Closer Look: El Mago de las Fritas in Little Havana

Closer Look: El Mago de las Fritas in Little Havana

Ortelio Cárdenas is a wizard. His short, straight hair, apron, and shirt are all white. Shortly after dawn each morning, the 74-year-old arrives at his Flagami cafeteria, El Mago de las Fritas. Working alone, he seasons his meat and makes his signature sauce. No one knows his recipes — not his staff, not even his kids.

It's almost like magic.

Read the full review on El Mago and Beyond.


Ortelio Cárdenas is a wizard. His short, straight hair, apron, and shirt are all white. Shortly after dawn each morning, the 74-year-old arrives at his Flagami cafeteria, El Mago de las Fritas. Working alone, he seasons his meat and makes his signature sauce. No one knows his recipes — not his staff, not even his kids.

It's almost like magic.

Read the full review on El Mago and Beyond.
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