Concierges always keep an eye on their cities, what is happening, what is new, what is a local staple and what has flavor enough to go on an adventure. I became curious about El Rey de las Fritas after seeing a segment on the Travel Channel. One of my Concierge colleagues, fellow founder of the Concierge Friends and Social Club, suggested we would go. She has a Cuban heritage and grew up with El Rey. I was thrilled because I could not have had a better insider guide.
Located in the heart of the Little Havana district, El Rey de las Fritas is a tasty treat and delightful surprise. Their signature dish is the Frita Cubana, a Cuban style hamburger that is pressed and very well-seasoned with lots of garlic, cumin and sweet paprika, topped with fried, thinly sliced, crunchy potatoes. Mine even came with a running fried egg!
The restaurant is just dinner style, water is served in tall, plastic, red glasses and on each table you will find a paper napkin holder. Not much to look at compared to Miami Beach’s trendy, fancy, fine dining destinations. However it has flavor enough and offers a distinct Cuban flair to make it an authentic, off the beaten path, must visit in Miami!
**Insider Tip with Nina:
El Rey has a great selection of Cuban milkshakes too. They are called Batidos. The secret ingredient is sweetened condensed milk. My favorite is the Batido de Fruta Bomba (papaya milkshake). Here you will find a recipe by Three Guys from Miami. Check out their Little Havana /Calle Ocho Travel Guide too. Sigamos explorando!
El Rey de las Fritas
1821 SW 8th Street
Miami, FL 33135