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El Mago de las Fritas

BY Martha and Ortelio Cardenas

Ortelio and Eva Cardenas have been making the classic «Cuban Frita» since the 1950’s in Cuba where Ortelio Cardenas was coined as "El Mago" when making fritas.

With the rise of the Cuban Revolution, the Cardenas family moved to Miami, FL bringing their tradition with them, thus, opening El Mago de las Fritas in 1984.

What is a
Cuban Frita?

A Cuban Frita is a unique interpretation of a hamburger with ground beef and chorizo blend patty with cooked & raw onions topped with potato wisps, all sandwiched between Cuban bread.

El Mago de las Fritas has its doors open in Miami to locals and tourists alike for over 35 years. Cardenas is now accompanied by his daughter, Martha Cardenas in operating this beloved hidden gem nestled in 8th street.

While the classic Cuban Frita is their specialty, the family has created various modern & innovative variations of the frita along with unique hot dogs, bowls & more! With their core based in family, the Cardenas’ treat every customer like a member of their own family.

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El Mago De Las Fritas has made its home in Miami on 8th street (Calle Ocho) since 1984, though it’s not the only frita place on Calle Ocho. Four of the five old-school Frita Cubana Joints (El Mago de las Fritas, El Rey de las FritasFritas Domino & La Palma) are on Calle Ocho.

But you’re not here for just any dish. You’re here for the Cuban hamburgers, AKA fritas. From the orange-hued beef chorizo patties to the almost-too-soft Cuban rolls and the topping of handmade potato sticks,

A longstanding favorite part of El Mago de Las Fritas’s no-frills food experience is a list of Cuban-inspired hot dogs

Miami’s frita OG is recognized around the world for its perfectly cooked Cuban hamburgers—featuring a heavily spiced patty made of pork and beef that’s sandwiched between buttery Cuban bread and topped with a heaping pile of shoestring potatoes

During the lunch rush on the day before a street would be named in his honor, Ortelio Cárdenas was working the deep fryer and calling out orders — four days shy of his 81st birthday.

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