launch a modern frita shop within a year.

Other Miami chefs, too, are toying with the frita. At PB Steak, chef José Mendín boosts his steak tartare sliders, prepared with chopped tenderloin and sirloin, by capping the raw meat with a potato roll and pommes frites.

El Mago's magical frita. View the slide show "Closer Look: El Mago de las Fritas in Little Havana."
El Mago's magical frita. View the slide show "Closer Look: El Mago de las Fritas in Little Havana."

Location Info


El Mago De Las Fritas

5828 SW 8th St.
Miami, FL 33144

Category: Restaurant > Burgers

Region: Sweetwater/Westchester/West Miami

El Rey De Las Fritas

1821 SW 8th St.
Miami, FL 33135-3417

Category: Restaurant > Cuban

Region: Little Havana

Morro Castle

1201 W. 44th Place
Hialeah, FL 33012

Category: Restaurant > Cuban

Region: Hialeah

Bread + Butter

2330 Salzedo St.
Coral Gables, FL 33134

Category: Restaurant > Brunch

Region: Coral Gables/South Miami


Bread + Butter: 305-442-9622; breadandbuttercounter.com. Breakfast Monday through Saturday 7:30 to 11 a.m.; lunch Monday through Saturday 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; dinner Monday through Thursday 5:30 to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday 5:30 p.m. to midnight.

El Mago de las Fritas: 305-266-8486; elmagodelasfritas.com. Monday through Saturday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

El Rey de las Fritas: 305-644-6054; facebook.com/reydelasfritas. Monday through Saturday 8 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., Sunday 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Morro Castle: 305-556-4252. Sunday through Thursday 8 a.m. to 1 a.m., Friday and Saturday 8 a.m. to 2 a.m.

See also: "Closer Look: El Mago de las Fritas in Little Havana"

More cooks, Cabrera says, will soon follow the frita fixation.

"In Miami, there's a huge Cuban community, and the frita is a big part of the city's identity," Cabrera says. "Whenever someone visits me from out of town, I take them to eat a frita and I say, 'You gotta try this because you don't have it where you're coming from.'

"If it becomes trendy here, that just means I can have a frita anywhere I go... And, well, that'd really just be great."

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Yummy!! El Mago's fritas are made with real potato shoestrings? Not the canned kind? That's what it looks like. I have to try this magical frita.


They are made with real potato shoestrings. They are DELICIOUS. Most places have the canned.