Ortelio Cardenas

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2014

    Miami's Ten Best Diners: Where Grease Is King

    Despite the number of Northeastern transplants in Miami, the choice in Miami diners is slim. They are places to get a pizza burger, super crispy French fries hidden under a mound of greasy industrial cheese, or a solid plate of hash browns and over-easy eggs. A few are sprinkled across town, though ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2014

    Ten Best $5 Lunches in Miami

    After previously covering Top Ten Lunch Specials in Miami for Under $10 and Best Food Items in Miami for $1 it was time to find some middle ground with that midday meal. A $5 lunch should leave you just full enough and with the sweet satisfaction that you got a good deal. The following meals don't ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2013

    El Rey Takes the Crown at Magic City Casino Frita Showdown

    In a shock to attendees, frita fanatics and the Miami Twitterverse El Rey de las Fritas' Cuban hamburger bested the creation of Ortelio Cárdenas, El Mago de las Fritas, at Burger Beast's first ever Frita Showdown at Magic City Casino Wednesday night. See also: Miami's Top Ten Fritas Cubanas

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2013

    Bread Butter's Alberto Cabrera to Cook With El Mago de las Fritas Tonight

    Old school meets new school tonight at El Mago de las Fritas, the Flagami staple for Cuban hamburgers known as fritas. Owner -- and indisputable frita master -- Ortelio Cárdenas will cook alongside Alberto Cabrera, the chef who's modernizing Cuban cuisine at his Coral Gables restaurant Bread Butt ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2013

    Miami's Ten Best Restaurants

    Your buddies just don't understand. You had an earth-shattering rossejat at the Bazaar. You loved the place -- that is, until you heard some tragic news. Your pal once had a bad bao con lechón there. Now that guy's never going back. Disgruntled patrons rarely forget a dinner done wrong. Strokes ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 2, 2013
  • Blogs

    April 30, 2013

    Miami's Top Ten Fritas Cubanas

    An original frita cubana couples Cuban bread with a spiced beef patty, seasoned with cumin, paprika, and pepper. Some add chorizo to the mix. Others cap meat with an American-style hamburger bun. Despite minor variations, one thing remains consistent: Papas fritas, deep-fried and grease-slicked juli ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2010

    El Mago de la Frita Gets Newfound Attention with Obama Visit

    Photo by Gabriela Garcia​El Mago de la Frita, the 25-year old mainstay on SW Eighth Street and 58th Avenue that serves up Cuban-style burgers, doesn't really need any extra publicity. The joint is always packed with Cuban viejitos and families grubbing on the $3 paprika-seasoned patties and shoe s ... More >>