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El Mago De Las Fritas

Map & Directions 5828 SW 8th St.
Miami, FL 33144
  • Burgers, Cuban
  • Mon-Sat 7am-7pm
  • MasterCard, Visa, cash
  • Kid Friendly, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
  • Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Lunch
  • Beer/Wine
  • Not Necessary
  • Lot Available


Miami New Times' Description

There is a lot of bickering over who makes the best fritas, or Cuban hamburgers, in Miami. It usually comes down to a matter of personal taste or nostalgia. However, El Mago de las Fritas is always in contention for the number one spot owing to the majestic flavor of its glorious orange-hued beef/chorizo patties on soft Cuban rolls. Although El Mago serves a variety of sandwiches (and even some nonsandwich stuff), people from all walks of life, including American presidents, come here for that perfect handheld meal. A basic, or original, frita ($3.25) consists of the aforementioned patty, diced white onions, handmade potato sticks, and sauce. There are variations, of course, such as the double frita with cheese ($5.45) and the ($4.25), an original frita topped with a fried egg. As popular as the fritas are, the ($7.95) could easily be called the first runnerup in the Miss Miami Sandwich competition; the thin steak with grilled onions, lettuce, tomato, and those adorably delicious potato sticks makes a heartier meal than a frita. El Mago resembles an old-school cafeteria, with vinyl booths and Formica countertops. Also, if you don't speak Spanish, you might have trouble communicating.

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Tips from foursquare

  • Eater on 01/13/11

    Best fritas in Miami. Hands down. [Eater 38 Member]

  • Travel Channel on 04/01/13

    This cultural landmark opened in 1984. Host of Travel Channel’s Burger Land, George Motz, enjoys a frita which is a Cuban hamburger at El Mago de las Fritas.

  • Burger B. on 03/24/10

    Make sure you try the "Frita A Caballo". A frita topped with a fried egg!

  • ChatChowTV G. on 03/16/13

    Try the chicharrones (via @Foodspotting)

  • Carlos A. on 05/14/11

    Try the Mamey Fruit Shake - Legendary!! (via @Foodspotting)

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